Got the itch to buy a three inch 1911. Looked at the Colt, based on the brand, but didn't like the non-beaver tail thing that passes for a grip safety, and didn't like the shiny finish which shows scratches. Too much negative stuff on the Kimber carbon steel barrels rusting (serious -- google it). Other than that, very nice (grips look weird, though-- would have to replace them with Gunner's Grips) The Springer is great except for the two tone finish. It's got all the other touches I want (as did the Kimber), plus a SS barrel. Guess I'll get used to that two tone finish.