I'm intrigued by the 1911. That's about it. I figure I need to explore the gun type some before I drop a grand on a Springfield or Kimber. The GI models look good, but the sights seem very, very small. I've heard bad things about the Charles Daly models (though their compact 1911 at that price would be SWEET), but I've heard half way decent things about the Rock Island Armory models. If I could I'd like to get a Champion or Micro-Compact length 1911 since those are easier to carry, but for a starter 1911 I'd be open to a full-size version. Any suggestions, experiences to learn from?