Is he reputable and reliable?


April 24, 2008, 12:04 PM
Hi all, just a quick qeustion. Any experience with Charles Daly's 1911s? Are they any good? Finicky? Worth the price? Better Options for under 1k?

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April 24, 2008, 12:36 PM
Up to $1000.00, CD would not even be in my top 5. A couple different models in Springfield, starting with the loaded model. Colt, Kimber, Taurus, and Rock Island. If your going to spend up to a grand why not spend a couple hundred more and by something like a Les Baer. You can even sometimes find a used one for $1000.00. Beleive me it's really worth it. Check out There is also a guy named Gary I have done business with for about 30 years who has some custom Colt's fot under a $1000.00. You have no need to worry about his guns, he's very honest and grear to deal with.

April 24, 2008, 01:21 PM
I had a Charles Daly, that I just recently sold. (I just didn't shoot it much anymore, and needed the money for car repairs, no problem at all with the gun) I bought it new for $490, which is HIGH for a CD. The gun performed perfectly, save for a few minor issues at the beginning of my ownership, which were very likely due to it being my first center-fire caliber handgun, as well as my first time shooting a 1911-style pistol. All issues cleared up within 500 rounds.

Some of the things that RIA and Charles Daly has going for them:

Virtual lifetime warranty. If there's ever a problem with your pistol, contact Ivan over at the forums, or the Charles Daly rep right here on THR. They'll make it right in a hurry, and usually for free.

For the price range you're looking at, of course you could go with something really high-end, but then you'd have to shell out even more jack for ammo. And let me tell you, .45 isn't exactly cheap anymore. If you go with a CD, you'll have a great, solid 1911, and HUNDREDS left over for ammo. That's a plus in my book. Also, Charles Daly pistols aren't at all as basic as the RIA pistols are. Mine came with forward serrations, a lowered ejection port, beavertail safety, and some damn nice bluing. For a budget 1911, that's hard to beat.

And sure, some will say that they're junk, or that they had one and it was a jam-o-matic, etc, etc. But that's true of any gun maker, and anyone you ask has some bias.

Bottomline, if you ask me, there's certainly nothing wrong with the high-dollar guns. Some of them are absolutely amazing. But for what it's worth, the Charles Daly is a damn fine pistol, with awesome customer service, for a great price.

1911 guy
April 24, 2008, 06:25 PM
I've got two Charles Dalys', both 5 inch models. For the money, you can't beat 'em. However, since you have up to a grand to spend, you could easily acquire a much nicer Springfield. Not a knock on the CD guns, they is what they is and they run fine. Nearly flawless, in fact, in my experience. The cheaper price does mean certain concessions, though. Those concessions include a cast frame and less than stellar fit and finish. I think of handguns as tools, function before looks. I'm happy with my CD's. Now that I've got more than ten cents to jingle in my pocket, I'm happy with Springfields and a custom gun, too. But I still got my "beater gun", 'cause they won't quite working.

April 24, 2008, 06:29 PM
It WAS one of the best values in .45acp available, as said above, it comes decked out as a solid platform. However CD has ended relations with Armscor {made the frames} so if you can still find one of the newer EFS's I'd buy it, but you may be too late already.
I bought one used just to see how it would perform, with only slight work to the gun it now feeds everything from ball to hollowpoints with no problems what so ever. I had originaly bought it to resell, but now I don't think I'll let it go.

Sniper X
April 24, 2008, 06:40 PM
They look and feel real nice. I should have bought that LB Monolith when i saw it used for 990.00!

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