IRS which 1911 style to buy.


March 24, 2005, 05:08 PM
I'm leening towards a 1911 style auto (thanks to Uncle Sam's refund), but I'm not familiar with the different brands. What would you recommend? Let's keep it around $500. Thanks

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March 24, 2005, 06:28 PM
For $500 you will be hard pressed to find a nicer 1911 than the Springfield milspec. These weapons also lend themselves very nicely to future upgrades if you so desire.

March 24, 2005, 06:39 PM
I picked up a Springfield GI Champion, and love it. I think it's the best deal out there in 1911's right now. You could move up to a Milspec, which is basically the same gun but a little better sights and a lowered and flared ejection port.

Chuck Perry
March 24, 2005, 06:58 PM
Depends what ya like. The GI's have gotten great reviews, but they are very basic. The Mil Specs are about the same, but with the addition of three dot sights. The Mil Spec makes a nice base for a custom build-up. i purchased a used one last year for $400 and shudder everytime I think how much money I have dumped into it since. I think the only original parts left in it are the slide, frame and barrel. Didn't really need anything but I like to tinker. Both these models are nice, if you like a somewhat "primitive" 1911, and can be had in your price range. If you like a 1911 with some of the bells and whistles, I would reccomend kicking around for a used SA "Loaded". It shouldn't be too hard to find one for around $500. Very reliable and accurate from the box, I think these guns are a great buy. They have many features that you may want to add later already built in- beavertail, Novak sights, light-weight trigger, opened ejection port, extended controls, FLGR, etc. Pretty much everything you need. Of course, there's always room for improvement, you just have to talk yourself into "needing" it. Custom barrels, trigger jobs, checkering, magwells, refinishing... You can pretty easily double or near triple the purchase price between custom parts and gunsmithing. Such is the curse of the 1911.

March 24, 2005, 07:07 PM
I noticed something in the new catalog. Apparently Springfield only has one 9mm model. I do like the 9 and the ammo is cheaper than 45. Any thoughts on that model?

March 24, 2005, 07:11 PM
If you want a 9 I would say go with a Hi Power or a CZ 75. Similar design to 1911.

March 24, 2005, 07:43 PM
I know a few people who have 9mm SA pistols. They are great guns but the trigger needs a little bit of work. Once the triggers are cleaned up, they are a dream to shoot! Very soft shooting and accurate!

A 9mm 1911 GSR is one of my dream pistols!

March 24, 2005, 08:01 PM
For $600 or maybe less you can have a Colt.

Chuck Perry
March 24, 2005, 08:10 PM
Can't comment on CZ's, but had a Hi Power. It was nice, but it was no 1911. I bought it thinking it would be, and soon found out that no matter what I did it never would equal a 1911 in my hands. I wanted a 1911 trigger. The Hi Power triggers can be helped by a smith, but will never equal a 1911. I wanted to shoot +P and even +P+ ammo without issues. I thought the all steel Hi Power could handle it. The consensus is that Hi Power frames, though steel, are too thin to handle a bunch of high pressure rounds. Yeah, you can run shock buffs to help. They're around $8-10 each, available from only one manufacturer and need replaced every 1,000 rounds. Try before you buy. I really want a 9mm 1911, but I am forcing myself to "finish" my 45 and 10mm first before I buy another 1911. Almost there. Yeah, right. :evil:

March 24, 2005, 08:12 PM
You made an intrest-free loan to Uncle Sam and you are grateful for it?

Before you spend your money, take a look at the Armscor 45. Should be under $350 but comes with Springfield "Loaded" features. Search for my thread about how well mine has worked.


March 24, 2005, 10:11 PM
I would get a Colt NRM. I'm sure WildsellsatonofcoltsbecausehehasaprancingponyobsessionAlaska will gladly sell you one. I'm not sure about his prices but I bought mine for $550 IIRC.

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