I don't think there is another in the same price range.I just got back from the YMCA and I've decided to go with the upgraded RIA 1911 with the combat sights. It will be way cheaper than getting the extra stuff machined and then adding aftermarket sights. However if anyone were to suggest another nice 1911 in the same price range please let me know.
Or buy the RIA you want and can afford with the upgraded sights which I beleive has other features such as the flared and lowered ejection port.Ive been in the 1911 world for awhile now, well...only two years, Im on 23.
And Ive owned about 5, and even carry onc since I turned 21. And if there is one thing I've learned, its NOT to buy a "cheap" 1911 just because its in your budget, because you will never be happy with it and want more. You obviously hate the sights, then you will start to hate the shatty grip safety, the sloppy trigger, the play in the slide/frame fit. You will do one of two things, sell the gun, a GI brings in ~$200 aftermarket and have a bad feeling about 1911s the rest of your life, or you will purchase parts and upgrade your 1911 to the way you want it, in which time you could have bought two nice 1911s.
With all that being said, buy a decent 1911.....