Just bought my second 1911 this week... wild ride. I had previously owned a Springfield TRP and loved the platform, but after the robbery I was left with nothing. This was one gun I was really missing. So I went to the shop today and fiddled with the gun again. I realized it had been way too long since I'd played with the TRP. The one I owned I enjoyed but other things took it's place until I didn't really use it anymore. You don't know what you have until it's gone. Picking the gun up today, I decided that really enjoyed getting to know the gun again. The following are my thoughts after taking the gun home, getting it cleaned and prepped, and firing a few hundred rounds through it today. FINISH: This is not a "beautiful" gun like some others. It's aggressive. It looks solid and "classic", though not as classic in looks as the Colts look. The stainless, matte appearance is clean and has it's own brand of sex appeal that I preferred to the blued model. FIT: The gun itself is very tight. Not quite like the Dan Wesson, but almost. And that's saying something. There is no wiggle, no rattle, and no play up, down, left, or right. The two piece guide rod increases that feel. Some people hate two piece guide rods. They don't like that you need a tool to break it down, and they don't believe it ads anything but weight. Who knows. But I like how easy it is to interact with and how it helps the overall feeling that the gun is tight and compact. The gun is heavy. About 2.5lbs. TRIGGER: Tested in at about 4.5lbs. Good trigger. Not quite the trigger on my Dan Wesson, but the best 1911 trigger I've felt at the price range other than that. And I like the DW trigger a lot. However, it's much harder to find a BAD 1911 trigger than a good one, IMO. GRIP: The grip is big, and the magwell makes it bigger. This is not an ideal concealment gun. Grip is still smaller than my Glocks, so it's not terrible. But there are other 1911s that will conceal easier. The checkering. This is something you must feel to believe. It's like a chainsaw buzzing into your hands. Most aggressive checkering I've felt on a gun. And it's fantastic. Shooting with it takes some getting used to, but when you do, you get addicted to it. The overall affect is noticeable control. BARREL: Match barrel. Flawless on my copy. SHOOTING: This gun is to shooting what Marilyn Monroe was to sex. This is why you buy a 1911, and this is why you want one if you don't have one. Fast. Crisp. Deadly accurate. In fact, at 25 yards (not feet) it's my best gun. Maybe ever for that distance. Now, at 25 yards my groups aren't great (I won't post any pictures for the GT paper-hole-beauty-pageant), but they're better for center of mass shooting than any other gun I currently own. The combination of balance, weight, grip texture, and tight fit make it really good for double taps. PRICE: I got mine for $1,300 (fifty dollars off for some idiot mark that came on it from the FACTORY. Fail.). CONCLUSIONS: First, the cons. And there are a few. I've only had one gun that I wasn't able to find any (meaningful) cons about... and that's my other 1911 purchase, the Dan Wesson CCO (I was pretty surprised as I'm pretty picky). So cons. The BILLBOARD on this thing is like pulling into an Iowa truck stop. You kind of get the feeling the Springfield designers were sad when they realized they had run out of space to write on. Another con. The grips that came from the factory were hemorrhoidally uncomfortable. It was like they saw the grip stippling and decided to try and outdo it. So I slapped on some rubber grips that don't quite fit the magwell for the time being. To conclude, I'll sum up the pros again. Gun shoots great. Really great. It is tight and there's no play in anything. It feels like a much more expensive gun than it is. For the price range $1300-1500, I'm not sure you can do any better. Maybe you can match it... I haven't shot every gun in that range. But I don't think you can outdo it. Excellent value, IMO.