I only got interested in handguns a couple of years ago. I started out with Glocks and then fell in love with Sigs. A couple of months ago, I decided that if I was really going to do this handgun thing, I needed a 1911. At that time, I knew a little about the history of the platform but not much specifically about the gun. So the internet research began. Early on I ran across Dan Wessons. I remember thinking "boy these things look nice but they sure are pricey". How ignorant I was. Soon I started running across The Names - Les Baer, Wilson Combat, Ed Brown, Nighthawk, Guncrafter, etc. When I went to their websites it was shock and awe. I couldn't believe what I saw. It's hard for me to describe how beautiful these handguns are. I saw a pic of a Stan Chen gun and it almost made me cry. These guys are as much artists as they are gunsmiths. This world of custom 1911s is something I didn't know existed. I do realize that these weapons function as well as look beautiful. They are handcrafted from high quality materials to very exacting specifications and their prices reflect that. Now is the time to ask some questions that may be viewed as personal, so please forgive me. It seems that everyone on this forum owns at least one of these fine handguns. So are all you guys loaded? If not, are you married? If so, what are you doing around the house that gets you the green light to drop 3 to 5k on a custom pistol? Please, I have to know. I heard about this forum on another 1911 forum where a comment was made that if you hang around 1911Addicts long enough it could get expensive. Now I know what he meant. Dan Wessons are starting to look like a bargain.