First of all I want to say thanks to everyone here at forum for all the helpful and entertaining dicussions. I have little to give back but have really enjoyed reading in this forum. I have been looking to purchase my first 1911 for several months now, and can't seem to make up my mind. I have seen and held several that I liked. Waiting to pick one up, look at it, and say "yep- this is deffently the one." Then and there I will make my first 1911 purchase. I am getting my carry permit but this "first purchase" will not be for that purpose. I want a sweet shooting range and target gun, not a compact. So my question is about the 6" long barrel 1911. I saw one on either the colt or springfield website. What is the deal with these? Any feedback would be muchly appreciated.