Originally Posted by JuniorRanger
I'm looking to buy a 1911. It is my first one and I'm wondering what company makes the best models/most accurate/most reliable/ and do on. Also I would like to find all this in the most least expensive package. But I'm open to all options!
As I like to say in my business, you can have it fast, cheap and accurate. Pick two. You ask for the "best models/most accurate/most reliable" and then you say "least expansive" which is, of course, an impossible combination for no other reason than quality products require more expensive parts and more labor to make.
If you want a reasonably reliable, reasonably accurate 1911, then there are plenty available in the under $600-700 range (new) including RIA, Ruger, Para and Remington and an even wider array used. If you want the best, then you're going to pay a bit more - you start seeing meaningful quality improvements at around $1,000 or $1,200 new (more hand work, better components, hand fitting of key parts, fewer or no MIM parts, better trigger, better sights, etc) and - with plenty of exceptions - you get what you pay for. In the plus $2,000 range you start getting amazing guns - custom built works of art, Wilson Combat production guns without peer, etc.
You'll also find the individual features add to the price and may or may not add to functionality depending on your needs. Target v combat sights, night sights, tac rail, laser grips, serrated slide, checkering on the frame, mag well, trigger quality, frame construction (steel, SS, alloy and now polymer options), the list goes on. I own 6 1911s, half bought new and half used, the purchase prices ranged from $350 to $1,500 and each is a good gun for it's purpose. The $350 1911 is a .22LR kit gun with no special features and the $1,500 is an upper end Kimber with a .460 Rowland conversion. The in between guns include an alloy frame Smith, a Commander sized Dan Wesson, another Dan Wesson with a lot of competition upgrades, and a stock Kimber with a laser grip.