I really like all of the Kimbers, Paras and SIGs that I've fired. I really couldn't tell much difference between my Kimber and the Wilsons that I've fired. I've never fired anything else, but would really like to pick up a Les Baer or Nighthawk. I have a hard time spending over $2k though, when I'm happy with my $700 pistol.
Boy eher are so many custom smiths turning out such great guns it would be hard to choose .
I know I wouldn't buy one if one is all I could afford because it would be just my luck I would have to use it to defend myself and the cops would take it away for months as eveidence until I was all cleared of wrongdoing .
Yost , Clark , and Pacymayer are the ones I've fired and yes those custom guns are worth the money .
I would love to have a Robar made gun with their Rogard or Np3 finish but in the end if I had to pick just one it would have to be the best of the best and it aint a $3,000 gun it's closer to a $5,000 gun and that would be a Pistol Dynamics Combat Special made by an ex Pachmayr Smith named Paul Liebnenberg .
Check out their website sometime and be prepared to drool , when you don't just want a great gun but a "Hellofa Gun" give them a call .
I don't think I'd ever own a $5000 1911--- I though spending $2600 on my Wilson was crazy. I had Terry Tussey build my Para P14 for less than that! If I had to do it all over again I'd had just bought the CQB and called it good.
But I'm with the above poster when he said
I know I wouldn't buy one if one is all I could afford
I have a Colt series 70 that I sent off to NOVAK for a full custom job, their FBI spec pistol. So far I love it! My life depends upon it on a daily basis, and I have been to a lot of schools with it, with no malfunctions, what so ever. I absolutely LOVE what they did to that gun. I am partial to the little PONY and with NOVAK's great work, that little pony became an awsome work horse, not to mention a unique gun! How can you beat a custom COLT?