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looking for 9mm 1911

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by briankolakowski, Mar 31, 2012.

  1. briankolakowski

    briankolakowski Active Member

    Lookn for a decent 9mm 1911.. and wonder whitch brands are the best for you buck, lookn to spend around 400. Any recomendations on what brand or model??
  2. GarySTL

    GarySTL Well-Known Member

    You can get a RIA (Amscor) 1911 from Centerfire Systems for around that much. I ave one in 9 and it's a decent gun.
  3. Furncliff

    Furncliff Well-Known Member

    I have an RIA in 45acp, it's about 3-4 years old, It runs good and is accurate. If I didn't like my cz 75b so much I would get one in the 9mm flavor.
  4. RCArms.com

    RCArms.com Well-Known Member

    If you can swing a higher price tag, the Springfield Armory EMP has a lot to offer.

    For the $400 price, I'd look at a Star B or BM. The BM is really nice, but heavy for it's size.

  5. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    For $400 you're relegated to the RIAs as your only choice. Fortunately they have a good reputation as an inexpensive line. They may not last 5,000 rounds, but few people actually shoot that much.

    Gotta ask considering the challenges of bargain 9mm 1911s, why a 9mm 1911 instead of another 9mm?
    Last edited: Mar 31, 2012
  6. briankolakowski

    briankolakowski Active Member

    @hso.... well i own a charter arms u.c. lite 38 spl and i am constantly shooting, ammo is farely cheep but i cannot shoot as much as id like due to the ammo costs lol.. so i have started looking for a 9. And i have always loved the look of a 1911 so i walked into my hunting shop and they have one for sale in 9mm.. i cannot remember the branr name.. its some off the wall company i have never heard of but it looks like a smaller frame 1911.. if that mkes scence.. but i run into problems when i try to buy a handgun since i am only 19 so i have to het my (dont laugh) mom who teaches school and has her conceald carry permit to get them in her name. The 1911 i looked at was 365 i belive i didnt think the price was too high and it seemed like a nice handgun.. they also had a highpoint 9mm which is a great shooting gun.. a little on the heavy side and a little heavy but for 250 its a good price.. i will find out what brand the 1911 is and ask you guys what you think
  7. larryh1108

    larryh1108 Well-Known Member

    For that price it sounds like a Star or Llama. Nothing wrong with either if they prove to function well before you ( I mean your mom) buys it.
  8. coalman

    coalman Well-Known Member

    If you must have a 9mm 1911 it will be RIA. However, at that price a CZ75 will very likely give you a better single action (capable) 9mm.
  9. briankolakowski

    briankolakowski Active Member

    Stupid question... whats ria?
  10. tuj

    tuj Well-Known Member

    Check out STI. They make some good guns. The Spartan is a solid gun although it is more than your price range by a little bit.

    If you aren't set on a 1911, may I recommend a S&W 5906? They are great 9mm guns and you can find them used for under $400 all day long.
  11. blarby

    blarby Well-Known Member

    $400 ?

    9mm ?

    Used glock ?

    I know its not all machined metal.... but if ammo cost is preventing you from shooting enough to maintain your skill level, a 9mm in a widely distributed long service life platform, with cheap and widely available service parts, might be a better answer.
  12. larryh1108

    larryh1108 Well-Known Member

    RIA=Rock Island Armory
  13. spazzymcgee

    spazzymcgee Well-Known Member

    There's definately a lot of quality to be found in a Rock Island Armory. If you want REALLY cheap shooting in a 1911 platform, check out the ATI GSG .22 1911's that came out recently.
  14. briankolakowski

    briankolakowski Active Member

    @ spazzy... yea i have found a couple 22 1911s and they are farely cheep but i already have a ruger 10-22 and im kinda tryn to devercify my arsenal lol.... speakin of witch 8mm ammo is it cheap is it even made idk... iv got a 1938 german k98 mauser rifle and i cant find ammo
  15. minutemen1776

    minutemen1776 Well-Known Member

    At that price point, I'll second the Star BM. These have been out of production for many years, but they are still around since lots of them came into the country as surplus Spanish police guns. They are not a 1911 per se, but they certainly look and handle like a 1911, at least for the most part.
  16. wally

    wally Well-Known Member

    Nonsense I'm over 15,000 rounds through my 1911-A2 9mm "widebody" and about the same through my oldest RIA .45ACP 1911 -- I run 'em hot and hard shooting steel plates 200-300 rounds in a session.

    Go for the RIA "Tactical" 9mm for only a few dollars more you get the most popular creature comforts -- beavertail, ambi safety, better sights (Novak's), well worth the modest price increase.

    RIA skimps on the grips. Plan on upgrading to your favorite.

    I used a Star BM until I got the RIA 9mm, as paying $800+ for a gun who's main purpose was to shoot cheaper 9mm ammo didn't make a lot of sense. Main problem with the Star is finding spare mags that work or don't cost an arm & a leg. The Tripple-K are crap.
  17. spazzymcgee

    spazzymcgee Well-Known Member

  18. Dr_B

    Dr_B member

    The RIA 9mm 1911's are affordable and fun.
  19. mongo4567

    mongo4567 Well-Known Member

    I have an RIA in 9mm and I love it. I'm at about 500 rounds so far...it will add up quick.
  20. minutemen1776

    minutemen1776 Well-Known Member

    That's definitely a drawback for the Star BM. Spare mags are scarce and usually expensive (i.e. $40 or more each). Fortunately, there is a police supply shop near me that often sells in police trade-ins and confiscated guns. They generally toss all the spare mags into bins and sell those separately. I've trolled through the bin enough times to come up with three extra BM mags at good prices.

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