I didn't want to impose on the other .45 help thread. I've never owned a handgun personally, but have fired a few. I've decided it's time to own. I'm looking for a .45 with a rail for a mounted light/laser combo. It'll be a night stand gun, and I think it'd be a good feature to have. I'm trying to keep it around $1K, but it seems pretty difficult. In order, here are the criteria I'd like to meet: 1) Quality. 2) New in the box - I would like a case, extra mags, manual, and all the goodies associated with a new weapon. I want to make my own idiot marks. 3) An external safety. I just like to be able to click a safety on and off for added piece of mind. 4) A rail - I'm sold on the idea, hard. I feel it's tactically advantageous to have a light mounted on a weapon. 5) Comfort - After firing a 1911, they seem to be tough to beat here. I think I favor a narrower grip. 6) Capacity - more is better, but to me it seems a single stack mag., narrower grip for comfort edges out some of my higher capacity choices. 7) Stainless steel or polymer for longevity. I don't plan on buying a lot of firearms, and if I purchase one, I'd like it to LAST. HOWEVER, it seems I favor a heavier gun, so polymer has me kind of scratching my head because they seem lighter in general. Here's what I have tried out and what I'm considering so far: Fired so far: Taurus PT1911 - Despite the ups and downs reported, when my GF and I fired this weapon at the range, we both agreed it was comfortable, and we both were really accurate with it. We had NO mechanical issues with 50 rounds. However I don't know if I can trust it fully having some shady reviews. Kimber 1911 (sorry, don't remember the model) - To me (us) the one we fired wasn't as comfortable as the Taurus! I know that's blasphemy to some. I also experienced some horrible jamming and wasn't that accurate with it. Maybe it was mag. issues, however it was kind of a turn off for a first experience with one. Glock 21 - Very light for it's size. It was fun to shoot, but it seemed to punish my hand more than the 1911. Great capacity. Fat grip, though. No external safety. I wasn't that accurate with it. Springfield XD 45 - GREAT safety features that I really dig. Heavy, great capacity... fatter grip though. I didn't feel it was as fat to me as a Glock 21. I could probably get used to it. It did punish my hand a bit, too. Accuracy for me wasn't that great, either. Considering: Colt 1911 Rail Gun - Looks great! More pricey though. Springfield 1911 SS with a rail - BUT now we're pushing $1,500 and I REALLY can't do that. P220 - They look really slick - BUT NO EXTERNAL SAFETY HK 45 - This baby really looks like the way to go for me... BUT I'm getting to around the price of a quality 1911 with a rail. Is there any other .45 offering I'm overlooking that would meet my criteria that I should try out? I really appreciate any input.