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Cheap 1911

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by clintonwelding1, Aug 20, 2007.

  1. What company makes a cheap 1911? Around the $300-$500 range. A website would be appreciated. Thanks
  2. spyderdude

    spyderdude Well-Known Member

    I would say Rock Island Armory or maybe Norinco. You may also be able to find a NIB Springfield GI45, or a used Mil-Spec, maybe the Taurus PT1911.
  3. lev83

    lev83 Well-Known Member

    spyderdude is correct. My vote goes for the Rock Island. Just do a search for Rock Island or Armscor and you should find what you are looking for.
  4. Rob96

    Rob96 Well-Known Member

    For $400 to $500 you should be able to find a new Springfield GI or Mil-Spec.
    I found a Mil-Spec with only 50 rounds through it for $366.
  5. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

    Rock Island .45's start a'round $359
    Springfield Armory parkerized WW-II G.I.'s from $469.88
    Springfield Armory parkerized MIL SPEC's from 'bout $579.88
  6. combatantr2

    combatantr2 Well-Known Member

    Not to bash the others, but of the three mentioned i'd go with the NORINCO, if you can find one.
  7. crankshop1000

    crankshop1000 Well-Known Member

    The Rock is the best buy of the bunch.The Rock is inexpensive to buy, but not cheap by any measure.

    WOODROW Well-Known Member

    I like the Springfield Armory, I have 3 1911's and the 4"XD, GREAT handguns. Check out this web site for a large selection of all types of .45's at all levels of prices including A LOT with those you set. I have ordered several firarms from them through my dealer and have had GREAT service and no problems. HOPE THIS HELPS

    R&Rarms 218-759-1866
  9. Kevin108

    Kevin108 Well-Known Member

    As a Springfield GI owner, I say go for the Rock Island. If I knew where I was going to wind up with my 1911, that's where I'd have started.
  10. Zen21Tao

    Zen21Tao Well-Known Member

    Let me say that I have a Springfield "loaded", Norinco, Sig GSR, a couple of Kimbers, and a couple of Para Ordnance LDAs. I would say, for the best quality-to-price ratio, go with a Norinco or save up an extra $100 and go for an STI Spartan.

    Norincos are famous for their extremely durable solid steel construction, they are made 100% to Colt 1911 Mil-spec and have great "out of the box" accuracy.

    As for the STI, STI is famous for their $1500+ match grade guns. They want they manage to produce the Spartan at such a great price, which you can find for around $550, is that they use Rock Island frames to build on. So, for a couple hundred dollars more than a stock Rock Island, you can get one built into a match grade shooter quality 1911 by a very well respected company.

    STI homepage for the Spartan

    Where to buy the Spartan

    Video of the Spartan
  11. Loucks

    Loucks Well-Known Member

    You can get a Rock Island Tactical model for under $400. It's a solid 1911 with a beavertail, commander hammer, good ambi safety, and Novak-style sights. Also, you can't beat the support offered by Advanced Tactical (the importer) with a stick. They'll go the extra mile to make sure you're happy.

  12. cdrt

    cdrt Well-Known Member

    You might want to check out High Standard. They have a mil-spec .45 that has an MSRP of $539 but you could probably find it on Gunbroker for less.
  13. mrcpu

    mrcpu Well-Known Member

    I can't imagine *wanting* to go with High standard... Get the RIA, be happy. Have 2, see my smile?
  14. Hacker15E

    Hacker15E Well-Known Member

    Since the RIA and the High Standard are the same gun with different rollmarks, I don't see why you'd choose the more expensive version over the less expensive one.
  15. armed85

    armed85 Well-Known Member

    Is the whole gun MIM?
  16. SAS Mayhem

    SAS Mayhem Active Member

    +1 Go for the Rock
  17. mrcpu

    mrcpu Well-Known Member

    I'd never heard that RIA made the HS. I don't think it's mentioned on the 1911 site, like the STI, old CD's, etc.

    Anyway, the 1911 forum site has lots of good info on rock island 1911's. Most parts are forged, a few MIM parts for stuff that doesn't matter.

    I have 2 of them, love 'em both, for the price, you can't go wrong.
  18. clone

    clone Well-Known Member

  19. theboondocksaints22

    theboondocksaints22 Well-Known Member

    rock island all the way i have a mil spec 1911 and plan on geting the tac soon
  20. ArfinGreebly

    ArfinGreebly Moderator Emeritus

    Rock Island

    I've done hours of handling and scrutiny on different brands, comparable models.

    If I could find a Taurus for the same price as the Rock Island, I'd probably buy it.

    I've also checked out the "fit-and-finish" on the Springfield GI alongside the others.

    For the money, I'll take the Rock Island.

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