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rebel71
May 14, 2009, 03:39 PM
I'm looking to buy a 1911 and wanted to see what everyone thought would be the best buy for my money. I'd like to spend less than $1000. Thanks!

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rduckwor
May 14, 2009, 04:24 PM
Dan Wesson. Currently the best bang for the buck in production 1911's.

Tough to find due to the above right now.

RMD

skeeter_08
May 14, 2009, 04:57 PM
http://www.smith-wesson.com/wcsstore/SmWesson/upload/images/firearms/108282_large.jpg

I just bought one of these Model #108282 SW1911 pistols myself. List price is $1,130.00, I paid @ $850.00 for it NIB with tax out the door. The Springfield Loaded 1911s are a little bit less than this; I have the 9mm version myself. I highly recommend either one of these 1911s as being good values. - skeeter_08

Boris Barowski
May 14, 2009, 04:59 PM
i'm very very happy with my dan wesson too :)

10-Ring
May 14, 2009, 05:33 PM
Current best bang for the buck prize goes to ----- Dan Wesson!

CWL
May 14, 2009, 05:50 PM
Dan Wesson.

Compare the Commander Bobtail @$950 feature-by-feature and slide to frame fit with the Ed Brown Kobra Carry at $2400.

glockman19
May 14, 2009, 06:06 PM
IMHO, the Kimber Custom II is the best deal on a NIB 1911. Followed closely by Springfield.

nitetrane98
May 14, 2009, 06:12 PM
IMO, strictly speaking "bang for buck" you can't beat a Metro Arms Firestorm DXL for a shooter. About 400 bucks plus shipping and fees.
The only thing you don't get with them are wood grips and a well known name. Value appreciation remains to be seen but not likely.

600 bucks buys any grips you want and a ton of ammo.

They really are great guns once you get over the Phillipine/foreign made stigma as I had to.

Oro
May 14, 2009, 06:27 PM
I think the best bang for dollar right now is a used Colt Series '70 or '80 - $600 to $700 for prime condition guns. Same in Commander length if carry is important.

If I want a "tactical" gun, I think you should look at Dan Wesson, S&W, and the new Colt "Combat Elite." It is just hitting shelves and has been getting rave reviews. I have not seen one yet - they are hard to find and would require ordering, I believe.

Kaptin
May 14, 2009, 06:31 PM
I cant believe no body said the Taurus PT1911 IMO it has to be the best bang for the buck!

tlen
May 14, 2009, 06:56 PM
What is the purpose for your 1911 ? Carry, range, competition ? Full size or Commander ? Blued, SS, or alloy ?

weisse52
May 14, 2009, 08:30 PM
I think the best bang for dollar right now is a used Colt Series '70 or '80 - $600 to $700 for prime condition guns. Same in Commander length if carry is important.

If I want a "tactical" gun, I think you should look at Dan Wesson, S&W, and the new Colt "Combat Elite.

I agree, but I would move the Combat Elite up to first after the 70 series.

What is the purpose for your 1911 ? Carry, range, competition ? Full size or Commander ? Blued, SS, or alloy

A very valid question.

Jason_G
May 14, 2009, 08:38 PM
People often confuse the two.

For the former, DW. For the latter, RIA or for a little more, STI Spartan.


Jason

earlthegoat2
May 14, 2009, 09:03 PM
RIAs arent too bad either.

Rob96
May 15, 2009, 06:03 AM
I cant believe no body said the Taurus PT1911 IMO it has to be the best bang for the buck!

Sorry, but would have to disagree. With everything that I have read and in talking to dealers, they seem to suck.

jimparks
May 15, 2009, 08:03 AM
Taurus - $700 with everything a $2500 Ed Brown has.

Benzene
May 15, 2009, 10:29 AM
Beside a fancy name and a huge price difference, what does that "Ed Brown" have that the PT 1911 does not, for PRACTICAL purposes? Is there a guarantee that the "Ed Brown" will NEVER suffer a FTF, 100% certainty that it will NEVER jam, etc?

paul45
May 15, 2009, 10:39 AM
Colts have worked well for me......

http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k57/paul10mm/kookaid.gif :D

Air,Land&Sea
May 15, 2009, 11:02 AM
A used semi-custom that's relatively unshot. There's tons of'em.

