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.cheese.
March 5, 2007, 09:06 PM
I'm starting my quest for my first 1911. All my guns are military-style so far, so I think it's time for a change. What I really want is something elegant. So far I'm thinking maybe S&W Performance Center, but I don't know.

Anyways, rather than get into all that stuff (that's more for the autoloaders forum) - I just would love it if you guys could post photos of some really beautiful and elegant looking 1911's. Like nickel-plated with elegant wood-grips, or something. I don't know. Whatever you think is the most beautiful 1911 you've ever seen.

Doesn't matter if you own it or not. Post it. :)

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cbsbyte
March 5, 2007, 09:15 PM
I don't own a 1911, but I know several people who own Smith 1911s, and all of them are happy with the pistols. Some traditionalist don't like them since they are based on a Model 80, with a exterior extractor. But they do function very well out of the box, and are useally very accurate. The only issue is that some Smith 1911s will need a trigger job. It all depends on who fit the trigger at the factory since some are better than other. For instance a friends base model has a great 4.5lb factory trigger while anothers more expensive Doug Koing 1911 has a gritty 7 lb trigger. Performance Center pistol are useally much better fit than factory models and should not need extra work.

Zundfolge
March 5, 2007, 09:18 PM
These guys do some beautiful 1911s

http://www.geminicustoms.com/

someday I'd LOVE to have on of those Damascus steel slided pieces.


good pics here http://www.praxagora.com/lunde/firearms.html

yomama
March 5, 2007, 09:20 PM
Oh boy! I think I could make my post count soar with all the pics I could post. But here is one of my favorites. It's on Stan Chen's website.

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b5/gz1477/officer_acp_high_edited.jpg

Ala Dan
March 5, 2007, 09:20 PM
I own a new Smith & Wesson basic stainless model 1911 (108282), that
has a wonderful trigger right straight from the box. Also, I own a Les Baer
Thunder Ranch Special 1911 that has an excellent trigger. But then again,
so does my Springfield Armory 1911's. Perhaps, the worst trigger of the
bunch belongs to the 3" Kimber Stainless Ultra Carry II~! :scrutiny: ;)

AJD
March 5, 2007, 09:40 PM
Here's a few I have found on the web in the past I liked.

Rembrandt
March 5, 2007, 09:41 PM
Stainless and Blued from the Colt Custom Shop....
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v405/Rembrandt51/Firearms/GC3.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v405/Rembrandt51/Firearms/GC2.jpg

Mr White
March 5, 2007, 09:41 PM
Blatant pitch for a guy who makes some really bad a$$ 1911 grips...

Wicked Grips (www.wickedgrips.com)

Texas Colt
March 5, 2007, 10:07 PM
Here's one of my favorites out of all my 1911s... a stainless Colt Commander XSE with Ajax rosewood grips.

ugaarguy
March 5, 2007, 10:10 PM
http://www.centralfloridapawn.com/images/firearms/ng3837.jpg

10-Ring
March 5, 2007, 10:14 PM
These are mine...a Colts XSE & a DW CBOB

http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r208/10-Ring/P1020712.jpg

mrcpu
March 5, 2007, 11:08 PM
I wish I could find chromed slides w/o all the writing on it. Just seems to "over-emphasize" the writing vs blued/blacked.

GarandOwner
March 6, 2007, 05:22 AM
Don't have a picture, but I would love one Nickel plated with White pearl or white ivory grips.

silversport
March 6, 2007, 07:46 AM
wish I could take nice photos but here are mine...
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b72/silversport1/DSC00292.jpg

Colt Super .38 from the 1930's...SiGARMS GSR Revolution STX done over by my friend Teddy Jacobson and Larry Davidson Horned Lizard stocks...Kimber Custom II also done over by Teddy with a Tripp Research Hard Chrome finish and Larry Davidson's Warthog stocks...

Bill

loplop
March 6, 2007, 08:50 AM
Colt's 1911 WWI repro is my current favorite pistol. To hold and shoot one is to realize that Browning got it right the first time around...

I'll have to take some new photos, I only have shots from when mine was new. I got it back in the summer of 2004, and I still have as much pride of ownership as when I unpacked it. What a gun.

Ric
March 6, 2007, 11:46 AM
here's one
black stainless Springer with some work done to it.

http://img509.imageshack.us/img509/2866/t6jj.jpg

Sniper X
March 6, 2007, 12:11 PM
A few of mine

Black Majik
March 6, 2007, 03:16 PM
www.louderthanwords.us

all the pictures of gorgeous 1911s to your heart's content.

Edit: Thanks Mandirigma

DorGunR
March 6, 2007, 04:17 PM
all the pictures of gorgeous 1911s to your heart's content.

