.............er I mean lesser expensive for first timer. Hi all, new here but veteran of other places. I've been plinking with a 22/45 for years and feel the need for the real thing, finally. The only mandatory requirements are that is goes bang when asked to, and has a slide that will accommodate aftermarket sights, or has adjustable ones already. Does NOT need an ambi safety or mag realease. The GI variants are out of the discussion, and I have narrowed down to a few, RIA Tactical, SAM Elite or Commodore, PT 1911, and STI Spartan. I know you get what you pay for, I have some spendy wheelers and L/R pistols, but this is a toy for now and may lead to bigger and better things down the road. The SAM is 50 bucks less than the RIA which is 100 bucks less than the PT which is 100 bucks less than the STI. Is the SAM worth a shot, etc? Thanks, Rod.