I want to start this off by saying I have shot a lot of 1911s but have never been in love with them. I can see why many carry and love them, but they have never filled my needs. Now in my experience there are bad and good 1911s. The bad ones usually cost less, have fewer features, and are well-known. The good ones are usually custom and cost a bit closer to a nice European vacation. Luckily these days we have companies that offer a mid-range option that are much more affordable.