^This. STI Tojan is a winner and can be had for slightly under $1200.The STI Trojan (lowest priced STI that is made in 40sw) is an AMAZING firearm. I don't personally own one, but I have two STI 2011s (40sw and a 38 super) and my friends have Trojans and their opinions (including myself) it is the best bang for the buck of all the 1911s @ $1000. The STI models that are 2-3x more are your 2011 pistol which are double stack 1911s. I would also say that the Trojans I have seen are put together better than some of the $1500-2000 range pistols out there. Plus STI is a great company, sponsors shooting sports and has a no questions asked lifetime warranty that goes with the firearm, not the original owner. If I get another pistol in 40cal and its not something slightly more custom, I'm going to get a Trojan.
There really is no other option out there for your $1200 range, unless you purchase a used Kimber Custom in 40 cal or a Springfield Loaded. I have a springer in 40.... I only paid $400 for it and basically replaced everything... runs great now and is my primary USPSA single stack gun, but I think its was complete POS... the newer Springfields are much better quality, but none are produced in 40sw.