As someone mentioned, Rock Island Armory has a quality .1911 at a fair price. I usually don't buy new guns. I have been waiting for one to turn up used at a gunshow. Nothing yet. I would assume the guns work. Otherwise people would be coming into gunshows to dump them.
Picked up a Taurus 1911 last yearr in a swap at a gunshow from a "salk in." The pistol itself was perfectly reliable. Thw owner was looking to swap it for a deer rifle and I had a suitable gun for trade. The Taurus had all the bells and whistles cause the guy said it was not moditied. It has an ambi-safety, long trigger, tall and visible 3 dot compat sights (suppose to be by Hiene), beavertail grip safety which I don;t dare for, a couple of 8 round mags, and a rund hammer. The gun worked perfectly well. however, it had the same ailment as other Taurus autos have had. It shot like 8 inches below the point of aim which is not what I like. I have found this problem with a PT145 I had, a 24/7 I have now, and a couple of PT 638s I had recently.. All of them shot from 6-8" low. Suppose to be o.k. for a combat weapon which is the primary use of these guns. It is just not what I find useful or really what I am use to. All of these guns have worked perfectly well, just had to hold a bit higher than what I am use to to hit where I want to. I still have the 24/7 mostly cause it was a gift. Only Taurus that I was happy with was a PT99AF. (Beretta 92 clone). It shoots to the POA cause it has an adjustable rear sight and I don't have to compensate for it to do so. And I just don't see the need to buy expensive replacement sights for these guns if they can just make their rear sights high enough. Ya might wanna check the Taurus forum for reports on the PT1911s and the sight ailment compaints on the guns in general.
Here is a pic of the PT1911. Wish it had not shot so. Low. I did not want to spend $ on more sights. So, I just sold it. Got 5 and a half and was real happy.
I have owned several Colts. They were good shooters. Never a problem with any. Some more accurate that ohters. All stock 1911 or A1s and few Commanders.
Never had a Springfield or Kimber. Good guns if ya want to pay the bucks.
All I have now is an Auto Ordnance 1911. I got it used about 15 years ago. Great gun. Super accurate. Stock 1911A1. Fixed sights and it shoots to the point of aim like it's suppose to.
There is a pic of it in the Auto Ordnance thread.