Went shooting some time ago, just got around to cleaning the pistols today.
I shouldn't do that, but more often than not I wind up making excuses to myself and not cleaning my guns until I have to.
Except for my carry gun. That thing gets cleaned religiously.
Anyhoo, my buddy has been trading around, and wound up with a Springfield M1911 Government Model.
I carried a Colt Lightweight Commander early during my law enforcement, and was fairly fond of that pistol, but I wound up trading it off in a deal that I don't really remember the details of now.
Later on I briefly toyed with the idea of putting together a court gun out of a 9X23mm Colt clone, before setting the idea on the back burner in favour of other things popping up here and there.
Other than those times, I've never really had a hankering for any version of Old Slabsides. John Brownings later design -- the Browning Hi-Power -- has always been more to my taste.
That Springfield that Buddy got is sweet. Couple of days after I shot it, one of the other officers at work heard me talking about the Springer, and let me coon-finger his 4-inch Kimber CDP.
I don't remember the Colt off-shoots feeling as good in the paw back in the day as they seem to do now. I don't know if the pistol design has been subtly modified over the last 20-30 years, or if my perceptions have changed, but that 4-inch Kimber sure did handle well.
Settles in my grip like it was custom-made for me; bring it up with my eyes closed, and when I open my eyes, the sights are on target. Comfortable, and (more importantly) comforting.
Time to set aside another Play-Pretty Fund, I guess.