Thus far, my small collection of firearms has a barrel length range of 3-3.5" all of which are sub compact 9mm, .380s and .22s. They are great for carry, and the frame size accommodates my micro sized hands. It's time for a full (or at least...full-er) sized 1911. I have shot a couple before, but I'm not exactly familiar with the different features of the different brands. I'm not looking to buy anything over $1200. I recently spent about 2-3 hours holding different brands, and have it narrowed down to the following three: Ruger SR1911 - These have a stellar reputation, but didn't "feel" quite right when I held it. Sig C3 - I found one without the crimson trace and it was prettymuch perfect, but I am curious as to the perceived recoil compared to the last one I am considering. Kimber Stainless (appears to be the full size). - I think this was one of the base models, as the price was only 50 bucks more than the Sig C3. I liked the way it felt, and it was very very pretty in stainless. As I just so happen to be a woman, I have a certain attraction to things that are pretty.