A rare breed for sure. The Valtro 1998 A1 is an outstanding quality 1911. They were produced in Italy under the watchful eye of master 1911 smith John Jardine. Its a great addition to my 1911 collection and certainly not one I ever thought I'd actually own. Many thanks to fellow GT member Mr. Thundermaker for letting me convince him to sell it to me. Anyway, the gun has never been fired. Overall build quality reminds me of a Wilson, but with an enormous amount of exotic flair. In fact, this is the only Valtro I've ever seen in person. Here's some info on Valtro 1911s. http://www.valtrousa.com/aboutvaltro.html The website has been frozen in time for a while now and I believe what little production of them there was, has now ceased. The gun really impresses me and I love the unique rounded edges on every part of it. Its like a subtle melt job. Even the rear sights are dehorned. Attention to detail is amazing throughout and the trigger is fabulous. From an appearance standpoint, I think its beautiful. The bluing is shiny and smooth, the rollmarking isn't overly obnoxious, and the checkering is very fine. While I tend to prefer 1911s without front serrations, these serrations are done very tastefully. It has a nicely beveled magwell, an ambi safety, and a full length guide rod. Despite being a slightly older design, it has some modern touches, such as a countersunk slide stop, a serrated slide top, and a very nice French border around the slide. This are all eye candy I love to look at on a high end enhanced 1911A1. The walnut grips with the Valtro medallion go well with the rest of the gun. Below is the photos from the website. If you notice, mine has smaller rollmarks then the gun in the link., which is good. http://www.valtrousa.com/photogallery/ticevaltro1.html I do believe John Jardine still does custom work on his Valtros, as shown in the link below. Its some awesome work. http://www.jardinescustom.com/photographs.html As I mentioned in other threads, I have several real nice 1911s coming this June and July, but the Valtro was the one I was looking forward to the most. As many know, I love rare collectable guns. However, they're not always synonymous with high quality. In the Valtro's case, its outstanding build quality matches its extreme rarity. Thanks for looking at my latest addition. Your comments and thoughts are always appreciated! Does anybody own one or have any first hand experience with a Valtro? Wanna kill these ads? We can help!