I have a Les Baer Thunder Ranch Special and it is one of my favorite gun to shoot. Everyone who I've let shoots it is impressed with it. It is highly accurate, has a superb trigger, and has been 100% reliable. Les Baer guns are considered semi-custom and are not in the same league as "regular" production 1911s. While the higher price makes them a safe queen for some people, they are excellent carry guns. I'm sure Springfield makes great guns, but Baers are something special. If you can get a great deal on one, I say go for it!
The ATF should be a convenience store instead of a government agency!