Okay guys so far I think I narrowed it down to a 1911 series firearm. Being on deployment, I'm okay with dropping some good coin for a quality 1911, that I really don't need to tinker with to make a it reliable. I know Rock Island makes great ones for the money, but I want to keep my money in America. So far I narrowed it down two three choices. The first one is the Colt M45A1 Production Model, not the Custom Shop one. Its in stock in a few places and on Gunbroker. Every review seems to be real positive about it and no MIM parts used on it as well. I do love the look of it, and I do like its the last military used 1911 thus far. The second choice is the Dan Wesson Valor. I heard this pistol is the Cats meow as well. I'd prefer the black one but its 300 bucks more then the stainless one. The third one is the Springfield TRP. All the major critics say its the best 1911 for the money, but digging on some of the 1911 forums guys are saying you could do better for the money you are spending on it. So I call all you 1911 experts on LIF what would you buy to start? I'm qualified with the M9 so DA/SA is no issue for me. My uncle had some 1911's I ran sadly it spoiled me since they were all high end 1911's the first one was a Ed Brown Kustom Carry and a Kimber Pro Covert II Commander.