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Best non-custom 1911 for the $

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Timradcliffe345, Mar 8, 2009.

  1. What non-custom shop 1911 is the best bang for the buck? I am looking for an uber reliable 1911. Thanks.
  2. kentucky_smith

    kentucky_smith Well-Known Member

    Rock Island
  3. Throwingdown

    Throwingdown Well-Known Member

    A million choices - first you have to define how many bucks.
    For the under 700.00 range, go with a springfield or a Colt 1991
    Over 1K to 2K - Les Baer
    2K and up - Les Baer, Ed Brown, Wilson Combat, Nighthawk.

    Have read mixed reviews on the Sig. 45ACP style and the S&W.

    Had a few Kimbers myself, bad luck with the ones I had.
  4. Lone_Gunman

    Lone_Gunman Well-Known Member

    Smith and Wesson, by far. They are more likely to be reliable out of the box than any other brand, and if you do have a problem, they actually have a customer service dept that can fix your problem.
  5. rbernie

    rbernie Well-Known Member

    My basic $700 Kimber Custom II has been far more satisfying than any of my other Colt, Springfield, or Para 1911s.

    I swore off Kimbers a number of years ago, but within the last 18 months have gotten several and I am very pleased with them all. No more Series II safety issues, and so far their reliability has been 100% over several thousand rounds each.
  6. Jason_G

    Jason_G Well-Known Member

    Dan Wesson. Bar none IMHO.

  7. slabuda

    slabuda Well-Known Member

    Best non custom 1911 for the $$
    Dan Wesson IMO I did a bunch of looking/research and thats what I got.
    Tight, accurate, reliable.
  8. HexHead

    HexHead Well-Known Member

    What happened to the $700-1000 range? Id go with a Colt.

    In the $500-600 range, the new Para GI Expert looks promising.
  9. Big Daddy Grim

    Big Daddy Grim Well-Known Member

    Cheap but good Para GI and the Taurus PT 1911 not the best by far but for the money damn hard to beat.
  10. Geno

    Geno Well-Known Member

    In alphabetic order:

    Colt :rolleyes: <<You all saw that coming>>
    Kimber "Custom" :eek: <<Did I admit that?!>>
    Rock Island :eek: <<Must...resist...urge...to...buy>>

  11. PT1911

    PT1911 Well-Known Member

    taurus PT1911... no doubt....!!!
  12. bannockburn

    bannockburn Well-Known Member

    You would be hard pressed to overlook the RIA Tactical, which I have seen going for $489. I did some customizing on a friends RIA and was impressed by the overall fit and finish of the gun, and even more impressed by what he paid for it.
  13. FM12

    FM12 Well-Known Member

  14. Nero_Atrum

    Nero_Atrum Well-Known Member

    I got another vote for Dan Wesson here.
  15. snakeman

    snakeman Well-Known Member

    springfield mil-spec

    MICHAEL T Well-Known Member

    Dan Wesson then Colt
  17. Thomas Garrett

    Thomas Garrett Well-Known Member

    RIA Tactical, or the Springfield Mil-Spec. The RIA is better because of the "custom" standard additions.
  18. broken

    broken Well-Known Member


    i would look for a 500.00 doller norinco on gunbroker,people go nuts bidding on these,hard to find sometimes,but use the buy it now button.i just whacked my 100th post,im a senoir member now"cool".
  19. Taffnevy

    Taffnevy Well-Known Member

    STI Trojan
  20. robctwo

    robctwo Well-Known Member

    I own a SA Black Stainless Loaded and a S&W1911PD Commander with CT laser grips. I liked the S&W trigger much better out of the box. I think Dan Wesson is every bit as good, if not better at this price point.

    At the lower end I have no experience.

    I own an Ed Brown Exec. Target and 2 Les Baer PIIs, one in .45 and one in 9mm. For me these are more value than the $900 guns. Not everyone wants to put that much money into a pistol, even though you will put many times that amount into ammunition if you shoot much. If you don't shoot much, it doesn't matter.

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