CZ's are outstanding pistols that's for sure. I have seven of them. As far as easier clean up and maintenance than a 1911? If you're talking about a basic field strip they're not much different than a 1911 except on a CZ you do not have to retract the slide as far. Just line up the marks on the frame and slide and remove the slide stop. However you need the magazine base plate, the end of a screw driver handle or something similar to push in the slide stop. As far as a complete disassembly/reassembly they can be a real pain in the ass. You need to use slave pins to hold all of the parts together in the sear cage while removing the cage otherwise the parts will go flying all over the place. Putting the sear cage back together is no simple matter either especially on the de-cocker versions. Again you need to use slave pins. I also use a small machinist's vise to hold the cage while putting the parts and tiny little springs in back in place. Unless you have experience working on guns it's not for the faint of heart. You'll also need the proper sized pin punches and hammer.I totally agree that it's a great piece of American, gun history, etc. and that's why I want one.
But in terms of shootability, I think the CZ steel series, especially the various Shadows 1 and 2, SAO TS guns, etc. are a better deal. Smooth shooting as well, nice weight and balance. Most important, less maintenance than the average 1911, easier clean up and disasembly, fewer reports of extractor problems, cheap and trouble free double stack magazines. Almost all CZs, even race guns, are under $2000 while most of nicer the 1911/2011 variants are at least $2000 and usually over $3000, with some magazines over $100. Moreover, you get a taste of the good life at around $650 with a CZ 75b. Much better than a Rock Island or lowest end Springfield GI.
So for me the appeal of the 1911 is history, elegance of design, and 45 acp if you shoot it and don't mind single stack.
The average price of Rock Island Armory 1911's are between $400 and $500. They're made in the Philippines, imported and sold by Armscor in Nevada. I don't own one so I couldn't tell you how good they are. From what I've read about them they have a good reputation for the money. My guess is that they do not have the fit and finish of their more expensive counterparts. But supposedly they're pretty reliable. I believe that their parts are interchangeable with most of the aftermarket parts and accessories out there. Although some may require fitting.I've been shooting handguns about 40 years & never shot a 1911. Or even picked one up. From what I've read I need to spend a lot of money upgrading a cheap 1911 or buying one out of my budget or I won't like it. I tend to spend $300-400 on guns, sometimes less. But I will rent a 1911 eventually. My range has a few. My curiosity comes from the fact that the cover of almost every gun magazine has a pic of a 1911 on it nearly every month. I've probably read a thousand articles on 1911 mods. Probably the most popular gun on the planet so my opinion's on hold until I shoot one. I'll commit until tomorrow when I get to the range & I'll post my result. I do have a 45. SIG P250 full size 10+1. I love it. Very reliable & accurate. My house gun.