I am looking for a 1911 to do some entry level competition shooting with and am curious where to start? I know you can spend a little and you can spend alot, but MY debate centers around bang for my buck(Pun intentional). I will say my absolute price ceiling is $750 for a full size (5") gun. That rules out Kimber, Baer, Wilson, Sig, etc. so I suspect am left with Para, Auto Ordanance, Taurus, STI, Rock Island and maybe Colt or Springfield? Of those options, which is better for reliability, fit and finish, accuracy, inculded options, and overall quality, etc? I dont want to spend alot to make a bad gun good. I would prefer to get the most gun for the money; extended thumb release and beavertail, rounded hammer, serated slide, stipled grip, trigger job, match barrel, etc. I realize I can't get all that, but some of those brands listed above are pretty loaded. What I don't want is to pay big bucks just to be in "the club" and find out its too expensive just to have fun. Can I get into a 1911 and be somewhat succesful or do you have to pay big money for a complete gun or one heavily modified to be competitive? Thanks for the responses. I am sure this will be fun.