New member, but I've always had Ruger handguns around. When I saw the new Koenig 1911 I knew I wanted one if I could swing it. I already had the SR 1911 in .45 and have been quite impressed with it. It has close to 2500 rounds through it, and has proven to be a fine handgun. Having decided I wanted a 9mm 1911, the new model appealed to me. I have read posts online about this gun costing "too much for a Ruger". I do however love my .45, and I like the idea of an American made product. Now is the Koenig worth the more than double price of the production guns? That's debatable.....Is it an obvious step up from the production guns? Yep. It is very accurate and cycles very smoothly with little flip. The sights are awesome, as is the trigger. The action is noticeably smoother and tighter at the same time. The trigger reset has a noticeably stronger return and is extremely short. The barrel and bushing are quite tight and it is impossible to evoke any movement of the barrel when in lockup. The finish is also nicer than I expected. It's a pretty gun. When Ruger builds me a good gun, they sell me another...….