I have decided I'm not complete till I have a 1911! I would prefer a compact carry size. I have been leaning to words a Kimber, but have heard talk about how they are overpriced because of the brand. Most times that talk is just people who are jealous and can't afford one. I don't know much about 1911's of any brand or size. I am looking to spend around $1200.00 + or - cash. I am curious what the wisdom of 1911 owners can give me? I like the idea of a small compact but would anyone strongly suggest going for a full size? also what price,brand or model should I be on the lookout for? I don't mind buying used if it is fairly new, I don't necessarily need a bran spanking new one. Thanks in advance for the advice.