I can get you a deal down in Wilmington on a Kimber. Though I don't think you would be disappointed with The RIA as a good start, Can always trade up. As I said before my RIA is a very nice Pistol that shoots great.
Thanks, but I am not quite ready to go as far as Wilmington to buy a Kimber. Maybe in the Spring of 2010 but right now I will stay close to W-S. I have an RIA, I am very satisified with it but would be willing to add a Kimber to my stable for a reasonable price. I sure do not like the $1,000 or higher price tags that I have seen on the Kimber brand and on other "high quality" 1911's.
I was at the local gun store this past weekend...they were having a "used gun sale". Saw a nice M1911A1 made by Remington Rand for 499 bucks. In great shape, tight slide. The deals are out there, you just gotta look for them.