Best 1911 Pistol-$1,500.00 and Below


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Killer Angel
April 3, 2004, 11:47 AM
If you could choose a single stack 1911 pistol in the $1,500.00 and below price range,what would it be?And why?
THANKS.


Killer Angel

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Michael Zeleny
April 3, 2004, 12:54 PM
If you could choose a single stack 1911 pistol in the $1,500.00 and below price range,what would it be?And why?
Get a SIG P210. It is the ultimate refinement of the Browning-Petter tilting barrel breech lock design, improving on the 1911 in every respect.

Soap
April 3, 2004, 01:18 PM
Glock.


Just kidding! I like the Les Baer TRS the best simply because I've shot that one the most out of the guns in this price range. I also wouldn't hesitate to buy a pair of Colt NRMs and then toss out any of the junky parts.

pittspilot
April 3, 2004, 01:48 PM
Valtro

1911Tuner
April 3, 2004, 02:02 PM
Find a nice Colt manufactured about 1935...get some good magazines...

Alternate:

Buy two stone stock Norincos...have the triggers SLIGHTLY cleaned up
to a smooth 5.5-6 pound "rollout" break...buy good magazines and spend the rest on a buttload of ammo...

corruptone
April 3, 2004, 02:19 PM
I'd say a Rock River Arms would be my first choice followed closely by an STI Trojan if I wanted to save a little money.

Rinspeed
April 3, 2004, 08:11 PM
I would have to say Valtro or Rock River.

Rinspeed

Marshall
April 3, 2004, 09:11 PM
Agree on the Sig P210 and an array of STI's.

Also, Springfield's TRP, Trophy Match and Operator

Dienekes
April 4, 2004, 01:59 AM
Hell, they're all just bullet launchers. Springfield Mil-Spec 1911. Everything you need and nothing you don't.

Spend the rest on practice ammo, a Dillon, or a course at Gunsite--whichever will give you the most "bang for the buck". If you're determined to blow the extra $600 then spend it in a way that will really accomplish something.

ruger357
April 4, 2004, 08:10 AM
Agree with Dienekes. You can always add on custom parts at your liesure.

Tamara
April 4, 2004, 09:17 AM
Gotta disagree with you, Tuner. Steel does a lot of things over the course of seventy years, and getting stronger isn't one of them. Besides, if you're looking for a shooter, and you found a mechanically tight, cosmetically cherry 1935 Colt, do you really want to be looking over your shoulder for a mob of cranky old Colt collectors with dogs, torches, and pitchforks every time you take it to the range? ;) My experience with Norincos has been that while many of them are indeed nice guns, others leave me feeling like Goldilocks: "This one's not hard enough. This one's too hard. Ah, this one is just right." Sometimes different parts on the same gun appeared to be from entirely different factories: a slide & frame that were harder than woodpecker lips, and small parts that would peen up if you looked at them cross-eyed, or vice versa. The good ones, though, were very good indeed.

$1500, if spent right, can buy a very good 1911, and can get you completely out of the realm of MIM & plastic bits. Rock River, Valtro, the Baer TRS mentioned above, STI's Trojan, the new SIG GSR, et cetera are all fine guns that completely Eclipse (get it?) high-end Kimbers, Colts and Springfields that are only a couple hundred cheaper.

1911Tuner
April 4, 2004, 09:56 AM
Tamara said:

Gotta disagree with you, Tuner.

'kay...:cool:
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Steel does a lot of things over the course of seventy years, and getting stronger isn't one of them.

True...but if it's good steel to start with, it ain't gettin' any weaker, neither.
:D
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Besides, if you're looking for a shooter, and you found a mechanically tight, cosmetically cherry 1935 Colt, do you really want to be looking over your shoulder for a mob of cranky old Colt collectors with dogs, torches, and pitchforks every time you take it to the range?

Oh...I don't mind. When they ask me: "Where the HELLO did you find THAT???" I just grin, look innocent and tell'em I've got my sources:D

As for the Norincos...I've got limited personal experience with'em...but a
local custom smith has found them to be very consistent and very good
overall. Like any other mass-produced item, there's bound to be pretty wide variations in the run...so YMMV or course. Maybe the early lots were
better or worse than the later ones....or the mid-range. Who knows?

Cheers!

Tuner

Hal
April 4, 2004, 11:54 AM
Buy two stone stock Norincos... Tuner my friend, I hate to disagree with you on anything. Having said that (no trademark ;)), have you looked at the prices around the country on Noricos? In a lot of places (N.E. Ohio being one of them), Noricos have an almost cult following. Around here, they ain't no bargin. Prices have topped the 6 bill figure on some I've seen - stone stock. Not much left over for ammo or anything else.

1911Tuner
April 4, 2004, 12:07 PM
Hal said:

Around here, they ain't no bargin. Prices have topped the 6 bill figure on some I've seen...

:what:

Dang! Guess maybe I'd better amend that to ONE...and load up on mags,
ammo and other necessary stuff...

Wow...Who woulda think it? Around here, they go in the 350-400 dollar range. Wish I had my time to do over...:rolleyes:

Well...It ain't the first time I missed the call.:D

Cheers!

Tuner

Sven
April 4, 2004, 02:14 PM
Valtros are now more than $1500. ;(

Jardine raised the price twice and people are still lining up.

cratz2
April 4, 2004, 10:02 PM
If I had $1500 to spend on a 1911, I'd search the earth high and low for the best price I could find on a Springfield Pro and see how much change was in my couch... I've never seen one for $1500, but some time back, they could be found used for about $1800. That's what I'd shoot for.

Short of that, with a few months on your hands, I'd go for a Rock River. Beautiful guns... just short of perfect. The ungodly tightness of a couple Baers have turned me off from them in general but the TRS is suppsed to be as reliable as any Baer. The STI Trojan is a nice gun, generally outstanding but kinda ugly from an esthetics perspective... esp if you're in Cali. :eek:

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