Best 1911 Manufacturer?


November 26, 2004, 07:44 PM
You are granted one free 1911-style pistol by the Fairy Godess of Tacticality. Any make, any model. Which brand do you choose?

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November 26, 2004, 07:53 PM
Colt Series 70 Repro and a round-trip ticket to Ted Yost.

If it has to be out of the box only, Rock River.

November 26, 2004, 08:09 PM
Springfield TRP

Black Majik
November 26, 2004, 08:58 PM
1 free 1911?

Give me an Ed Brown! :D

November 26, 2004, 09:00 PM
I'd get another Les Baer - my other two have been 100% reliable.

Brian Williams
November 26, 2004, 09:01 PM
1 each Pistol, Government Model 1911A1, w/spare mag, caliber .45 ACP, manufacturer Singer, Serial number s001.

Sell it and buy a few LNIB Colts from the same era.

November 26, 2004, 09:12 PM
Best manufacturer used to be: Colt.

Now, in my opinion, it's: Kimber.

But if I could have a freebie, I'd like to try a/an: SVI.

November 26, 2004, 09:14 PM
I'd keep my stainless xse c. commander just the way it is followed closely by my 70 repro.

November 26, 2004, 11:34 PM
Make mine a pre-war manufacture Colt...About 1935 should do nicely.
1918 or 1920 would be even nicer.

November 26, 2004, 11:37 PM
Or at least exotic. Which is to say, EXPEN$IVE.

The Strayer Voigt TiKi - handcrafted from titanium. Call and raise.... ;)

Brass Balls
November 27, 2004, 12:16 AM
Tough call my two current favorites are a Les Baer Ultimate Master 1.5 and a Springfield TGO 1.

November 27, 2004, 01:05 AM
Para P14 Stainless Limited. I've never owned a nicer straighter shooting 1911. And it's beefy which is good for my hands.

November 27, 2004, 01:14 AM
If it aint got a dancin horse on it, it aint a 1911


November 27, 2004, 01:38 AM
Standard factory gun I am shocked to say is a Dan Wesson, Custom I would say Baer.


November 27, 2004, 06:09 AM
STI Trojan in .38 super (I'm assuming the 2011 dosn't countas a 1911).

41 Redhawk
November 27, 2004, 07:45 AM
Combat-wombat????? You into Hodakas????

November 27, 2004, 08:33 AM
I'm with Wild Alaska...I'll take something from the Colt custom shop. Polished stainless steel or deep blue with rosewood grips...just no front serrations or artwork on the slide.

November 27, 2004, 09:36 AM
Make mine a 70 series colt,but will have to get back with you on who will do the custom work.

November 27, 2004, 05:01 PM
Ed Brown something.

November 27, 2004, 05:28 PM
"Colt Series 70 Repro and a round-trip ticket to Ted Yost.

If it has to be out of the box only, Rock River."

I'm with Shmackey :D

November 27, 2004, 05:35 PM
Make mine a Springfield Professional model.

Pro Model (

Dave Sample
November 27, 2004, 06:37 PM
Any Ed Brown 1911 would be the only thing I would recommend.

November 27, 2004, 07:21 PM
Of mass market 1911 style guns you can buy off the shelf, everybody is shipping too many turkeys that don't work right out of the box or that have something (MIM) break after a few hundred rounds! A high enough percentage are good to keep the profits up, but the customer is the QA/QC department these days.

Custom guns I don't know, I've never been able to bring myself to spend more than $650 on any handgun, (althouh a few I have are worth a bit more than that now).


November 27, 2004, 07:25 PM
I am not a big 1911 fan (maybe the only one here that isn't :) ), but I will vote for Rock River Arms being the best 1911 for the money.

Just my .02,

Zach S
November 27, 2004, 07:27 PM
Any 1911? I want the full-auto Bul M5... If I had to come back to reality, I'd probably have one built by a local 'smith.

Ala Dan
November 27, 2004, 10:22 PM
with that said, for a "freebie" I would take a Para 1911 Super Sport Pistol

Best Wishes,
Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member

Zak Smith
November 27, 2004, 11:08 PM

November 27, 2004, 11:38 PM
Colt Gold Cup.

There may be better but, it's a legend and I like them, so there. :D

deputy tom
November 28, 2004, 12:17 AM
Springfield Custom Loaded TRP-Pro Model™ 1911-A1.tom. :)

November 28, 2004, 12:52 AM

November 28, 2004, 12:53 AM
fairy goddess of tacticality? That would indicate that there is a god of some sort and that contradicts my beliefs.

