I have narrowed down my search for a gov't size 1911 to either a Remington 1911r1 and a Rock Island Armory standard 1911. The Remington gets the nod for being American made although the price is about $200 than the RIA. The RIA sights suck, the front sight looks made into the slide, at least it is not dovetailed in? Another $100 more than the Remington gets me a Kimber so I am figuring what would it cost to bring either the Rem or RIA up to snuff over the next couple of months or should I just blow my budget now and get the Kimber. Adding a beavertail and replacing the GI hammer with a smaller hammer on both the Rem and RIA. Anything else to make these a reliable carry gun except shoot the crap out of them?