I admit I don't know much about pistols. This being the 100th anniversary year of the 1911, I'd like to get one...to keep for good. I do want to shoot it but it's primarily a nostalgia kind of thing. I want one of good quality...and manufactured in the USA. I don't think I'd spend more than $1200. I want one manufactured in 2011...not used (and how do I make sure of the year of manufacture?). The Colt really interests me (how much more nostalgic can you get?), but I don't hear much about them. Any ideas, suggestions or advice to offer would be appreciated.