TurboFC3S
May 15, 2009, 12:20 PM
What does it NOT have?
Beside a fancy name and a huge price difference, what does that "Ed Brown" have that the PT 1911 does not, for PRACTICAL purposes?

FIT and FINISH

TurboFC3S
May 15, 2009, 12:25 PM
I got my TRP (will all Ed Brown internals) for just under $1000, I also got my Fusion 10mm longslide for $1000 even. Just got a Kimber Custom II for $575 ... and I recently bought a NIB Sig Sauer carry 1911 for $675.

What I'm saying is there are TONS of great deals on 1911's out there. Research what looks good to you, then shop around.

HZOX221
May 15, 2009, 01:19 PM
" Benzene -Beside a fancy name and a huge price difference, what does that "Ed Brown" have that the PT 1911 does not, for PRACTICAL purposes? Is there a guarantee that the "Ed Brown" will NEVER suffer a FTF, 100% certainty that it will NEVER jam, etc?"

What's the difference???? Better parts, better fit, better finish, better customer service, etc, simply a better gun. BIG difference from a production 1911 to a CUSTOM gun. If you can not see that then you never will. You must be new to owning 1911's

Taurus has a reputation for substandard parts, barrels, sears and safetys in their 1911's. They are not a gun that will last long term use.

A Taurus 1911 is like a Ferrari knockoff made by Yugo.

Back to the OP's question, if you want to be under $1000 for a new gun, I would go with an STI Trojan.

Kaptin
May 15, 2009, 01:49 PM
IMO most of the people that talk trash about the PT1911 have never even owned one, they are just repeating BS written by some other nim-witt on the internet. It is a fine pistol and it is not cheaply built, its just an affordable 1911 that shoots great.

rebel71
May 15, 2009, 01:51 PM
What is the purpose for your 1911 ? Carry, range, competition ? Full size or Commander ? Blued, SS, or alloy

Mostly for carry/home defense. Full sized. Stainless.

Black Majik
May 15, 2009, 01:57 PM
I'd also vote for Dan Wesson.

But really, S&W1911, Kimber TLE, Springfield Loaded, and a Colt XSE would be nice as well.

They all feel and shoot differently, and all of us have our own preferences. What we like may not be suitable for the next shooter.

TurboFC3S
May 15, 2009, 02:31 PM
IMO most of the people that talk trash about the PT1911 have never even owned one, they are just repeating BS written by some other nim-witt on the internet. It is a fine pistol and it is not cheaply built, its just an affordable 1911 that shoots great.

I do own a PT1911 ... an aluminum frame version with a rail. I got it used locally for $475. For that price, it IS a great gun. Mine runs well, only have probably 6-8 FTE's out of around 500 rounds fired. I'm sure a simple extractor tune would fix that, but it's not a gun I'm planning to count my life on, so I've left it as is. I wouldn't have any problem recommending it at that price or close to it, but I wouldn't go above $650 or so for one.

My biggest surprise with a lower end 1911 has been with the new Para GI Expert. I've been running mine very hard and it's been 100% out of the box. That's surprising because of past experience with Para's, but it seems they sorted these out before dumping them onto the market.

texas bulldog
May 15, 2009, 02:57 PM
another vote for dan wesson as best bang for the buck...

rebel71
May 15, 2009, 03:51 PM
Best 1911 for the money, or best cheap 1911?

Very good point. I stated I wanted to spend less than $1000 but I am not opposed to spending a little more if I'm getting a better quality firearm for the money.

earlthegoat2
May 15, 2009, 09:20 PM
Beside a fancy name and a huge price difference, what does that "Ed Brown" have that the PT 1911 does not, for PRACTICAL purposes? Is there a guarantee that the "Ed Brown" will NEVER suffer a FTF, 100% certainty that it will NEVER jam, etc?

True you do get these features but I for one dont want them and actually have to shop around a bit and special order a 1911 without a beavertail grip safety and extended everything and bevelled this and that. Go with a 750 dollar Colt Commander.

don95sml
May 15, 2009, 09:20 PM
rebel71 wrote:
Mostly for carry/home defense. Full sized. Stainless.
I believe at least one responder mentioned STI guns, which are very highly regarded for quality. One dealer/gunsmith who has good prices on STI is
www.brazoscustom.com/
On their website in the red area at the left, click on "STI guns".
I did not find any that were all stainless steel, but they do offer several that have a stainless steel slide.

sparkyguy66
May 15, 2009, 10:53 PM
I got my Springfield Loaded in stainless for $700, NIB. If was a choice between it and a PT1911, it's not even close.:D

maniak
May 15, 2009, 11:27 PM
I've had my Bobtail for three, maybe four, years.

