I've been looking at all the above. DW Point-man, Springfield RO and the RIA Rock Series. Other than price does any one seem better than the other.
Yes. In order:
1. Dan Wesson Point Man.
2. Springfield Range Officer.
3. RIA Rock Series.
The difference is in the parts selection, amount of hand fitting, and hand finishing. There's no arguing the Dan Wesson, but you pay for the level of skill and time put into the pistol. Springfield RO is a nice sweet spot, good fit and finish for the price. The RIA Rock is a great value, but not as nice out of the box as either the Dan Wesson or Springfield RO.
As I said earlier, mine RIA has a great slide to frame fit. That is the most important part. I detail stripped it. I deburred the trigger bow path. I performed a trigger job. I replaced and upgraded springs. I replaced the polymer main spring housing. I ditched the sharp ambi safety. I'm not saying that the RIA isn't assembled well. They just spend less time hand finishing the pistol. Do the extra hand finishing yourself, and you get one heck of a nice pistol. $330 for the gun. Another $90 for the springs, safety, main spring housing. About three hours of elbow grease and finishing. I ended up with an ugly sleeper that shoots better than its outward appearance would suggest.
If you can afford the Dan Wesson, get it. Don't hesitate.
If you want to spend less than the Dan Wesson and get a well assembled and finished pistol, get a Springfield R.O. or a Colt Competition chambered in 9mm.
If you want to save a few bucks and don't mind doing a little hand finishing yourself, get the RIA but know that the sight dovetails aren't quite Novak narrowing your choice of aftermarket sights.