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If someone want just one 1911, what would you recommend?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by el Godfather, Sep 27, 2013.

  1. el Godfather

    el Godfather Well-Known Member

    Dear THR:
    If someone asked you for advice on buying the only 1911 what would you recommend? The following is the general criteria:
    - Preferably in SS finish
    - .45 ONLY
    - Collectible value and a looker as well
    - Full size. No carry models please
    - Very accurate
    - Very reliable. Does not need to pass any silly torture tests!
    - Must be under $5k but over 2k
    - Combat sites
    - Not too keen on rail and threads but not against it as well
    - Please no Kimbers, DWs, Springfields.

    What do you suggest?
  2. JTQ

    JTQ Well-Known Member

    In that price range, I'd like to have an Ed Brown Special Forces. Ed Brown offer's enough options to set it up the way you like, and I think I'd prefer the "chain link" to checkering. If you'd prefer checkering there are other Ed Brown model's you may prefer.


    However, if you are a 1911 guy, and you're only going to have one, I'd think it should be a Colt.

  3. skoro

    skoro Well-Known Member

    Colt Combat Commander
  4. bannockburn

    bannockburn Well-Known Member

    Ed Brown Classic Custom.
  5. el Godfather

    el Godfather Well-Known Member

    Sokoro- full size only.
  6. el Godfather

    el Godfather Well-Known Member

    JTQ nice suggestion. Little more shine?
  7. funnelcake

    funnelcake Well-Known Member

    Colt Special Combat Government

  8. Dframe

    Dframe Well-Known Member

    What funnelcake said!
  9. JTQ

    JTQ Well-Known Member

  10. Tirod

    Tirod Well-Known Member

    Many 1911's are imported from Turkey or around the Czech republic, plus some from the Pacific Rim. So, why no Kimbers or Springfields?

    I see other big name assemblers, the public isn't aware they get their receivers from Turkey, either. They have their name engraved on them.

    Sounds like a barbecue gun, nothing wrong with that. Plenty on the market, it's a matter of using google image and then pulling up the better looking ones. No favorites here:


    Don't forget SIG makes them, too, in New Hampshire. http://www.sigsauer.com/CatalogProductDetails/1911-stainless.aspx
  11. smalls

    smalls Well-Known Member

    I'm a big Wilson fan, personally
  12. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    The Springfield Custom Shop puts out some really nice stuff as well.
  13. LebbenB

    LebbenB Well-Known Member

    A stainless TRP would be nice. That, or something from Wilson Combat or Nighthawk.
  14. ColtPythonElite

    ColtPythonElite Well-Known Member

    Colt Gold Cup and a few bills outta that $2k still in my pocket.
  15. critter

    critter Well-Known Member

    Ed Brown, Les Baer, Wilson, Nighthawk all bear looking closely at.
  16. mavracer

    mavracer Well-Known Member

    Glad I don't have to but if I only had one I think I agree it should be a colt.
  17. KYamateur

    KYamateur Well-Known Member

    I have owned many. The DW Valor is my favorite. I can't justify having one that cost more than this. I have owned a Baer but it is no better than my valor.
  18. readyeddy

    readyeddy Well-Known Member

    Based on what I've seen the only collectible 1911's are either WWII era, Colt Gold Cups, or made by a famous gunsmith like Tom Shimoda. None fits your description since WWII guns are not stainless and Gold Cups and rare customs are target guns.
  19. tuj

    tuj Well-Known Member

    Les Baer PII 1.5G or Chambers custom
  20. el Godfather

    el Godfather Well-Known Member

    Thank you guys. The combat special and gunsite has got me thinking.

    Can someone tell me a bit about series 70 and 80 difference in detail?

    I have thought about Wilson and Nighthawk as well.

    Yes it will be a bbq gun, but will carry it as well.

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