Originally Posted by jake1
I mostly will have it to start getting familiar with the 1911 style and features so that one day I am confident enough to use it as my daily concealed carry.
many good suggestions made as to which you should pick for your first 1911! Colt, Remington, Ruger, Springfield, are all very good, but also chech out the RIA, High Standard, MetroArms and some of the others also.
nothing wrong with using a 1911 for EDC, but some prefer a full size for range use and a Commander or Officer sized models for carry. not that some don't carry full sized models for carry, but gives you an excuse for more than one 1911!
my suggestion, check out an LGS that has a good selection of 1911's and try them out. currently i have three in different brands and sizes, and all feel differently in my hand. another suggestion is to start with a very basic 1911 and find out what suits you and what doesn't and then look for the one that has the features that suit your needs. another suggestion, read Canebrakes stickey on choosing your first 1911. lots of good information there, that might help you make your decision.