Being the patient little monkey I am.....I read, shot several examples and recommendations made here....then a few that weren't. My goal of course was NOT
to spend my usual 2k+ etc for a great 1911 and I had to ratchet back in order to meet that goal.
After much debate....I ended up with what I consider a damn good bang for the buck at 1200. Upon purchase...yesterday mind you, I immediately removed the factory grips and replaced with thinner VZ Aliens. I proceeded to pack it off to the range with me along with my STI .40 Edge and HK P30 for a pistol range day. The front strap on this gun is a freakin cheese grater but momma didn't raise no sissy. I believe at this point the only change I can forsee is replacing the rear sight with a Heinie Straight 8 and that's about it. I probably should also point out I almost used exclusively the Wilson Combat ETM 8 rounders. I however did try out the factory mags for a few runs and they seemed to work just fine. Why mess with perfection however?
I put 400 rounds through it yesterday and it performed without a hitch. Pretty much shoots itself. I believe I have learned the valuable lesson over the past few months that when it comes to a Secondary weapon, I simply shoot better with a single stack 1911. Having said that...my next project will be a Caspian project. I will have Caspian do all the heavy lifting on their end, build the slide and frame to my specs and fit. Looking at a full size frame mated with a commander length slide. I'll have to reach out to the local guru known as Borebrush on other specifics such as ...to bull barrel or not to bull barrel etc.