I bought my first 1911 last year for range use. My budget was less than yours. I ended up buying a Springfield Range Officer, since I didn't need it for carry or HD. The Range Officer met all of my criteria for a 1911 shooter @ $750.00. If I had been trying to burn $1300 I could have ended up with a Dan Wesson, or an ounce of gold if I had wanted a good investment.
Soldiers are dying every day to protect our freedoms. The least we can do is vote.