Most accurate out-of-box 1911 for price...


March 24, 2008, 12:39 AM
Yeah, kind of a complex question, but I'm curious...

I'm wondering what people think the most accurate 1911 .45 is, out-of-the-box, for the least price? I know that one could trade off accuracy vs. price, for example, perhaps the Rock Island Armory 1911 might be considered quite accurate for the price. But probably, one could spend another $200 and possibly get much greater accuracy.

Certainly, at some point, there are diminishing returns, such as >$4000 IPSC guns.

Anyway, fire away, so to speak!

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March 24, 2008, 12:46 AM
I stick with Kimber.... just personal preference though...

March 24, 2008, 12:46 AM
My Wilson KZ-45 is unbelievably accurate out of the box. Although my Kimber was very nice as well

Ala Dan
March 24, 2008, 12:50 AM
Wow~! Seems like a loaded question too me~! :uhoh:

And, I'm sure you will get many varied responses. In terms of less expensive,
my vote has to go to Springfield Armory's 5" MIL-SPEC. Parkerized models
will run right a'round $549; while its stainless counterpart is closer to $600.
At a bit over 6-C notes, comes Kimber's blued Custom model; also a very
good weapon for the money~! :scrutiny: ;)

M2 Carbine
March 24, 2008, 02:57 AM
Most accurate out-of-box 1911 for price...

I'm pretty much stuck on Kimbers. No doubt some of the other middle price brands are as accurate but if something is working for me I stick with it, so I just keep buying Kimbers.

A couple weeks ago I got out my old Plain Jane Ultra Carry, that I hadn't shot for a while.
When I'm having a good day I'm pleased as can be with how well, even the most inexpensive Kimbers shoot.

March 24, 2008, 03:11 AM
Hey There:
There are many good shooters out there.
My Kimber shoots like the one in the pics above. There target 5" guns are really good shooters. Springfield also makes a good gun and cost less. But My next one will also be a Kimber.

March 24, 2008, 03:15 AM
Most 1911 will shoot better then the shooter. ( assuming good ammo)

March 24, 2008, 03:22 AM
Sub $600 the STI Spartan is hard to beat.

This is 24 rounds at 15 yards. A couple of flyers outside the main. (Shooter's error)

Old Dog
March 24, 2008, 03:28 AM
I picked up a Kimber Custom TLE II last year that is exceptionally accurate (more accurate than my old Colt's Gold Cup and about on a par w/my 4-year old Wilson) ...

I have a SA Loaded SS Champion (purchased new two years ago) that is awfully accurate as well; even one of my two SA Loaded LW Micro-Compacts (approx. 2005 production year) actually shoots pretty well, too ...

My beater Colt's Gov't Model (circa 1958 or so) is as accurate today as it was twenty years ago.

I'd say it's luck o' the draw with the quality 1911 makers; can't speak to say, RIA or Charles Daly.

March 24, 2008, 06:14 AM
I will vote for Kimber also,

March 24, 2008, 07:35 AM
I love my Taurus PT 1911, a couple of my Colt Gold Cup buddies have purchased or have shot one, and are very impressed with it.

Navy joe
March 24, 2008, 07:48 AM
I think the best sub-$1000 bet is the pre-CZ Dan Wessons.

March 24, 2008, 08:49 AM

Jim Watson
March 24, 2008, 09:03 AM
When you say "accuracy" I start thinking in terms of what would interest an NRA or PPC shooter who has to do business at 50 yards. A Baer PII at $1790 list would be a start. A good shooter would want the $295 upgrade.
Wait out a good target specialist gunsmith's turnaround time and you can get out for less money.

If you shoot closer and/or at bigger targets you can pay less and do ok; as for IPSC or IDPA.

March 24, 2008, 09:04 AM
I like my Springfield Champion Operator. Also heard good things about the SIG GSR's, but have not seen any real world results.

March 24, 2008, 12:02 PM
STI Spartan.

Bailey Guns
March 24, 2008, 02:38 PM
Kimber Warrior. It might be the perfect compromise between price, durability, reliability and accuracy. I bought mine when they first hit the market. It's got far more accuracy potential than I'll ever be able to use and it's never failed. It was a little over $900 when I bought it, they're around $1100 now.

Having said that, there are a lot of nice guns out there for that kind of money. The Professional from SA will probably set you back about $2200 - $2400.

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