Over the years, quite a few 1911's have passed through my collection, but all have been traded or sold for one reason or another. The last one... a Dan Wesson CBOB I liked VERY much, but I got laid off from work and had to sell it to pay bills. The work situation is fine again and I've replaced all the guns I had to sell during the unemployment period except the CBOB. Since the CBOB is no longer made (other than for CA) I am a bit lost on what to buy. Here are my criteria... 1. Street price of $1000 (I can be a little flexible on this, but the higher I go the less likely I am to make it to the mark before something else tempts me and I spend what I've saved and have to keep starting over). 2. All stainless steel (I want this because down the road I may want to customize it and having no finish seems to simplify things for certain modifications... like checkering for example). 3. Forged, stainless steel frame. 4. Either a 5" or 4.25" slide and barrel. 5. No ambi safety or FLGR (not a deal breaker, but if it had those features it would be the first thing I had changed). 6. Little or no MIM. 7. Series 70 style trigger system. The purpose of this gun will be range fun, occasional IDPA matches and possibly a project gun to do a full custom build down the road. Also, I just though it would be fun to buy a 1911 in 2011 during the 100 year anniversary. Right now, my main contenders are a Dan Wesson RZ-45 Heritage or a Colt Series 70 Reproduction. I'm leaning toward the Dan Wesson since it is more shootable out of the box and I'm not really sure if I will ever take the next step to have it turned into a custom, but it seems like the Colt would be more fun as a the base gun for a project. The Colt also seems more appropriate for a gun I'm buying to mark the 100 year anniversary. Other guns are my radar are a Series 1 Kimber, Springfield Loaded or a Springfield Mil-Spec but all have a lot of MIM. What suggestions to do guys (and gals) have on this? Wanna kill these ads? We can help!