I plan to save up my money this year so that I can buy a 1911 next year during the 100 year anniversary. Here are the criteria I'm looking for... 1. Street price very close to $1000. 2. Forged, steel frame and slide (prefer stainless, but not a deal breaker). 3. 5" Gov't model. 4. Forward cocking serrations. 5. No MIM parts, or at least minimal MIM parts. 6. Standard, GI guide rod. I hate full length guide rods on a 1911. 7. Good sights, or at least a slide cut to make installing good sights easy. 8. Series 70 trigger system. I plan for this gun would be range fun and IDPA. I want something with all the standard upgrades (like the Springfield Loaded, but too much MIM for that one to make my list). I also plan to eventually send this off to a good gunsmith to make it a nice, custom gun but I'd like it pretty good out of the box since it could be several years before I can afford a gunsmith to work his magic. My first thought was a Dan Wesson RZ-45 Heritage, but I can't find any documentation on if the frame is cast or forged and if the guide rod is full length or not. I know it lacks the forward cocking serrations, but I could live without that if I could get everything else. What do you guys suggest? Can anyone tell me if the RZ-45 meets my list other than the FLGR?