I'm no stranger to pistols and have always loved the 1911 for nostalgic reasons. I've never really been comfortable with them because I have meaty hands with shorter fingers. Some of the controls are not easy for me to reach.
That said, I know that training can overcome a lot, and I'm not sure I'm looking to replace my EDC (XD-40). I am however starting to oogle and drool over the thought of adding a 1911 to the safe and having it as an option for carry. I have a 1903, so I really should have a 1911 to keep it company:) I'm not looking for a safe-queen though and don't have an unlimited budget.
So, what is a good first 1911? I want reliability and maybe minor upgrades, but primarily I want something I can have fun with and learn 1911's.
I'm leaning toward a Springfield MilSpec or something similar. I'm also cruising the used cases at LGS hoping to find a gem. Any suggestions?