1911 for $900-$1200


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109Hammer
February 23, 2012, 09:36 PM
looking for some advice on a 1911 in the range $900-$1200. All the same wants as most. Reliable, accurate, and good looking.

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Sauer Grapes
February 23, 2012, 09:47 PM
Colt, STI, Springfield, Kimber.....Those are the 4 major gunmakers to me. {in your price range}
Good looking? They're all good looking to me. I shoot my guns, I don't sit and admire them. My favorite 1911 has plenty of holster wear, it's still "good looking" to me.

If you want pretty, stainless steel will be your best bet.

vvanders
February 23, 2012, 09:55 PM
S&W E-Series, right on the bottom end of your budget too

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7147/6450403739_2346385599_z.jpg

rellascout
February 23, 2012, 09:58 PM
Dan Wesson heritage for $1100 for the win. 70 series gun with forged frame an slide. High quality small parts and is pretty true to the JMB spec.

john wall
February 23, 2012, 10:44 PM
The hot 1911 these days is the Sig 1911. Try it, you will like it.

HDCamel
February 23, 2012, 10:49 PM
Colt has a few across your price range.
Other than that, I second a Dan Wesson.

rcmodel
February 24, 2012, 12:48 PM
The $700 dollar Springfield Range Officer is getting very good reviews.
If you can find one.

http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/70940

rc

1KPerDay
February 24, 2012, 01:23 PM
Dan Wesson all day long, IMO. I can't say enough good about this pistol.

http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/1KPerDay/Guns/th_f26b4503.jpg (http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/1KPerDay/Guns/f26b4503.jpg)
http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/1KPerDay/Guns/th_d30a99fb.jpg (http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/1KPerDay/Guns/d30a99fb.jpg)
http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/1KPerDay/Guns/th_bca1b4e7.jpg (http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a206/1KPerDay/Guns/bca1b4e7.jpg)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cl9pZulaIM&feature=g-upl&context=G258f1d9AUAAAAAAAGAA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzhPudEfdfI&feature=g-upl&context=G2f0eeeeAUAAAAAAABAA

squarles67
February 24, 2012, 01:26 PM
Colt

dprice3844444
February 24, 2012, 01:26 PM
ruger

JShirley
February 24, 2012, 01:33 PM
I absolutely loved the STI Trojan I shot at Gunsite. I would have quickly dropped $1100 on it.

Overkilll0084
February 24, 2012, 01:42 PM
Dan Wesson all day long, IMO. I can't say enough good about this pistol.

+1
I have 2 DWs (3 if you count the revolver) and I doubt it will stop there.

I do still like my Springfield as well.

stumpers
February 24, 2012, 01:43 PM
My first 1911 was a Colt Commander Series 70 and my second was a Springfield Mil-Spec. I have no complaints about either.

That being said, both are totally incomparable to the Wilson CQB I bought, but that's double your budget.

If I had $1000 for a 1911, I would not hesitate to buy another Colt and have work done as I had funds available...sights, safeties, feedramp, etc.

Winkman822
February 24, 2012, 01:47 PM
Depending on what you're after, I'd say look at the Colt Series 70 Reproduction, Springfield Armory Loaded, Springfield Operator (if you're into railed frames), or Dan Wesson. If you have the ability to be patient and sock away a little more cash, I'd highly recommend a Springfield TRP, or if you could be a little more patient still, the Les Baer Premier II or Custom Carry.

1KPerDay
February 24, 2012, 01:57 PM
FWIW I went to the shop intending to buy a Colt stainless gov't 70 series and it felt and looked like a pile of garbage compared to the DW. The DW was $150 more. If I could have gotten the Colt for $800ish I'd have considered it an okay deal. But they wanted $930. No way it's worth that IMO. And I'm generally a purist. Maybe it was built on friday.

If I can find a blued series 70 that feels tight and looks like it was built by a competent guy, for the right price, I'll buy it. I still want one.

I love my Colt Stainless Commander also.

Pietro Beretta
February 24, 2012, 02:55 PM
I don't think there is a right answer here, go to a well supplied firearms dealer or gun show and hold and feel all you can.

hogrdr
February 24, 2012, 04:09 PM
i just bought a 10mm cbob for 1200.00 pretty nice gun.

