Greetings all! I am relatively new to short-barrel firearms, but always knew my first would be a 1911. My prevous firearms CV is hunting (rifle, shotgun, muzzleloader), followed by ACTUALLY learning to shoot during my stay on "scenic" Parris Island. I am bucking family tradition in my choice of sidearm (Para-Ordnance GI Expert). My father, brother, and wife all carry those ugly Austrian plastic things..... They do perform nicely, but lack the elegance and history that drew me to the 1911 in the first place. I look forward to learning from all the experience this forum has to offer!