I have owned a vintage 70 Series Colt Combat Commander with Satin Nickel finish for many years. My friends would drool over it, being such a great 1911 variation. The only issue was that I couldn't get up in a tree and hit the ground with it!! I could really shoot a 9mm, but wanted to be able to shoot a .45. Then along came my XD 45. A great shooter right out of the box. Perfect fit with excellent trigger pull. Very manageable recoil and little barrel lift. A truly great no compromise weapon at ANY price. Love the grip safety and ambidextrous mag release buttons. I am a huge XD fan now and highly recommend this weapon platform.