One gripe though. Whoever designed this thing around the thought of using a paper clip to remove the guide rod out ought to be clubbed into submission.
amen, hogpauls. i have owned one 1911 without the traditional gi setup. never again. to me, it's not worth the aggravation that attends the takedown process.
those with an extra hand or above-average dexterity may prefer the 'modern' setup. god bless them..... regards-- deguelo