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My First 1911 - What To Get

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Beach Nut, May 4, 2012.

  1. Beach Nut

    Beach Nut Well-Known Member

    I've finally got the urge to by my first 1911 and I would like your input. I own
    several handguns, mostly Glocks and revolvers, but I now have the itch to
    buy a 1911 after talking with so many people who are fans of this model.
    I'm not lookng for anything fancy, it will not be a BBQ gun, just something
    reliable and a gun I can spend plenty of range time with and carry from time
    to time. What you recommend for me that wouldn't require a second mortgage
    on the house? (around $ 800.00 or less)
  2. mm1ut1

    mm1ut1 Well-Known Member

    I'd buy a used vintage bullseye gun. They just look right.
  3. forestdavegump

    forestdavegump Well-Known Member

    Lots to choose from

    Many on the market now, seems everyone is in on the act as it was the 100 year anniversary recently. Most offerings seem very nice and are in your price range or close. Some higher some lower, you can find alot used in great shape. There are more offerings out there too that are above your range as well. It is a popular 100 year old classic;)

  4. spazzymcgee

    spazzymcgee Well-Known Member

    The Ruger SR1911 is really nice. All stainless with only a few MIM parts, CNC machined, made in America, looks great, solid, and shoots well. I'm picking one up for $600 at a local shop pretty soon.
  5. gpjoe

    gpjoe Well-Known Member

    Get a Colt. You'll be getting a reliable pistol that will hold it's value. You can pick up an XSE which has some nice features for under $1000 and is worth every penny.
  6. ku4hx

    ku4hx Well-Known Member

    What to get? The very highest quality you can afford and still buy either ammunition or components.
  7. boricua9mm

    boricua9mm Well-Known Member

    If you haven't already done so, I recommend finding someone with a Plain Jane USGI styled 1911 and shoot it. If you bleed after shooting it, you know you'll probably want a beavertail grip safety and Commander style hammer.

    If you can find someone selling a used Colt who isn't too proud of it, then that would be a good choice. A non-GSR SIG would be my next recommendation, followed by a Springfield Armory, Inc. pistol. Personally, I wouldn't bother with the rest.
  8. SwampWolf

    SwampWolf Well-Known Member

    What does that mean? Is there a good way to tell a non-GSR SIG from a GSR model. What is the difference(s)? Thanks.
  9. CaptainHook

    CaptainHook Well-Known Member

  10. boricua9mm

    boricua9mm Well-Known Member

    GSR was the original name of the SIG 1911 pistols that developed a poor reputation. They were built with the idea that if you took a bunch of quality individual components you could simply assemble them and have a great 1911. It doesn't work out that way. Incorrectly drilled hammer pin holes resulted in leaning hammers. A silly screw-on cover ("manhole cover") for the firing pin safety components had a tendency to unscrew itself and make a mess of things.

    They will almost always have a "GSR" engraved into the slide and most of them have the "manhole cover" on the rear of the slide as well. I would recommend steering clear of SIG "GSR" pistols from that time period.

    The newer SIGs are marked "1911" and they represent a more refined product with a lot of hand-fitting done in New Hampshire. Some may have "GSR" as the prefix of the serial number, but shouldn't be confused with early GSR pistols.
  11. LTR shooter

    LTR shooter Well-Known Member

    I picked up a Springfield Armory Range Officer and spent under $800. Extremely pleased with this 1911!

  12. SwampWolf

    SwampWolf Well-Known Member

    Thanks boricua9mm-I've been looking at a SIG Model STX or a TTT. Are these models in the "good" era?
  13. SpringfieldArmoryXD

    SpringfieldArmoryXD Well-Known Member

    I will hopefully when I'm done with school add a 1911 to my collection. I can't see myself going with anything other then the brand that brought it to us.. Colt

    P.S. Shot a Colt defender for the first time 2 weeks ago, and I think its the single stage trigger, but I could shoot 1 ragged hole instead of a baseball size group. If that means anything
  14. flatlander937

    flatlander937 Well-Known Member

    I chose my Colt 1991 Commander as my first gun... and love it. ~600 rounds through it with not a single problem, and its more accurate than I am.

    Something about the way they feel is just different from every other 1911. Super nice and crisp trigger from the factory as well.


    I have changed the rear sight for a 10-8 performance rear sight, my eyes wandered from front to rear sight with the 3 dot setup. I think I will be adding a medium or short trigger + arched mainspring housing for personal preference reasons... My big mittens seemed to have a better/more natural grip on another 1911 I fondled with that setup.
  15. Greg528iT

    Greg528iT Well-Known Member

    Springfield Armory Loaded.
  16. TonyAngel

    TonyAngel Well-Known Member

    I picked up an STI Spartan not too long ago. I was really surprised by the low price for what you get, so I grabbed it. It's really nothing special, but the trigger isn't bad and it's been reliable with ball, hollow points and semi-wad cutters.

    The only things I missed were the front strap checkering and the undercut trigger guard, but you really can't expect to get those for the price of the Spartan.

    If you are thinking about buying used, just be careful. Although I do believe that buying used is a great way to get into a nice gun on the cheap, you have to remember that the 1911 is sort of like the AR-15 of handguns. They are very customizable and there are lots of garage gun smiths out there. I've seen plenty of nice 1911s that were butchered by owners that thought they were making the gun "better."

    If you don't know what you're looking at, you can easily get screwed. If buying used, I'd suggest that you get the pistol checked out by a smith before buying.
  17. Bushpilot

    Bushpilot Well-Known Member

    There are some really nice, high dollar 1911 clones on the market that shoot great and there's a lot that don't. However, a Colt is the standard by which all others are judged. A Colt 1911 is always going to hold it's value because it's the "real deal" and will shoot/function better than most.
  18. bubbacrabb

    bubbacrabb Well-Known Member

    I have a Springfield Range Officer, and a Ruger SR1911, both have shot very well for me. I handload 230 grain round nose cast bullets in them and they're sweet shooters. I dont think you can go wrong if you look at most of the guns listed. I had a PT1911 that was a really good shooter but I just couldnt get over the ugly PT1911 stuff on the side of it. So I sold it and it partially funded my Ruger.
  19. KTXdm9

    KTXdm9 Well-Known Member

    Nice find! IMO, both Ruger and Springfield are good options in your price range OP.
  20. Nappers

    Nappers Well-Known Member

    That's a great gun for the money on everything I read!

    I own an older Colt Commander, love it.

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