I love my Steyr to death, but in the winter time I really prefer to carry something that will pack a little more wallop throw a piece of lead with a little more mass behind it. And because winter allows me to wear more layers and cover garments, I have no trouble touting around my 5" Sig GSR 1911. She is carried in a Blade-Tech UCH and sports 8+1 230gr. Winchester Rangers, and I always carry an extra magazine in a Blade-Tech carrier. If I know I will be out past dark, the Surefire G2 comes along for the ride (though I almost always leave that bulky holster for it at home). The knife pictured is my usual Böker BO051 and the multitool that rides beside it is a Leatherman Charge Ti. All in all, I would say the rig is pretty heavy, but all the stuff on the stuff on the weak side helps to balance the fairly heavy 1911 on my strong side and it works out pretty well. I've gone all day many times with the gear and never found the getup to be too unbearable. So without further adieu... Just the pistol: As if the rail wasn't bad enough for 1911 purists, I'm sure this picture will be downright blasphemous... Definitely isn't as sexy as the Steyr with the M6X, but certainly just as functional. There has been a LOT of bad chatter about the GSR and reliability. I bought mine CPO 2 months after they were released in downright prestine condition - zero flaws. I had some extraction issues for about the first 200 rounds using WWB, but I've put a good 1k+ downrange now without a hitch (CCI and Monarch). My only gripe with the gun is the Ed Brown ambi safety I had installed - it took a lot of fitment to get it to work right and the color doesn't quite match the satin tones of the frame. It is a little too bling bling for me, but it matches the barrel bushing and I seem to be one of the only ones that really notices it. I thought the Steyr's had amazing triggers until I bought this pistol - know I know the true definition of "breaks like a glass rod". Even my gunsmith commented on how scary perfect it was. The weight is an issue for carry, but that is to be expected from a 1911. Accuracy wise, it's a tackdriver - ultra-low recoil, extremely tight groups. I am consistently impressed when I take her out to the range. All in all, I consider it a great buy and an ideal carry gun if you don't mind the weight. I would highly recommend the GSR if one were in the market for a 1911.