I waited for years but I finally found a great deal on a real 1911. About a year ago I happened to find this pistol sitting in a pawn shop in South Austin. It's a gem with it's original finish, complete with an awesome patina. It's a Remington-Rand made 1944-era M1911A1 that I paid $1400 for. I'll never sell it, and they'll never take it from me.