For the last ten years I have bought my 1911's from a small outfit and simply ordered them sight unseen. Most of what I have purchased has been Colts. Well today my wife and I drove downtown to a large gun store to have a look. Let me just say I like Colt and my next 1911 will be a Colt, but if I was twenty years younger and buying my first gun Colt would just be one choice amongst many in this now very crowded design. This store had Colts, Wilson’s, Baers, Browns, Springfield’s, the SW1911 and a Kimber. There is a lot to pick from in the $450 - $999 price range and to the first time buyer the Springer’s look like, (are) one heck of a value. I wish Colt the best but they need to construct some market significance.