Well, after much thought and pondering, I finally purchasing a 1911. I had originally decided on a Springfield MC operator because I wanted a quality gun, with an accessory rail. Then I found a Surefire 310r, so I no longer needed a rail. I began looking at the Springfield 1911 parked loaded model, and thought this was it. So, I went to the gunshow this weekend with every intention to buy it until I came across the Rock Island GI 1911. It didn't have all the upgrades that the springfield did, but it was built well, and I'm no competition shooter, so getting match grade pistol wasn't necessary. I ended up buying the RIA 1911 GI and LOVE it. I also bought a one piece guide rail for it and am ordering some other new parts or it such as: Commander style hammer Ambi thumb safety some of the Wilson combat mags everyone yaks about new GI type grips and maybe a new trigger. Some of you may think "why didn't he just get the tactical" and the answer is simple. The guys at the show were selling the tactical for $90 more than the GI and after pricing out all the changes I wanted, I am paying less for better brand accessories and getting exactly the gun I want. Pictures to come when I find my camera charger. PICTURES (sorry for cell phone quality) And this last one is just showing my absolute LOVE of the old Surefire series lights.