Originally Posted by Nat_Turner
I Love 45's. I love SA. Knowing that what should be my first 1911. I have been lusting after the Kimber Raptor II. I am a GLOCK fan and own two of them. I was thinking of the Colt, Ruger or the Kimber. What is the best first 1911?
You could do a lot worse than SA. Good guns with a good warranty and solid customer service. My only complaint is that I believe the legal department does the triggers.
Colt - Safe bet. When in doubt...
Ruger - Nice guns from what I've heard. A lot of value for the money...typical Ruger. Can be hard to find.
Kimber - tend to be controversial. One year warranty. Enthusiasts insist that Kimber will help after the year is up. They don't have to, and I'm not going to hope they will. No shortage of disgruntled Kimber owners on the 1911 forums. To be fair, they have a strong following of people who really enjoy them too. Like I said, controversial. My only Kimber is very good. It's a 30 yo rifle though.
Of the choices you mention, I'd steer you toward SA or Colt.
My wild card suggestion would be Dan Wesson, if you have the budget for it.