check out MetroArms American Classic, High Standard, or the Rock Island Armory pistols. they are made in the Phillipines, but are very well made. i owned an American Classic II in 45, very well made and very reliable, and wouldn't hesitate to buy another. i am very impressed with the RIA pistols and have been looking at one at my LGS, but it was a fullsize and i was wanting a Commander sized 1911, so i had him order me a RIA commander sized 1911. the High Standard is also from the same maker as RIA from what i gather, and there are several members here who swear by them.
check out also Springfield Armory Mil-Spec model 1911 or even possibly the Remington R1. either of these two are excellent choices if you can get them within your budget. either of these will be at the upper end of your budget if not, maybe just a little more. i have a SA 1911, very nice pistol, and just bought a Remington R1 Enhanced about two weeks ago, and am extremely pleased with it so far.
Last edited by Axxe55; 06-03-2012 at 07:52 AM.