best looking 1911


April 25, 2010, 01:39 AM
i think 1911's are the best looking hanguns ever made. i just bought a springfield milspec stainless steel 1911a1. it has cocobolo wood grips with the springfield cannons on 'em. beautiful! i'll post a picture here shortly. i've already decided i need another one! what do you think are the best looking 1911's? i personally love the way Kimber's two-tones look.

pictures welcome!

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April 25, 2010, 02:24 AM
any Ed Brown gets my juices flowin

April 25, 2010, 02:43 AM
Les Baer Monolith commander, blued with NO fcs and in .38 super please! I have dirty dreams at night about this gun:rolleyes:

April 25, 2010, 05:47 AM
My 1943 vintage Remington Rand 1911A1, it's looks only improve with age.

April 25, 2010, 07:56 AM

April 25, 2010, 08:00 AM
any Ed Brown gets my juices flowin
I'll second this, but not in a sick way:D Someday I'll pony up for one!

Five of Clubs
April 25, 2010, 08:44 AM
If you love 1911s then one day you need a custom. Make it just the way you want it and it will be your favorite thing in the safe. Here's my Caspian commander in .40S&W.

April 25, 2010, 09:02 AM
1969-70 circa Colt National match 45

April 25, 2010, 09:49 AM

April 25, 2010, 10:34 AM

April 25, 2010, 10:36 AM

April 25, 2010, 10:40 AM
JDGray, there's a Special Forces on GunsAmerica for $1699 ;)

April 25, 2010, 10:41 AM
i like the one parisite posted. :)

April 25, 2010, 10:44 AM
Quack- I love the flat faced triggers!... i have to order up a few and overhaul my fleet :)

April 25, 2010, 10:51 AM
i didn't know if i'd like it, so i tried it on 1 of them first, then after some time i found i liked the flat trigger better than the long curved trigger, so they all got switched.

April 25, 2010, 10:55 AM
Ive shot a friends and during faster drills, i noticed that even if my finger didn't fall directly center on the trigger, the pull felt the same. I like em' i just haven't made the jump to buy them and start switching them out

April 25, 2010, 10:57 AM
that's exactly why i switched. the flat trigger also doesn't force my finger to the center of the trigger like the long curved does.

April 25, 2010, 11:03 AM
LST Gaboon (

I want a 10mm or 460 Rowland one it the worst way!

April 25, 2010, 11:24 AM

April 25, 2010, 11:35 AM
adc, what are the finger grip inserts on your defender?

I like the look.

April 25, 2010, 12:16 PM
those are Pierce grips. fairly inexpensive also, around 14.00 shipped.

April 25, 2010, 12:40 PM
quack- who's signature is on the handgrips of the Sprinfield custom?

April 25, 2010, 12:51 PM
Rob Leatham.
Here's the specs on the gun.

Springfield TGO 1 Service Model 5" Bi-tone .45 ACP
Manufactures Number: PC9206

TGO I PC9206
Designed by 4-Time World Champion Rob Leatham, this full custom pistol, completely hand built, comes directly from the Springfield Armory Custom Shop. Known for their award winning pistolsmiths, under the direction of David Williams, the TGO 1 is the highest quality pistol available in the Legend Series.
Caliber: .45 ACP
Capacity: 7 + 1
Barrel: National Match 5" stainless steel, 1:16 LH
Sights: Deluxe low mount BoMar rear sight. Dawson fiber optic front sight with certificate.
Sight Radius: 7"
Size: 38 ozs., 8.5" overall length
Trigger Pull: 3.5 lbs.
Magazines: 4-with Slam Pads
Robar Industries Ltd. Bi-Tone Finish
Slide: Roguard Proprietary Black Finish
Frame: NP-3 Proprietary Nickel/Teflon Finish
Robar Industries Ltd. Lifetime Certificate of Authenticity
Deluxe Low Mount BoMar Fully Adjustable Rear Sight
Dawson Fiber Optic Front Sight
National Match Lightweight Adjustable Speed Trigger
Smith and Alexander Hand Checkered Flat Mainspring
Housing with Magwell
Hand Checkered Front Strap 20 LPI
Nowlin Match Grade Throated Barrel and Bushing
Titanium Firing Pin
Forged Frame and Slide
Carry Bevel™ Treatment
High-Hand™ Beavertail Grip Safety
Ambidextrous Thumb Safety
2 Sets of Grips:
Leatham Legend Signature Laser Engraved
Thin Lined Cocobolo Smooth Wood
Black Macarta Double Diamond Grips
Torx™ Head Grip Screws
Springfield Custom Delta Tool Steel Hammer and Sear
National Match 2 Piece Full Length Stainless Steel Guide Rod
Lowered and Flared Ejection Port
Extended Ejector
Extended Magazine Release
Lifetime Warranty
Custom Aluminum Case
Unique Legend Series Markings and Serial Number
Certificate of Authenticity
Letter From Rob Leatham
Autographed Picture From Rob Leatham
Autographed Target Shot by Rob Leatham

Gun Noob
April 25, 2010, 01:11 PM
Pretty much any black/blued 1911 without front cocking serrations looks good to me.

April 25, 2010, 03:31 PM
Colt Commercial .45 from 1925.

April 25, 2010, 04:21 PM
#1. Remington Rand. 1911A1.

#2. Detonics Combat Master.

April 25, 2010, 08:50 PM
Awe damn..... ran across this thread and I can't help myself. I have an addiction to these things.

April 25, 2010, 08:57 PM
+1 Ed Brown SF

April 25, 2010, 09:05 PM
nice collection .45heater

April 25, 2010, 09:14 PM
My favorite 1911 is the one I just picked up this week. Price was right for a 1917 Colt with no armorer marks that appears to be all original. The gun feels fairly tight even though the finish is gone. This gun is beautiful to me!

