In the hands of an expert shooter I would guess every one of my 1911's would perform really well, and about the same, although there is a massive price range top to bottom. A 1911 is a 1911. They can tighten them up for better groups out to 25 to 50 yards (lose some ability to shoot all kinds and weights of ammo and possibly some dependability), add different sights, fancier grips, more expensive finish, more accurate barrel (maybe), a little more cosmetics in the form of engraving and I don't mean all out $$$ engraving but some finer touches in logo or signature models, mag well mods for faster or easier reloads and a bigger bump on the grip safety. Had an original Property of U.S. Government WW II .45 as a kid, and never had a misfire with 230 grain all ammo. Loose as a goose, horrible sights, but did what it was designed to do. I think I traded a hunting knife for it. I was about 13 or so. You're point is well made.