within the budget you have set, there are some choices and some good ones. now they aren't going to be a tricked out Dan Wesson, or the fine old Colts.I'm interested in getting a 1911 to carry sometimes and just for shooting for fun, size isn't an issue but cost is I want to stay under $600. I know that doesn't leave me many options so I wanted to see what you guys have to say. Also I shoot left handed so that might also make it a little harder to find one
need to check out MetroArms American Classic's and the RIA lines of 1911's. many different finishes, materials, calibers and sizes. they are made in the Phillipine Islands and are some of the best value for a good, reliable and decently accurate 1911.
i have currently an American Classic Commander in 45 acp. it's the second AC i have owned and can attest to their quality and accuracy. also very reliable.
you owe it to yourself to check thes out.