1. The sprinters had a better resale
That's surprising. For comparable models Colt normally holds value that meets or often exceeds other makers. You weren't comparing a base model Colt and a top of the line Springfield right?
2. The colt special combat government I handled was VERY loose.
New gun? The 1911 models coming out of Colt these days are normally very tight (the slides and frame are hand lapped to fit during the assembly process). Earlier guns intentionally had looser tolerances like the original 1911 that was designed to operate in mud and crud.
Colts are made in America and use almost 100% forgings or machined bar stock. This sets them apart from almost every other 1911 on the market.
Of course, if you are a Colt enthusiast nothing else will do.
This post was edited on 3/5 at 9:26 pm