If your budget can stand the initial hit, go with a Wilson Millennium Protector or CQB. Otherwise, I'd buy a base Kimber or PERHAPS a Colt 1991 with the new rollmarks. (Depends on if the Colt is mfgd. on CNC machines now and if the quality is back/there. I haven't seen one personally yet, so can't say.) If you go the base Kimber, you will not need to spend nearly the money to upgrade it as the Colt. By the time either one is upgraded to the level of an out-of the box Wilson, you'll have spent more money and lost the time the pistol is at the 'smith's shop.
If you're a polymer fan, a good alternative is the Wilson KZ-45. I like mine. Although it doesn't feel exactly like my Protector or any of my other 1911s, it shoots one-hole groups and holds 11 rounds. Wilson's 1911s are readily available, have an incredible reputation for reliability and quality, and the customer service is legendary. You can't go wrong with a WC .45.
Of course, there's also brand, "Les Baer". Great pistols, to be sure. I have two, a Thunder Ranch Special and a Concept VII Commander. Sweet pistols. The finish is such that I hate to carry them. I dropped the C-VII on my oak bench and floor and dented the dust cover, so I sent it and my TRS to Baer The TRS needed an ambi safety (I'm a southpaw) and the air freight was about the same for one or two pistolas...
One 1911 that goes about quietly doing the job it was designed to do is the Gunsite GSP 2000. The ones that I have seen and handled have really impressed me. I shot next to a guy that carries one at Rangemater's class in Dallas. That gun never missed a beat - unlike some other handguns on the line - including my G-19. (
Well, the agency paid for my training and I have to carry the issue G-19 on the job, and the 9mm ammo is free, and, um...my 1911s were nice an' clean...ad nauseum...)
There are a lot of 1911 choices out there that are equal in price, within a few bucks more or even less expensive than the two models you are thinking about. Do your research, and (to paraphrase Terry Peters of P-T Partners) pay up front or out the back, you get what you pay for.
[This message has been edited by Andy (edited 11-16-2001).]