Of course the first question to ask yourself before selecting any tool is "what are you going to use it for?" Not so easy to answer if its the first tool, because you might list 3 or 4 things that don't really go together. I wanted: 1. a 1911 2. to keep in my truck (so not super expensive) 3. a gun fun to target shoot with 4. a nice gun 5. compact, light, in case I want to drop it into my business bag Yea well... as my buddy said... you might have to buy more than one gun. After a little looking, I stumbled on a gun that might suit some of those needs... and besides, I liked it. So I bought it. (I admit my perception bias was toward Kimber and Colt.) Supposedly new, at a gun show, a Colt Defender. SS finish seems like it will hold up good riding in my vehicle, and the rubber grips felt good in my hands... although maybe just a tad small for optimal performance... we'll see. (3" barrel for those not knowing) Put a box of bullets through it yesterday, and could definately feel the diff between it and a 5" barrel for sure, but was able to stay in the circle pretty good at 20' after getting used to it. So far, pleased with my purchase, but honestly, not a lot of reference points to compare with (yet).