<>Regardless of the model Colt, they are made to essentially the Army specifications on fit and finish. All the parts are swappable and will work. That's why the rattle. The other guns have tighter fitting of parts, frame to slide, hammer to sear, barrel to bushing to slide, etc. The tighter tolerances require hand fitting. Hand fitting requires more time and costs more money. Some people are willing to spend more than others.
Most of my 1911s are Colt. I also have Springfields, Dan Wessons, Kimbers, Remington Rand, and have owned Wilsons and Baers. In my hand (and that is what counts) the Dan Wessons are the most accurate I have owned. Your mileage may vary.
Understood and appreciated.
Recall that the Germans learned in 1939 & 1940 Russia that too precise engineering tolerances can bring-on other troubles.
I admittedly have shot few 1911’s in the past 45 years; but before that, I shot them frequently for decades, since childhood. All were Colts of one variety or another, and all functioned fairly well with ball ammo. Any accuracy problem was my fault.
When I was around 12, I was taught to strip & reassemble 1911’s and by 14 or 15 was completely disassembling, trouble shooting, & reassembling them.
No, I am not a gunsmith, and use pros for all work for the past half-century.
An old friend, a precision machinist who once built & tuned .45ACP & .38 Super 1911’s for the U S Navy’s competition pistol teams; has told me that he liked to do builds from NORINCO’s. I have never heard much good about any NORINCO product, but he insists that they had good basic components.
Anyway, the widely disparate asking prices for superficially similar 1911’s of today caused me to inquire here.
So, I was just asking of those more expert than I about the topic. I don’t have any dog in this fight and didn’t intend to cause an uproar.
I only have three .45’s left and rarely carry or shoot them. We plan to build a back yard range, and will likely do more shooting soon. I have some really old ammo which needs to be fired.
Thanks to all for their sincere comments & advice.