Well, I see that Moderator Prejudice is alive and well in another weapon suggestion thread.
Look, Colt makes a good gun. It's American Made. It's an ICON. But facts being facts, check out the "FUN" Cane had when he tried to get a "drop in" kit for his Colt. Then take a look at the "headaches" I had with buying the same kit as a drop in for my Kimber.
If Kimber is a girl's name - so what?? They still make a hell of a good gun. And it's American made. They are in NY, and they haven't done enough, in my opinion, to put that State's Archiac Laws about weapons to death, but they do make a good product.
Springfield also makes a great gun. They do import SOME
parts for SOME
guns from Brazil, but they are from the same CNC plant that Taurus uses to produce their new 1911 Line the PT1911.
Having shot and disassembled this gun, the PT1911 is a quality pistol that is the best bang for the buck on the market. Hands down. But it isn't American made.
If you look hard enough, you will find that several companies, like Rock Island and Para Ord, use MIM parts from a company called BUL out of Israel.
The fact is, a lot of companies cut corners on internal parts they feel won't affect overall performance. I don't agree, but that doesn't mean you can't change those parts out yourself, or with minimal gunsmith work, and build a true ass kicking pistol.
At the end of the day, buy the pistol that YOU want - no matter what anyone else says ( including me ) and then see how it shoots. If you have doubts, post them, and we will all help you tune it into a true SHTF pistol you can bet your life on.
Fact of the matter is, I carried one of two Kimbers that were in my posession for the better part of 4 years and NEVER had a problem.
I upgraded to Nighthawk, and became the scourge of the FTF 1911 forums, at a point in life when I had a bit more money and a NEED to have what I saw as the best possible hand made pistol.
I don't regret the purchase for a moment, but I don't advocate selling your Soul, mortaging your house, or bankrupting the kids tuition fund just to get "the best".
Buy what YOU WANT
and then tune it from there if it's needed.