Probably 20 years ago I bought an Auto Ord 1911A1 from a friend and police officer, now deceased, for something like $200. The thing was absolutely out-of-the-box, and wouldnt feed anything but ball. I spent $15 on a Nam-era surplus GI barrel that looked nearly new, gave it to another LE friend of mine, who throated it and polished the feed ramp. From that time on, that thing would feed ANYTHING; and in any position. Since then Ive added a comp bushing that I fitted, and a long link, a flat mainspring housing, and invested in a bunch of Shooting Star 8's on a special deal McCormick made available to LE personnel. The only failure I have ever had with the thing was the result of one inferior-from-the-manufacturer part, the slide stop. It was replaced with another GI surplus part, and I added a full length guiderod and spring, and a shock buffer. I have forced that thing to digest thousands of rounds, and to this day, it will still shoot under 3" @ 25yds offhand. I wouldnt trade it for a new Porche, and when he SHTF, thats what will be in my hand. While all the Kimber-esque doodads are appealing to some, I prefer a nearly-milspec 1911 and except for that series 70 LtWt commander in Super that I have been threatening to buy since they were $350 and still havent - My "Old Thompson" has served me faithfully. Good luck with whatever you choose; but I think I would personally lean towards a MIL SPEC Springfield if it were me. Also, FYI, I would avoid ANYTHING that has a Series 80style "extra safety" because I have had coworkers and friends have Series 80types fail to FIRE and that aint EVER a good thing!! Too many safeties is NOT a good thing, and the original 3 on the 1911 are great, but that extra doo dad of the Series 80 is just plain WRONG!