Hi, I am new to this site and a new fan of 1911 pistols. many of my friends are young like me and carry glocks, sigs, beretta's, ect. they say 1911's are for older people. I disagree I have always admired single action .45's. I own a Glock 23 but want a .45 bad! I just saved up enough money to buy one. I got my eyes on the 1991A1. here at my dealer it costs $545.00 Can I use it for self defense applications right out of the box? I am a left handed shooter so I have to get the ambi-safety. should I get the beavertail safety grip? I want to get a new trigger also. Man this is getting expensive! I already have wilson combat mags for it. cant wait to shoot it. Reliability is my main concern. looked at the Springfields but they are really pricy. anyways I have always heare colt is the finest 1911 made period. thanks for the advice in advance.