Now.. I have happened to come into a bit of money and I want to spend it on something I've wanted a long long time.. a 1911 - I'm topping out at about $1500 as my max price. I plan on babying it so I don't plan to scratch it with the slide stop. That being said I'm seriously considering: 1. STI Trojan 2. SS TRP 3. Dan Wesson Valor 4. Colt Gold Cup 5. Kimber Eclipse 6. All kinds of others there is so many. I live in Austin, Texas and I really like the idea of having a pistol that was made a bit north of me. Dawson Precision is not far away either, and thats who I would buy the STI from - so I would have a really good gunsmith nearby as well. And with it coming in right at 1k it seems really attractive. If I decide to hard chrome it - thats $300 more. The problem is - I can't fire any of these - most of the ranges here only have basic 1911's to rent. So I'm going to have to make the jump sometime but not sure what to start with. So what do you guys think? What others do I need to consider?