Well I have been a 1911 shooter since I was able to buy NIB Colt 1911s (these would be series 70s) for $150. Wow, THAT should date me! My oldest Colt is 1914 WWI dated, my latest is a Taurus 1911 .38 Super stainless with the gold plate and rail I bought from CDNN for $450. I would not buy one with the rail again, but now I KNOW why I wouldn't buy one with a rail! Otherwise, great gun! Hope to have fun and talk 1911s here.