I'm a college student, and relatively new to handgunning and ccw. I have a G 19, and love it. I also have a Ruger LCR, and it's nice. But I there's just something about a 1911. Much less the idea of a big heavy bullet. So, after much deliberation I've decided that one will be my next handgun. The question is which one? I realize that there have been many threads on affordable 1911's, and I've read several, but I've not found a thread for one that'd meet what I think I want/need. I'd like a 4-4.5 inch barrel, with the standard length grip frame. I'd like one with a dovetailed front sight, because I'll eventually have a night sight added. I'd like a decent grip safety, as I've heard that the "mil-spec" tend to allow the hammer to bite hands. And there's something about a stainless 1911 that's just... I think an ambi safety would be useful, but I'm also considering crimson trace grips in the future. I looked at a stainless Springfield Armory GI and almost drooled... But the barrel was longer than what I'd like, and the slide would need to be milled to accept most sights, and I don't have a lot of money to throw into the gun right now. I don't mind swapping the grip safety and such, but it seems like having a dovetail cut into the slide would be expensive.... If you can't tell, I really don't know much about 1911s, so any advice would be awesome. Thanks. Wanna kill these ads? We can help!