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I've found the 1911 platform to be unnecessarily heavy in the modern world. Someone needs to popularize the polymer-framed 1911.
If you're not wedded to a 1911, stay away, stay far away. at $900 you're not liable to run into much good. Just get a Glock 21, 30, M&P .45, or an XD .45.... CZ97, Sig P220... anything other than a 1911.
And I say that as someone who has two 1911s but I would never in a million years suggest one as a "first .45" .
You may need one of each:
M&P 45 with a proper trigger
If you get a 1911, Smith & Wesson is worth considering, because they make a decent product and have a no questions asked lifetime guarantee, even if its 2nd hand pre owned etc. Some of the 1911's can be finicky, and if you get one, then you have the option of bugging S&W until they fix it right on their dime.
Can't speak about Glocks, as I am allergic to them unfortunately.