I did a lot of research when I bought my Kimber last year. I did 3 months of web surfing and reading about many brands of 1911 pistols. In that research I always found many people said a lot of nice things about RIA - Rock Island Armory pistols. So whenever someone starts a thread on an affordable or 1st 1911 purchase, I usually recommend RIA. Well, today I took my own advice. I had taken a Sig P239 in a trade a couple months ago. I acquired it for a HD gun for the the wife and I. But since I only carry my Kimber CDP (now the SA EMP) I no longer carry my Sig P239 SAS. So it has made its way to the HD gun. So I took the other P239 to the gun show and after about an hour a guy gave me $550 for it. I was asking $600, so I did Ok with it. I was cruising the rest of the show trying to sell my Kimber CDP and found the RIA Tactical in 9mm. I've been wanting to buy one since last year. I went back and forth on deciding if I wanted a 45 or 9mm RIA Tactical. I stuck with 9mm. I just can't afford 45 ACP right now, and since these guns are only $425 I can always buy another one in 45ACP in the future. Already had one little problem with it. When I stripped it down (my first bushing barrel) it came apart nicely, dripping with oil. But when I went to put it back together, I couldn't get the spring plug to lock into the bushing. When I turned the bushing, the plug just wouldn't go up all the way. So I took it apart and did a little polishing, that fixed it. It popped right in after that. Still has little lint on it in the pic. No big deal.. I'm trying to decide if I want to replace the FLGR with a GI plug type. Anyway, I like it.. Gives me something to work on.. BTW, that dealer bought my Kimber CDP. Almost gave me what I wanted for it. Gave me enough to where it was worth it I wouldn't have to deal with selling it. Everything worked out at the gunshow today..