Ive owned 3 WE 1911's now... a 1911A1, 1911 Tactical, and an 1911 MEU.
The issues with the slides blowing apart was caused by the recoil spring guide being to long and hitting the spring guide plug and causing stress on the barrel bushing and front end of the slide.... This was an easy fix and all that needed to be done was file off about 2-3mm off the front of the recoil spring guide.
It was a known issue with the 1911A1 but had since been fixed in later models (still worth it to take a caliper and make sure... can never be to safe)
After those precautions were taken all of the guns I owned were top notch and a real blast to shoot! Love the price of them and the sake that they are full metal.
Happiness comes from belt fed weapons!
SIR - South Island Rangers