Best 1911 Under $2k?


October 23, 2007, 07:49 PM
I'm willing to spend up to $2k for a 1911. I've been a fan of da plastic for a long time. What do you guys have?

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October 23, 2007, 08:16 PM
you can probably get a good Les Baer for just under $2K.

October 23, 2007, 08:30 PM
What are you looking for in features?

There are an awful lot of 1911s out there for less than $2K. And the term "best" is subjective. For instance, I have no use for beaver tail safeties, night sights, or tactical extended ambidextrous anything. I love the 1911 platform and I really like Colts. So my "best" is a plain old Colt government model. It has everything I want and nothing I don't. And well under 2K to boot. The next guy to post will tell you to get a high end Kimber, another will be preaching the virtues of Wilson, and so on...
They are all fine weapons, but only you can decide which one is best.

P.S. Go for a Colt. They are definitely the best.

October 23, 2007, 08:35 PM
Do a little poking around here, lots of info. More than one multi-page thread discussing your exact question.

October 23, 2007, 08:39 PM
If my budget on a new 1911 is $700 I would buy a Colt. If it's $1,000 I would buy a Colt and if it's $2,000 I would still buy a Colt.

Ed Brown and Les Baer make good guns, but a Colt is just as nice. You can buy a Colt for $700 to $1,000 depending on the features you want.

Spend the rest of the money on an RCBS or similar reloading kit or just buy a lot of ammo.

October 23, 2007, 08:40 PM
I dunno, I paid less than $500 for my Charles Daly, and I couldn't be happier.

Plus, you'd have a ton o' cash left over for ammo.

October 23, 2007, 08:43 PM
The only 1911 I have is a S&W 1911sc Commander and I couldn't be happier with it.

October 23, 2007, 08:52 PM
You ought to be able to find a decent pre-Series 80 Colt Commander (there is no such thing as a Series 70 Commander) for $700-$800.

Spend the rest on ammo or reloading components and get well acquainted with your pistol.

Black Majik
October 23, 2007, 09:21 PM
5 letters is all you need.



October 23, 2007, 09:53 PM
Ed Brown, Les Baer, Wilson. Colt is not even in the same league. You will get what you pay for!

Bailey Guns
October 23, 2007, 10:07 PM
Kimber Warrior.

Ala Dan
October 23, 2007, 10:26 PM
Les Baer Thunder Ranch Special 1911 .45 ACP for $1750 + tax (if applicable)~!;)

October 23, 2007, 10:35 PM
I love Colts but no comparsion to a Les Baer or Ed Brown which is what you could get for 2000. Might also look at Nighthawk and Wilson. One other comes to mind and I have not shot the RRA in 1911 but I understand it would be another good choice.

October 23, 2007, 10:49 PM
Les Baer PII with 1 1/2 guarantee.

October 23, 2007, 10:52 PM
I suddenly have pistol envy!.. Wish I had 2k to decide what 1911 I was goin after.

October 23, 2007, 11:00 PM
Had a dealer SWEAR to me the Raptor was the super-duper-killer of the Colt 1911. Bought one from him. It threw horrible groups, regardless of what rounds went through it (and this was immediately following a Gun & Ammo write-up that said the pistol could walk on water and was going to be the new standard in 1911's.). Sent it back to the factory. Came back basically unchanged. Had only had 2 failures to feed in 400 rounds, but just would not print a good group.
Have 2 Springfields basic GI that I've had for years. They shoot as well as the Raptor.

Bought a new S&W 1911 and am basically happy with it, although there are many sharp edges that my hands are getting gun-shy with.

And sorry, but I judge these pieces against my 2 Colts... and old Series 80 with over 8,000 rounds through it and my Colt Cup National Match that DOES shoot 7-shot "one raggedy hole" at 50 feet - no customization, no alteration, out of the box and now has over 10,000 rounds through it - mostly reloads (6 grains of Unique behind a 200gr lead SWC). Just gotta keep the lead out.

Have shot IPSC/IDPA for over 15 years. Although I keep hoping a new pistol will replace the Colts, nothing has stood up to the task yet. Am I a Colt bigot? Nope... but if I had to stake my life on a single pistol my safe, you can guess what it would be. You can get a nice used Gold Cup for well under $1200. If it's been well-used, replace the barrel, bushing, trigger (doubt it needs a new one) and a new clip -- and go have a blast.

