which is best for me?


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keeplivnthedream
February 24, 2012, 09:49 PM
I have a budget of $550. Trying to buy cheap to save for ammo. I think i have stumbled upon 2 good guns.

Ruger sr9c- Cheap ammo. Love the design. feels great in the hand. could conceal carry it someday. only $419.
Rock Island Armory .45 1911 tactical- ammo is more expensive. costs $470. Cant beat a 1911 design and feel. A bit big, but i love the looks and feel more than the ruger. harder to conceal carry.

Any thoughts?

Im thinking of going into my local gun shop( it has both) and just flipping a coin. who knows how it will turn out.

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Delford
February 24, 2012, 10:46 PM
I'm a .45 acp fan, though not necessarily a fan of the 1911. Due to build issues (RIA is not as finely made although I've shot one and it shoots OK) I'd go with the Ruger. I got my Ruger P345 at my LGS used for around $400. Starting with used can get you a fine pistol with some left over for ammo.

FMF Doc
February 24, 2012, 11:26 PM
I would say the Ruger. You want to practice and 9mm is chaper to practice with. However, you may find, in time, that even a full-size 1911 is not hard to conceal if you can get past the weight. It is still a slim (most important demension) pistol to conceal, and with a decent IWB holster, the 5" barrel is not an issue and you pants will hide it. The Ruger is a pretty wide gun, and may prove more difficult to conceal than you initially believe. Just some food for thought.

HKGuns
February 24, 2012, 11:27 PM
Save even more money and get the plain Jane GI model RIA 1911.

allaroundhunter
February 25, 2012, 02:58 AM
What do you want it for?

el Godfather
February 25, 2012, 03:23 AM
Rent a gun to shoot and get over with the urge. Save up and buy something you really like. Until then visit ranges and rent different handguns to see what suits you the best.

biogenic
February 25, 2012, 03:54 AM
Rent a gun to shoot and get over with the urge. Save up and buy something you really like. Until then visit ranges and rent different handguns to see what suits you the best.

Sound advice. I would take it if I were you.

PabloJ
February 25, 2012, 04:51 AM
I would pick the Ruger. "Rock" is generic term for any service size 1911 with steel frame and is often used by those who really know guns well.

777TRUTH
February 25, 2012, 05:11 AM
which is best for me?

I did not vote. Only you can decide which gun is best for you. My advice is go rent a couple and shoot them. You will know which is best in your hands.

Good luck!

keeplivnthedream
February 25, 2012, 08:09 AM
I can answer a few questions. I want this gun for target shooting and just having fun with. Carry maybe down the road but here in Charlotte, NC it takes like 6 months to get your concealed carry. And im a college baseball player who doesnt have the time to worry about going to a cc class right now. Thats a future goal. And i have been to many ranges and tried out many handguns with friends. I have fired a Glock 17, a ruger sr9, ruger p95, smith and wesson jframe, ruger p89, springfield xd9, walther p99, ruger sr1911, smith and wesson model 10, beretta 92 fs.

I have a pretty good feel for what i want. I wouldnt call myself a true beginner, I have shot more guns than your average first gun buyer in my opinion. :rolleyes: Yeah there are a good amount of polymer guns on my list, naturally i lean further towards those (especially the sr9c). But i can't get over the feel of that 1911. And from what iv heard the RIA is a good affordable 1911.

I would be happy with either gun. They both feel great in my hands. I just need a push in either direction. :confused:

hogrdr
February 25, 2012, 10:39 AM
thats kinda apples and oranges, two completely different guns, i would decide which platform i wanted first. then the brand

gunnutery
February 25, 2012, 10:51 AM
If you're concerned of the price of ammo, you should probably go with 9mm. With lower cost of ammo you get more rounds down range (ie: more fun and practice). And you say the Ruger would be more concealable when you get your carry license. I'm of the mindset of getting the needs met first, then get the wants.

Jed Carter
February 25, 2012, 10:23 PM
I did not vote but have a suggestion for a 9mm 1911 http://centerfiresystems.com/AC-RI1911-9MM.aspx

keeplivnthedream
February 27, 2012, 07:43 PM
Is there anything wrong with any of the Rock Island 1911s? Are there any huge problems with them? They are generally liked in the gun world. Why?

allaroundhunter
February 27, 2012, 07:45 PM
They are generally liked in the gun world. Why?

Because there isn't much wrong with them. The only thing that I personally don't like about them is the black-on-black sights.

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