Well I finally got my CT pistol permit, which allows you to carry and buy pistols in the state of CT. Messed up compared to Missouri, where I moved from, but I gotta make money. After waiting about a month longer than it should have been, I got my temp permit, and went to the state police barracks and got my permanent in less than 5 minutes. With fresh permit in hand, I headed straight to the gun store. I had a few things in mind that I wanted, with a max budget of each of no more that $1000. I went in looking for a Sig P226R in 9mm or any AR less than $1000. The Sigs normally have an MSRP around or above the $1000 mark. They had 3 ARs in stock that were all above $2000 as they were Bushmaster Custom Shops or something I stopped listening after that... They didn't have any P226Rs in stock but they did have a few P220Rs in stock, along with a CPO 228, and some new 229Rs and 250s in various calibers, but I already have a P228, so I was looking for a fullsize. I was thinking didn't really need a .45 at this time, as it doesn't really have a high "ban potential". That was until I picked it up. It has the beavertail, rail, short trigger, night sights and the short reset trigger. When I picked it up and squeezed the trigger I said "uh-oh". The kind of "uh-oh" you say when you know that you have to have something. I've shot my uncle's W.German P220, so I knew how they shot. The price was $899, and without specifically knowing the MSRP on the P220R, I figured it was a good deal for the features it had. After much internal debate, you know that voice on each shoulder saying "oh you have the money in the bank, just spend it!!!", vs. " well they don't have what you came in here to buy so you shouldn't buy anything", I laid down the debit card and started filling out the forms. The gun store had a range so I bought some ammo and put 50 rnds downrange. The only problem I had was when I failed to properly seat the mag and had a mis-feed. Recoil was as light as I remember of my uncle's P220, and a bit lighter than a 1911 i've shot before. Accuracy was as great as once should expect from a Sig. I'm happy with the purchase, now I just need to buy some ammo, a rail-light, and some more mags. After getting home with from the store/range. It's got the SigLite Night Sites, Beavertail, Short Trigger, Short Reset Trigger and the Picatinny Rail wich will be getting a tac-light shortly. Target at 25 yds. 8 rnds on the paper from standing with a brace on the table in front of me. Most of the accuracy problem was cause I could barely see the target that far with the poor lighting of the indoor range... and i'm not quite used to .45 yet. This was about 15 yds or so. 2 mags worth with a decent grouping. pretty good grouping for 7 yds or so. Again, 2 mags worth. Overall I'm satisfied and think it was a good choice, and I get give some Sig company to my Sig P228, which is also in my safe. I may have overpaid by maybe no more that $50 but I'd rather give my money to a local store for the instant gratification factor. What do these normally go for, if anyone knows? And before all of you 1911 fans saying I bought the wrong thing, I'll get a 1911 at some point. I wanted a fullsize with a rail for a light that I WILL put on it since this will likely become a nightstand gun. Unfortunately 1911s look retarded as fuck with a rail and will refuse to own one with a rail.