I have several Springfield 1911's, as well as Kimber's, Colt's, S&W's,Sig's and a Dan Wesson V-Bob. For a first 1911, I would most definitely go with the Springfield. They're reasonably priced, accurate as hell, durable and they offer several models. A friend of mine has left his Ruger 1911 with me while he does a tour in Afghanistan and I love it. It's less expensive than most of the Springfield's, shoots as well as any of my Springfield's and I hope to have my own by the time he gets back. But if you go with a Springfield, you won't regret it.