When I was in the market for my first 1911 I was looking for something to use in the IDPA CDP Division that was a bit further upstream than the $1000 price point, but still reasonably priced.
I liked the Colt's but their reputation just isn't what it used to be. My wife had two Kimbers and they're definitely nice but something about them just doesn't work for me. Perhaps it's the fancy finish and a plastic trigger. The Smith & Wessons and Sigs were definite contenders but in the end I decided to buy a Springfield Trophy Match.
The Trophy Match is essentially the same gun as the TRP, except with target sights instead of night sights. It uses match grade parts and the slide, barrel and frame are hand fitted. A friend builds custom 1911s and he explained to me how they put their money into the insides, but leave the outside very production.
The Springfield Loaded is similar to the Trophy Match, but without the match grade parts and hand fitting and the result is plenty good enough for most folks.
While you can send your 1911 into S&W, Sig or whoever for a trigger job, you can send your 1911 into Springfield and have them 'tighten' the gun as well as anything else you can imagine. Plus, unlike the competition, Springfield will install your aftermarket parts in your 1911. So if you'd like some Wilson Combat Bullet Proof ambi safeties or . . . they'd work with you.