So far I prefer Ed Brown's 1911's. I had a couple of Springfield Armorys with which I couldn't hit the broad side of a barn from the inside, but with my EB Special Forces I can shoot one ragged hole where I'm aiming at up to 20 yards...
I personly am fond of my Dan Wesson Valor, it it built with a number of Ed Brown parts in it.
It's one fine shooting gun. I would like to have an Ed Brown Special Forces but just can't afford them.
I'm an "other". I only own one, a Llama Max-I 45 L/F, but am fond of the Star versions also.
Over the years I've owned just about every brand of production 1911 including Colt, Dan Wesson, Kimber, Para-Ord, Rock Island, S&W, Springfield, STI, Taurus, and some "home built" models. As far as bang for the buck I prefer Springer as I've never been fond of the firing pin blocks included in many brands. I currently have 5, Springers (3), Kimber, and a "home built"...
I voted 'other' because my STI Eagle, with it's 6 inch bull barrel in .45 ACP is almost as accurate as my Smith & Wesson Model 52. Fantastic gun if you feed it hardballers. I've had an AMT 'Hardballer' .45 and a Peter's Stahl .45 and both arms didn't come near the STI as far as accuracy is concerned.
I bought mine used paid for self with all thing it does well.
Carried 1911 .45s for most of my Marine Corps career (retired 30 June 1989) and my three favorites were while stationed with 1st Marine Brigade in Hawaii. I was assigned 2 Remingtons and 1 Singer. Wish I had any one of those guns today. 100% reliable.
In 1995 I bought a Kimber Custom Classic and carried it with the Sheriffs Office in two counties in two states. Took a bit of break in but was also 100% reliable after that.
I own the Kimber, a Taurus, S&W, Metro Arms (American Classic II) and two ATI imports by Shooters Arms in the Phillipines. Nice guns all.
The Metro Arms are finished pretty nicely, but the ATI imports have a better fit. All of my clones work reliably and have excellent accuracy.
Other - Rock Island Armory
Another "Other" vote here.
I vote for one that when this poll was first placed EVERY one said it would NEVER happen, a Ruger 1911!!!!
+1 on that, Lateck - the Ruger SR1911 is a beautiful example of the 1911 type, and at a great price.
I voted Colt. I've never really fired another 1911.
Wilson Combat and Ed Brown -- toss up for me...
I voted other, I've owned Colts and Springer, but have shot just about every brand made, but the most bang for my buck has got to be my 2008 SS PT1911 that has 11K+ rounds through it with no FTF or FTE of any kind and it has all the original stock MIM fire control parts with spring changes every 2500 round and a DIY under cut trigger guard.
I too voted other.
Anything made by Claudio Salasa at Briley Mfg. They are all great 1911's.
I have no experience with any brand 1911 besides Smith and Wesson. I regret to post this but I just recently had to return the pistol for an issue with the plunger tube. The rear stake came loose and has to be restaked. It may be partly my fault as I had placed a cheap wraparound grip on the pistol and this grip didn't come up over the plunger tube as most grips do. I don't think that issue is all that uncommon on this style of pistol based on information I have read on other blogs. The thing shoots great and I haven't had any other issues with it. No stove pipes, feeding issues or the like. One thing to consider when buying a 1911 is the extractor. Most have an internal; S&W has an external. I personally like the external. It is a more modern design and, I know the 1911 fanboys will hate me for this, I prefer the way it looks.
In the end I do not feel that a person would go wrong if they chose any of the brands from the list of choices. Price will probably be the biggest factor.
The finish on the slide looks like it's been rubbed with Scotch Brite. I suppose the range time required for 11K+ rounds will do that to any weapon. Altogether a nice looking piece. BTW what kind of picture quality did you use to upload. I have taken a few with my IPhone and apparently the file size is too large. Bummer!