Barbary, I was in the same quandry as you. After reading all I could and trying a number of rentals at the local range, I settled on the S&W 1911 and couldn't be happier. I got it two weeks ago and this past Saturday the wife and I took it to the range - both of us liked its accuracy and the way it handled. The Para was about the lowest on my list and the Springer was being considered but the S&W just felt better, plus I have several other S&Ws that have always worked the way they should - the oldest, I bought in 1953.
PS: It cost me $869 and is SS.