Recently I have been on a quest to purchase a new 1911. I have looked at a Taurus to Les Baer and yet to make a decision. What I noticed on the forum as well as others is many comments on reliability issues with major 1911 manufactures such as Springfield, Kimber and Colt (and a few others). Some comments I read is that you can basically pay a grand for a 1911 and still get a gun that has problems. My question is why? You would think companies that make thousands of these guns a year could get it right. How can you get a Custom II or a Loaded have issues out of the box? You would think that each gun that is mass produced is the same as the one made before it. Is it the 1911 platform? I have just not had any problems with any revolver or other type semi auto that I have purchased. I want a 1911 but FTF and FTF issues I read about on guns that cost big bucks is a bit scary. People may say they don't like a Glock but it's not based on performance.