So the standard version of the "GI" model. Would that be sufficient? I am still learning about firearms and want to try out a few different handguns at a range or something before I commit to buy one. I dont know what kind of safety switch is on these.
Honestly, the best 'bang-for-the-buck' Springfield 1911 is the Mil-Spec. It has better sights and more reliable action than the G.I. (They are also arguably more accurate. I generally see them for around $400-$450 nowadays... They also are availableas a 3.5" bbl Compact model, but they are harder to find and more expensive.
They have a basic grip and thumb safety. The Grip safety engages when you grasp the gun properly, and the thumb safetycan be 'clicked'upward to engage, when the hammer is cocked. The safest way to carry the gun loaded is cocked & locked.