Just too add something different how about a 357mag? Single or double action either way still alot of fun and you can shoot 38 or 357mag so kinda 2 guns in 1.
I will say I know alot of guys with the RIA 1911s and they love them and I've shot them and was more than happy. I just gave up on 1911s years ago.....unless it's a Chris Chambers custom then I'm hooked...lol!!!