I'd pull the trigger on it. When I was looking for my first 1911 I checked out the RIA compact model and really liked it, but then the guy showed me the Kimber Ultra and the weight and name "Kimber" made the sell. I'll pick one some day down the road and build on it. I figure it'll make a good build gun and sometimes CC option. Either way, for $500 and below I think it's a bargain for a 1911 .45 ACP. From what I've seen there's very few complaints on the RIA, so that should say something for the quality.