I like the Dan Wesson CCO. It's got a better fit and finish than the options you're looking at, also all Ed Brown parts with Wolff springs. Might be more money than you want to spend though. It's just a much better built 1911. Not quite a custom gun but better than other production models. The Dan Wesson is harder to find so my next choice would be the Kimber. Some people have had problems with Kimber out of the box, but generally they have a good following when it comes to a production gun. I don't like the external extractor option at all, mostly because for a 1911 I'm somewhat of a traditionalist and the internal extractor is how it was designed.