Springfield makes a very good selection of 1911's, and won't break the bank. Rock Island Armory is entry level, as is ATI, but both have been spoken well of by gents that I shoot with. I've also heard good things about the new Ruger, and Remington 1911's. As is my usual suggestion, get your hands on some and see what you think. By way of an inquiry at your local gun shop, you should be able to find a shooter close to you that has some 1911's for you to play with.