Full Review added to thread, post #15 Myself and some fellow shooting buddies attending Larry Vickers' 1911 Operator Course in Gainesville this past weekend. I will try to post up some pics and a full AAR as soon as I have a chance. A brief synopsis: For serious defensive work stick with Wilson, Springfield Custom Shop, Nighthawk, Baer and Brown in that order. Some stock guns from Colt and Springfield Armory are good to go. And in ALL of the above, stick to 5" guns with standard bushing and guide rod assemblies. 4.25", 4", 3.5" and 3" guns should only be considered recreational shooters. Custom builders of choice are Jason Burton, John Harrison and Jim Garthwaite. Stay away from fiber optic sights and full length guide rods. Whatever mag came from the factory with you gun, ditch them. Wilson ETM's are his number one choice, Wilson 7 round 47D's are preferred to the 8 round variant, he has seen others have good luck with Chip McCormick and Tripp. On day two we detail stripped all of the guns in the class and reassembled. As I had previously attended both Springfield Armory 1911 Armorer and Colt Factory 1911 Armorer class, LAV asked myself and another student with similar experience to help those who had little or no experience with detail stripping and reassembly. I did learn that I never want to touch a Taurus. The fit on the two that were in the class was horrible, parts had to be beaten out of and beaten back into the guns. The new Remington's did not impress me either. LAV is not a Kimber fan, though admittedly I have had two in the past which I had good results with. There were a few malfunctions during the class, almost all were failure to go into battery and mostly associated with guns that had run dry of lube. They will run dirty, but not dry. Two catastrophic failures, one a result of a student using his own reloads, double charge that blew up (Taurus gun). Say what you will about rubber grips, the student had Pearce grips which have metal liners like Pachmayr's do, the grips bowed but popped back into place with no injury to his hand. I have seen similar events with wood grips with dis-similar results. The second was a broken barrel link on a Wilson pistol. I examined the gun and found that the owner had put in a different recoil spring plug which appeared to be longer than spec and may have attributed to the breakage. Again, I am working on a full AAR. Wanna kill these ads? We can help!