there is a lot of good ones out there to choose from. I chose the Springfield Range Officer and could not be happier. It is a great bang for your buck 1911.
I have had a few 1911's over the years ranging from budget guns to "medium" custom guns. (1000-1500 range. ) I like the RO better then any of the others I have had.
Edit: sorry , just caught the 500.00 part. You should check out out the Rock Island. My friend has one and has shot it quite a bit and really likes it.
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