Hey guys. I am looking to purchase a 1911. I have experience with shotguns, Glocks and XDs. I have no idea on a budget. If I can get something nice for under a grand I'd be happy, but I don't know. I really want front strap checkering, and it seems most budget priced guns like the Range Officer do not have it stock. I've held a few 1911s, but never fired one. I am 100% sure I will like it, so I plan to buy one with confidence. I am wondering how much more you really get with a 1911 over 1k compared to a budget priced one. I have been lurking this board for a while now, trying to gather info. It seems like if bac1023, Quack or hokieshooter think it's a good gun, then their word is as good as gold. I am a big Glock and Springfield fan in terms of their polymer pistols. Glock obviously does not offer a 1911, so I am leaning towards Springfield based on name alone. I like the look of the Range Officer, but the lack of front strap checkering and the target sights make me hesitant. If I bought a Range Officer and got front strap checkering + new sights, I would be into it for a good chunk of change more than new. At that point, I might have just spent a bit more up front to get everything I wanted out of the box. The guns I have considered: Springfield Range Officer Springfield TRP Sti Trojan Used Dan Wesson, Les Baer or Kimber I am a total noob and have not been in the scene long enough to make an educated decision. I don't want to be that guy at the used car dealer who buys a lemon because he doesn't know any better. I am sure a gun shop would happily take my money and sell me some junk, just to make a sale. The things I want out of the gun: Reliable from the box Able to reliably feed self defense ammo Nice looking, but function > form for sure Priced between $600 and $2,500 Is a $2,500 gun THAT much better than something like a Remington R1 or an entry level Springfield? Thanks guys, and sorry for the long-winded and I am sure very monotonous post.