My preferred carry when I carried a 1911. Never has a hiccup, but was a little stout out of an Officers Model.
Still very manageable and it stayed a favorite for a lot of years.
Counter clerks at gun stores can be less than informative. I heard a guy at Academy tell a man to cut his shotgun barrel to 14 inches one day. I turned around and the guy behind me had the same look I figure I had on my face.
The clerk was a white haired gent, so people probably listened to him.
I got to know the supervisor over the Shooting Counter over time. She is young, bright, and very knowledgeable. She didn't see the humor in the statement, but since it was after the fact and both of us that heard it weren't there, she had to take it with a grain, and hopefully put the guy on the radar. I haven't been back in the year since that happened. Nothing against them, it is just a long and special trip to the store.
The 1911 may have been designed for ball ammo, HP didn't really live in everyday life at the time, but that doesn't mean it won't and doesn't perform remarkably with HP. On the other hand, the 230 grain ball ammo does somthing that most pistol rounds don't. It tumbles. Tumble isn't as reliable as expanding, but it is a great round.