First off all, this thread is useless without pics, I know that, and I will get some up within 24 hours. I have been hearing lots of great things about this particular 1911 from people who really know 1911s, like bac here on GT, the folks over on 1911forum and some of the knowledgeable people at my LGS (yes I have an LGS with knowledgeable people, I live in TX). Anyways, I stopped by the store today and they had a bunch of 1911s, Colts, Springfields, Kimbers, S&Ws, Remington R1, DE1911, and more. I wanted an affordable 1911 since I already have a Kimber Stainless and to move up to the next level would be around $1,200-1,300 and I wasn't ready for that. I narrowed it down to the Remington R1 and the Desert Eagle 1911. I was surprised at how nice the Remington was, I was really tempted to buy it and would have done so if the DE wasn't there. The problem was the DE offered a lot more gun for about $40 more, and while I like the idea of a mil-spec 1911 I liked the idea of a great shooter more. The trigger on the DE1911 felt great for a dry fire, I will be taking it to the range on Sunday and will test everyone's praise about it's appetite by bringing a variety of ammo in FMJ and JHP of various levels of quality. Overall the gun looks great, I like the finish but I think it will show wear fairly soon. The rollmark is huge and it's annoying, however it's not nearly as bad in person as in the photos, primarily becuase it is fairly shallow and doesn't jump out like some do (TRP). The only thing I'd like to change is the beavertail grip safety, I really don't like the polished finish and want to swap it for one that's matte. How difficult would this be for me to do, I'm not very good at tinkering, the best I've done is swapped the slide stop on my G17. If it's user replaceable, what drop in part would someone recommend? I'll report back with pics and a range report, but so far I agree with the consensus that this is a lot of gun for the money, and one of the best 1911 values out there. I waived my all American rule for 1911s since we're talking about Isreal here.