I'm looking around trying to decide on a mid or compact 45 for carry. I'm not looking for a match grade pistol like the Kimber, Les Baer, and such. Just a reliable, moderately priced, 45. So far, I think the newer AO looks nice, though I have not been able to see one in person, and I also like the looks of the Rock Island Armory piece. I've already read from all of you about the AO, now I'd like to hear the opinions of RIA. For the money, they look to be a nice deal. MCRGO in Mi has now produced a commemorative .45, using the full sized RIA. Looks real nice online. You can check out some close-up shots of the engraving here: www.mcrgo.org Thanks in advance.