is the citadel 1911 worth a damn?
Although I don't claim to be KR, I'll share w/ you my experiences w/ my Citadel. I've had Concealed Carry model (built on an Officer's frame w/ a 3.5" barrel) for about 1 1/2 years. Citadels are made by Armscor, the same company that makes RIA's. I've been very pleased w/ my Citadel. It's had about 300 rounds through. I bought the Citadel instead of the RIA because it had a number of enhancements (lowered ejection port, target hammer/trigger, extended beavertail, extended thumb safety/slide stop lever, and Novak type sights. The main thing I don't like about the Citadel (and RIA's, as well) is their Parkerized finish. Their websites describe it a Parkerized or "matte", but it's Parkerized. OTOH, my American Classic Commander (also made in The Philippines, albeit from a different company) has a nice, deep blue finish. It's been reliable. The trigger is fairly crisp, but not as nice as my Commander. I've read a lot complaints on the 'net about the factory mags (RIA, Citadel and A/C mags are all made by Mec-Gar), but mine have run ok. I've bought a bunch of Chip McCormick Shooting Star mags anyway.