I currently own a Taurus PT99 (basically the same thing as a Beretta 92) and I've been thinking of getting a 1911. I will be receiving a nice bonus from my job soon so I was thinking this might be th perfect time to pick one up. I want a WWII looking model (one that looks like the GI model from Springfield). I've been looking at about 3 different manufacturers - Springfield, Charles Daly, and Rock Island Armory. I have been looking at those 3 because of the price. My uncle is a gunsmith and has an FFL license. He gets this catalog of guns and gun accessories (forget the name of it) with fairly cheap prices (which is what I need). I think the Springfield GI model can be had for about $350 from this catalog. Also, since my uncle is a gunsmith, he has taken courses on adjusting, tweaking, repairing 1911s so if I get one and it doesn't work perfect, he can fix it for me. So which of those 3 would you choose or would you choose another brand? I'd like to keep it at $400 or around there.