First 1911 purchase - a bit of advice?
Disabled Veteran and I have little to no experience in civilian weapons - all I've really dealt with is an M9, M4 and M16 in day to day carry and the other goodies you can play with on the range when you're active duty.
Looking to purchase my first 1911 and I don't want a piece of junk...technically that's not true, I do own a World War II model 1911 that my Great Grandfather used but it's more of an heirloom with sentimental value than something I'd take to a range and fire on a consistent basis.
Unfortunately I live in California, so choices are slim. Recently picked up a Smith and Wesson SIGMA 9 MM and while it's a good gun for the price...it's clunky, loose and not what I'm used to by comparison to what we carried in the Army.
I'm looking at either a Kimber Gold Team Match II or a Dan Wesson Commander Classic Bobtail.
There are NOT a lot of 1911's in shops in my area to hold and get the feel of - obviously the Dan Wesson is around 500-600 more (if not more by the time I get around to making the decision) due to it being a discontinued since 2010.
Are there any thoughts out there, any recommendations outside of these two 1911 models for a quality first time 1911 to take out to the range?
Bottom line is any and all advice is appreciated. I'm looking for something quality and tight that isn't going to break the bank, but locks up like a vault and feels like one solid piece of metal in my hand when I'm firing it.
Thanks for any input!