Link no workie.

Mandirigma
March 6, 2007, 04:26 PM
I hate that site Black Majik, all those pretty guns and none of them are mine :cool:


Link no workie.



EDIT: up two posts :)

monoceros
March 6, 2007, 05:47 PM
I don't know anything about guns, but it seems the top tier 1911 companies are not being represented. From what I've seen Wilson Combat, Nighthawk Custom, Les Baer, and Ed Brown are the cream of the crop, but I don't even own a gun yet so I shouldn't be talking. If anyone knows more about these companies than me, please chime in.

mattw
March 6, 2007, 06:09 PM
You named some great pistol makers but they are pretty pricey!

Here is my submission:

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b243/mdw1016/100_0203.jpg

(FWIW the words "nickle-plated" and "elegant" are never two that I use in the same sentence.)

mattw
March 6, 2007, 06:13 PM
If you really want to see some nice pistols, look at Chuck Rogers's work.

http://www.rogersprecision.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/sfrontleft.jpg

http://www.rogersprecision.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/2.Sjpg.jpg

http://www.rogersprecision.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/5S.jpg

http://www.rogersprecision.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/3S.jpg

varoadking
March 6, 2007, 06:14 PM
(FWIW the words "nickle-plated" and "elegant" are never two that I use in the same sentence.)

Pity that you have such a limited vocabulary...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v22/varoadking/pix1575013672.jpg

mattw
March 6, 2007, 06:16 PM
Just an opinion... nickle-plated handguns around here usually belong to people like 2Pac and Biggie...

Is it really a limit on my vocabulary since I apparently use the words properly to show that I know what I don't like?

Remember what Patton said about pearl-handled pistols? Same thing goes for nickle.

Mandirigma
March 6, 2007, 08:48 PM
"From what I've seen Wilson Combat, Nighthawk Custom, Les Baer, and Ed Brown are the cream of the crop..."

They are really, really good production guns IMO. Excellent QC.






Here's an older pic of mine.

Finish is Diamond Black.


http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=49769&d=1166921652

Mandirigma
March 6, 2007, 08:51 PM
grrr

.41Dave
March 6, 2007, 11:21 PM
I didn't own a 1911 until I ended up with this Kimber Raptor because my daughter thought it "way cool".

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid202/p5d81ad39c6f68a3e6134c1c6c6d26550/efbf33f3.jpg

DogBonz
March 6, 2007, 11:43 PM
This is the most beautiful 1911 in the world in my eyes. It has served my family for 3 generations.

AJD
March 6, 2007, 11:51 PM
Honestly now, I suggest you stop looking at what the gang-banger use and formulate your own opinion.

You must not be a sixgun fan as many of the most beautiful, classy and functional ones have been offered with nickel as a standard finish.

The Single Action Army, Colt Python, S&W 29, 27, 19, etc. the list could go on and on.

Nickel and sixguns are like peanut butter and jelly they just do together. I don't think many gang-bangers are packing pinned and recessed, nickel Model 27's.

jwerlc
March 7, 2007, 12:13 AM
I'm starting my quest for my first 1911. All my guns are military-style so far, so I think it's time for a change. :confused:

Am I the only one to sense the irony in that statement?

AJD
March 7, 2007, 01:12 AM
Yes, but I think alot of people equate "black" or "tactical" handguns like those offered by Sig or HK as military type firearms. Just my guess.

Sniper X
March 7, 2007, 11:01 AM
JWERLC, I thought he was kidding.

mattw
March 7, 2007, 11:13 AM
Honestly now, I suggest you stop looking at what the gang-banger use and formulate your own opinion.


That is my opinion.. Anything that people like that that use seems tainted to me. Having a bright nickle handgun is like wearing 42" waisted girbaud shorts that come down to your ankles when you only have a 30" waist. Isn't that my own opinion?


You must not be a sixgun fan as many of the most beautiful, classy and functional ones have been offered with nickel as a standard finish.

The Single Action Army, Colt Python, S&W 29, 27, 19, etc. the list could go on and on.

Nickel and sixguns are like peanut butter and jelly they just do together. I don't think many gang-bangers are packing pinned and recessed, nickel Model 27's.

I am a huge six gun fan. Six guns look great when they are blued or stainless. And if you get a single action army, it should have color case hardening on the frame and blue everywhere else.

I just think nickle plating looks tacky and gaudy. My opinion; I'm not asking you to agree.

AJD
March 7, 2007, 02:54 PM
Coming out an saying that only a ganger-banger pimp would use a nickel plated gun is asking for a respone. Opinions are fine and if you give yours then expect it to be challenged if its abrasive.

