If you want a good 1911, you're gonna have to drop more than $400.
An ATI or a RIA will run, no doubt. But they just don't have the finesse and smoothness of something American. If you want a budget American 1911, I suggest the Ruger SR1911. They actually have one right now at Bowie Outfitters for $769.
I would also suggest an entry level SW1911 or the lowest level Kimber - the Custom II, is really good. The Remington R1 and R1 enhanced are both great too.
If you get a 1911, get an American one. Do us all a patriotic favor.
This post was edited on 12/29 at 7:47 pm