I'm starting to shop for a new 1911, I already have an old school(1918) colt 1911 as a "working display" 1911. Now I am looking for something that I can take to the range on a regular basis and not worry about wearing down and out or breaking a piece of history. The gun will also most likely get carried in the winter so its going to get the normal wear and tear and I have a thing for simple and utilitarian looking things so no fancy finish needed. I'm also not a big fan of the white dot "night sights". So what brands/models who you guys recommend looking at? I'm looking at buying in the time frame of the next 6 weeks so I have some time to look and shop. Right now what I have seen at shops I frequent. 1) Springfield GI for $475 2) Springfield Mil-Spec for $700 (I think that is the model 3 dot sight and full length guide rod) *quick question, if a full length guide rod really worth a lick?* 3) Rock Isle for $389 4) One I won't buy a used Springfield GI with 3 dot sight added for $350 (it was a trade found under a car seat after years of neglect there is rust on at least the slide lock and safety.) What does the crew think of those guns for daily use and carry? How about the prices? Recommendations for other brands models to look at? I really don't need a pistol that will massively exceed my abilities. I don't need fancy finish or fancy sights. I'd like something to be accurate to at least 50 yards if not more, at the very least accurate at the close ranges you would need a carry gun at. I need a model that has a track record of working smoothly (I'll still put 500 rounds through it without a problem before carrying it.) no FTF FTL FTE problems as common issues (my current 1911 had a 5-6% FTL rate at for the first time out, most likely a magazine problem though. I'm trying to keep costs down here I need reliably and decently accurate, I do not need fancy and championship team shooting caliber.