You don't need to spend $3k to get a great 1911.
Unless you're just wanting a show piece, I don't see the need.
I have a Colt Gold Cup in .38 Super that is as accurate as anything on the market off the shelf. And it never fails to function. Kimber is also a great weapon if that intrigues you.
There's a fine line between BRAVE ... and STUPID.
The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.