If someone says "Glocks are tupperware" then they should expect a respone and shouldn't be surprised when someone does.

Red Tornado
March 7, 2007, 05:02 PM
You admit you like military guns, and you know you want more. Tell me this isn't beautiful.;)

.cheese.
March 7, 2007, 05:20 PM
Who said nickel-plated guns belong to 2pac and whatnot?

You sure you're not talking gold-plated?

I think I like nickel-plated because I saw a SW PC revolver that was nickel plated with beautiful dark red handles and said, "That's what I want my next gun to look like!" It was more of a work of art than a gun and it was awesome!

.cheese.
March 7, 2007, 05:26 PM
sorry - what I meant by "military-style" should have been said as "EBP". I know the 1911 is very much a military gun...

"Military style" to me means all black, it doesn't necessarily mean that it's FOR the military, or that the military ONLY use black pistols.... but you know what I mean.

In other words, all of my other pistols are designed with functionality in mind - not looks and as such they look like...... well..... guns.

I want something different. Not all black IOW.

varoadking
March 7, 2007, 05:43 PM
Another one of my tacky and gaudy pimp pieces:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v22/varoadking/36-10.jpg

Sorry - this one isn't nickel, but it is bright - hope Matt doesn't mind me posting it too...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v22/varoadking/YoBo.jpg

mattw
March 7, 2007, 07:27 PM
Earlier I let you know that I like stainless. I just do not like bright nickel.

These are on sale at Ebay, by the way:

http://www.vintage-memories.com/images/2pac4.jpg

http://www.vintage-memories.com/images/tupac2.jpg

AndyC
March 7, 2007, 09:19 PM
I don't like highly-polished metal in general - the watch on my wrist, my knives or my firearms. Perhaps because it reminds me of the cheap plastic toys of my childhood which were painted in a mirror-polished silver in an attempt to hide their very cheapness - who know? ;)

.cheese.
March 7, 2007, 09:59 PM
no, I'm talking the kind of finish that Speer GD ammo has on the shell-case. That dull nickel finish.... then couple that with some nice grip work using beautiful hardwoods.

The more I think about it, the more I realize that this is going to have to be a custom job.

I'll have a find a 1911 that fits the basics, and then take it to a gunshop.... unless you guys know of a better way?

Biggums
March 7, 2007, 10:10 PM
SA Pro

This is was built for the FBI or civilian use. At the time of manufacture it was unknown which would get it. It is as smooth as silk and flawless!

Pappy John
March 7, 2007, 10:15 PM
My only 1911 variant, a series I Kimber. The grips are my own, made from a slab of bocote.

http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2006-2/1151859/CC001.jpg

mattw
March 8, 2007, 01:00 AM
Nice looking Kimber! I like those CDP soap bar type pistols but always wondered about the aluminum frame. I guess it will hold up well but I've never held one.

About the nickel-plating:

I will concede that I am a young guy and did not understand that back in the day that might've been the only option for someone wanting better corrosion protection than parkerizing. I guess some still hold a special place in their heart for that look.

Zundfolge
March 8, 2007, 11:24 AM
Just an opinion... nickle-plated handguns around here usually belong to people like 2Pac and Biggie...
Talk like that will keep you from being invited to the better Texas Barbecues.

.cheese.
March 8, 2007, 11:57 AM
It's not even that I care about corrosion.

I just think that matte finish combined with an elegant wood handle looks classy.

When I think of "gangsta" style guns, I typically think gold-plated, or with tons of engravings all over it.

Ironically though, done by the right person (ie: SW PC) , whether it is considered "gangsta style" or not, engravings can really add to the collector value and resale value.

I'm not looking for that though. I'm looking for a gun that would basically look equally in place in a fancy library or something. ie: something that would look classy when wearing a suit.

You know?

DRZinn
March 8, 2007, 12:57 PM
Matte black, gloss black, brushed stainless, polished stainless engraved, gilt-edged, whatever. All good options.

Nickel-plated, without engraving, to me, screams pimp.

jetdriver
March 8, 2007, 08:18 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v259/jetdriver/Shooting%20Stuff/IMG_0424.jpg

.45Guy
March 8, 2007, 09:02 PM
My brother in law's series 80. Simple, elegant, and beautiful.
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a379/Mikevolta/ATF2.jpg

.cheese.
March 8, 2007, 09:49 PM
you guys have some strange ideas as to what constitutes a "pimp gun" :scrutiny:

DorGunR
March 8, 2007, 10:11 PM
Perhaps not as beautiful as others posted here but these are three of mine all Colts.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v466/DorGunR/Guns/colts3003.jpg

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