Podcast today made me think about it. It seems to me that a cheap singlestack gun is even cheaper than a cheap production gun, and a really good singlestack gun is more accurate and has a better trigger than a really good production gun. There's a bit less muss and fuss with official approved gun lists in SS, and you can do most common modifications without anyone having a cow. No matter what state you live in you can get a decent 1911, and even in low-cap states, the magazines aren't so tight for that last round that it becomes difficult to seat during a reload. Also pretty much everywhere has a couple decent 1911 smiths, and parts are freely available, so you don't have to find the 2 or 3 specialists in the entire country that know how to work on your particular unicorn.
I think at one point, people were actually competing with guns similar to what they carried, but that ship has clearly sailed. I actually do carry a cz pretty frequently, but I don't think too many people carry a tanfo on a regular basis.
what do you guys think? except for the competition, what makes production more attractive than SS?