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Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by roper031495, Nov 29, 2013.

  1. roper031495

    roper031495 New Member

    I'm looking to buy a 45 1911 but i dont want to pay 1,000 + for a big name brand i have been looking at either an ATI, Rock Island, or a Citidel but i cant find any reviews on them. Does anyone have one of these three and how do u like them?
  2. 19-3Ben

    19-3Ben Well-Known Member

    You say you don't want to spend $1000 but all the guns you mention are in the $500 range. What's your actual Budget? There's a lot between $500 and $1000. That said the ones you have mentioned, especially the RIA have a good rep.
  3. PJSprog

    PJSprog Well-Known Member

    19-3Ben is right. You can get many offerings from "big name brands" for under $1000.

    I have an RIA Tactical .45, and like it a lot. Paid under $500 for it, with Pachmayr American Legend grip.
  4. jhop73

    jhop73 Well-Known Member

    I picked up a Kimber Custom II this summer for $689 new. i have put around 1000 rounds thru it without a problem. i did add a set of Mepro light night sights but otherwise it is stock.
  5. Hunterdad

    Hunterdad Well-Known Member

    I have a Rock Island Match and love it. Pretty sure I paid $550 or so for it. It's a lot of gun for the money.
  6. bds

    bds Well-Known Member

    Here's one review THR's sister website did on RIA Tactical - http://www.shootingreviews.com/rock-island-armory-1911a1/

    When I was looking for a 1911, I handled and ranged tested various brand pistols and settled on a railed Sig 1911. During my range tests, I got to shoot new RIA Tactical models fresh out of the box and I was impressed. I suggested it to a friend who was looking for an entry level 1911 and he was happy with the purchase.

    Since then, we have put 6000+ rounds of various factory and reloads. The RIA Tactical barrel chamber is tapered with wider mouth so it will reliably feed/chamber even sloppy SWC lead reloads and keep on firing when dirty.

    As to accuracy, it produces comparable shot groups at 7-10 yards and opens up slightly more at 15-25 yards compared to my Sig 1911. I used Chip McCormick 8 round power mags mostly but the factory magazines have worked well too. Only thing that needed to be replaced since purchase has been the recoil springs and we used Wilson Combat and Wolff Variable Power springs.
  7. orionengnr

    orionengnr Well-Known Member

    I have a friend who just bought a Ruger SR1911 for $619, and I have seen that same price several times lately.

    For my money, I would take the stainless steel, American-made Ruger over any of the Filipino or Turkish 1911s.

    And yes, I had one of the Filipino 1911s. Once.
  8. Quick Shot xMLx

    Quick Shot xMLx Well-Known Member

    What's your price range? One that I would highly recommend around $700 is the Magnum Research "Desert Eagle" 1911. One of the most underrated 1911s out there and hands down the best trigger in its class. I've put 1k+ rounds through mine without a single failure.
  9. jtsteiert

    jtsteiert Active Member

    Springfield Mil Spec is a awesome $500-$600 gun in my parts... I have one that is by far my favorite, not to fancy that you don't mind changing out parts on yourself. Plus its a great range gun. Hard to go wrong with a Springfield 1911, if you want more fancy but within your limit of under a $1,000.00 look at the range officer, those are around $800-$900 almost everywhere I turn.
    Just my $.02 worth.

    OARNGESI Well-Known Member

    buds has the rock island gi model for $329 shipped right now, it would be hard to beat that.
  11. Mick_W

    Mick_W Well-Known Member

    Buds gun shop has a special on the RIA 1911 for $350. I have around 10k rounds through mine and going strong even with cheap mags its going strong.
  12. Jim K

    Jim K Well-Known Member

    The Remingtons run about $700 and they are pretty good guns.

  13. TfflHndn

    TfflHndn Well-Known Member

    I have an ATI Thunderbolt (full size, with rail) and it is a very good pistol. I also have the Citadel compact with Hogue grips. Also very good. The ATI needed a Wolff spring right away, but other than that it has operated flawlessly. I will probably do something with the sights on the Citadel; plain black is too hard to pick up in low light. Very happy with both of them.
  14. Lantern

    Lantern Well-Known Member

    I have a Sig 1911(brand new) in 45 as well as a S&W 9mm pro series 1911(like new) for well under 1000 on gunbroker at 725 and 875 respectively. They are both a lot of gun for the money. The STI Trojan can be had riiiiight at 1000-1100 and is the next 1911 on my hit list.

    However, if you wanna go even lower than that then it's hard to deny the downright sexy and american made Ruger sr1911. Now not near as sexy but smoother running is the STI spartan. Both can be had around 550-650.
  15. Spats McGee

    Spats McGee Moderator

  16. tuj

    tuj Well-Known Member

    STI Spartan should be on your list. Great gun.
  17. smalls

    smalls Well-Known Member

    Then you haven't looked. At all. Google.
  18. pendennis

    pendennis Well-Known Member

    Springfield Armory sells the Range Officer, which is well under your $1K limit. It has a ton of features on it for under $800. Then, you can spend the $200 savings on ammo.

    And, unless your heart is set on new, there are any number of used Colts, S&W, Kimber, Springfield, Sig, etc., out there for well under $1K. There are always folks who buy and trade in, looking for the holy grail.
  19. kbheiner7

    kbheiner7 Well-Known Member

    It really depends on your preferences - I prefer a modernized version with better sights, ring hammer and extended thumb safety. Because of that preference, I'd look for a used gun with those options. If you prefer a more classic setup, the Springer Mil Spec is a god option. RI guns are ok, but a step down in fit and finish, imo.
  20. gym

    gym member

    The SR1911 commander was on sale for 599 from Sportsman's Warehouse for Black Friday. That's a pretty good deal, too bad they aren't in FL.

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