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hoohaa310
March 14, 2009, 12:25 AM
Was curious as to what you guys consider the best "bang for your buck" 1911 out there. In a few years when I turn 21 I'll be in the market for a 1911.

I've heard some good things about the Springfield G.I. model, as well as their Mil-spec model.

Any other makers out there that make a quality 1911 that won't break the bank?

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theken206
March 14, 2009, 12:29 AM
Rock Island Armory

Snowdog
March 14, 2009, 12:33 AM
RIAs are still a decent deal though the price has steadly crept up.
Mine keeps up with my Kimber without any handicaps and feeds my SWC reloads more reliably to boot.
I bought mine for under $300 when they first became available and I seriously couldn't be happier.


The stock RIA slick grips where replaced by commonly available double diamond checkered walnut
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theken206
March 14, 2009, 12:45 AM
can you get the RIA's in 9mm??

young hunter
March 14, 2009, 01:04 AM
Yes you can get the R.I.A. in 9mm as well as 38 super . The best bang for your buck as far as 1911's go i would also say RIA or maybe a taurus pt 1911 . I think the taurus only comes in 45 acp though .

rondog
March 14, 2009, 01:50 AM
Good luck finding an RIA in 9mm. They have made them, more commonly with the Armscor name than RIA (Armscor makes RIA's, FWIW). RIA was supposed to have a 9mm on the market by now, but they're having hell just keeping up with the demand for the .45's.

Best value out there now IMO is the RIA Tactical models. Try Centerfire Systems or Sarco, or Bellshire Guns on Gunbroker.

jad0110
March 14, 2009, 02:05 PM
RIA is a good value.

An even better value might be a used Norinco 1911.

The Springer GI and Mil-Spec are good bets too, especially if you can find used examples. I bought a new Mil-Spec for $525 about 2 years ago, and a few weeks afterwards I saw a used one for $425 :banghead: .

The GI is a little less expensive, and I prefer the vertical cocking serations, but the Mil-Spec is the better buy, IMO. For about $60 more you get much easier to see 3 dot sights, a lowered and flared ejection port (doesn't dent cases as much - good for reloaders) and a bevelled mag well.

pmeisel
March 14, 2009, 03:12 PM
When you get a little closer to purchase time, haunt the gun stores that sell used, and the pawn shops if you have any good ones around.

There are a lot of 1911s out there so they turn up as people need money or decide to trade one on another gun. Right spot, right time....

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