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Best 1911 Clone?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Woody_in_MN, Aug 24, 2005.

  1. Woody_in_MN

    Woody_in_MN Well-Known Member

    Kind of a spin of from another thread. Those true blood 1911's bring big bucks! How makes the best 1911 clone in a 45acp?

    - w
  2. Peter M. Eick

    Peter M. Eick Well-Known Member

    Best Clone? I think that Baer makes the best clone, but I guess Wilson does ok if you like a looser gun.
  3. Ankeny

    Ankeny Well-Known Member

    Any number of custom smiths can assemble a 1911 that will put Wilson and Baer to shame. However, the gun might require financing.
  4. Seraph

    Seraph Well-Known Member

    Look into a Springfield Armory GI or Mil Spec. These are true M1911-A1 style pistols, and just about every part but the firing pin will interchange with a USGI pistol. You can probably find the GI model for about $450, or maybe a little less. Price is low for the high quality, because the forged frame and slide are made in Brazil.
  5. kbr80

    kbr80 member

  6. gringolet

    gringolet Well-Known Member

    commercial manufacture

    for commercially produced any good brand will suffice...
    Para Ordnance
    all good.. these will shoot as well or better than most of us can...and the difference in quality among them is modest

    for custom, I agree that any good pistolsmith can build you a fine
    pistol...check places like ten ring precision in San Antonio for good work
    and fair prices...and you can help select the frame, barrel, etc.
  7. Safety First

    Safety First Well-Known Member

    There are as many answers to that question as there members on this forum.....Lots of great 1911's out there. The only one I have owned is a S&W 1911 SC and I am very happy for the most part with it, a few minor complaints but just that, minor....You may want to visit www.1911forum.com as there is a wealth of info there...Do a search here and on the 1911 forum and you will find enough info to help you make the best decision for you.....good luck....
  8. Brian Williams

    Brian Williams Moderator Emeritus

    SA WWII or GI
    Dan Wesson Now CZ
    Daly (sometimes)
  9. Black Majik

    Black Majik Well-Known Member

    Production gun wise?

    STI/SVI, Les Baer, Nighthawk, Ed Brown, Rock River, Colt :D
  10. mattw

    mattw Well-Known Member

    Never had the pleasure of shooting a Norinco, they are pretty hard to find. I would say Springfield Armory, they seem to be the least willing to cop-out and impliment a firing pin saftey.
  11. MachIVshooter

    MachIVshooter Well-Known Member

    What about the friggin' ILS on the MSH? I love Springers, but the first thing to do when you get one is buy a new MSH from Brownell's. Personally, I have no problem with Series 80 passive safeties, but I am fine without them too.
  12. Rinspeed

    Rinspeed Well-Known Member

    Les Baer gets my vote.
  13. ruger357

    ruger357 Well-Known Member

  14. MechAg94

    MechAg94 Well-Known Member

    I have a used ParaOrdnance P14-45. It is a reliable and accurate gun for me. I like the 14 round mag also. The thicker grip for the double stack mag works well for me. I shoot it better than my others. Some may not like it. My Springfield mil-spec is a nice gun also. :)

    I do not use them for competition so my standards may not be the same as others.
  15. eclipse1

    eclipse1 Well-Known Member

    les baer for me
  16. Seraph

    Seraph Well-Known Member

    Guys, I took it from this part of his post that he was looking for a 1911 that would NOT cost big bucks. I don't think Les Baer will get him there.
  17. ZenMasterJG

    ZenMasterJG Well-Known Member

    I don't really see a problem with the ILS, as i've never heard of it causing a problem with function or making the trigger any less beautiful then any of the non-ILS Springfields i've fired. So, if it has ILS, the solution follows:
    Step 1) Unlock ILS
    Step 2) Throw ILS key in trash/garbage disposal/furnace/melt it with a blowtorch
    Step 3) Never worry about it again ;)
  18. Woody_in_MN

    Woody_in_MN Well-Known Member

    I think used Rock Islands can be had for around $300.

    - w
  19. Peter M. Eick

    Peter M. Eick Well-Known Member


    The guy asked who makes the best clone. Not who can build the best gun. There are those smiths out there that can take a baer frame, a colt slide and a bunch of parts and work wizardry, but in my mind it is a composite gun. He asked who makes the best clone.

    There are very few real companies making a complete clone. Off the top of my head:

    I don't think any one else is building complete guns. You can even argue baer does not because he does not make his own springs. Other companies like DW's make some parts but the bulk is just parts out of a catalog assembled.

    Just my thoughts (as a Baer owner).
  20. scott.cr

    scott.cr Well-Known Member

    Personally I would toss it up between Springfield and Kimber, with preference on Kimber, but only because the slides and frames are U.S. made and the Springfield's major parts are made in Brazil. (Not on all their guns though; the highline guns' parts are made here too.)

    Having said that, I do feel that Springfields are better fitted than Kimbers. But, Kimbers have great barrels. If you get one of the cheaper Kimbers and put a gunsmith-fit bushing in it, it will put 50 rounds through a fist-sized hole at 25 yards.

    I recently purchased an SW1911 and disliked the small parts. They're all poorly made. Slide and frame are very, very nice though. (IIRC, S&W makes Kimber's slides and frames too.) The SW1911 was the roughest stock 1911 I've seen in terms of parts. The barrel muzzle had an awfully done crown and actually had sharp edges that would catch my clothing. It was pretty accurate though, just nasty to deal with.

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