Looking at two 1911s. A Springfield Loaded Parkerized and an MC Operator. The Loaded is $738 and the Operator is $1040. I like the OD Green of the Operator but am wondering what it is that justifies the extra $300 for the Operator, besides the obvious rail and OD Green finish on the frame. The Operator is the MAX I wanna spend on a 1911, FWIW. Another thing- the serial # prefix on the 3 Loaded starts with NM and doesn't say made in Brazil. Did Springfield start making the Loaded here in the U.S.? He got them in yesterday, and they are 2012 production FWIW....which one would be the best value? I'm not that big into 1911s....I just want one for the arsenal. Wanna kill these ads? We can help!