I was fooling around on the net and and was looking for the "best 1911 .45 cal" you can buy. Springfield came up, then Kimber, Remington and then the Les Baer's, Browns, and a few other fancy names I had never heard of before. Ruger wasn't even mentioned. For me, I think Ruger has done a good job on the SR1911 series. They have gone back to the 70 series style Colt used to make and at one time I had a 70 National Match which I stupidly sold. I am very satisfied with my Rugers, however I say this: the best handgun that you can buy is the one that YOU can handle the best! And as far as caliber: it's the one that you can handle should the need arise whether if be carry, conceal, or home or self defense. I keep my GP100 in my living room next to my easy chair and my .45's in my bedroom. What do you think??