I have owned several 1911 pistols. And so far this Dan Wesson Specialist has been the best. I have had the Springfield TRP and the Smith & Wesson E series. And I can honestly say that the quality of this gun is far better than both. You can see things that Dan Wesson took extra time on, such as the tapering of the guide rod. Where the Springfield and Smith did not have this done. And in the Springfield's case it needed to be sent back because of it gouging the barrel link. I can give many more reasons the Dan Wesson is better such as the finish! But I just encourage to give the gun a try. Great gun!