I certainly will take safety class.
Probably I need to explain better my possible choice. A lot of personal here.
1. Currently I am involved in making main components of this weapon, so I learned interesting things about 1911 and got very impressed with history and genius of design. If I proceed, my gun will have Receiver (frame) and slide made, inspected, marked and so on by people, who I know for years. This will make this gun very special for me.
2. This is American designed and made weapon. Made by legendary company, which I am aware of since I saw the first western, probably 50 years ago. Each revolver we, kids called Colt. Back than I couldn't even imagine that I will ever be able to own Colt.
3. I am not positive, but there is a good chance that I will be able to enjoy discount and will be minimal change to convert this weapon to 9mm.
4. Knives or guns or flashlights- aesthetic is very important for me. I really like the look of this gun and how it feels in the hand.
I've had Colts that were really lemons, but when they're right, there's nothing sweeter. Better values, sure, but overall ownership experience - nah.
To the best of my knowledge, it was time, when Colt was loosing money making handguns for civilians. They almost shutdown handgun devision and strip them out of resources. Now it is on the rise. Resources are back.