My Colt has been on my hip as an EDC weapon and I've gotten lots of training on it. 100% still at 16 months and 600-800 rounds through it. It shoots 1 1/2" groups at 25 yards out of the box. I'll never go with anyone else unless I want custom but then if I had that much money to burn I'd probably get a base Colt and customize it up.
Oh yeah, and it's a Combat Elite (basically a two-tone XSE) and I paid $899. Good luck and enjoy your selection!
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