Gents, Looking to purchase my first 1911 sometime 2011. Initially I was thinking I'd be choosing between a Kimber Custom TLE or Royal or a Springfield Armory Loaded. However as I lurk on the 1911 forums I'm noticing the STI Trojan is getting a lot of positive reivews as is the Springfield Range Officer. So I ask you between these 3 or 4 manufacturers and models what are the pros and cons? I'll probably have around $1,000 to spend toward it. Also, where does Colt fit in? Seems to be that the quality has gone up and down over the years? Where do their 1911's compare with the others I've mentioned? I know of course the best thing would be to get them all in my hands and try to shoot as many as possible. Unfortunately the local shops I do my window shopping don't carry many, if any 1911s, much less have any at the local ranges to rent. So I rely on you for suggestions. Thanks in advance for your answers, help and suggestion to this and my follow up questions. Wanna kill these ads? We can help!