It had taken me a while to save up for my first 1911 (a Colt 1991A1), which was stolen before I could put more than 50 rounds through it! Last week I got an extra part time job with a decent pay, and decided to get a Para 14-45 (stainless). Paid $1800 for it, which is roughly 3.7 months worth of rent for a two bedroom apartment in the nicest neighbourhood in the city. I need to move to a country with better gun prices. I really like how it feels in my hand, I thought the grip was going to feel too thick but it's perfect for my paws. And 14+1 rounds of .45acp makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. I still have to wait between a week and ten days to take it home due to our crappy gun laws. I'll post some pics as soon as I get it. I've got a question, do regular 1911 parts fit Paras? I'd like to get rid of all the plastic parts.