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I've decided to get a 1911

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by newglockguy, Dec 2, 2012.

  1. newglockguy

    newglockguy Well-Known Member

    So after thinking about it for a long time I'm going to start looking at a 1911. I was at the range with a buddy and shot his Springfield Loaded and it was great to shoot. However, I'm pretty ignorant in the topic of 1911's. The Loaded felt good but I heard Remington's R1 and Kimber Custom II are good models as well. I'm looking for a full size and plan on eventually budgeting $700-$800. Anyone know any other good brands or models out there that are worth checking out?
  2. creeper1956

    creeper1956 Well-Known Member

    The money you want to spend and the guns you've commented on are fine... just fine. Do yourself a favor... read this, and join the 1911 Addicts forums.
  3. HDCamel

    HDCamel Well-Known Member

    Springfield is a good way to go if you're a 1911 newbie.
  4. Upstater

    Upstater Well-Known Member

    As is the Kimber custom II, IMHO any modern 1911 will fit the bill nicely, you might even think about a Taurus PT1911, it is well made also and is within your budget.
  5. BYJO4

    BYJO4 Well-Known Member

    In your price range, I would either go with the Kimber or Springfield. I personally think Kimber has a slightly better trigger but both are fine 1911s and will start you off right.
  6. floydster

    floydster Well-Known Member

  7. Quack

    Quack Well-Known Member

    Save up a little longer and get an STI. The $200 over your budget will be well worth it.

    Or for less than you budget, the STI Spartan or RIA's would be a great choice.

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  8. KTXdm9

    KTXdm9 Well-Known Member

    All good choices mentioned so far. I got a good deal on a SR1911, and have been really happy with my purchase. Great trigger and very easy for me to find my point of aim.
  9. snakeman

    snakeman Well-Known Member

    What about a citadel?
  10. 460Shooter

    460Shooter Well-Known Member

    S&W full size "E" Series without a rail. I payed $825 for mine. It's really nice for the price you pay. It isn't perfect, but perfection requires a lot more money.
  11. needmorecowbell

    needmorecowbell Well-Known Member

    For $700 the Kimber Custom II is a great buy.
  12. JROC

    JROC Well-Known Member

    Many good 1911's.

    I personally like to go with the original manufacture for my 1911 needs so I buy Colt. My Combat Elite seems to be an excellent 1911. It's just a Colt XSE model with a blued slide.


    There it is when brand new posing with my sexy Glock 20SF. 1911 fans love this shot. :D

  13. Skylerbone

    Skylerbone Well-Known Member

    Colt or STI, depending on your intentions. SA Range Officer or Ruger SR1911 if you can find one.
  14. Fishbed77

    Fishbed77 Well-Known Member


    You'll have to up your budget by about $200, but it's worth every penny. This is my first 1911 - a Colt Government XSE.

  15. KAS1981

    KAS1981 Well-Known Member

    My Sig XO was $795, and it is an excellent 1911. Kinda unconventional, though.

    If I were to buy another 1911 in that price range, I'd probably go with a Kimber Custom II or Ruger.
  16. Fremmer

    Fremmer Well-Known Member

    Colt government model 1911.
  17. powder

    powder member

    STI, save up a few more bucks and go through Dawson Precision for some sweetnesss.
  18. Dudemeister

    Dudemeister Well-Known Member

    Go with a SIG 1911 and you'll never look back
  19. Shuler13

    Shuler13 Well-Known Member

    I own STI Spartan, RIA GI, Colt Government and Sig XO. Best all around is the STI. Great trigger.

    But any of the above will serve you well.
  20. MachIVshooter

    MachIVshooter Well-Known Member

    They are.

    It really kinda depends on what you're looking for. The Springer loaded does offer a lot for the money, and they're good guns. I just have a problem with their Brazilian pedigree. I won't buy an imported 1911.

    The Kimber Custom is pretty close in price to the R1, both within your budget. But they're very differnt guns. The Custom II is a modern 1911, and a good base gun for custom work. The R1 standard is really a GI type gun, with a few subtle but critical improvements. The R1 enhanced is out of your price range (as are most other Kimbers, Colts and other higher end guns).

    I've had a Kimber Stainless Target II for almost 10 year, great gun, super accurate. I've had a Colt Mk IV for 13 years, also a good gun. My R1 is only 3 months old, but is quickly becoming a favorite. That's all My 1911s at the moment, though I've had many others.

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