Greetings all! I am a United States Marine about to return from a year long deployment in Afghanistan, and my gift to myself is going to be a fully customized Colt 1911. I currently work for a Marine full bird Col. who has had several Combat Commanders customized by a private gunsmith. Ever since MARSOC adopted Colt's Rail Gun, I've been wanting one of those, and Colt currently offers a "Tactical Package," (see Colt's website,) in which they will do most of the customization to the tune of $875. I would also like to add a Surefire X400 Weapons light/laser. My Col., who I might add, I have the utmost respect for, suggested that the 5" Rail Gun combined with the weapons light, is on the verge of being too cumbersome for a CCW, which is primarily what I want the weapon for. I have pretty extensive experience carrying an M-9 in a Blackhawk drop holster, but my concealed carry experience has been mostly limited to carrying a Glock 19 in an Occidental Leather IWB holster. My questions therefore are twofold: 1. Should I have the bulk of the customization work done by Colt, or would a private gunsmith do better work (i.e. better parts/value for the money)... ...and... 2. Is it realistic to purchase a Rail Gun with weapons light as a CCW, or would I be better to go with the shorter barreled Combat Commander. I would welcome any input from individuals, (particularly law enforcement or military,) with concealed carry experience. Thanks in advance for your input on this.