I'm seeing a LOT of non-Colt .45 1911-type pistols.
Turkish 1911's are everywhere (and some get good reviews), as well as from the Philippines (Armscor who makes Rock Island), Brazil, Slovakia, Israel, Canada and yes, China
One of the best mass produced 1911 makers is supposed to be Kimber (USA, never shot one). The custom 1911's are popular, but cost too much for what and how I use a handgun.
Turkish guns in general have gotten better according to gun fans. Buds has a couple brands from there- Girsan (1911 types) and Canik (CZ clones), both get good press for the most part, and are in the $400-$500 range.
Just found a Glock 22C (factory compensated .40 S&W), under $500. I'm VERY tempted. Easy to convert to 9mm or .357 SIG and even have a .22 rimfire slide/barrel assembly available.