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Another 1911 delema

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Sisco, Jan 3, 2003.

  1. Sisco

    Sisco Well-Known Member

    This is somewhat of a repeat of a couple of other threads going;

    First time 1911 buyer with somewhat limited funds.
    Went to my favorite shop this morning and got some prices.

    Springfield Loaded $675
    Kimber II, stainless $725 (down from $795) Could get a blued model for the same price as the Springfield.
    Colt series 80, no frills $575
    Used Charles Daily $395 - not really interested.

    Like the sights on the Kimber & Springfield better than the GI issue type on the Colt.

    Springfield grips were thicker than the rest, didn't feel that good in my hand. Could buy thinner grips but then there's more $$$$
  2. Ledbetter

    Ledbetter Well-Known Member

    Of those you listed, Springfield Loaded or the Colt with drop in rear sight from McCormick or other.

    If it's for carry, consider a standard Colt Commander-length with a sight upgrade. Beavertails can make concealed carry harder; I don't need or prefer them.
  3. Sisco

    Sisco Well-Known Member

    No carry in KS, so that's not an issue.
    Are there good aftermarket 'drop in' sights for the Colt? Compairing the Colt slide to the Kimber & Springfield it looks like it would take some machining to fit a Novak or similar style.
    Thinking about changing the grips on the Springfield, I'd probably end up putting different ones on the Kimber too, something showier (is that a word? :confused: ) than the factory rubber.
  4. Wakal

    Wakal Well-Known Member

    I'd avoid the Kimber II...only had two of the "latest and greatest" Kimbers through the shop so far, but both of them didn't go "bang" every time. That new firing pin block is horrible, IMO.

    Of the pistols listed, I'd take the Springfield, hands down.

    Sights? Why... www.brownells.com should be able to help you out if you decide to go Colt, or for grips should you want something different. 1911's were just made for accessories and modifications to suit individual taste.

  5. Pendragon

    Pendragon Well-Known Member

    I would say go for the Kimber SS.

    I think the Kimbers are fitted a little better than the Colts although individual examples vary enough.

    I would try and take someone who really knows 1911s and how they should be fitted and look at each individual gun.

    Too bad they probably will not let you take them apart or anything :p

    Honestly though - if you are looking at the mid 700 range, I would try and pony up a little more and get an STI Trojan - much better gun than all those mentioned.
  6. Sisco

    Sisco Well-Known Member

    "Too bad they probably will not let you take them apart or anything"
    That wouldn't be a problem at this shop. Phone numbers on my cell speed dial, have behind the counter privileges. :D
  7. dacinokc

    dacinokc Well-Known Member

    Is this planned as a long term keeper and development platform, or are you planning someday to "move up" on 45?
    If just a step along the way, of a sample to see if you like, go on at the lower end, and use 230 FMJ ammo. See if the action is for you, and if you like the gun. And pratice pratice and pratice. The 45 in a 1911 is a transferable skill between different makes and quality levels, but the control of the firing system requires a touch of disipline and pratice.
    Then consider the other guns on the list. Try before investing heavy. Just a suggestion.....
  8. 45R

    45R Well-Known Member

    I have a Kimber Custom II Target and its been great! No problems what so ever. I would look into a Kimber or one of the Colts with the newer roll mark.

    Shoot them before you plop the money on them.
  9. Jason Demond

    Jason Demond Well-Known Member

    I would go with the Springfield.:scrutiny:
  10. sant

    sant Member

    Sisco don`t lose sleep deciding which gun is better. You can`t go wrong with a Colt, Kimber or Springfield at those prices. Every brand has its pros and cons. I`ve seen Kimbers that worked great out of the box and I`ve had ones that I had to work on to get them to function.The same with Colts and Springfields. If cost is your main concern buy the Colt and don`t look back.
  11. 45Badger

    45Badger Well-Known Member

    Add a Springfield Milsspec to your list.

    Check out new model with Colt style contour on frontstrap and dust cover. Very accurate, pretty good sights, and very reliable. NIB should be out the door for under $500. There are a couple for sale on AR15.com
  12. VaughnT

    VaughnT Well-Known Member

    Sisco, go with the Colt...no question about it. I had a Springfield and parted with it. I don't feel bad about that.

