Originally Posted by Yunus
I've been more than happy with my Taurus 1911 and they are available for a little less than $750. I have total confidence it will go bang when I pull the trigger but I also make sure I clean it on a monthly basis and after every time I go shooting with it. This is the only 1911 I have experience with so I can't tell you what a more expensive 1911 brings to the table.
The biggest problem I read about for 1911's is the magazines. This does not seem to be a brand specific problem but a platform problem. Err let me rephrase that so I don't get yelled at here, it's not the platform that is the problem, it's the poorly engineered factory magazines that are the issue, so I would suggest you consider the price of a couple after market magazines into your cost. Just a few posts down is a post from me asking what the best magazines are and it has some good responses in it.
I agree with Yunus.. I've got two 45's one of which is of the 1911 platform. I love my Colt but it does not compare with the Taurus that I shot. My other 45 is an XD. IMO (and I am no 1911 expert) for the money, you cannot go wrong with the taurus. It's got all the bells and whistles of your high end 1911's at a fraction of the cost. Around my neck of the woods, they are still under $600.