I am planning on getting a 1911. I am pretty sure I want to get a Colt because everybody tells me Colt is the best, and after going and looking at some and asking around, it sounds like Colt is the best one. Are there other 1911's that are better? I feel a bit like I am paying for name brand and not always quality. I do want to avoid Springfields. From what I hear, they jam alot. I would like a stainless one and I was looking at some Series 70's and Series 80's... just wondering if one is better than the other and what one could expect to pay for one new. Also, are airsoft guns a good way to practice for having a real gun? One of my friends was asking about it but is uncertain about owning a real firearm and wants to become comfortable with something close first. I told him to get a .22 pistol and practice with that. But I figure an airsoft pistol is built to pretty closely resemble a real firearm, except that it shoots bb's instead of bullets. Plus if he wanted to go shoot it or something outside, you wouldn't have the neighbors complaining about gunshots. So if someone could answer my questions for me that would be highly appreciated.