HDCamel
February 24, 2012, 06:46 PM
If I can find a blued series 70 that feels tight...

Colt or tight.
Pick one.

1KPerDay
February 24, 2012, 06:52 PM
How about, "tight enough"? Or "doesn't feel like it was assembled by a gibbon with epilepsy"? Custom shop my aunt fanny.

:)

kb58
February 24, 2012, 06:53 PM
Buy a used mid-range 1911. As has been suggested, Dan Wesson's high on that short list.

Zerodefect
February 24, 2012, 07:35 PM
Dan Wesson Heritage

Sometime the CCO is only $1500. Also don't overlook the other odd Heritages that DW spits out from time to time. I've seen quite a few Heritages with Valor features and/or Razorback cuts and black duty finishes for just over your budget.

Kingofthehill
February 24, 2012, 07:44 PM
The hot 1911 these days is the Sig 1911. Try it, you will like it.

Umm.... when did this happen? Sig 1911's are not very good and barely on par with Para. Ive owned a sig and it was a pile you couldn't give me another.

900-1200 bucks your hard to beat an STI Trojan, Springfield Range Officer, Dan Wesson, S&W E-Series, Colt Rail gun and Ruger SR1911. Heck the American Classic II is better than Sig's 1911's. Now the Sig 220 is a whole different story.

JOe

BYJO4
February 24, 2012, 08:02 PM
I also suggest you go to your local dealer and look at whats available. See which one feels the best. Narrow down your preferences and then ask for recommendations.

rellascout
February 24, 2012, 08:11 PM
Dan Wesson Heritage out the door under $1200.

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=275280195

http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/images/D11/58/58055.jpg

Dan Wesson CCO $1400 OTD

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=275174369

http://www.gunsamerica.com/UserImages/OnDemand/CZ/xlg_1985.jpg

Sig 1911s are better than than they used to be. If I was going to choose a 1911 with and external extractor I would choose the S&W guns.

Colt Combat Elite is a solid sub $1000 1911.

http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p40/Randy_Kern/My%20guns/ColtCombatElite6.jpg

wojownik
February 24, 2012, 09:28 PM
The OP wants reliable, accurate and good looking. The last is kind of subjective. Any more detail on what you might want? Full size or compact? Parkerized, stainless, blued? Traditional or "loaded"? You've gotten a lot of good suggestions above, and there are a plethora of choices in that pricing range. Any additional criteria you have?

Cornerpost
February 24, 2012, 09:41 PM
Sig 1911 TME, exceeded all my expectations! One ragged hole at 50 ft. Fed everything I threw at it, mouse-fart loads to boot. $900

conhntr
February 24, 2012, 09:48 PM
Whats the deal with dan wesson. I know the valor is really considered top rate and pushing up to the baer/wilson class. But i thout the lower priced models are/where built on phillipino frames?

I really wanted a basic colt 1991 and had to wait almost a year to find one in stock at a decen price (buds) but i finally got what i wanted. 835 plus 25$ transfer 860$ total in that range i think its a great deal

rellascout
February 24, 2012, 09:57 PM
No Dan Wessons are made anywhere but the US. I think you are confusion them with STI.

Overkilll0084
February 25, 2012, 08:43 PM
Whats the deal with dan wesson. I know the valor is really considered top rate and pushing up to the baer/wilson class. But i thout the lower priced models are/where built on phillipino frames?

Um, no. US manufactured. Also, it's not just the Valor that's top shelf. As a rule, they are all pretty well executed.

As mentioned, you are thinking of the STI Spartan, which is actually reputed to be quite a good pistol actually.


DW is owned by CZ, if that matters.

HDCamel
February 26, 2012, 12:05 AM
DW is owned by CZ, if that matters.

It most definitely should. Cz doesn't just throw it's name (or money) on just anything. Even before it was owned by Cz, DW has always been damn fine (if underappreciated) company.

The fact is that Dan Wesson and Česká zbrojovka may as well be synonymous with quality.

maskedman504
February 26, 2012, 12:17 AM
How I wish I would have bought a CBOB when they were $800-$900. Woe is me! :(

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