This is a topic That I see often on most of the forums. Should I buy (insert brand here) or save up and buy (insert more expensive brand here)? It's a dilemma I have faced as I'm sure most of you have also dealt with. Right now I currently own three pistols. A SA Range Officer with a few mods, Colt 1991 SS Commander,also modified, Colt Trooper MarkIII 6". For the most part I am satisfied with the pistols I own now. Would I like more? Hell yeah. Can I afford more? Hell no. To me it was finding the balance between quality, functionality, affordability. I traded a Combat Elite for my 1991. Was the CE a better pistol? IMO, yes. Was a Commander better suited for carry in my situation? Yes. I probably even lost a couple hundred in the trade. So be it. I would love to own a Baer or a Brown, WC, Nighthawk etc... But my current financial situation does not allow. Now I know i could have waited a couple years, saved my crumbs and got one of those more expensive pistols. But what would i have now? Nothing. Ultimately i would love to do a full custom build. But I doubt that I will ever be able to afford a $6000+ gun. At least not any time soon. Unfortunately I suffer from a very common disorder among the human race. "Impulsitis" It's a very disabling disease making me purchase things spur of the moment. Does that ever work out for me? Hell yes it does. My RO was an impulse buy and and I absolutely love that gun. I'll never get rid of it. Ultimately I've come to the conclusion that's it's ok to envy my fellow man for having better toys. But I cherish the ones I have and I worked my ass off for them. So if all you can afford is a RIA or a Taurus, then go for it. Cause that baby is gonna take down a BG just as fast as a WC. I say purchase the best gun suited for your needs at the price point you can afford. And then you can save your pennies for something that you dream of having. And I'm sure a lot of folks would look at my guns and say "why would you settle for those when you could have bought this or that". I could talk forever about this and now that I have rambled in my sleep deprived mind state. I have one question. What say YOU?