What is your dream 1911?


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Zackmeister
July 1, 2003, 11:52 AM
I am curious to see what y'all think is the best 1911 available. This is price is no object dream gun.

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MMcCall
July 1, 2003, 11:57 AM
Some flavor of custom SVI.

Flashpoint
July 1, 2003, 12:03 PM
One that I really like AND can really afford :D

1911Tuner
July 1, 2003, 12:05 PM
A mint, original Union Switch & Signal or Singer US GI issue...Ahhhhh...

Marko Kloos
July 1, 2003, 12:06 PM
Springfield Professional, a no-compromise 1911 for hard use. Best practical 1911 available anywhere.

Skunkabilly
July 1, 2003, 12:16 PM
Not the ultimate 1911, but I'd like one because there isn't one out there--a polymer framed 1911 *SINGLESTACK!!!!!!!!!*

There's enough selection, parts etc to make anything I want given enough time and money, but no poly framed singlestacks. All the plastic frames are doublestack :barf:

Oh yeah a 1911 made by HK. Just because :D

Tamara
July 1, 2003, 12:17 PM
Current, off-the-rack 1911?

Springfield Pro. This gun completely recalibrated my 1911 tastes and expectations. Not a real pretty gun (plain checkered cocobolo grips, 20-lpi checkering and Black-T finish don't make for much of a prom queen) but it's stone reliable, dead accurate, and the most well-fitted off-the-shelf gun I've ever seen.

762x51
July 1, 2003, 12:18 PM
Ed Brown for me thank you.

Brian Williams
July 1, 2003, 12:21 PM
The one my Dad carried when He went on Mail runs as the Coxswain of the boat. One of the few stories he told me about his time in WWII was they would only give out ammo to the guards and boat pilot for the Mail run. When they came back out to the ship (USS Cowenesque a fleet oiler) they would shoot at the Flotsam and Jetsam in the water.

barring that one I would like a US GI with all of the parts original in good conditions ie no scratches ok finish.

Mil Novecientos Once
July 1, 2003, 12:22 PM
Another vote fro SA Pro

Zak Smith
July 1, 2003, 12:26 PM
Full-custom on Caspian frame and slide.

Details to suit user.

-z

MJRW
July 1, 2003, 12:37 PM
I just bought mine. My tastes may change as I get more experienced with 1911s, though.

Sean Smith
July 1, 2003, 01:10 PM
Skunkabilly,

Actually, STI makes a single-stack polymer bottom end for their 2011 frames.

http://www.stiguns.com/cgi-bin/miva?Merchant2/merchant.mv+Screen=PROD&Store_Code=STIGUNS&Product_Code=GRIP-2011-SS&Category_Code=COMP

You can get any of their 2011 (polymer double-stack) guns with the polymer single-stack bottom end instead for $20.

krept
July 1, 2003, 01:14 PM
I'd love to have one with a paddle style mag release ala USP/P7/etc series pistols.

New_comer
July 1, 2003, 01:18 PM
JMB's personal 1911...

OR


The first 1911 that Colt rolled out, with serial # 000000001...


That would definitely be worth more than Barry Bonds' 73rd HR ball. ;):D

Sean Smith
July 1, 2003, 01:36 PM
"What is your dream 1911?"

Because there are endless variations on the 1911, both from the factories and from custom pistolsmiths, there really isn't one answer. It is different for every individual.

For instance, I objectively know that a SA Professional is a really cool gun. But I've got zero interest in having one. I've got no use for 20 LPI checkering, or magwells, or Novak sights, or polymer finishes, or... you get the idea. I don't care how nice it is; it just isn't my thing.

My dream 1911 is being put together by Ted Yost. It is EXACTY what I want. Those wants may not make much sense to anybody else, however. That's the beauty of custom guns, you aren't stuck with what other people think you should have. Is that the right way to go for everybody? No. Some people will be content with an off-the-shelf solution. Some people will want custom guns that are completely different from what I'm getting. If that gets you what you want, who cares? :cool:

Although, I have to admit that I feel a bit like Doctor Frankenstien as he's giving the monster an extra jolt of voltage to get it started. My old custom Delta pretty much fit into the mold of what everyone expects to see on custom guns; the only real novelty was that it was a Delta Elite. The one Ted has... well, it is going to be really different. Mua-hahahahahaha!

:evil:

megatronrules
July 1, 2003, 01:42 PM
For me it would be a mint as issued WWII colt 1911 w/99% of its finish still intact.:D

Smoke
July 1, 2003, 02:13 PM
Ed Brown Bobtail

Dang but those are purty!

Tamara
July 1, 2003, 02:25 PM
That's why I specified "current, off-the-rack"... (Although there's some irony in the fact that my most expensive 1911 is also my practical, EDC, "beater" 1911... :uhoh: )

Total-no-holds-barred dream gun? Send a shoebox full of money to Vickers or Yost or someone and get something completely over the top. Maybe with one of those damascus Caspian slides, just to put the cherry on the sundae...

