Great minds think alike bilbarstow? LOL, I JUST went through that process and came home Wed with a Springfield Range Officer. I tried a Rock Island, a Ruger, Taurus, Colt and the SA RO. Feel, hand fit, my accuracy with it, trigger etc, the Range Officer ran away with it for me. Yea, it's a couple of hundred more than the Rock Island, little more than the Ruger. Range Officer comes stock with adjustable rear sight, competition 4 lb pull trigger and match grade barrel and bushing, cocobolo grips, forged match grade slide and frame (same as their TMP model). Same precision fit as the TMP models too. Only downside on it is the front site being black along with the rear sight. Fixing that with a little paint. I punched almost bullet sized groupings with it at 7 yards, and 2" at 25 yards.