    I now have a Colt S80 and love her to death. The best part about it is that the one you're looking at is at a good price, but is lower than everything else that you might hear is comparable.

    What I saw is that you will want to change parts out to make the gun more "yours". This is a fact of life and you've already made a comment about "showier" grips. That's an indication of tinkeritis.

    With the stock Colt, you can change out the milspec parts for the specific aftermarket tack that YOU want. Not some designer's idea of what you might want like you get on the Springfield and Kimbers. Don't like Novaks? Get MMC. Don't live Wilson Beavertails? Get Ed Brown. Don't like rosewood grips? Get any of the million others out there. You can make the gun exactly what you want without worrying about losing something valuable that you've paid for in the purchase price.

    I wish I had started with a box-stock Colt and I seriously encourage you to learn from my mistakes. I hope you have a thousand years of happiness with the JMB design.
  13. Sisco

    Sisco Well-Known Member

    Leaning towards the Colt.
    VaughnT has me pegged, I do have a bad case of "tinkeritis". I do not own a gun I haven't done something or other to.
    Might be fun to shoot it bone stock a while then if I decide I'm a 1911 kinda guy go ahead and start tweaking.
    Tried to check Colt's website, apparently it's not working.
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2003
  14. Kahr carrier

    Kahr carrier Well-Known Member

    The Colts are nice but the Series 80 has the firing pin lock. But you can fix them up pretty nice with the right parts and a good Gunsmith.:)
  15. Jspy

    Jspy Well-Known Member

    I'd go with one of the new roll marked Colts, but I may be prejudice. Add a little more to the kitty and look for one of the new model 70 series. I believe thats what Dane Burns is using on a lot of his build ups now. He does state its Colts best pistol he has seen.
  16. Wildalaska

    Wildalaska member

    Colt, Colt and more Colt..

    "if it aint got the dancin horse on it it aint a gun"
  17. Climb14er

    Climb14er Well-Known Member

    Have you taken a look at the new Dan Wesson Patriot?

    Got mine in late yesterday, Carbon steel blued, external extractor, great fit and finish, incredibly well constructed. Many think it's the best value for a 1911 with match target barrels and sights. 'Proofed' target enclosed in pistol case. Series 70 design with no firing pin block safety. Built like the way Kimbers were when first introduced in 1997. My pistol has a very low serial number. Incredibly priced to be very competitive. Good luck.
  18. Sisco

    Sisco Well-Known Member

    I was just reading Stephen A. Camps review of the Patriot at 1911 forums http://www.1911forum.com/dw_001_01.shtml
    Sounds impressive. What would one expect to spend on one?
    Was also checking the Springfield Gov. model.
    Seems the closer I get to having my mind made up the more confused I get! :scrutiny:
  19. Daguerre

    Daguerre Well-Known Member

    I've got a dozen 1911's including Colts, Kimbers, and Springfields. While all of them make some nice 1911's, the Kimber Series II is out - don't want that funky system, the Springfields just don't look or feel quite right to my taste, and I'd pick the Colt anyway! That basic Series 80 Government is gorgeous, feels like a dream in the hand, and is most likely to be trouble free right out of the box. Colt's new "dimpled" barrel throat design feeds all bullet profiles including "flying ashtrays" like a dream. And it's a bargain. Plus, if you ever decided to change any of it's features, it's an awesome base gun for a custom project. Don't worry about the Series 80 system, it's tried and true and very reliable. Of course if you want a Colt with no Series 80 system, there are the Government Series 70 re-issue guns, though they will run about $800. I hear that Colt is likely to issue a stainless version of the Series 70 in the next few months too! Colt lovers can rejoice! :D
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2003
  20. Sean Smith

    Sean Smith Well-Known Member

    The new Colt Goverment Models are excellent guns. They are real step up over the old 1991A1... nice blue finish, aluminum triggers, rosewood grips, accurate and reliable guns all around. Don't confuse "frills" like different grip safties and sights with actual quality.

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