I'm interested to know what your picks are for best and worst 1911 manufacturers, don't just post horror stories about a lemon you got one time, I mean actual brand names that the collective consensus has come to conclude is a good or bad manufacturer. My top three; Kimber Para-ord Springfield Why? These companies make the best average bang for you buck pistols out there, and even though they've had a few issues from time to time and some other companies make fancier-high end examples and others make cheaper low cost models, their quality vs. cost ratio is what I would consider fair and balanced. My bottom three; U.S.; Thompson/Kahr Detonics AMT Why? Over the years these companies have been more hit and miss than a blind man at an IDPA match! Import; ANYTHING from the Phillipines or China (don't get me started on the B.S. about their metal quality supposedly being better than most U.S. guns, I'm a tool&die machinist and it's all B.S., trust me on this one) I'm not particularly fond of Brazillian Tuarus' either, but I'll leave them alone since there is such an overwhelming concensus that Brazillian made Springfield and Tuarus guns are great (which I have a very hard time believing due to my past experiences with them, notice I did include Springfield in my top three). P.S. Interesting note, right now I only own Colts and so does my dad, (I'm not counting my home built guns) notice Colts were not listed. Colt almost went on my bottom three due to the same reasons I listed under the other U.S. manufacturers, but Colts nearly century long history of making the 1911 non-stop and their reasonable pricing saved them from being rated by the somewhat spotty reputation they have gained the last two decades.