Best 1911 under $1500


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SullyVols
March 16, 2013, 10:07 PM
Looking for a top tier (as close I can get to that under $1500) 1911. I want it to be stainless - at least the frame, slide, and barrel unless someone can convince me why I wouldn't want that. Stainless inner workings would be a plus too though I understand springs will always be carbon steel.

I'd like a Colt though I've held a few Springfield guns near the $1500 mark that look and feel pretty nice. This is intended to be a range gun and something to marvel at. I'd like target sights.

I understand there are different series of 1911s as well with different safety features. Which do I want and why?

Opinions and thoughts about brands and models?

Thanks

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BYJO4
March 16, 2013, 10:35 PM
I suggest looking at the Kimber stainless Target II Custom. For the money, I think it's a fine gun. While I have a Baer, Brown, and Wilson, I still enjoy shooting the Kimber. Accuracy and trigger has always been good.

CNobbe
March 16, 2013, 10:48 PM
+1 on the Kimber Stainless Target models.. Friend of mine has both 9mm and 45 Kimber target models which are great shooters.

That said, I used to own this Colt Gold Cup Trophy model which was a "series 80" meaning it had a firing pin block safety.

The Gold Cups have adjustable rear sights, target style wide trigger, and a nice wrap around grip.

This was $975 new, but I'm sure the price went up with everything going on lately and then there's the availability problem on top of that.

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k238/nobbe3728/P1010689.jpg

A great shooter for the purposes you'd be using it for. Springfield Trophy Match, Sig Sauer Target, Kimber Team Match, and etc... all great target 1911s.

tarosean
March 16, 2013, 11:10 PM
If you want to put a ton of rounds down range, don't go with stainless as it can gall if not properly maintained. Otherwise your good to go.

CNobbe
March 17, 2013, 12:13 AM
True. Actually, my gold cup went back for corrosion issues. Got my money back, and bought a blued finish..lol

357 Terms
March 17, 2013, 03:48 AM
TRP.

9mmepiphany
March 17, 2013, 04:40 AM
The $1500 price level is where I believe the sweet spot is in mid-priced 1911s...you get good value without much frills.

In stainless, I think the best value is the Dan Wesson CBOB; if you are willing to forgo stainless, I'd recommend the STI Trojan

Fishbed77
March 17, 2013, 06:46 PM
Gotta say I love my Colt Government XSE in stainless. It comes in well under $1500 (mine was $1059 in 2012), so that leaves you some money for ammo and accessories.

Mine is surprisingly well-fitted. Colt's have a reputation for being rattly, but I have to say that their recent heavy investment in new CNC equipment (along with a greater reliance on hand-fitting compared to other mass-produced guns) much be paying off. My Colt has ZERO slide-to frame movement and she has been 100% reliable.

http://i1235.photobucket.com/albums/ff427/Fishbed77/DSC_0217.jpg

el Godfather
March 17, 2013, 09:09 PM
Sig Sauer

Southside830
March 17, 2013, 09:20 PM
+1 ^^^^^

jmr40
March 17, 2013, 09:21 PM
I've been more impressed by the S&W 1911's than any others in that price range.

Hit_Factor
March 17, 2013, 09:28 PM
Springfield loaded, STI, Sigarms.

Don't forget steel guns can be hard chromed for $250-300.

Old Dog
March 17, 2013, 11:19 PM
Can't go wrong with a pony (below, Series 70 repro in stainless, about 1K these days, with a LW Commander XSE, somewhat over 1K now) ... although for about 1300 or so, a Springfield Armory TRP is an excellent full-size 1911).
http://i1252.photobucket.com/albums/hh577/Beau360/002.jpg
don't go with stainless as it can gall if not properly maintained.Uh, say what? I've have never seen that, but I've only been around firearms for forty years or so. But, really, for the sake of civilized discussion, let's assume that most of us know how to properly maintain our firearms.

Coldfinger
March 18, 2013, 01:26 AM
As I can tell from your signature you are partial to S&W, I do t see why you can't go with a Smith E series. I love mine, the light weight frame is great for carry but as far as range gun or for comp I prefer my Remington as the added weight helps with recoil. If you ever decided to buy a 460 kit the lighter frame may not support it. Just a thought. Not to mention the smith E series is nice to look at, and will keep you under the 1500$ mark.

