Re: Would apprciate some advice on a new 1911
Try to strike a balance between features that improve the breed (sights, trigger, feed, ejection port, etc.) and fancy frills that drive the cost up. Just a few dollars separate the cheap copies from quality models, and a few more to get the enhancements. Anything above the $900-1K level is probably overpriced, and the differences in accuracy or reliability irrelevant to all but the most elite shooters.
As always, some brands are overpriced, many are good values, and some aren't worth having. I've had Colt, Sig, Springfield, Taurus, Para and Kimber. The old Colt was the nicest, the Taurus the best value and most accurate out of the box, the Springfield the cheapest and the Kimber the most overpriced. One thing in common..all were reliable and fun to shoot.