That's one way to skin the cat... select the absolute top end 9mm 1911.
It's a head scratcher that you are entrusted to choose a manufacturer and model of gun, but not offer any input on the overall choice. Or that the special people are special enough to know they *need* a like-caliber but must be 1911... but not know enough to choose one. Innnnnteresting.
We did a testing process to select the next pistol. I devised the process, but the candidates were selected by the Sheriff or someone in the command staff who told me that's what the Sheriff wanted.
As for what special people know or don't know, it's like Pat used to say "You don't know what you don't know". For some reason, every cop thinks that if they're not a gun expert, they're somehow deficient as a human being. Me, I know certain things about guns. What I don't know, I ask people with a clue before I spend mine or the agency's money. Hence this post. I find the great majority of "it's special" purchasing decisions are made by people who saw a video or something that set that gun in their head.
When someone special wants something special, it usually goes like this:
-phone call from special person asking for something or email with link saying "order me one of those"
-me saying "sure, but you understand that unless the caliber is .357 Sig or .45 (get ready to replace these with 9mm), you're responsible for ammo from your cost center and the weapon itself comes out of your cost center. Also, why this in particular?"
-them "that's what I want. Get a quote and send it over to me for the purchase order".
-me "Aye aye"
This will be followed in six months or a year by them dropping off the formerly new and cool in the armory, or if it doesn't work, them coming to me or one of the other armorers and asking for help because it's not working, or it kicks too hard, or it's hard to shoot. I have several of these in the armory. If anyone is interested in a XD (the tiny one in .45 ACP), there will be a batch headed to a wholesaler soon. Along with Kimbers custom stamped for my agency, and at least two Walther PPK's.
Pat McNamara seems to like the Carolina Arms Group offerings for 9mm 1911, and I'd bet he's got a good reason why.
If one of them wants to pay for a Wilson Combat or CAG pistol on their allotted funds, more power to them. I won't be involved when Fiscal Services informs the Sheriff that someone paid three grand for a pistol. My goal in this is to merely tell them what, based on what I have learned, will work. What they do with that knowledge is up to them.