Fremmer
March 18, 2013, 01:31 AM
Wow, look at old dogs pics. And buy a colt gold cup.

grptelli
March 18, 2013, 08:25 AM
Sig tac ops traditional
Dan wesson
SA trp or MC operator



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Hit_Factor
March 18, 2013, 09:27 AM
Regarding series and safeties.

Series 70 from Colt is the traditional, no extra safeties. Series 70 and series 80 are Colt trademarks I beleive.

Series 80 adds two levers that cam a firing pin block plunger up (disengaged) when the trigger is pulled. This plunger prevents the firing pin from moving forward and making contact with a primer if the pistol is dropped muzzle down. The firing pin already has a spring forcing it to the rear, so I'm not sure it's necessary. Lawyers might have designed the extra safety.

All of my Springfields, STIs and Les Baer are free of series 80 (like) parts.

None of my competition 1911/2011 have series 80 (like) parts.

My Sig RCS has the series 80 (like) parts. I can feel the extra safety in the trigger pull.

Kimbers come both ways, they also have a pin instead of a tang for securing the ambi side of a thumb safety. Generally I'm not a fan of Kimbers for several reasons, but those reasons don't apply to all of their models.

If you buy a 1911 with the extra safeties you can remove them and add a part to fill the resulting gap. You can also buy kits that minimize the affect on the trigger pull.

I would only remove the series 80 (like) parts on a competition pistol.

Madcap_Magician
March 18, 2013, 12:01 PM
At that price point, Dan Wesson easily.

All the other guns mentioned so far are good at the $1000 price point, but for $500 more, the Dan Wesson blows them all away.

1KPerDay
March 18, 2013, 12:53 PM
+1 Dan Wesson...
Overview/unboxing/quick shoot if interested

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cl9pZulaIM

Some in action
http://youtu.be/ylAbq2ieCfs?t=48s
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryzZpa6LMYQ

el Godfather
March 18, 2013, 01:32 PM
I would have said DW but is slightly over 1500$

1KPerDay
March 18, 2013, 01:51 PM
The heritage isn't... I paid $1100 OTD new.

blueskyjaunte
March 18, 2013, 02:05 PM
Another vote for the Dan Wesson lineup (what there is still under $1500). I will also note that the one time I had to use their customer support they were phenomenal.

1KPerDay
March 18, 2013, 05:07 PM
Same here.

jgiehl
March 19, 2013, 04:13 PM
Check out Smith and Wesson.
Really nice stuff.

rikman
March 19, 2013, 04:33 PM
Sig Sauer
+2 Under $1k lots of bang for buck...I have a Baer, Wilson,Kimber Super Match, SA Pro....and I am very impressed and happy with my stainless Sig 1911


http://i965.photobucket.com/albums/ae133/FLYFIDO/SIGGS.jpg

YZ
March 20, 2013, 03:24 PM
Looking for a top tier (as close I can get to that under $1500) 1911. I want it to be stainless - at least the frame, slide, and barrel unless someone can convince me why I wouldn't want that. Stainless inner workings would be a plus too though I understand springs will always be carbon steel.

I'd like a Colt though I've held a few Springfield guns near the $1500 mark that look and feel pretty nice. This is intended to be a range gun and something to marvel at. I'd like target sights.

I understand there are different series of 1911s as well with different safety features. Which do I want and why?

Opinions and thoughts about brands and models?

Thanks
You can do a lot better than $1500. I sold a GC Trophy and bought a Remington R1 for 800+. I shoot it no worse than the Colt. Much of the premium they place on higher end 1911s you are likely paying for the hot air and smoke. Sexy names, badass image, accuracy guarantee (from a bench rest vise), everything machined chiseled hand polished etc etc. An exaggeration for sure, just to make a point. You won't go wrong with a $800some SIG Granite either.

P.S. Sorry I overlooked that you said stainless. Honestly, for a 1911 it's no big deal. Cleaning the blue finish may actually be easier, because stainless finishes will readily show hairline scratches, and will turn dull from powder residue. Any case, you won't go wrong with a Colt Gold Cup, MSRP just recently was close to 1K but todays market may push the price up. Any colt will hold its value, GC no exception. It also comes with two springs, one for regular or defense loads, the other for target grade soft ones. My only problem was the target sights with no outline. If the word presbyopia applies to your eyesight, you will welcome factory fiber optics like I did. Colt does not sell those.

