Just wanted to say hello to everyone. I'm new here, and mostly new to 1911's. In fact, I don't own a 1911 as of yet. That's one reason I'm here. I'm currently looking at the Springfield GI 45's in both stainless and parkerized, along with the Taurus PT-1911. I'm wanting the biggest value for $ spent. Other 1911's would be fine too, that's just what my local dealer has in stock at present in my price range ($500 or so). Frills are nice, but mostly ruggedness of construction, reliability, and customer service if a problem does arise would be most important to me. I'm sure this is a common topic, but would really appreciate any suggestions that you experienced members have. Take care, and thanks.