Besides, who would want to believe in some god or goddess that tried to give them a 1911? :uhoh:

Sorry, I'll drop the pistol dogma. ;)

I'll take an option list from Baer and start pointing...when it got to my door (probably have to go through an FFL though) I would promptly sell it and by CZ's to my hearts content.

November 28, 2004, 12:57 AM

November 28, 2004, 09:22 AM
I'm surprised that no one has mentioned Wilson Combat, or Valtro so far. Kind of pricey tho... Have to say that there's just something about the prancing horsey that does it for me, which is why I have more of them than any others. I had a botched up order for a Valtro, but have since cancelled, and my sights are set on finding a nice STI Trojan. The Dan Wessons were a real steal only a couple of years ago, but prices are on the rise I believe. :cuss:

November 28, 2004, 09:47 AM
Colt Commerical model from the 1920's.

November 28, 2004, 10:33 AM
Colt USGI or Commercial from 19teens.

Dave Sample
November 28, 2004, 09:56 PM
MIM parts do not break after a few hundred rounds if they are machined right. The CMC hammers have had zero failures to date and they are used in almost all of the clones including Kimbers. These parts are the way of the future so you had better get used to them. I like them and have seen them in Colts for 10 years or better. This method deos not work in certain applicatiions, but where it is used for the right parts, it's hard to beat.

November 28, 2004, 11:31 PM


Either would be most excellent....

November 29, 2004, 07:29 PM
For the money- Kimber

December 1, 2004, 06:55 AM
Another vote for Les Baer.


December 1, 2004, 03:50 PM
My choice for out of the box would be a 1913 model 1911 Navy, custom would be Les Baer.

Still trying to figure out what I want to do when I grow up!

December 1, 2004, 04:15 PM
NIB Delta Elite :D

December 1, 2004, 05:27 PM
Something without that Prancing Jackass everyone calls a pony. :D

I think I'd take a 1943 Remington Rand. In LNIB condition of course.

December 1, 2004, 06:49 PM
The new High Point .45. :neener:

December 1, 2004, 07:17 PM
i'll go with a colt wwI repro and a trip to vickers.

if it's gotta be straight from the shop, i'm thinkin' baer

December 2, 2004, 12:37 AM
Para Ordnance 16-40

December 2, 2004, 11:35 AM
Production: Colt, Springfield
Semi Custom: Ed Brown, Nowlin, STI
Custom: Heinie, Yost, Vickers, Don Williams, EGW, etc... many to name.

December 2, 2004, 02:26 PM
I'd certainly go for an Ed Brown also, dang it I recall a pic of a custom 10mm comped commander done up by Ned Christianson as long as we're dreaming!

December 2, 2004, 02:34 PM
My last name is Wilson. Growing up I always had basketballs, baseball gloves jerseys, etc. with my name on them. I've always thought it would be cool to have my very own branded 1911 too. Besides, they make one fine weapon. Wilson Combat for me.

December 2, 2004, 02:48 PM
Norinco! :evil:

December 2, 2004, 03:58 PM
What about a Rock Island? :neener:

December 2, 2004, 10:42 PM
1st , i'd get old john back from the dead , then i'd hand him 50 of each individual part to choose from (original contract ) and say "build it your way"... :neener: :what: :uhoh:

December 3, 2004, 01:27 AM
I'll settle for a Para LTC - I have the SSP and it is accurate and well made.

December 3, 2004, 05:04 AM
Ed Brown!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Brian Williams
December 3, 2004, 09:02 AM
Although I post that I would get a Singer and sell it for a few 1930's era Colts I do remember seeing a few nice pics from the Dave Sample online class....

But a Tunerized 1911 govt colt would be nice.

December 3, 2004, 09:21 AM
For me it'd be another Kimber.

Anything more expensive than that and I probably wouldn't shoot it. :)

December 3, 2004, 10:29 AM
For accuracy, a Colt Gold Cup National Match

For carry, a Para Ordnance P12-45


December 3, 2004, 02:33 PM
I'd choose a Colt 1911 . . . provided I got Serial #1.

December 3, 2004, 02:45 PM
Les Baer commanche monolith. COOL!

