1911 Suggestions


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EnderWiggin
October 25, 2010, 03:03 PM
I am looking to purchase my first 1911. The following are my requirements:

Less than $1000 (if it's a little over it's fine but I do not want to spend $1.5k)
.45 ACP
Government or Commander sizes (4.25"-5" barrel)
Stainless Steel or Parkerized (no two tone and no stainless steel dull finishes)
All steel frame. No aluminum.
Extended beaver tail
Commander hammer
Normal sights (I don't care about night sights or adjustable sights for elevation. I do not, however, want the crappy sights that come on the GI version of the 1911)
I would rather NOT have a rail but if the gun comes with one that is fine.
I do not care about extended or ambi safeties.
I do not like checkered front strap in the grip but if it comes with it thats fine too.


I think I have covered most of it. This won't be a carry gun. Just a gun to shoot at the range, look pretty, and maybe shoot at IPSC just for fun.

I was looking at the Springfield Loaded models (PX9151LP to be exact) but would like other options before I make my decision. It seems as though there is a shortage of 1911's at gun shops in South Florida. I have been looking around and the only 1911's I have been able to hold at a shop have been the real high end models that are so expensive no one buys or 1 or 2 regular models that have been at the shop so long that they have scratches and blemishes. One shop told me it would take 3-4 months to receive a Springfield Loaded model.

Anyways, if you could please post your suggestion as well as an estimated price I would greatly appreciate it.

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verdun59
October 25, 2010, 03:08 PM
With the exception of the sights I believe the STI Spartan will do what you want.

Greg528iT
October 25, 2010, 03:13 PM
I was going to suggest a Springfield Loaded. :D
Yes they seem to be on some long production cycle. :banghead:

Check out Buds or other online shop.

Russ Jackson
October 25, 2010, 03:14 PM
I think this might meet your criteria. It is a great deal and he might go lower...Russ

http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=545611

rduckwor
October 25, 2010, 04:29 PM
Jump on the url that Russ posted. You won't find a better pistol at a better price.

Good Luck,

RMD

Racinbob
October 25, 2010, 08:24 PM
That danged DW keeps getting mentioned.:banghead: I'd be going for it if I didn't just get a Kimber!

Jed Carter
October 25, 2010, 10:00 PM
Order an STI Trojan with Novak sights, or a SIG or S&W 1911. Springfield Armory is another good choice, but would be my last choice of the four brands ( was my first 1911 ), good pistols though. I do not think that Taurus and Para Ordnance are good enough to make my list, Colt and Kimber do make the list behind Springer. I have Colt, STI, SIG and Springfield 1911s, I have used S&W and Kimber 1911s. I have listed these 1911s in order of personal preference, STI first and Kimber last, they are habit forming so get ready to start your collection.

wow6599
October 25, 2010, 11:13 PM
I'll throw my vote in for a Loaded Springer. Here is a thread I started about my Loaded and it's trip to Geneseo - http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=551307
You can do well with several different manufactures in your price point......S&W would be my second choice.

JTQ
October 25, 2010, 11:57 PM
EnderWiggin wrote,
I do not, however, want the crappy sights that come on the mil-spec version of the 1911
The Springfield Mil-Spec comes with very nice 3-dot sights.

The GI model has the small GI sights.

EnderWiggin
October 26, 2010, 02:00 AM
The Springfield Mil-Spec comes with very nice 3-dot sights.

The GI model has the small GI sights.
You are correct. I edited my original post to say GI instead of Mil-Spec. Thanks.

EnderWiggin
October 26, 2010, 02:03 AM
I'll throw my vote in for a Loaded Springer. Here is a thread I started about my Loaded and it's trip to Geneseo - http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=551307
You can do well with several different manufactures in your price point......S&W would be my second choice.
That is the exact model I am considering (the PX9151LP right?)! Looks nice.

wow6599
October 26, 2010, 02:11 AM
Yep, that's the model #

CeeZar
October 26, 2010, 11:52 PM
Buy that Dan Wesson.

EnderWiggin
October 27, 2010, 12:53 AM
Buy that Dan Wesson.
I am not a fan of buying guns without seeing them first... ESPECIALLY used guns. I have held MANY brand new 1911's at various gun shops that have had a bunch of scratches and other blemishes.

If I cannot see it before paying for it, even if it's new, I will not buy it.

sleepyone
October 27, 2010, 01:04 AM
I second that emotion! I own a 2004 DW Patriot EXP just like it except blued that I will never let go. It outshoots a 2010 Les Baer Custom Carry and 2010 DW Valor that I owned and sold both when I realized they were no better than my Patriot. The coolest thing about my DW is it was a gift from a dear friend.

fredeee
October 27, 2010, 09:32 AM
Personal experience with a sub and full sized Kimber is they're super reliable and accurate as hell. They're a bit pricey but I've seen 'em for under a grand. This one's my personal favorite:
http://www.kimberamerica.com/products/pistols/tactical/tactical_Entry_II/
I got it for $1200

The Custom II's go for under $1,000 as well.

BlayGlock
October 27, 2010, 11:18 AM
Kimber Custom II has what you are looking for.

STI Trojan and Spartan are better pistols but have adjustable rear sights.

JTQ
October 27, 2010, 11:43 AM
BlayGlock wrote,
STI Trojan and Spartan are better pistols but have adjustable rear sights.

The Trojan can be purchased with fixed sights, or night sights.

gunfighter48
October 27, 2010, 10:16 PM
Take a long look at the STI line up, great guns for the money! I also like Kimber and RIA. The S&W 1911 seems to be a good pistol also.

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