You guys ever thought about getting the Rock Island / Armscor 1911's at all? I have been thinking of using some of my tax refund money on getting one. I'd like to get into the 1911 game but not spend a fortune. a standard GI for less than $350 is a good deal no matter how you cut it. and by all accounts are very good quality.
EDT: Also been looking at the Officers model (mini 1911)