Made my Saturday trip to the gunshop and looked at some new and some newer-but-used Colt .45's and .38 Supers. Now, fellas, I'm gonna' need some talk here ... I haven't quite got to the stage in my collection where I want to add a big bore auto and I'm shopping. I'm sold on Pythons and Detective Specials and I WAS sold on Gov't .45's ... but now, ... well ... There sat a new Commander .45. It was pretty good looking and had beautiful rosewood grips. The, "1991AI," I'm told is the current, "Gov't," model. It looked like it was blued with a charcoal crayon. The action was OK but nothing special. There was a .38 super, too and it looked even, well, "cheesier," than the others. There were several Kimbers and Springfields there, too and they ALL looked better than ANY of the COLT's. THIS IS NOT HOW THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE, is it? The dealer is as big a Colt fan as I am but all he could do was complain how Kimber's are over priced. He had nothing bad to say about Springfield's at all. What the *&^&!? Who's in charge here?! Have the Helot's taken over while we were sunning ourselves in past glories? I've heard about Browning shotguns made by short men with slanty eyes and NOT in Belgium and I guess I can live with that - but, now COLTS, TOO!? I don't know whether to be sad or outraged. I won't bring this up at our Sunday evening gun talk ... it would be too painful.