I can relate. I bought an American Classic Government model for $400 & change. Cleaned & lubed it & took it to the range. Accuracy was great. Cycled thru about 50 rounds FMJ smooth as silk. Really, really nice crisp light trigger, about 3-1/2 lbs. I turned to another shooter & remarked, "this is the best $400 I've ever spent".
Then at about round 70, the front sight flew into never-never land.
Long story shortened, that pistol spent 7 months at a warranty center, deemed unrepairable & a replacement ordered. The repair center received the replacment & found the sight on it was crooked.
Importer agreed to upgrade me to a 'Deluxe' model. Nothing but feeding problems with it. If I had all the money I've spent for the original pistol, magazines trying to find one that would work & ammo testing it, I'd be able to buy a top of the line Colt! Not to mention all the hair pulling (I don't have any to spare) & unsavory language I have learned.
Yet, constantly reading the praises of the American Classic. Not only that, but I also have an American Classic Commander with feeding problems, but that's for another rant.
Now, so that I won't be accused of hijacking this thread, I just got my Rock Island back from the warranty center, repaired because of the notorious 'nose-dive' problem & failure to chamber the first round. Needless to say, I am not real high on the Phillipine pistols of any flavor.