45crittergitter
April 1, 2013, 05:31 PM
If you shop around with patience, you may find a Baer, Brown, etc. slightly used for that price. Ask me how I know :D

For instance:

http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=704823

Johnny Lightning
April 1, 2013, 09:38 PM
I would look at an sti trojan, trp, SIG, or possibly a used les baer or Dan Wesson.

jamrock
April 12, 2013, 03:50 PM
You can't go wrong with a colt

JeffinPTC
April 12, 2013, 05:09 PM
I'm happy with my Sig Nitron Rail. It has an external extractor that some might not like, but has never once been a problem.

MarshallDodge
April 12, 2013, 05:17 PM
Dan Wesson Valor or a Springfield TRP would be my two choices.

I have seen them on the used market for $1,200 which would leave enough left over for a case of ammo. ;)

RCL
April 12, 2013, 09:38 PM
MSRP $999.00

http://www.1911r1.com/~/media/FB05A7EFDC85412D895CF2F43AD15172.ashx?w=570

orionengnr
April 12, 2013, 11:18 PM
If you want to put a ton of rounds down range, don't go with stainless as it can gall if not properly maintained.
Has anyone actually seen any galling on a modern stainless firearm?

I've heard of it in guns that were either junk or poorly designed. Using two slightly different compositions in the two large parts should prevent all troubles.

I haven't heard of galling since early S&W M66s, and that's quite a while back. I've heard about it in S&Ws that were well used and poorly maintained. Do some more reading up, but honestly I believe you will find it a non issue.

Dlowe167
April 12, 2013, 11:42 PM
Dan Wesson CCO,Ruger SR1911,Sig Sauer 1911. In that order,by price & Quality

tarosean
April 13, 2013, 02:35 AM
Has anyone actually seen any galling on a modern stainless firearm?

I've heard of it in guns that were either junk or poorly designed. Using two slightly different compositions in the two large parts should prevent all troubles.

I haven't heard of galling since early S&W M66s, and that's quite a while back. I've heard about it in S&Ws that were well used and poorly maintained. Do some more reading up, but honestly I believe you will find it a non issue.



If you hang out on 1911 boards you still see it from time to time. Is it extremely prevalent? NO. However, when you have owners of mid-tier to semi-custom reporting on it, seems to me that it still exists. You dont see it in the cheaper 1911's cause they typically have cast frames.

Some are attributing it to the extreme tolerances modern 1911's have and of course poor maintenance, etc.

I only own two SS autos, not for worry over galling. It's just I prefer blue/black pistols.

Danrutenberg
April 13, 2013, 08:46 AM
Dan Wesson valor by far. Beats a Springfield in my opinion and the customer service from DW is sooooo good and personal they treat you like a valued customer not just another number who bought the product. My valor is so well built and locks up like a bank vault with a trigger that breaks like glass at 4.5lb but its so clean no mush you would like its 2.5lb


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arizona_cards_11
April 13, 2013, 12:14 PM
A post-2010 Dan Wesson Valor/V-bob that has been lightly used may get you under the $1500 mark.

SwampWolf
April 14, 2013, 04:41 PM
I don't think you can beat a SIG 1911 for the money you're looking to spend.

tuckerdog1
April 14, 2013, 04:53 PM
This is from another forum. But I understand the author is a member here as well. Interesting reading. He has grouped the pistols ( all 1911s ) by price range. So just scroll to the price range you're in and start reading.

http://www.1911addicts.com/showthread.php?511-Buyer-s-guide-for-all-you-1911-addicts...

Tuckerdof1

gym
April 15, 2013, 10:40 AM
I must comment that the R1, is an under rated gun. I had the low end model when they were 6 and change, and it shot as well as any colt I ever had. I didn't like the mags, "megar" , probably spelled wrong, but I changed them out for McCormick and it was as accurate as it could be. I foolishly traded it for a EMP.
I would like to shoot the enhanced version. The trigger was one of the best stock triggers I ever felt.

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