If your friend is looking for a RIA that is really nice, and could double as a carry pistol, this Rock Island Armory Tactical 1911-A1 with a full length rail and Meprolight night sights is a very well made pistol. I got to handle one last week at one of my local gun stores, and I nearly bought it. Very impressed with finish (parkerized), grips were beautiful, and the gun was as tight as any 1911 I've handled. My GS wanted $699, but you can find them at Davidsons or Buds for around $625. You have to search under Armscor Precision, not RIA.....but it has Rock Island Armory stamped on the other side of th slide.