As I have gotten older, I realize that Colt is in a different league. They don't advertise or get all the write ups in the rags and yet they survive and supply arms to various military worldwide. They continue to produce the handguns that set them apart from the others...sure lot's of folks make 1911's...and these folks are the sweethearts of all the writers and yet Colt is almost like a stepchild that no one wants to acknowledge. And they don't seem to care because they know...they realize that in the world of when it really counts, all that bull**** don't matter. They have a history of suppyling military arms and commercial arms to people that used them to survive the real world not the range...and yes, they have produced some of the finest range pistols as well but that was not the main focus. If you have ever looked at a USGI 1911 up close you realise that all this chatter about loose fitting slide or rough machine markings that are pretty much normal...this is a tool made of steel, not a pretty trophy. The early commercial Colts on the other hand are quite lovely...in spite of the fact they were produced on manual machines. Today Colt is using CNC machines but this was a relatively recent change. There is no particular point here, Anyone who would rebute these observations is a koolaid drinker and those that agree would not need to reply because you already know...I like to shoot and I shoot lot's of different kinds of guns. But if I ever need a real gun for the real world I'll be taking my Colt.