Hi Guys, I think it was legendary mr. J.Cooper who once said " The true beauty of a 1911 is on the inside" ! We live in a time with more manufactures than the 1911 A1 than ever. Now it has turned into a "beauty" contest, and a company like Kimber, comes out with new models almost 2-3 times a year. Nothing wrong with that and more power to them. Cosmetic changes and new names, does not change the basic mechanics and function of the 1911 design. I see a lot of threads here, asking about what basic upgrades one would need on a GI type out of the box 1911. It all depends ! Is it a wallhanger or a life saver ? If it's a life saver, you would most likely want to have a "reliability" package done to it first. Especially if being on a budget, and can't afford a full custom job. Remember that outside cosmeticts, have never won a gunfight, but reliable firearms has. Ok, I understand how the firearms trade works. A first time gunowner walks into a gun shop looking for a 1911, that he/she just saw in a action movie. More often than not, he/she is going to select a model that looks kick a.. on the outside, not being conserned about the quality of the inside. See what I'm getting at ! It cooks down to priorities here. I personally think, that if any customer pays $ 2.000 + for a custom 1911, 4 things should be "a must have" for that price. 1. Reliability 2. Accuarcy 3. Ergonomics 4. Cosmetics And in that same order, depending on how much money one has to start out with. In other words, go with a reliability package first. That may save your life, so you can save up more $ and work your way down the list later. Just some thoughts, that I hope will help new 1911 owners getting started on the right food. Jess Christensen Wanna kill these ads? We can help!