While you may be correct about ammunition being difficult to find locally, it is readily available on line.
And as for price, the Colt .38 super is a superior pistol and is widely used in competition. I would not put it in a class with Para, or Springfield, and, I would not complain about the satisfaction of "getting what I paid for."
It is a traditional 1911 and is a joy to shoot. It would be a fine choice for a beginner to learn the mechanical function of the 1911 handgun and a fine choice for refining skills needed in the shooting sports.