Hey guys, this'd be my first post here. I've been in the market for a conceal carry gun for a little while now, and while searching I discovered this community. Being a resident of Northwest Washington for so long I figured I'd come here and get your take on my search. Firstly, what I'm looking for is a compact 1911. I prefer the shorter barrel, 3-3.5", as the 4-4.5" just don't fit my body type too well with the conceal holsters I've tried. Second, unfortunately, price is an issue for me. I know when it comes to self defense, skimping on a potentially life saving tool is unacceptable, so I'm not necessarily automatically discounting higher-end firearms, but I'm not going to go buy a Wilson Combat gun just because it'd be awesome. The upper end of what I'm looking at would be the SIG 1911 Ultra Compact or the Colt Defender. Both are pretty much same ballpark in price and features, and I would love to have the dependability that those names carry. However, as I said, I would be more financially comfortable on an Armscor import like RIA, STI or Citadel. What I'm posing on you guys is, is spending the extra 3-4 hundred dollars worth it? I'm new to the 1911 world, but I generally do my research. From what I see most people (because there's always going to be haters and fan-boys) are happy with their RIAs. I don't see a lot of talk on Citadel, but they're pretty much the same thing if I'm not mistaken. As far as the STI Spartan III, I know it's also manufactured by Armscor but at a little higher price point, do they use better parts that would warrant the increase? Thanks for your input guys!