Thousands of rounds through it. One FTE, when fired by another shooter.

IMO, best value for the money. It is tight and it feels right.

Craig M. Arnold
May 16, 2009, 10:14 AM
I've had a ton of different 1911s over the years, including some high-end ones. I currently own several different makes. IMHO, at this point Dan Wesson is making the best 1911s for the money. I just recently picked up a DW RZ-45 Heritage for under $1,000.00 and it is about as good as you are going to get in a production 1911 for under a grand.

Best regards.

csay
May 16, 2009, 10:34 AM
Right now my vote goes to the new Para Ordnance GI Expert. I've got a couple now and they are great.

sweet45
May 16, 2009, 10:49 AM
(besides a fancy name and a huge price difference, what does the Ed Brown have that the PT1911 doesn't.)

Well, I guess that's true. Why buy a mustang when a pinto will get you to work and back. Boy! Am I a dumby.

NC-Mike
May 16, 2009, 11:09 AM
I have 1,300 rounds through my Taurus. Just a baby but it has been trouble free.

That's all the money I had to spend on the gun at that time. In fact I was going to buy a RIA but the guy talked me up to the Taurus. I'm glad I listened to him. For the 500 dollar price point, I think it is the best choice.

1,000 dollars is a whole nother world.

If I had 1,000 to spend. I could get two Taurus PT 1911's. :)

PT1911
May 16, 2009, 01:41 PM
another vote for the taurus....

sophijo
May 16, 2009, 03:46 PM
Dan Wesson if you can find em. Look at Fusion when you get a chance.

doubs43
May 16, 2009, 06:24 PM
rebel71, just keep this in mind: No amount of money will buy you the skill to use your 1911. Nor will the brand name on the slide make you a better shooter. Maybe you're already proficient; maybe you're not.

If not, you could learn to be a decent shot with my $510 RIA Tactical...... or, you could learn on a $1,500 1911 that has more bells and whistles. My RIA Tactical will do sub-two inch groups at 21 1/2 yards and that's 100% factory. Most people will never be able to shoot it to it's capability.

The day that there are only two shooters left on earth, they'll still be arguing over which brand 1911 is the best. So, determine your requirements (casual, target, action competition etc. shooting) and make a list of features you think you need. Then look for that pistol no matter if made by Dan Wesson, S&W, SA, Taurus, Les Baer etc. As long as it's within your price limit, buy it and don't look back. Just practice, practice, practice and have fun.

jpwilly
May 16, 2009, 08:28 PM
You attack ppl without reading what they wrote, bad form.

Pot calling the kettle black IMO!

.357 magnum
May 16, 2009, 08:37 PM
The Best to All Frank!

matrem
May 16, 2009, 10:50 PM
jpwilly
You like your ergo(falcon) grips?
Have a set on one of my 1911s.
I like mine ..even though we may not be "supposed"to!
I HATE kool-aid!!

GLI45
May 16, 2009, 11:04 PM
I'll go along with a couple of earlier post and suggest STI. Not as well known as most of the big name manufacturers, but well respected by 1911 enthusiasts and in competitive circles. Their guns are hand fitted, very smooth, have excellent triggers, and are scary accurate. I have 4 STI pistols and they are superb. For $1k you can get the STI Trojan. Check out Brazos Custom Gunworks or Dawson Precision. I have purchased STI pistols from both and they are great folks to deal with. Both are STI distributors so you won't find better prices.

HiroProX
May 16, 2009, 11:25 PM
I'd have to vote for Taurus. Mainly because I wanted a 1911 in .38 Super. That chambering is usually a $150-300 premium from the well known makers and the only other maker of a reasonably priced .38 Super 1911 is RIA, when you can find them. Add in stainless steel and that's another $200+ premium.

jpwilly
May 17, 2009, 12:24 AM
jpwilly
You like your ergo(falcon) grips?
Have a set on one of my 1911s.
I like mine ..even though we may not be "supposed"to!
I HATE kool-aid!!

