Bill, I highly recommend Dan Wesson 1911s. I have a specialist in 45acp & it is an incredible gun for the money. I have had multiple high end/custom 1911s & the few Dan Wessons that I have handled have all been on par (fit & finish wise) with guns 2-3 times their price. I am also a big fan of the Colt Wiley Clapp model. I have a Govt & a stainless commander. I am not a fan of the lightweight model 1911s. I like a good old fashioned steel 1911. I did a little work to mine, but stock they are great 1911s!