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Help Evaluating BFTB Colt XSE v SW1911

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by italy4nra, Feb 27, 2012.


SW1911 1200 or Colt XSE 1911 800

Poll closed Mar 28, 2012.
  1. SW1911 Performance Center Price 1200

  2. Colt XSE Government Price 800

  1. italy4nra

    italy4nra Well-Known Member

    Dear THR Community,
    I hesitate to start yet another which 1911 thread, but here goes...

    After much research and information gleaned from THR, I bought a Colt XSE 1911 Government as my first 45.
    The price was 800 new in box.

    Gun in hand, I now am offered from the same private broker another recent find of his, an only slightly used (but pristine) SW Performance Center 1911.
    The price is 1200 fired a few times at the range (It looks new)

    I could trade up to the SW1911 from the Colt XSE.
    What are your opinions? Thanks!

    PS. I have previously sought help on THR and it was well received. I post when I can, but I know I have few contributive postings adding value and advice, but I am still learning and prefer to be a well meaning lurker than an ignorant windbag.
    So keep all opinions coming! I learn from each one and highly enjoy the read.
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    IMO: You wouldn't gain anything except a lighter wallet.

    A Colt is as good as it gets.
    Bee Happy!

  3. italy4nra

    italy4nra Well-Known Member


    Dear All,
    A few more clarifications, all prices are in euros, and the market is different here, so I only posted the units as relative one to the other, not to US market.

    I chose a Colt XSE Gov mainly because:
    - Good reviews here on THR and I intend to use it on the range
    - A Colt is a Colt, because it is a Colt (if that makes sense)
    - Good collectability? Seems the general consensus
    - It looks nice compared to other 1911s imho
    - Hard to find in Italy, so +1 for collectability
    - Price is 50% of retail, but so is the SW1911

    I consider swapping for the SW because:
    - I am a shooter, before a collector, and match grade features might become apparent to me on that lovely day in my future when I may shoot better than the gun
    - THR and Dad's advice is buy the best you can afford and the SW retails for 20% more, so I wonder if that 20% price difference translates to real value.
  4. italy4nra

    italy4nra Well-Known Member

    Thanks RC!
  5. 2zulu1

    2zulu1 Well-Known Member

    I like S&W revolvers, but my three 1911 carries are all Colts, including the XSE.

    Very dependable and accurate out of the box, all three Colts did not need a break in period and they can take the heat of extended rapid fire shooting sessions.

    Several weeks ago I had a 700 round training session w/o cleaning the XSE and it performed great, it's a shooter's shooter. :)

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