Yip, that's them. I had to fit them due to the ambi saftey lever and Wilson mag well. But they are excellent grips. I have an Ergo grip on my LR-308 too.

phanderson
May 17, 2009, 03:56 AM
Best bang for the buck in my opinion would have to be the Dan Wesson.
I've owned a Para, Taurus, and a Kimber. Those are three brands that it will be a cold day before I ever buy another one. I don't currently own one, but I would consider buying the DW for a sub-$1000 dollar pistol. I do own 3 of those more expensive ones though (same brand) and a couple of plastics (not Glock).

Taurus_9mm
May 17, 2009, 08:57 AM
Taurus PT1911 for me. I'm quite happy with mine and have experienced zero problem with it of any sort. I'm intending on adding a stainless PT1911 at some point.

www.taurusarmed.net

NC-Mike
May 17, 2009, 11:24 AM
I believe the Taurus and been represented very well on this thread.


I'd be interested in a stainless one as well. A long-slide would be very cool. ;)


Here's me own.
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g312/Mike____Smith/Collection/TaurusPT1911-1.jpg

Geno
May 17, 2009, 11:28 AM
I have the three following Colts up right now, and all fall squarely within your reach.

Colt Gold Cup $900.00 comes with original rubber grips (Can be bought w/ stags)

Colt New Agent $800.00

Colt WWI Reissue $750.00

Here is the link:

http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?p=5588971#post5588971

Geno

Benzene
May 17, 2009, 02:17 PM
I buy a gun because, in my judgment, I like it - NOT because I might be able to sell/trade it!!! I couldn't care less about resale/"retrade" value.

And I'm still awaiting a genuine response to my inquiry whether "better fit, better finish, better this that and the other" - instead of "good ENOUGH fit, finish, etc." - will GUARANTEE 100% flawless performance {including at the time - God forbid - when it has to be used FOR ONE OF ITS MAIN REASONS FOR ACQUISITION - self-defence}.

DWhitehorne
May 17, 2009, 02:38 PM
This is my choice, the RIA tactical from Bellshire hardware for 475 shipped. I picked RIA over the Taurus just because of the reported excellent customer service of RIA. I looked at the STI spartan but I just didn't want the adjustable sights and I like the lack of no front serrations. I'm actually glad we have so many 1911 choices. David
http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i260/dwhitehorne/guns/IMG_1372.jpg

gadegaard
May 17, 2009, 02:50 PM
Dan Wesson CBOB...I got mine for $860. Go online to whittikers.com. This IS the best pistol I have ever shot!!!!

rklessdriver
May 17, 2009, 03:35 PM
I have 3 COLT 1911's and all of them fit your price and useage range. I also have a Les Baer that cost a lot more. I had a Kimber Tac Pro II that was the biggest dissapointment in a handgun I've ever owned.

IMO you will not buy a better 1911 for the money than a COLT. Here are my COLTs.

Combat Elite
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f303/rklessdriver/Weapons/ColtCombatElite.jpg

Series 80 Commander
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f303/rklessdriver/Weapons/Colt_Commander.jpg

Series 70 Nickle
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f303/rklessdriver/Weapons/ColtSeries70.jpg

There are a lot of good 1911's out there these days, however a COLT is always a COLT and no matter how good of a gun the other guy builds, it will never have the name, historical value or resale. How many people fight over grandpaws ROSSI or TARUS?? Long after you are gone that COLT will still be YOUR COLT to everyone who see's it. No amount of money will buy that from another manufacture.
Will

Benzene
May 17, 2009, 03:38 PM
I really don't care about the "billboard" nonsense on my PT 1911. Hey, by now we should all be quite accustomed/acclamatized to the "billboard" mentality. Turn to almost any TV channel; how much of it is "billboard"? Drive down almost any major highway; how much of "billboard" is visible in an array of creative fashions? So, why should I allow myself to be price-gouged to acquire a pistol that I WILL CONCEAL anyway?

Like I shared earlier, some of those around me who are on the opposite side of the gun ownership "argument" laugh at us for being "suckers for labels" and having mastered the "art" of self-deception.

pith43
May 17, 2009, 04:06 PM
Best bang for the buck is Dan Wesson.

what does that "Ed Brown" have that the PT 1911 does not

Ed Brown parts. ;)

Mags
May 17, 2009, 04:30 PM
Well if you plan on tricking your 1911 out you shoud consider a Taurus, Kimber Custom II, or a Springfield Loaded. All of these options come standard with pretty little additions such as extended beaver tails and skeletonized triggers and hammers.

jpwilly
May 17, 2009, 05:02 PM
Hey DWhitehorne that's one sweet RIA Tactical. Did Bellshire hardware put it together that way or did you add the extras?