Ala Dan
October 23, 2007, 11:22 PM
Quite honestly, I too owned a 5" Kimber Raptor II; and while I can't say
anything bad or ugly 'bout its performance on the range; it left something
too be desired. At the time, I researched my options- looking to the left
(Para's); then to the right (Springfield's and S&W's); just as we received
a brand NIB 5" Les Baer Thunder Ranch Special. One glance, [or occassion
to fondle] and I was hooked; as I knew this is the 1911 for me. Guess what?
It did not disappoint~! This weapon is marvelous, turning in some of MY best
groups ever with an auto-loader. :cool:

A few weeks later, seeking confirmation that I had bought the best 1911
available; I looked again at the very basic, stainless 5" 1911; having noticed
what a sweet trigger the showcase gun had. Guess what? I ended up buying
one of those NIB, to compliment my Baer. With the Smith costing only a small
fraction of the price, I thought there is NO WAY this thing is going to shoot
as good as my Baer. Boy, was I fooled~! Runn'in them side by side, the S&W
1911 turned in as remarkable a performance, as did the Baer. Now, I own
two 1911's that I feel really comfortable with while on the range; cuz I now
know, that I can hang in there with the rest of the 1911 guru's~! :scrutiny:;)

October 23, 2007, 11:46 PM
How did you like that ball game Saturday? :neener:

October 24, 2007, 12:44 AM
Ed Brown Kobra or Special Forces. Judicious shopping might find you a Springfield Professional under $2K.

Ala Dan
October 24, 2007, 12:54 AM
Hey bamabluesman My Friend-

check your PM's~! :D

October 24, 2007, 01:23 AM
Me, I'd go w/ a Colt XSE :cool:

pete f
October 24, 2007, 01:41 AM
Buy a Colt's for 800 and send it to ed brown or bill laughridge with a check for 1200 and tell him to work on it till the moneys gone.

October 24, 2007, 03:30 AM
Springfield TRP. Spend the rest of the money on good mags and ammo.

October 24, 2007, 04:32 AM
If I had disposable money to throw at a 1911, it would be a Springfield Custom Carry from the Custom Shop. All of the benefits of the Pro, but the ability to make changes, at a cheaper price.

October 24, 2007, 07:40 AM
Springfield TRP. Spend the rest of the money on good mags and ammo.

The TRP is a good solid 1911 but when you can get a Les Baer for $100 or so more all of the sudden the TRP doesn't look so good.

October 24, 2007, 09:06 AM
You Can Buy Many Different Rock River Arms 1911's For 2000 And Under. Each One Would Be Built To You Specs. Jp

October 24, 2007, 01:58 PM
You're going to need to be more specific...
What are you looking for in features?

I'm going to use the gun in the same fashion as my plastic guns-for fun at the range & concealed carry. This will be a full-size 1911 with night sights. Eyeballing the Kimber Gold Combat II.

October 24, 2007, 02:12 PM
Ignore anyone that says Colt is the end all 1911, they are full of it. They are not much to look at with all the tooling marks and sloppy fitting. You can order a Les Baer TRS from John at for around $1650 shipped. Or you can order one through a shop and call Les and add/remove things from it. I ordered one without the front cocking serrations. A perfect 1911.

October 24, 2007, 02:48 PM
$2k!? There are buckets full of good 1911's for that money--hell, you could get TWO good 1911's for that money...

Some people are under the illusion tat you need to spend big bucks on a 1911 to get something accurate and reliable, or that by spending X amount of money it will GUARANTEE one that is reliable and accurate. But the truth is, to some degree it's a crapshoot no matter what, and you mght spend big bucks and get a lemon. I have now and have owned others from several manufacturers that were all good 1911's for under $1k. I have a Springfield Loaded that will shoot one ragged hole groups any time I'm up to it, and two Smith's that are damned close to it, and all have been utterly reliable. I have also owned several other Springer's and still own two Colt's that weren't quite so accurate, but all compared favorably to your average autoloader in accuracy, and were reliable. I personally lean towards those companies--Springer, Smith and maybe Colt. Or you can spend bigger bucks on some of the spendier brands and probably get a nice gun too. But I don't see how they could get any more accurate or reliable than my Springer, and I bought it for a little over $600 brandy new a few years back (think they can still be had for in the $700's somewhere) ;)

I always sort of lusted after a Valtro, though...but of course, you have a loooong wait, and if the maker gets hit by a bus, you're s.o.l. For that money you could get a Professional though, and Springer ain't going out of business any time soon most likely =)

October 24, 2007, 03:08 PM
I think some of the responses are very wise. Why spend $2K, when you can spend 1/3 of that and have a bunch left over for ammo, components or a build-it yourself project? After all, the 1911 is a fairly simple gun to customize, and there are many projects that can be done by a garage gunsmith.

If you have $2K and gotta spend it on a 1911...

I had a SA Pro. Way overpriced for what it delivered. If you want to go that route, you may be better off buying a Rock Island or low-end SA and sending it to a smith for a proper build.

If you don't want to wait the year-plus for the full-custom, I recommend the Ed Brown.

Of course, Valtro would be the top of the list (and no, you can't buy mine :neener:), but since he's now building guns for more critical uses than range queens, the wait is quite a while.

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