I like a basic bare bones 1911. I am a traditionalist who shy's away from the more modern versions of the 1911's with their added features and frills that I really have no use for. I do have a couple of customized Colts back from the old days but my favorites right now are my two Springfield Armory Mil-Specs. I do a few things to them to fit my liking such as getting rid of the ILS main spring housing and replacing some key parts with the Bullet Proof parts and using good quality springs throughout. I always "fluff andf buff" the metal to metal contact surfaces and I clean up the triggers a bit to be a crisp 4.5 to 5 lb break with very little overtravel. I shot these two guns yesterday and put 300 rounds through each. Here is the praise part. I have quite a few rounds through these guns but they have been all good quality FMJ rounds. Yesterday I took along a bunch of hollow points to see how these basic bare bones guns did with what would normally be a problem for a lot of 1911's. I started out with Winchester PDX-1's and they fed and shot and ejected without a problem. I thought they would because of the nose profile being fairly close to a FMJ. I then went to some older Corbons starting with the 200g "Flying Ashtrays" which I'm sure plenty of you older guys will remember. These were the ones to use back then and most 1911's needed some work to feed these rounds reliably. They fed and shot and extracted without a problem. I went through several boxes and several different bullet weights from 160g to 185g and the 200g. They all did great in both guns without a failure. I ended this test with the Corbon 185g +P DPX which has the biggest hollow point and the most extreme nose profile of the rounds I have in stock. I was quite please to have both guns feed, shoot and eject these guys without a problem. So, I will stop rambling now but I want to say that these cheap 1911's that I consider a good beater type of gun that can be treated rough, because that's how I am about my carry guns, handled it well and I now consider them reliable enough to carry with whatever ammunition I feel like putting through them. Nothing fancy about these parkerized Mil-Specs, and with just my version of prep work being done to them, they are good dependable guns. Nothing wrong with the fancy expensive 1911's to be sure. Just not the only route to go if you want a 1911 and don't want to spend a lot of money on them. Anyone considering a 1911 should look at these guns before thinking you need to buy an expensive version to have a good 1911. Wow, I don't normally ramble that much. Thanks for listening. Wanna kill these ads? We can help!