I have made a deal with my wife. This coming tax season, if all goes well and there's no issues we have to take care of, she gets her disney world vacation, and I get a 1911. I originally told her I wanted the Colt. I don't know Colt very well, I know they have their fans and their haters, but I know my M16A2 in boot camp was great. I do know S&W pretty well and am a fan for sure. I've been thinking about a 1911 for a while, and was pretty much limiting myself based on price meaning I wanted a cheap one, entry level, whatever. But now I have made a deal to spend 1k or thereabouts and was wondering about the opinions. In the end I'll end up getting what strikes me, but I want to hear about some of the differences/pros/cons of one over the other. It would serve as a carry weapon and a range gun. Will not be modified for any competition, but MAY be modified for carry and reliability, most likely will be kept as it comes in the box. I really cant decide between the 2 and I may be jumping the gun (no pun intended) because taxes are still months away. Between the 2 I like the looks of the S&W with their fishscale slides. But that is the only thing I can come up with.