Rock Island Armory makes a 1911 in 38 super. I don't know much about it. I am looking for one too, I got a Sig 220 in 38 super while I was looking/waiting.
September 23, 2013, 10:58 PM
UK, I have owned some Colt Supers ( Combat Commander,Series '70 Government and Colt Custom Shop "Special Combat Government" ) as well as Kimber Target II and STI Trojan. For plinking/recreational use,I'd recommend a full sized pistol with 5" barrel and adjustable sights, especially if ypu're going to be using anything but the standard 130 grain ball ammo, reloading,etc.
The regular production Colts are very good guns, but the current Government Models just have the little fixed sights. I think there is a .38 Super Commander available with Novaks. The Colts use the traditional unramped barrel. I've come to prefer the ramped type barrel with my .38 Super and 9MM 1911s. For me, the ramped type barrels have demonstrated trouble free feed reliability with any bullet shape or type. My Kimber Target II was just excellent all around. Good fit of barrel/slide/frame, very good accuracy,decent trigger and Absolutely reliable with any factory or reloaded ammo I tried. Just a very good gun within your price range. Earlier this year, I bought an STI Trojan .38 Super with bull barrel. While I prefer stainless and the STI is blue, I have been more impressed with the STI than any of my previous Supers, even edging out the Kmber Target II just due to even more precise barrel/slide/frame fit and excellent trigger with the same reliability. Anyway, this is just one old guy's experience with Supers over the past 40 years or so. You have some very good options in the 1K, or just over,price range. All of the above makers build good Supers, IMHO. ..
September 24, 2013, 10:47 AM
Right now, I own three Colts in .38 Super. The first is a current issue Series 1991 Government Model, a Series 80 Mark IV Government Model, and a LWT Commander marketed by Talo. Of the three, only the Talo had any issues. I used some Fiocchi ammo that seemed underpowered. I had several failures to feed. However, after switching to Winchester and Cor-Bon, it has run flawlessly, and it's my daily carry gun.
The Colts ranged in price from $800 (Series 80), to $1,200 (LWT Commander); so that would be within your price range.
I also own a Springfield 1911-A1, and it's a great shooter.
If I ever run across a Kimber, it will probably come home with me, also.
September 24, 2013, 11:31 AM
Over the years I have had several full size M1911s in .38 Super but my favorite ones in this caliber are the Commander/Combat Commander size guns. For some reason the overall size and balance just feel perfect to me. My latest is a Colt Lightweight Commander with a stainless slide, enhanced features, and Novak sights.
September 24, 2013, 12:04 PM
Get on the phone and call Advanced Tactical in Pahrump, NV. Ask them if RIA offers a target or match model in .38 Super, and where to get one.
September 24, 2013, 02:18 PM
I have had two .38 Supers. One was a Colt LW Commander and it had failure-to-feed issues from day one. It was the most frustrating pistol I have ever owned.
I now have a Kimber Pro Carry HD (stainless slide and receiver). The Kimber has a ramped barrel and it has literally NEVER failed to feed. It's a great shooting pistol. I don't know how much they cost now - I've had this one for several years and several thousand rounds.
September 26, 2013, 07:59 AM
Not quite a 38s, but I have had the Kimber Target II in 9L for 2 years. Ramped barrel feeds very well on everything except plastic tipped HPs. Doesnt matter to me because I only use it for ball. A little tempermental if you dont keep the extractor clean
September 26, 2013, 08:05 AM
I have an Sti Trojan in .38 super, great handgun :)
September 26, 2013, 05:40 PM
FYI, if you're buying a RI...give it a couple of months. They just changed the logo across the board to something you'll love:
Another option is a Springfield Armory. I don't think they catalog one now, but you can buy a 9mm and send it to the custom shop for a 38 Super barrel. I did that with a stainless loaded target and it'll shoot either barrel. Springfield 9mm is ramped, so the Super is also ramped.
Then I got a chance to buy a like new Springer Milspec Super from a fine fellow on this forum.
September 27, 2013, 06:46 AM
Say, ever hear of the 9x23 Winchester? Just saying.
September 27, 2013, 07:48 AM
Yep, but you are more likely to find .38 super ammo than 9x23.
Of course, you can run a 9x23 reamer into a .38 super barrel, tweak the extractor and shoot both. Not a recommended idea, but possible.
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