So I've been a "black-gun guy" most of my "shooting" life (32yrs). Years ago I flirted with the 1911. I bought a Springfield GI in stainless. I liked it. Didn't shoot it much. It eventually got traded off for something else that caught my eye. It took several years for my interest in 1911s to resurface. But there was always a gun out there that I wanted, but just couldn't ever see spending the funds on, the Springfield TRP. A few months back I flirted with it, then bought a Smith 1911pd. After investing in dies, components, holsters, etc for the 1911 platform and .45 caliber, I figured what the hell, it's time to get what I've always wanted. And boy am I tickled with it. This pistol is the most accurate gun I've ever shot. It feels great in the hand, the trigger is a dream, and the slide feels like it's riding on bearings. I've never been a tremendously accurate shooter, but this gun makes me look like a champ. The TRP I bought is the operator with the half-rail. I bought it used and it is currently on the way back to the factory for a new ambi-safety. Hopefully I'll get it back before Christmas so I can punch more holes in paper! Just thought I'd share!