+1 on both accounts.Just wondering what this has to do with the XD-45 pistol?
There's a separate section for 1911 posts.
I haven't studied up enough to say anything good or bad about the ATIs, but I know a lot of people love the RIAs. I'm not familiar with the American Classic or Firestorm's model.
I'll add don't forget to check out used 1911s. You can find good deals in your price range for used 1911s. I bought a SA mil-spec 1911 (stainless) for right around your price range a few years back.