You guys were right, please see the thread "colt new agent crimson trace" and the "trench sights" thread. I talked myself into the pistol. I couldn't find one anywhere, my lgs had them back ordered for 1.5 years. Thet were selling the model without the factory Crimson Trace grips and adding their own lasers, only difference being the Colt logo missing. I spoke to my lgs owner and he told me if I found one anywhere at a price 1300 or lower, to buy it immediately (got to admire that integrity) because he couldn't get one for a long while. I'm ret'd Army and ex LEO and sometimes gun stores give my ilk a break, so I made the purchase today for 1200, I'm happy. Initial impressions..... I field stripped the weapon and completely degreased with rubbing alcohol. Looking under a bright workshop light, I found the detail at least equal to the Dan Wesson Valor. Very few machine marks and reasonably tight fit on everything. Field strip a little harder, no recoil spring plug, barrel bushing, so line her up and remove slide stop, then the slide. I'm big on froglube these days, so I heated the metal with a hair dryer, lubed her a lot, hit it with froglube again and she is cooling as we speak. My hands don't stink right now. I have found the froglube makes second and third cleanings embarassingly easy, stuff just wipes away. I have found the little rascal fits in a standard 1911 holster, no issue and it sure seems like the perfect carry weapon. Several hundred rounds will tell and I will report back. Tha laser switches on and off on the grip, I like that too. You know, we gun nuts always seek perfection, the carry weapon with the perfect round, lubed with the perfect lubricant and carried in the perfect holster. As a result, I have, as most of us, a giant "holster that didn't quite work" drawer and a "lube that was nice, but not perfect" drawer. My experience so far tells me the New Agent in an OWB leather holster with a big forward cant(dm bullard from texas), lubed with froglube and loaded with 185 grain DPX or 230 HST's might be the real deal. One hopes to never, ever have to defend ourself or family with a pistol, but if things appear life threatening, I'm pleased with this choice. I'll give a range report shortly.