The Thompson Custom, to be exact... http://www.auto-ordnance.com/PA-1TH_c.html Maybe its due to it being an Auto Ordnance, which had a poor reputation in years past with their 1911s. However, they have improved a great deal over time. The Thompson, is an attractive, clean looking, American built enhanced 1911. For $650 you can a very nicely finished gun. The grips are beautiful, in my opinion, and not only does it have checkering, but its very well done checkering. In fact, the checkering is better than some 1911s twice the price. Even the laser engraved rollmarks look good, in my opinion. I bought mine in late 2007, which was shortly after they were introduced. Granted I only have maybe 200 rounds through it, but it works great. Where else can you get an American 1911 of this quality for this price? The new Remington should give it competition, but its more of a GI, without all these features. My only compliant is the trigger. Its not overly heavy, but a bit "wooden" in feel. Still, its not terrible. This is a well done 1911. Unfortunately, there isn't many being built, which is probably a huge reason it isn't more popular. James, when are you going to pick up one of these?