NC-Mike
May 17, 2009, 06:28 PM
Hey DWhitehorne that's one sweet RIA Tactical. Did Bellshire hardware put it together that way or did you add the extras?

Ditto. That pistol did catch my eye.

Nice job. :)

doubs43
May 17, 2009, 06:49 PM
For anyone who doubts the quality of the RIA 1911's, have a peek at this post that has just been put up on the 1911 forum. The guy has put over 17,500 rounds through it with a total of 11 malfunctions..... 7 of those were in the first 100 rounds. Anyway, have a look for yourself.

Link: http://forum.m1911.org/showthread.php?p=665578#post665578

BayouBocephus
May 17, 2009, 06:58 PM
I have the RIA 1911...got it for $300...I love it!!

Hostile Amish
May 17, 2009, 10:53 PM
Colt.

maskedman504
May 18, 2009, 03:49 AM
The PT1911 may be a great gun, but comparing it to an Ed Brown is incredulous at best.

I am own neither and have shot both.

sterling7c
May 18, 2009, 06:24 AM
If you're willing to trust your life to a Taurus 1911 then it's the right gun for you.
And I'm still awaiting a genuine response to my inquiry whether "better fit, better finish, better this that and the other" - instead of "good ENOUGH fit, finish, etc." - will GUARANTEE 100% flawless performance {including at the time - God forbid - when it has to be used FOR ONE OF ITS MAIN REASONS FOR ACQUISITION - self-defence}.
Genuine response: no it won't guarantee 100% flawless performance. Nothing mechanical can ever be guaranteed to offer continuous flawless operation. I think you would agree however that anything mechanical that is made with better quality parts is less likely to suffer a parts breakage or malfunction. As already said above, if you're happy to trust your life to a Taurus then good for you - they're an inexpensive gun. And I'm not being sarcastic in any way. To each his (or her) own. It's called freedom :)

OleCodger
May 18, 2009, 07:28 AM
Fellers, it's a lost cause! Four pages of posting and did anyone change anyone's mind one iota? Of course not. I've been in and observed a lot of arguments and never, ever, have I witnessed a change of beliefs...it simply ain't worth it nor does it serve any purpose. If we could divert some of this spent energy in the right direction, namely towards Obama, Biden, Pelosi and other idiots, we might get to keep our pieces. It's really funny to follow this thread from the original question down to the last post. I've learned the hard way that it is a lost cause to get into a pi**ing match with someone on "the other side of the fence". All it does is cause red faces and high blood pressure:fire:!!

I own a Taurus PT 1911 SS and love it. The only problem I've had with it (and I posted it) was a pin fell out of it while cleaning it. It was stupid of me to post the problem as I discovered that this pin is loose in a lot of 1911's regardless of brand, and tends to fall out while disassembling so it's no big deal......just use a large white sheet so you can find the pin when she falls. However, the thread deterioated down to name calling as this one has.

Life's too short at the best and I'm planning on enjoying the rest of mine, even if I do have to live with a PT1911SS. If it missfires, I guess I'm a goner but I trust mine. It seems to be very well built, doesn't rattle when I shake it, and shoots anything I've fed it so far without a hiccup. I'll admit I haven't ran 55,237 rounds through it but in all honesty, I didn't plan on that many rounds when I bought it:) And yeah, I'll also admit that I'd love to have a Colt, they're a beautifully built gun with a heckufa reputation but I spent the difference in price on ammo.....saw the shortage coming. And the "Billboard" doesn't bother me at all, can't tell it's affected it's accuracy in the least!

Let's go to the range and waste some powder, lead and paper!

Happy Shootin'

C A

Flea
May 18, 2009, 09:39 AM
'Nother Taurus owner here.

Great gun for a great price. No, it's not a custom STI with $500 in tuning done to it. No, it's not on the same level as a hand-built and hand-matched 1911 with top shelf custom parts and the like. It's a production gun, and a pretty good one at that.

