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1911 for around $800

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by bullzeye8, Sep 1, 2014.

  1. TfflHndn

    TfflHndn Active Member

    Apr 27, 2013
    Gig Harbor, WA
    Did you see the Remington R1 enhanced on grabagun? Looks like a great value.
  2. Skyshot

    Skyshot Active Member

    Jan 23, 2011
    I think the Ruger is a steal at $640.
  3. tipoc

    tipoc Senior Member

    Mar 9, 2006
    The Colt will be your best choice. The materials of construction are second to none and it is a basic 1911.

  4. handloader357

    handloader357 New Member

    Aug 27, 2010
    My most recent 1911 is a 5 inch Ruger. Great bang for your buck and made in the USA. I also happen to love the looks of the Ruger. My National Match Colt does group better, but the Ruger is still very respectable in the accuracy department.

    I do also have a Phillipines made ATI 1911. Its a well made gun and their customer service was great in resolving some minor issues, but maybe I'm old fashioned as I like my American made stuff better.

    Ive heard good things about the Remington and Springfield guns too but haven't had any experience with them. I have a personal deep rooted hatred for Springfield related to another product so I will not give them any of my business. I may have gotten the Remington, but found a great deal locally on the Ruger.
  5. Armor Snail

    Armor Snail Active Member

    Aug 29, 2013
    Tisas GI

    Then $400 of upgrades, ammo, and holsters.

  6. 243winxb

    243winxb Mentor

    Jul 7, 2004
    Hopewell Big Woods
  7. UKWildcatFan

    UKWildcatFan Active Member

    Nov 4, 2009
    St. Louis metro
    Springfield Loaded stainless was my first handgun, let alone 1911. It'll never be sold, as it's STILL my favorite of my plethora of handguns.
  8. Bristol Mt.Man

    Bristol Mt.Man New Member

    Apr 15, 2012
    The last handgun I purchased was a Sig Sauer Match Elite. 1911 style, in 40 S&W. Absolutely no complaints here. Gun is solid, reliable, and shoots better than I can. I paid $838, plus shipping. Happy shopping.
  9. Damon555

    Damon555 Active Member

    Jul 7, 2008
    The south
    A Kimber Custom II will fit the bill nicely......
  10. AFK

    AFK New Member

    May 28, 2010
    I used to be a Kimber fan and I still own 2 that I really like, but I recently found out that their customer service stinks. PM me if you want the horrid details but I would go with a company that will actually take care of their customers and have competent people working on their firearms. My next 1911 will be Dan Wesson
  11. wlewisiii

    wlewisiii Participating Member

    Jan 1, 2010
    Hayward, WI
    ^^^^This. Once you've put several thousand rounds through that RIA you'll realize that all you get from $pringfield is a prettier finish. Or perhaps a pretty picture of a dancing pony is worth the extra money... :evil: The RIA Tactical is the best value in 1911's on the market right now.
  12. Chocolate Bayou

    Chocolate Bayou Member

    Dec 23, 2013
    Brazoria County, TX
    My last buy was a Colt Government in 38 Super. If you have never shot one, it's a blast and very accurate. Next gun will be a Colt CommanderXSE in stainless. I like Colts and Springfields over the Dan Wesson or Sig, et. al until you are ready to step up for Ed Brown.A good medium of the road would be a STI Trojan. Dawson Precision and Brazos Custom usually have them for @ $1050.00.
  13. damienph

    damienph New Member

    Feb 2, 2009
    East Central Kansas
    accurate 1911s

    Bullseye8, between the models that you have narrowed it down to; I have no experience with any of the Dan Wesson models, however I do own Kimber and SA 1911s. I have 2 Colts, 2 SAs and 1 Kimber, a pre series II Custom model. It is the most accurate of the five that I currently own. My son has a Custom II and an RIA Tactical. The RIA is a decent shooter and a very nice gun for the money but at the risk of offending many of the posters here, it is not in the same class as the Kimber in either accuracy or quality.

