Originally Posted by NGIB
When shopping for a new car, some folks choose a Kia and others choose a Mercedes. The high end 1911s like Baer, Wilson, Brown, and Nighthawk are fabulous guns - but they do cost a bunch. Some folks just prefer the quality of a hand fitted masterpiece to a mass market production gun...
Indeed, custom handmade, great fitting and tight tolerances, these are all very nice, high end and reliable 1911 guns. I would love to own one of each.
But, although nice to be able to have them, and the allowance to buy them, I still prefer mass market, common stock, ie., Springer, Colt, S&W, RIA twicked a bit, and shoot the hell out of them and carry them with confidence.
Also if push comes to shove, I would rather give up a low end model gun, through what ever circumstances, whether it be to a law enforcement investigation or forced confiscation or loss, it's a lot less painful hit to the wallet and my stable.
BTW, I own a 2006 Kia Amamti, it resembles a Jag, but more similar to a Mercedes. It was a helluva lot cheaper, it came loaded with all the top end comfort features, I have not had any problems with it and it is mechanically sound with 54,000 miles on her. I am as happy as a baby in a barrel full of titties! YMMV