The new Colt's are spectacular. A local shop (Hoffman's Gun Center In Newington, Ct) has one of each model all are very nice guns. My brother has recently purchased 2 Dan Wessons (5" Pointman & 4 5/8" Guardian Deuce) Very nice guns for the money, $600ish. I like my Kimber's, though, wouldn't trade 'em for anything. IMHO, stay away from the top-end Kimbers. All show, no go (I'm putting on my flame retardent suit now ) They aren't much better than the base models, only prettier. If you can afford it, go for a high end semi-custom. Ed Brown Kobra, Wilson, Rock River, Les Baer. You sure won't regret it.