Got a call from Gunsmith Bob at Coal Creek Armory today. He's looked at Dad's 1911 that I finally got around to sending down there late last year, and said that he had to change out the plunger tube. He said that he'd put 7 rounds through it after that and didn't get any keyholing, but he'd change out the barrel if I wanted. After we discussed it a bit and he indicated that there were other issues with the weapon (but nothing that would stop it from being usable), I decided to cut my losses and stop there. I figure that even if it isn't going to be my go-to pistol anymore, I can set it on my desk or on the nightstand with a full mag and still have something that will get me to my shotgun.
So I guess I'm in the market for a new or new-to-me 1911. I do lust a bit after the Springfield Armory models I looked at after reading Brigid the other day (although I can't afford the "Loaded" model she was talking about; the "Range Officer" is probably more in my price range). Thoughts?