This thread has some staggeringly nice hardware in it.
I won't be buying my first 1911 until after I'm finished with school in 2014, because I've decided not to go budget with it. My first one will be a Springfield TRP, Dan Wesson Valor, or Colt Government.
It's a hard choice. The TRP is probably the most duty-oriented, run-it-hard gun, the Colt wins for authenticity and being a classic, but the Valor is just entrancing, an absolutely beautiful pistol.
Thanks for sharing, all. Goodness, from Kimber Raptors to 1965 Colt National Matches to Ed Browns, what a great thread so far.
Beretta PX4 .40 - Colt 1968 Detective Special .38 Spc. - Ruger LCP .380 - Daniel Defense M4V1 Carbine 5.56 - Ruger 10/22 .22LR - Remington 870 Express Tactical 12GA