I went to multiple dealers today after reading the advice you guys gave me. I looked at an STI Trojan, some Springfields and two Dan Wessons. I liked the way the Trojan felt, but it just wasn't as appealing visually as some of the other guns. The dealers I went to only had the Dan Wessons in a 4.5 or 4 inch barell in .45 . There was a 5" but it was 10mm. I really wanted a 1913 rail and saw the Springfield MC Operator. I really liked the way the gun felt in my hands and the design of it. The place I bought it from does gun smithing work and really recommended the Operator platform. I figured that whatever I would purchase would probably need some smith work since that's what I had read in my help thread. I decided to go with the MC Operator. I figure it's a pretty solid platform to build off of, and with the money I saved, I can spend that on upgrades and other things for it. I haven't shot it yet, but the build quality looks good, and it is pretty tight. Anyway, I'm sure I'll get flamed for my choice, but I really like it, and plan to begin customizing it right away. Here are some pics I took. What do you guys think?