But then again, that's not why I bought it. It's a great gun with good sights and extra features standard that most makes charge a premium for. FAR more accurate than I am, that's for sure. It certainly took some time for me to adjust to it from a Glock 17.

Perhaps the guys that spent a whole lot more are jealous they don't have as much money for ammo. :neener:

I do have one regret -- in light of the new hi-caps coming out, I regret I didn't wait a little longer! :D

Bige35m
May 18, 2009, 10:09 AM
RIA TACT, great shooter! No FTF in 8-900rds. $425 at local gun show.

OleCodger
May 18, 2009, 10:18 AM
Man, that HC 9mm stainless sure looks sharp.....may have to do some horse trading. Getting some "lumbago" in my joints and the lesser recoil of the 9mm would be nice!

weisse52
May 18, 2009, 06:26 PM
Perhaps the guys that spent a whole lot more are jealous they don't have as much money for ammo.


I have plenty of money for ammo. If you have to worry about something like that you should only buy .22's.

Johnny Guest
May 18, 2009, 06:51 PM
Rebel71 opened the thread with a simple question. He just wanted individual opinions as to what 1911-type would be the best buy for the money. This is necessarily a matter of opinion. So, one may state oneís opinion. This is NOT an imperative to criticize, run down or pick apart the other guyís choice.

Itís the old thing: Not only must some childish individuals endlessly repeat themselves, but INSIST on trying to make others acknowledge that the arguerís choice is indeed ďThe One True Sword.Ē

In a courteous discussion -- even a full scale argument between poolite individuals, it is OCCASIONALLY possible to change the other personís mind. Maybe with irrefutable logic, newly-presented information, of something of the sort. I donít think Iíve ever seen an argument/discussion resolved by incessant ďIs so.Ē ďis not." ďIs so.Ē exchanges.

Why not just state YOUR preference/opinion, and let it go at that? Nobody makes any points for being super-snarky with the other members. Certainly, personal attacks are out of line, and name-calling is not permissible. Iíll also point out that it is considered extremely bad form to make public the contents of Private Messages. No matter how childish, ugly, or inappropriate the PM, either ignore it, donít even open it, or, if you absolutely MUST, report it to a staff member. Chances are, nothing will be done about it, but it might make you feel better. Thereís no rule saying you MUST read PMs. You can see who sent the PM before you open it. And, for pity's sake, do NOT engage in silly argument and then whine to a staffer about some "ugly PM' you receive from the other guy.

Okay, because there is some redeeming value to this thread, Iíve cleaned it up by deleting most or all of the offensive posts, and we'll leave it open for a time. Here's a hint: If YOU have had a post deleted without explanation, itís because it was inappropriate. Take the deletion as your personal warning.

There are some grown-up members trying to have a discussion here. Please don't interrupt them.

Johnny Guest
THR Staff

OleCodger
May 18, 2009, 06:57 PM
Don't believe that I could have said it better myself!!!!

BHP FAN
May 18, 2009, 07:02 PM
Get a Rock Island Armory.You can pay more money,but it's hard to get a better gun.

shibby
May 18, 2009, 07:31 PM
Im thinking about an american classic. from what I have read, people seem to like it. Its $350 at cost and $480 retail, for the deluxe which is what I would get. Any opinions?

cuba
February 13, 2010, 02:25 AM
PT1911 all the way 3,000 round and 0 FTF or FTE and 2' groups @ 25 yards. you know if my 1911 did not have the Taurus name on the side you high dollar 1911 guy wouldn't be able to tell the difference between your high dollar 1911 and the Taurus, my trigger breaks @ 3 1/2lb smooth and no creep and I would trust my life with it any day

rogerjames
February 13, 2010, 03:02 AM
I am interested in a 1911 as the next addition to my collection and possibly as a CCW. This thread has reinforced my intuition to do my own research. Although I value experienced opinions... seems as though if you own one... it gets a vote. +1 for capitalism... -1 for objectivity.

mptrimshop
February 13, 2010, 03:35 AM
American Classic II .........get 2........and buy 125 bux worth of amo.....done

ZionistInfidel
February 13, 2010, 12:23 PM
Maybe i'm just cheap, but i'll put my votes towards a Para GI Expert, STI Spartan or a RI Tactical..

