$675 - $775 1911 Of Your Choice


December 15, 2008, 01:37 AM
I pieced together a list of seven 5" forty-fives from the internet and their respective pricing. All fall within $100 of each other. Let's say you had the money and this selection before you, which one would you take home for Christmas?

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December 15, 2008, 03:18 AM
STI Spartan in that price range? I've heard good things. Not a 1911 guy though...yet

December 15, 2008, 03:54 AM
I'd get a excellent condition, real-deal, unmodified Colt 1911 Series 70. I picked up another one about nine months ago for $500 - a good deal. Like-new ones, are easy to come by at $700. Totally stock, utterly reliable, classic and collectible.

Restricted to your list, I'd go with the S&W. Unlike the other items except the Kimber on the list,

1) It is a US made, forged frame
2) Has no buggery internal lock or other trigger-based safety system.

The S&W and Kimber meet those criteria. The S&W has had rave reviews from shooters I've met or read about, and comes with a LIFETIME WARRANTY. That is a heck of a selling point. It does have a Firing pin safety, but it works off the grip safety, not like the trigger-based one in the Colt. Kimber's had some teething problems and poor service reported, though I think it's ironed out now. However, no high-end Kimber has come close to equalling the accuracy of a well-built Gunsmith gun on Caspian components for the same price in head-to-head test. Given all that, I nod towards the S&W.

December 15, 2008, 07:45 AM
i am a huge SA loaylist therefor i would recommend a SA loaded model. i have the MC Operator and i love it, and there hasn't been a sa 1911, that i don't love.

you coulnd't be wrong going with the kimber either, but i go SA.

December 15, 2008, 08:27 AM
IMO I would go with either gun listed below

Colt 1911 70 series Government 45

Colt Commander 45

December 15, 2008, 08:39 AM
I recently picked up a taurus pt1911 with heinie straight 8 nite sites new for 500$ and love it in every way EXCEPT it shoots about 2" lower than point of aim at 15 yards with most 230 gr standard pressure loads. Now a lot of people wouldn't even notice or care about only 2" low,but being an excompetition shooter,I'm a "freak" about my guns hitting EXACTLY to point of aim. Almost all parts are interchangable except sites,and perhaps others. After spending an agonizing morning on the phone,with repeated calls to taurus,heinie,and brownells,I finally had to dig my dial calipers out to determine taurus makes their own licensed version of heinie sites which are of oddball size dovetail. The dovetail slot (and site) in rear is larger than any other dovetail from any gun or site manufacturer so naturally nothing else will fit. At this time,you CANNOT get ANY adjustable rear site for taurus 1911 guns. To top it all off,customer service/tech support got smart with me on phone!!!!! They actually don't care!!!! I'll NEVER buy another taurus product ever again or reccomend them to anyone after this.

December 15, 2008, 09:20 AM
Either the Kimber or Springfield. Both are great entry guns that can be customized to your liking.

Whatever you do don't waste your money on a Taurus.

December 15, 2008, 09:30 AM
Id go Springfield or STI, if you wanted to spend another $50 Id go for a Dan Wesson PM7

December 15, 2008, 09:31 AM
Any would be ok except the Para. My question is where are you finding these prices? Everything here is at least a hundred bucks more than you listed.

December 15, 2008, 09:45 AM
My question is where are you finding these prices? Everything here is at least a hundred bucks more than you listed.

I knew that at some point, someone might notice the great deals that I have listed. No, they're not fake, they are in fact real prices listed on budsgunshop.com. I was also adding in another $10 to each for the cost of my local transfer fee.

I'm glad to see that the SA, Kimber, S&W, and the Colt are duking it out in the top. I'd have to kick myself a few times, pass up the Colt and the Smith, and choose the beautiful Springfield.


But this Smith begs to be drooled over too.


December 15, 2008, 09:58 AM
I didn't see those prices as unrealistic; Bud's is indeed the litmus mark I use for judging retail prices. Good move on your part.

Now if you want to ignore the better values in older Colt Series 70's and buy new, I am going to vote for the S&W.

The external extractor is not traditional, but it does solve some problems even JMB himself recognized about autoloaders, and changed on his later designs. As a long-term (since the mid 70s) 1911 fanatic, even I accept the S&W external extractor as good and within the family.

December 15, 2008, 10:32 AM
I own and carry the Kimber, but I have steered some people to look at the Spartan, I'm a big STI fan for political reasons.

December 15, 2008, 10:40 AM
Picking up the Charles Daly Empire Stainless right now, used, for $415.00. I'm too cheap to pay retail. Whoever had it added some tacticool junk like a fiberoptic front sight and a badly-fitting magazine funnel.

Looks good, though.

December 15, 2008, 10:45 AM
I'm a big fan of plain Springfield guns. I've got one as my ball gun and backup self-defense piece.

I'm currently shopping around for a nickeled RIA .38 Super. With that amount of money, I could get a gun, all of the accessories I'd need and the minor gunsmithing required.

December 15, 2008, 10:52 AM
I own 2 Colts (a Gold Cup and a New Agent), a Taurus and the S&W (Commander scandium) - my S&W is by far the best of the bunch. All my other 1911's are now in the safe. It's incredibly accurate and totally dependable.

December 15, 2008, 10:56 AM
I would say STI Spartan.
I have a RIA Match... and they are brothers... and LOVE the Match.
But... it doesnt have any flash and falls under your price range... just a great shooting 1911.


December 15, 2008, 03:36 PM
I've never been disappointed in a Colt and I've owned close to dozen of them from Combat Commanders to Gold Cups, up to and including Series 80s. I'd love to find another satin nickel Combat Commander.

December 16, 2008, 05:17 AM
Go Springfield, but not the Black Stainless.

December 16, 2008, 08:48 AM
$745 - Springfield 1911-A1 Black/Stainless - or

$750 - Kimber Custom II Blue - or

$775 - Colt 1991 Government Blue :)

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