Nice synopsis. All 1911's are basically the same so there is a point of diminishing returns.Congrats! You won't regret your decision. I shot my PT1911 and my SIL's custom made 1911 side by side a couple of weeks ago. While I will say the custom gun was nicer in some aspects (he has around $5,000 in it), my 1911 shot damn near as well and as accurately as his (muzzle flip on his was noticeably less). He was impressed with the performance of mine. For the money, I'm 100% convinced I have the better deal, especially since I could own at least six PT1911s for what he has put into his. That said, both guns can outshoot my abilities.