Just got drenched by the testosterone trying to wade through this post! High Road. High Road. Here's my take. I'm an opinionated guy. I bought the new S&W 1911 E Series and while it's a solid performer I know there are things I don't care for. I knew them going in to the purchase and calculated what it would cost me ahead of time thanks to a bit of research. What I get out of the deal is a pistol that I can believe in for my intended purpose. Just as my Jeep goes hunting with me and my sedan takes the family out to dinner. As rella aptly said "It is what it is." (mate the tool with your purpose and understand that's all it is, even if it makes you grin.) As for the Ruger, I may at some point buy one though cast has never been my thing. Before you call me a gun snob remember I can get a beautifully fit and well functioning PI 1911 for hundreds less than a Ruger but I do tend to buy domestic vs. foreign when given the option. Hats off to the OP for the great review and pics. Let us know how the range time goes as well. If you're taking requests for pics how about a few of the sights, inside the dust cover, rear of slide close up (to see fit) and one of the bowtie, if so dressed.