Well, After several years of yearning for a 1911, I finally got one. I bought a Springer Loaded w/ NM prefix. The fit was substantially better than the identical "N" prefixed model that I compared it to. Also, the slide overhang was much smaller on the NM model. I bought this to get familiar with the 1911 platform. This was the best I could afford at the moment, being a recent college grad. :embarassed: After the first 500 rounds, the gun loosened up a bit. I could not believe how tight the slide was prior to the preliminary clean/lube/shoot. I'm rather a noob with 1911's and the slide was pretty darn tight to me. Now, it was not Baer, Nighthawk, etc. tight. Also, the bbl bushing was fairly tight as well (which I assume b/c of the new recoil spring). All is well after shooting the prelim fmj's and a few mags worth of carry ammo. I am now able to manipulate the bbl bushing much easier as well as the slide. No malfunctions of any sort while shooting the first ~514 rds. Pic: Now I feel the need to save up and buy more 1911's. I own several Glocks, a Beretta M9, and S&W revolvers. This 1911 by far feels the best in hands and while shooting. I've been shooting Glocks for about ~7 years. I wished I would have gone with the 1911 a lot sooner. I can shoot it just as good as my Glocks after one range session. I can keep a fist size grouping at 21' out to 60' (20 yds). As I said, I hope I can grow more with this platform. Hopefully I can keep conversation on the 1911 sub-forum now. I've learned a lot by just lurking here every so often. I'll have to post more now Best, Captdreifus Wanna kill these ads? We can help!