So I need a basic lesson in 1911 firearms. I know the very basics in that it was designed by John Browning and made famous by Colt. I am interested in a modern 1911 and overwhelmed by the choices. I realize everyone has their favorite manufacturer and prices can go from little to unimaginable.
What are the specific characteristics you would look for and why is better than another?
Is their a preference between the internal versus external extractor?
Will I use an ambidextrous safety / do you ever use yours?