There's been some interests lately on this forum regarding the 1911 platform. I know from experience, it's hard to plunk down the type of cash that's necessary to get a good all around 1911 that isn't complete junk. Concerns from Series types, build, etc. So I'll repost what I posted on another current thread. In regards to a 1911 within the price mark of $500. The very best offering that I feel from my research and experience at the price mark for a 1911 is made by STI, specifically the STI Spartan. I'm purposely not going to link to this gun, so that others may do their own research on Reviews of this weapon from many reputable sources. (google is your friend) If I was restricted to this price mark, I would not hesitate to purchase this firearm. Cliffs on the STI Spartan: -RIA frame and slide made by Armscor (I know they are not premiere, but many many reviews have shown that the build on these are in fact alarmingly good) -STI internals -STI rock solid reliability -Series 70 platform -comes with adjustable bomar style rear's with Fiber optic Front sights from the factory the bad: -I hate the roll mark on ALL Sti's. -Only available via online purchase. They also have a very good demo of this gun and functions on Youtube.com. Just search STI Spartan. There is a gentleman there that does a good demo on the gun. I hope this info can get more of our WMD brotheren started on a solid 1911 platform to build upon.