Evil One
February 13, 2010, 03:12 PM
I cant say enough good things about the Armscor 1911s.
We have had experience with the RIA 1911 Match... 90% the same as an STI Spartan, the RIA 1911 Tactical, and the High Standard Crusader Compact.
The Tactical and Compact are EDC guns, so I trust them enough to bet my life on them.
And if you ever need it, the Armscor service is second to none.


Jim

sarduy
February 13, 2010, 03:14 PM
rock island tactical

cmgred
February 13, 2010, 04:21 PM
One that you own and feel confident with, that's the best one.

For me I'm going to get my second Wilson this year. This time it will be a Supergrade. Will it make me shoot better? Probably not, but I'll feel better owing what I feel is the best gun I can.

There is no wrong answer to this poll. From a $400 1911, to a $4,000 one there are all great. Just MHO.

mptrimshop
February 13, 2010, 04:38 PM
If your considering the RIA... i STRONGLY suggest you take a good look at the AC II from Metro Arms fist...real close in price with more features

Kingofthehill
February 13, 2010, 04:46 PM
After the 2010 40% price jump, take the Dan Wesson off this list, LOL

MRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRK
February 13, 2010, 04:54 PM
Can't go wrong with Springfields, especially with their lifetime warranty. You can get one in their Loaded line of pistols for under $1,000, but that all depends on where you live.

61chalk
February 13, 2010, 05:32 PM
I saw a Nice 1911 Colt for 650.00 today at a gunshow...anything wrong
with that..?

Evil One
February 14, 2010, 02:27 AM
I have handled 2 of the metro arms 1911s that had non functional grip safeties.
If you get one just be sure to do a good function test.


Jim

bdb benzino
February 14, 2010, 03:06 AM
Every Metro Arms I have seen is almost as nicely fit as a Springfield Loaded, the only reason I am that bold is because I own both and really liked the Metro more for a few personal preferences. The fit is amazing for a sub $500 1911, and the slide is fit nice and tight. The slide is also forged steel, where in that price range most are not.
Dont get me wrong SA makes great 1911's as does other inexpensive 1911 makers, to me IMHO the Metro for the price is above and beyond.

LaBulldog
February 14, 2010, 03:41 AM
There is nothing wrong with a Colt 1911. Colt has been making 1911's longer than anyone else. They've had there ups and downs. Right now they are doing well and producing very nice 1991's for the price.

Ford
February 14, 2010, 05:03 AM
wow, what does an Ed Brown have that Taurus doesnt?
Not trying to pick a fight, that statement just shocked me.
Thats not even a comparison.

As for best bang for the buck. I would pick one of the lower end Kimbers like the Custom model.

phamily man
February 14, 2010, 05:15 AM
The Taurus factory in Brazil was supposed to be a Baretta factory, and the Taurus PT1911 is by far the best 1911 style pistol for the buck! It really is Italian quality made in Brazil.
I just bought one myself, and it's amazing right out of the box...and really cheap!

For all the standard features on this pistol (ambidextrous thumb saftey, rear adjustable sight with white dots...great if your a lefty or right handed/left eye dominant or vice versa), all I can say is this is the by far the best bang for the buck!
this really is an awesome gun!

Oro
February 14, 2010, 05:42 AM
I saw a Nice 1911 Colt for 650.00 today at a gunshow...anything wrong
with that..?

Nope, depending upon the model. Right now unmodified, lightly used Colts offer great values. Some typical prices for excellent samples:

$500 - 1990's era 1991a1 model in Parkerized or matte blue finish.
$600 - 2000 or later 1991 in polished blue or stainless.
$700-$800 - used XSE/enhanced models or real, high condition 1970's vintage Series '70 guns.

I've been buying these on and off the last few years and good deals appear. Great value and quality.

leadsled
February 14, 2010, 06:04 AM
Sorry, but would have to disagree. With everything that I have read and in talking to dealers, they seem to suck.
If the Taurus sucks so bad, why do dealers carry them. Seems like the lower the margin for the dealer, the suckier the guns are!! I've had zero problems with mine. If you REALLY want a .45ACP, go with the G21. The 1911 has 99 years of service unencumbered by progress.

Choclabman
February 14, 2010, 08:52 AM
I have owned a Springfield TRP and a Kimber Royal II. I sold them for various reasons.

I could not be happier with Colt.
I currently own a series 70 repro Government, and a XSE Combat Commander. Both have been flawless with ball and JHP ammo. Quality is excellent.

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