As requested by the master, here are some pics of my latest acquisition: I really rolled the dice on this one... pics were total crap, but the price seemed OK. I actually came across it after I saw a High Standard GI on ARFCOM EE for a truly awesome price. I've always really liked them, because despite being one of the lower tier guns, I think they have about the third or so classiest roll mark out there... after any real GI 1911 or M1911A1 that is. Before I could pull the trigger on the HS though, I had to see what else was available on the market at the time... y'know, for the sake of due diligence... I checked out a few real GI's, then came across the one above. Price was comparable to a HS, due to the Essex frame, and I knew I wanted a lanyard loop mainspring housing. Also, the upgraded sights were a bonus too, b/c I like that, but it's not something I'd do to a 100% original gun (of course). Also I'm going to shoot the crap out of this thing, and don't want to devalue or destroy a genuine USGI. All in all I'm very pleased with it. There was substantial pitting on all parts other than the frame, though they appear servicable. I guess that just proves they're USGI!