Hi Folks! I am in my forties and have long had an interest in firearms, but hadn't hadn't shot or owned much until the last six months, after many years break from shooting (no good reason, just into other things). I shot my uncle's all stainless 45 ACP Colt Officer's Model over 30 years ago and have always appreciated 1911s. Back then, wrongly of course, I would have thought of any non-Colt 1911 as being equivalent to store-brand cola. When I recently got back into shoot and firearms acquisition in a big way, 45 ACP just didn't feel like an essential caliber. Nonetheless, I soon bought a Ruger SR1911 Target model in 10mm. It works flawless and shoots accurately. Somehow, though, it is not a Colt and not super beautiful. I find the letter on the slide too large, though I realize this is minor. Then, a guy at the LGS was raving about how Nighthawk Customs are all so wonderful. Nighthawk happened to have one in stock in 10mm. GA precision model. Hi-power treatment to front of slide. Nice looking, but I must say these modern finishes don't have the charm of traditional bluing (IMHO). Also, the gun had to go back immediately because it would lock open repeatedly, even with rounds left in the magazine. Also, there was some roughness under the breach face that a local gunsmith at the range identified too. Nighthawk were good about fixing everything and returned it to me. It works pretty well now, but will still lock open when it shouldn't with Sig Sauer V-Crown 180gr hollow points. That ammo is a bit hotter than the Magtech 180gr FMJ, so I thought it might be that, but then some pretty hot Underwood rounds didn't do it, so who knows? Then I tried a Rock Island 45 ACP match pistol, and nothing was wrong with it, but it didn't work out for me. There wasn't anything wrong with the gun. It's just a long story that I am going to skip. So then I bought a used two-tone 45 ACP Colt Combat Elite that seemed to have various things done to it, though I really don't know all of it. In any case, this is a beautiful gun, works flawlessly, and shoots accurately. I am definitely happy with this purchase. I am not used to buying things used and worry that one is buying somebody else's problems, but I have found that used guns from reputable sources seem to be a good way to save to money. With a 1911, it also seems to be a way to get one that has been properly broken in. Having had such good luck with a Colt, I bought another, new, one. This one is a 38 Super Special Combat Government Two Tone with the adjustable sights. Initially, I had some issues with it, but I think it was the American Eagle ammunition or me. Switching up ammo and having it cleaned by a knowledgeable person seems to have done the trick. Perhaps I was limp wristing it, but I really don't know. In any case, this is now my favorite gun in the whole world. I shoot beautiful little groups. Sig Sauer 125 gr FMJ worked well. However, I am even more pleased with Atlanta Arms 38 super 125 Gr JHP Elite Major. This is just phenomenal stuff. It's not even been a week and I bought a second case because they seem to run out of inventory frequently. I will just say again that this Colt Special Combat Government with that Atlanta Arms ammo is pure shooting bliss. And, no, nobody is paying me to say that. And, no, I'm no type of expert that my opinion means anything, either. But, wait, there's more. Then I bought an aluminum-framed Christensen Arms A5 1911 in 9mm. Very nicely made. Shoots accurately. The fixed sights are designed for tactical uses. The bottom u is shaped like a "U" instead of a rectangular notch. The front sight is round on top. The back notch is big compared to the front sight. There are three tritium dots for lining up. Still, I just don't seem to be as good at lining them up consistently as I am with tighter rectangular notches. Then, the Mec-Gar magazine seemed to have a problem when full up, where the first round would be jammed into the feed ramp and not go into the chamber. I figured out that keeping the 9mm round just a tad forward would fix this, but that wouldn't be a good fix in any sort of urgent circumstances. The problem seems to be going away as the magazine spring gets worn in a bit. I also tried a Wilson Combat extended 10-round magazine that mainly seems to avoid this problem from the start. I have noticed that the front of the magazine goes up a little farther in the gun and jams into the bottom of the feed ramp pretty firmly. I mention this because I saw somebody complaining about the Wilson Combat magazines damaging feed ramps on guns he was working on for some team. Still, this Christensen Arms gun does seem like an excellent gun. It has a Nowlin barrel and bushing, btw. I doubt I will end up liking it quite as much as the 38 Super Colt Special Combat Government, but 9mm sure is cheaper to shoot. As far as 9mm goes, I will say that my new Sig (USA-made) P210 Target does an excellent job, but I don't want to provoke anybody here on a 1911 forum. Also, I have never handled a German or Swiss P210 so I can't compare. Is anybody still reading this? This post has grown rather too long, I am sorry. So, now, I need to figure out what 1911 to buy next. An Ed Brown? A Les Baer with a 1.5" guarantee? (Somebody says they don't like the hard fit in Les Baers and they loosen up in an unsatisfactory way, is this true?). Or, should I get the Colt Custom Competition Limited in 45 ACP? Perhaps, try a Wilson Combat? I chatted with a great guy in Virginia named David Sams. He seems to make some very accurate 1911s. He will even guarantee a 1" group at 50 yards (in 9mm only, 1.5" in 45 ACP). I would just need to find a way to be patient and wait about a year. One last aside, I'm not a very good shooter and my eyes are at a point where they're slowly getting worse. Still, I figure if the gun and the ammo are super accurate, I know the large size of the group is all on me. No, I lied, yet one more thing. I enjoy looking at the 1911s and I enjoy static bullseye shooting at the range. I don't really need them to be practical for defense or tactical purposes.