Hey gang, I have finally decided to bite the bullet (no pun intended) and purchase my very first 1911. After doing a lot of research I have decided to set my sights on a Springfield Armory Mil-Spec. I ended up finding a stainless steel model at a particular gun store recently and got a feel for the pistol. Other than the thick wood grips on it, I completely love the weight, balance, and feel of the pistol in my hands. I asked one of the clerks if they could order one that had a parkerized finish, and found out that their distributor does in fact have a few in stock. However, here is where I have run into a problem: the asking price for it NIB is $649. Add in the sales tax and it would be a little over $700. I went to other gun stores in the area and found out that I could not get a better or worse price estimate as most if not all their distributors at each store are currently out of stock with the pistol, and have been so for quite some time. I know that the typical estimated value of a brand new Springfield Mil-Spec parkerized is about $610, but I am not sure if it is worth the extra in asking price. What do you guys think, especially the ones who own Springfields. Do you guys think that the $649 price is a fair price, or do you think I can do better? Does anybody have an suggestions on where else to look? Any and all advice on the matter would much appreciated.