The only reason I would say 1911 over the Sig, is everyone should own at least one 1911. If you are stuck on that price, I would look for a used Kimber, preferably one of the series I. Would stay away from the Kimbers with the exterior extractors, there is a reason they don't make them with those anymore! The 700 range is a tough bill to fill. Most are cheaper or more expensive. Really depends on what you need in your 1911. For me, a high rise beaver tail, combat hammer, long trigger, and a lowered ejection port are a must, and Kimber just happen to come with those things standard!