Finding a 1911 that suits me...


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Dorrin79
February 25, 2003, 11:51 AM
Alright, after seeing one too many pictures of various THR members' 1911 collections, I've decided to get one myself.

I prefer the looks of the original WWII styled 1911. I don't neccessarily want a lot of bells and whistles, just a basic military-spec .45

I'd like to spend under $500, if possible. New/Used isn't a big deal, but I want the best quality for my money possible.

Any recommendations from the large number of 1911-lovers resident here?

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fgr39
February 25, 2003, 12:20 PM
based off what your looking for I would go with a Colt 1991A1. I got a used one awhil back and really like it. Its 100% reliable and very basic. Look around and you can find some good deals on used ones. I'm sure someone will say get the SA milspec but I have never shot one so I can't recomend it.

10-Ring
February 25, 2003, 12:25 PM
I've had both a Colt 1991a1 and a Springfield Mil Spec and was completely satisfied w/ both. Check out both & get the one that you can get the better deal on. You won't go wrong as long as you stick w/ quality.

Sean Smith
February 25, 2003, 12:55 PM
SA Milspec or Colt 01991, with the overall "niceness" edge going to the more expensive Colt.

TheFrontRange
February 25, 2003, 01:40 PM
Yet one more vote for both here...briefly owned the Compact (Officers' Model-size) version of the Colt 1991A1 and then a full-size Springfield Mil-Spec...both were super.

Matthew_Q
February 25, 2003, 02:50 PM
Good suggestions so far. The SA 1911A1 Milspec should come in around $500 New in box. I think a local shop has one for $499. That will be my next purchase. :)

I have heard some decent things about the Auto Ordnance 1911s, they may be worth a shot if the price is right. Not sure what a good price would be, but should be less than the SA. After I get the SA, I may try to get an AO for evaluation.

Al Thompson
February 25, 2003, 03:06 PM
Dorrin, have you shot one? FWIW, the mil specs and the BHP tears up the web of my hand.

I've handled the Springfield, looks like a good deal.

Dorrin79
February 25, 2003, 06:18 PM
Thanks for the suggestions...

I'll look and see what kind of price I can get on a Springfield Armory or a Colt... what is a fair price for a new one / used one in good condition?

sanchezero
February 26, 2003, 12:50 PM
Springfield milspec

http://gunbroker.com/auction/ViewItem.asp?Item=7624045

Good luck and have fun :) .

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