I would recommend a Kimber or Springfield Armory 1911. I happen to own both brands. I know you said you wanted a steel frame but if you're open to other options such as tinker-toys (polymer/plastic) that are really reliable, durable, and have a very manageable recoile then check out the Springfield XD45 (service, compact, or tactical). Either way you go, you can't go wrong.
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