Originally Posted by SquirtGun
What is the best 1911 to get as far as value?
Value is in the eye (and wallet) of the beholder. A $4000 Wilson Combat or Nighthawk may be a good value if that's how you roll. Especially if your betting your life on it working. A $400ish Rock Island may not seem like an especially good deal if you sink a bunch of money into to get it the way you want it.
How much are you willing to spend.?
What is your intended use for it? Range only? Full out match paper punching? Concealed carry? Nightstand? BBQ? You may wish to spend a bit more on something you will be defending your life with.
What features do you have to have? How about nice to have? Rail? Checkering? Night Sights? Adjustable match sights? Black finish?
Springfield Armory offers something for nearly all tastes and most budgets. Browse through their line-up to get an idea.