I am new to this forum and, as with other forums, am quite impressed with all of the knowledge that can be found here. I've got a bunch of questions about the Springfield 1911-A1 Mil-Spec and basic 1911s in general so here goes. I've been thinking about buying a basic 1911 (my first by the way if you havn't guessed by now) for about a month and I'm not sure if the mil-spec is a good choice. Do they good quality workmanship? Are they durable? Reliable? Accurate? Are there any other manufacturers who make one better (i'm willing to pay a little extra if it makes a difference). If I chose to do any add-ons or modifications to it are parts easy to find and fit? What modifications have yall done that you felt this pistol needed? Is Springfield good on there lifetime warranty? I remember seeing some 1911s (colt I think) with olive drab parkerized finishes. Is this available on Springfield's models? Are these more durable than the regular black parkerized finishes? Don't mean to be long-winded; just curious. I'll save the rest for another post. Thanks for all info! I know all of you are probably experts.