cook it whole. beef tenderloin is my favorite piece of meat. so tender. get a good horseradish sauce to go with it (I always whip heavy whipping cream and then throw in a few spoonfulls of horseradish to taste).
1911. doesn't get any more American than that. I trust my life with it, and I also haven't found anything that beats the trigger feel of a 1911. whatever your taste is, I think .45 ACP is the way to go.