My first 1911 was a Springfield MilSpec. I sent it to Springfield Custom and had a trigger job done and the barrel throated and the chamber polished and an internal deburring and polishing done. Then I sent it to Novak's and had fiber optic sights installed. It was an excellent and dependable pistol.
My next 1911 was a Les Baer Thunder Ranch Special. It was an outstanding pistol; well made, almost too tight and dependable and accurate.
My next 1911 was a Dan Wesson Commander Bobtail or CBOB. Dan Wesson uses a bunch of Ed Brown parts and it was also a quality pistol. Once again, tight, dependable and accurate. It's the only one that I really miss.
My current 1911 is a 1927 Sistema Colt manufactured in 1959. I picked it up for around $350. and then spent around $900. having it customized to my liking. It's essentially a new pistol with a fifty year old frame and slide.
It is by far my favorite 1911, probably because it's essentially a custom gun that was built to my specifications.
I don't think you can go wrong with either Kimber or Springfield. However, if you're in the $1,000. or so price range, take a look at a Dan Wesson.
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