It's a very large table. You say, "I have owned...", so I'm assuming that you no longer do. I don't know if it was because you needed the money, because you found something you wanted more or simply got bored. Well I still do and none of them are for sale or trade. I do own a few of those "2-3-4k models", as you put it, but I also own a few that were sub-sub 500. Three of my 1911s weren't much over $300, just a few short years ago and I'm still very impressed with them. The quality and workmanship was far better than the price might suggest. For my purpose, and some may consider it blasphemous toward Col. Cooper, but for me and my 1911s, his words are irrelevant. Think of it this way, no one owns a P-51 Mustang today because they plan on escorting bombers to Berlin or a Lamborghini because they make great tractors. Sometimes, the ultimate purpose is, "I want to and I can". Sometimes, it's all about making you smile.I know there are a "Bunch" of 1911 folks who love their 2-3-4k models...and they are welcome at the table...but I have owned several sub 500 models which shot perfectly to POA, were ultra reliable, but obviously were not nearly as well finished.
I guess it all hinges on the ultimate purpose...Col Cooper opined; "All a quality 1911 needs is a decent trigger, good sights and to be reliable...but his thinking was geared towards the SD market, where the ability to hit a human size target at "fighting" distance was of paramount importance.
Yeah, I'm wondering about these high end Colts for $1400. Around here, the basic models are in the $1300 range. The last Gold Cup I saw a few months ago, was over $1500, and prices have gone up since with the pandemic and all. I guess I need to shop where these guys are doing their shopping.Can you find a good one for that price, isn't that what Glocks are selling for these days?