Thanks! My issue though is that it's hard for me to get references (I need more pro-gun friends...). I don't want to ask these two again. We'll see what happens. If they won't extend, then I'll try for a OGAM exception. I'll report back on how things go.
This will work but I feel you shouldn't rely on something extra to get your handgun loaded if you intend to use it for self defense.
@Veteran USMC try some different 1911s at a dealer. I know a lot of people who aren't that strong who manage to operate a 1911 well.
If you can't find a 1911 that works for you maybe you should be looking at other handguns.