Sean Smith
July 1, 2003, 02:58 PM
Send a shoebox full of money to Vickers or Yost or someone and get something completely over the top.

Funny thing with me was, when I went completely nuts and just spec'ed out EXACTLY what I wanted... the feature count actually dropped like a rock. My dream gun is going to be more GI looking in some ways than a stock Delta...can you say "spur hammer"? :eek: On the other hand, the guts of this thing are going to have enough acronyms to give me Army flashbacks. :D

George Hill
July 1, 2003, 03:47 PM
Something from Terry Tussy... Melted, Compact, and Damscus.
http://www.tusseycustom.com/images/deepcover3opt.jpg
http://www.tusseycustom.com/newproducts.htm

El Tejon
July 1, 2003, 04:10 PM
Nope, have done that shoebox thing several times, no satisfaction at all in any of those. Frustration upon frustration.

Find a top end 1911 off the shelf that you can buy several copies of. Buy a rail car full of mags. Go to skul and be done with any silly shoebox dreams

Tamara
July 1, 2003, 04:33 PM
Find a top end 1911 off the shelf that you can buy several copies of.

Buy several copies? Whatever for? Should my Pro go down, my Series 80 Colt and my old Clackamas Kimber have identical sight pictures and control layouts. Et voila! Weapons redundancy while still keeping my inner gun nut happy! :D

Go to skul and be done with any silly shoebox dreams

Sorry, I thought I already specified my practical toting piece. "Dream gun" from Yost or no, I'd probably still tote the Pro.

Hate it that you don't like guns anymore; it's always sad to see someone leave the hobby. :(



;) :p

Sean Smith
July 1, 2003, 04:56 PM
Funny how perceptions and experiences can be so different... I got sick of allegedly "high end" off-the-shelf slag, and have been much happier with pistolsmith custom guns. Just don't have a red-assed baboon do the work and you will be happy with it. :D

More on topic: for an off-the-shelf gun (and I'm using that term real loosely), I'd say an Ed Brown Class A Limited. Great quality, the best parts, and lots of options. Or an SA pro if the feature set suits you.

WonderNine
July 1, 2003, 05:38 PM
Hmm, any decent one at this point! Looking at the Colt series 70's, Trojans and Kimber Custom Royals right now though.

Anybody know if you can get a Trojan with a spur hammer and without that ugly long beavertail?

Dr.Rob
July 1, 2003, 05:52 PM
This is tough...

if price was no object?

A Colt carried by John Dillenger or Clyde Barrow, Melvin Purvis would do.

Barring that a USGI Marked Colt 1911 (Not A1) in Minty shape.

Maybe a Texas Ranger BBQ edition .38 super (El Jeffe)? Fully engraved, stainless, ivory.

Seiously though, an all steel stainless commander with light engraving and novaks would make me happy.

El Tejon
July 1, 2003, 05:57 PM
Tamara, oh, I still like guns. I'm just sick of flushing money on "custom" guns. [blah, bad memories]

If I have to waste money, I want to squander it on the young & nubile instead.:D

10-Ring
July 1, 2003, 06:52 PM
My dream 1911? The closest I've come to it is a custom Caspian a friend of mine owns.

sonny
July 2, 2003, 06:20 PM
Scandium fullsize colt.....polymer single stack would be cool to!

incursion
July 2, 2003, 06:59 PM
a full custom by Tussey, Yost, Burns, Novak, Leibinitz, or whomever on a Colt Series 70 Repro

Zach S
July 2, 2003, 09:12 PM
Just one? I kinda like having a few to choose from.

HankL
July 2, 2003, 10:43 PM
Any 1911 that Tim Brian had put his hands on. :D

gburner
July 2, 2003, 10:54 PM
I'm kinda fond of the one I own now.
Bench built using an Essex frame and slide, lotsa nice internal goodies. Park finished with diamond cocobolo panels. Bought it on consignment for cheap a couple of years ago and have loved it ever since. Not a tack driver but accurate enough for my skill level.

Zach S
July 3, 2003, 01:18 AM
Well, hell, since we're dreaming, I want a commander slide on an officer's frame, select fire, infinate ammo.

dsk
July 3, 2003, 01:40 AM
JMB's personal 1911...

OR


The first 1911 that Colt rolled out, with serial # 000000001...


That would definitely be worth more than Barry Bonds' 73rd HR ball.

I dunno if JMB had a "personal" 1911, but the first one off the line wasn't #000000001. Actually, it was simply serial #1, with a small "1" on the right front dust cover. That pistol is shown in Wiliam Goddard's book on the Government Models, still available at Amazon and eBay. The hammer and a couple other parts were replaced when the pistol was still relatively new, but otherwise it's still intact.

As for my "dream" 1911, I honestly can't decide. 1930's National Match, 1940/41 blued M1911A1, Singer..... I can't decide. Among currently available guns it'd definitely be the new stainless Series 70, with just a few slight tweaks under the hood. :cool:

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