Great points and I feel ya on many things you say. I had many guns, and I mean many guns and got rid of them for one reason or another. For instance, the Ruger Mark III is a bitch to put together after stripping it down and that only cost a little over $300 and got rid of it due to hassle. Then my Beretta 92F 9mm that I absolutely loved BUT jammed like a ....well you get the idea. So in the end I went with the Glock 9mm due to the simple fact they are the most reliable guns out there. Drop that thing in sand, water, you name it and it fires every single time.
Keep in mind I was this close to buying a Springfield XD. While I am an American my heritage is Croatian and I was going to get it to represent. But just too many things to deal with: safety, parts sticking out, etc. and too new to know if you will have feed problems. While Glocks are far from the prettiest guns, I can guarantee to you that you can feed it the crappiest ammo and as long as you lube and clean her from time to time she will fire every single time. So with that said, go with the Glock! Get yourself a 45 and a 9mm version. Hell get compact version toos. With your spending range you can get at least 2 Glocks for the price of one 1911.
Skinsfan28 wrote:No doubt. If I was basing my decision on looks alone it wouldn't even be a question, 1911 all day long. I think that's the best looking hand gun design ever. They just seem to be much more finicky than modern designed guns. From the reviews from forum boards it just seems like there is more issues with feeding failures, break down is more difficult, etc. If I'm going to drop that kind of coin on a pistol it needs to be hassle free and shoot well right out of the box. It should be a precision match grade level gun with a crisp even trigger pull with a consistent crisp break. Basically I want a gun that will eat everything I feed it and group above my skill level. Which really isn't that hard in fact I'd say a $600 Glock fits that bill. Which is another thing bouncing around in my head. Is a $1200 Sig really twice the gun than a Glock or Springfield XD? If it is I don't have a problem with spending the money as I've always wanted to own a top level semi-custom gun., but when I could buy a new Glock .45 and a new 9mm for the price of one Sig, it makes me question my choices.