    Accuracy is most important to me; the Kimber Custom and the SA Range Officer are accurate pistols, I would choose either of those. For the use that you plan for it adjustable sights would be fine, actually preferable, for a range or target gun.

    The Dan Wesson may be also a good choice, I just don't have the experience to know.
  14. HisSoldier

    HisSoldier Participating Member

    Sep 26, 2007
    For function and value there is nothing better, for my money, than my RIA, I love that gun! Paid $350 for it. There is something so satisfying about getting such a great gun so cheap, true capitalism in action.
    If you want a high quality 1911 you will probably never regret buying a DW, I have 3 of them. Just sliding that precision artwork slide back is a joy! If I had to go to one gun I'd keep the DW 10MM. The RIA would also be hard to give up though.
  15. Zach S

    Zach S Mentor

    Jun 30, 2003
    Western NC/East TN
    Dont overlook the used market. Years ago I picked up a Stainless 1991A1 for $500 or $550. None of my Series I Kimbers cost more than $650. Looked at a few loaded Springers for around $650 to $675... I could go on.

    For a new pistol, if you want an adjustable rear sight, I'd look at a Springfield Range Officer or STI Spartan.
  16. benzy2

    benzy2 Senior Member

    Apr 24, 2008
    I'm sure most options listed here would serve you well. I waited and spent a little extra on an STI Trojan and don't regret it in the slightest. 1911 owners are a fickle crowd. Spend less than I did and you are waisting your money on cheap junk. Spend more than I did and you are waisting your money on over priced features that don't make the gun better.

    We are a very visual creature. We like to make comparisons based on what our eyes tell us. Problem is, a crappy 1911 can have a nice blue and a great 1911 can have an average finish. The vast majority of 1911's look the same from under the counter glass. Honestly, if you put a little bit of work into a trigger job on an RIA, I'm guessing the majority of casual shooters wouldn't know it to be anything less than a top end 1911. To be truthful, there are differences between a $500, $1000, $1500, and $3000 1911. The harder part is first being able to understand what all those differences really mean and then being able to determine if they make a difference to what you want and how you shoot.

    I'd suggest starting with a cheap but well regarded 1911 until I became familiar with the gun. Once you've shot one enough to understand what matters to you, then spend bigger bucks buying the features you want and skipping the ones you don't. If you aren't familiar with the gun itself, its hard to know what you really care to pay for and what's well worth the money. None of the options listed in this thread are bad choices in general, but they all aren't necessarily the best choice for you in particular either. So, I'd grab an RIA, shoot the sin out of it, and then down the road buy the right gun to fit the needs you then understand. As long as you buy a well regarded brand, you won't make a bad choice though if its the best choice can really only be answered after you have learned the gun in and out and found the best fit for your wants.
  17. nathan

    nathan Mentor

    Feb 4, 2003
    Order of battle.


    Those are my pick...
  18. Stevie-Ray

    Stevie-Ray Senior Member

    Feb 22, 2003
    Mitchi-gun, the Sunrise Side
    Have to agree.
  19. silicosys4

    silicosys4 Senior Member

    Jun 29, 2012
    If you are willing to spend the money, the Colt is the way to go IMO.
    Not wanting to bad mouth RIA, I had one of their budget 1911's, and for what it was it was pretty good. It was no Colt though, and shot way off poa. The sights were pretty basic too. But as has been mentioned, they are a gun you can buy for $350, shoot for years, then sell for $350 when you are ready to move up or move on. It's hard to lose money on a cheap ria.
    I have two 1991a1's and fwiw they are more accurate than my RIA was, and they are more accurate and reliable than my sig sauer 1911 is.
    Something else to consider. If you have any interests in the .460 Rowland conversion....and who wouldn't, right? :D.....the ria and a few other budget 1911's aren't recommended.

    I have no experience with the other brands mentioned, so I can't speak for them.
  20. CoalTrain49

    CoalTrain49 Participating Member

    Jan 10, 2014
    I just purchased a Colt 01991 for about $850. I like Colts as I've had several. Springfield would be my second choice if you can't swing a Colt. Colt will hold it's value better though.

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