April 25, 2010, 09:16 PM
My 1943 vintage Remington Rand 1911A1, it's looks only improve with age.
+1, I fully agree!

April 25, 2010, 09:22 PM

Yep... that's a keeper!

Full Metal Jacket
April 25, 2010, 09:34 PM

April 25, 2010, 11:49 PM
I'm going to say I think while Ed Brown makes probably the best looking 1911's overall, the one single best looking 1911 to me is a DW Valor in black.
April 26, 2010, 12:50 AM
I think the USFA 1911 is pretty darn pretty.

April 26, 2010, 04:11 AM
The best looking 1911 is the one you own. Sure there may be ones with bling or better equipment inside, but, you can't shoot them now can you.

So on that note, I like a texas 1911.

April 26, 2010, 07:43 AM
I think the Les Baer with the full length dust cover (monolith?). Looks really smooth

April 26, 2010, 06:25 PM

April 26, 2010, 06:28 PM
i'm digging the one angelina shot in "WANTED"

Colt Smith
April 26, 2010, 07:08 PM
i'm digging the one angelina shot in "WANTED"

Did she have a gun in that movie? :D

The one(s) you own are THE prettiest but they are all pretty. The basic original design was so right the first time. Variations on that theme would have to be egregious to ruin the handsome lines of the gun. The only down side to so many different models is that most of us don't have the budget or the room to have them all.

April 26, 2010, 08:11 PM
did u set that up just for this thread scrod? i'm flattered! nice guns btw!

April 30, 2010, 05:12 PM
Here is my newest:

April 30, 2010, 05:41 PM

May 13, 2010, 02:11 PM
nice esmeraldas sharpdressedman

May 13, 2010, 05:10 PM
If you like "in the white", hard chrome is good. Tends to stay pretty even if you carry the gun in a holster.

May 13, 2010, 08:24 PM
IMO.....nothing looks better than a bobtail frame on a stainless 1911 with small, classy font.

May 13, 2010, 09:21 PM
Good looking 1911's here. My Kimber Raptor

May 13, 2010, 09:43 PM
That Detonics combat Master looks exceedingly interesting! Got anymore to tell on that one? What's with the oddball sights?

May 13, 2010, 10:22 PM
Kimber Gold Combat, stylish and functional

May 13, 2010, 10:30 PM
I just saw a short write-up of the Kimber Super Carry series. I have spent the last 24 hours drooling over pics of the Super Carry Pro model. 4" barrel, two tone, bobbed grip frame. I have a serious jones for this pistol, and absolutely no money to satisfy my longing. Is there a methadone program for kicking this habit or what?

May 13, 2010, 10:38 PM
What gun is that that parisite posted in post #9? I'm a wheelgun guy, but that gun is beautiful.

May 13, 2010, 10:40 PM
What gun is that that parisite posted in post #9? I'm a wheelgun guy, but that gun is beautiful.

I am pretty sure that it is the Les Baer Monolith

May 13, 2010, 10:41 PM
i like the one parisite posted.

Yes , very nice.
They all look good, love the 1911

May 13, 2010, 10:48 PM
I really dig the look of the non-conventional hammers like the fusion in post #10 and STI hammers.

May 13, 2010, 11:12 PM
I am pretty sure that it is the Les Baer Monolith

I wish I had a couple extra grand laying around. That pistol is stunning.

Arkansas Paul
May 13, 2010, 11:22 PM
I don't own a 1911 but it's on the short list. I admit I have champagne tastes on a Bush Light budget. I'll likely end up with a Springer or maybe one of the new Remingtons. My favorite is the Ed Brown Executive Carry though. Sadly, it'll take a winning loto ticket to get it.

May 13, 2010, 11:49 PM
Arkansas, I too have a thing for Ed Brown guns. I have been drooling over a Kobra carry for some time.

Arkansas Paul
May 14, 2010, 12:09 AM
Yeah, about the only difference is the snakeskin engraving instead of the 25 LPI of the Executive. If it came down to it, I'm not sure I wouldn't go with the Kobra Carry or Special Forces Carry. The 25 LPI checkering is what makes it a couple hundred more expensive. Not sure it would be worth it to me. And the chain link on the Special Forces series is pretty awesome.

May 14, 2010, 12:18 AM
That Detonics combat Master looks exceedingly interesting! Got anymore to tell on that one? What's with the oddball sights?

The Detonics was designed to be carried with the chamber loaded and the hammer down. They moved the rear sight forward to make it easier to thumb the hammer back.

It was designed back when people were all wigged out by Cocked & Locked carry.

Arkansas Paul
May 14, 2010, 12:24 AM
It was designed back when people were all wigged out by Cocked & Locked carry.

Do a search here. It's still the topic of a lot of disagreement.

Ala Dan
May 14, 2010, 08:16 AM
Les Baer (blued) Thunder Ranch Special looks really good to me~! ;) :D

May 14, 2010, 08:18 AM
As far as production, DW CBOB all the way. Fusion definitely has the advantage as to what they can do, so many variations that there is an individual flavor for almost anyone.

May 14, 2010, 08:27 AM
I like the look of that slide. Just because it's odd.

May 14, 2010, 08:36 AM
I like the Colt Series 70 Government model in blued steel.

Not too plain, not too gussied up. Just right. :cool:

May 14, 2010, 09:26 AM

IMHO this is the best looking 1911. Helping our guys get the job done since 1911.:cool:

May 14, 2010, 10:08 PM
Mmmmm! DW Commander Bobtail!

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