December 3, 2004, 04:55 PM
Colt Special Combat, made to order :cool:

December 4, 2004, 01:36 AM
Colt Delta Gold Cup

December 4, 2004, 01:54 AM

"About 1935 should do nicely.
1918 or 1920 would be even nicer."

I would take any of the above for the giving, but if I could pick a 1914/15 Navy Colt would be my first choice. Second or tied would be a depression era National Match, and I am greedy I want the box and all the papers with it.

December 4, 2004, 05:38 AM
The one that is tuned for reliability and you carry it everyday. You do not mind if it gets a little caracter marked. You know where it is and at what angle it is sitting at you hip, like you know where your nose is at all time. You can draw and fire it at a target while keeping an eye on what is going on around you.

If you want a pose mobile. Get one that looks the best.

I shall always start with a Colt. Nothing like forged steel.


December 4, 2004, 10:42 PM
My Baer was overpriced about 100% and very accurate but had a crappy magazine they never did fix, and the "Baer Coat" finish is way way soft. My Colts were good, 'cept for the defective spring plug in the Officer's ACP, but I wouldn't call them the best by any means. Next one will likely be an Ed Brown or a Smith Sc.

December 5, 2004, 01:00 AM
Remington Rand

Of course it would be kind of neat to have an OLD Gov't Model , gone over - parts fought over ( like original triggers) by Tuner and Old Fuff. Yeah I want about 4 dozen of the USGI mags and a couple cases of issued hardball too.

Got to have the laynard of course and flap holster with Gov't issuse FM to read.

I'm not picky now am I ? :D

December 5, 2004, 02:13 AM
A Jardine Valtro

capt. Nemo
December 5, 2004, 08:45 PM
Wilson Combat Tactical Super Grade. You may find one somewhere just as good (I doubt it) but you won't find one better!

December 5, 2004, 08:55 PM
I've owned a bunch. Prefer those that accept standard 1911 parts, so no GSR for me. And as my TRP never fed a complete mag of factory ball without choking, and my LongSlide shoots 12" at 25 yards on a good day, I'll pass on SA.

I'll stick with Valtro, followed by an Ed Brown (pick one).

December 6, 2004, 09:40 AM
S.A. Mil-Spec the Yost is building for me and the R.R.A. I have on order.
I dream of a new series 70 reissue 10mm Delta Elite. :cool:

December 6, 2004, 04:26 PM
The new Colt series 70 "stainless steel" retro. Just purchased and it's "simply marvelous!" A nice two-tone hard chrome (after basic mods) from Tripp Research will immortalize it.

December 6, 2004, 05:56 PM
My Rock River Limited Match will outshoot all of my other (25 - 30) 1911s.

The runner ups would be Les Baer and STI.

If John Jardine ever starts making guns which don't take a couple of years to receive, I will pick up one or two Valtros.

December 8, 2004, 10:36 AM
IF I wanted something a little lighter and fun and cheap to shoot you got to go along way to beat the STI Trojan in 9MM. Hi cap fan? Go with the Para 9MM - you can shoot it until you get tired then reload!

December 9, 2004, 11:43 AM
Free from the gun fairy? Another Pro would be nice...

December 9, 2004, 08:29 PM
I've run the full gamut of the larger factory 1911A1s. I am going to skip semi-custom and someday get a full custom by an artist, even if I have to wait six years.

Anyways, the Tactical Fairy can keep her:

Ski slope sights
Fiber optics
Adjustable rear sights
Cursive script roll marks
Front slide serrations
Foreign clones of the American combat handgun icon.
SIG mutation
Firing pin safeties
Internal locking systems
Schwartz safeties

Guess I'd get another Colt. Everything else is just some degree of ugly clone.

December 10, 2004, 03:05 PM
I am suprised no one said this already.
This would be my choice due to the fact I will never buy one. I'd rather collect a couple of Colt's, a Sistema, a Norinco, and maybe a Springer with the money! It's just too hard to justify.

December 10, 2004, 03:28 PM
Out of the box: Wilson Combat CQB or Les Baer TRS. While I had two malfunctions in the first 200 rounds with my TRS (no malfunctions in the following 900 rounds), my WC CQB has never had a malfunction, it's been perfect.

Otherwise I'd take a Series 70 repro and let Terry Tussey rebuild it. If Tussey was too busy (he often is), Ted Yost is a bit closer and also does a great job with his 1*

December 10, 2004, 03:28 PM
I'm voting for another SVI (Strayer Voigt, Inc.) Infinity. ;)

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