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Thinking about a 1911 in 10mm. Suggestions?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by 460Shooter, Jul 6, 2013.


Which 10mm 1911 would you buy?

Poll closed Aug 5, 2013.
  1. Some flavor of Kimber

    7 vote(s)
  2. Colt Delta Elite

    31 vote(s)
  3. RIA

    12 vote(s)
  4. Other

    26 vote(s)
  1. 460Shooter

    460Shooter Well-Known Member

    So I've had a high power semiauto on the mind for awhile now. I really enjoy shooting my S&W E series 1911 in .45 acp, as I imagine most 1911 owners do. So I'm thinking a 1911 in 10mm.

    I've done some research and I see that the Colt Delta Elite is still in pretty easy to find. Kimber has an offering or two. RIA has a new offering.

    SA hasn't made a 10mm in a long time I believe.

    Are there any other options I'm forgetting about?

    What would you buy? If you voted other, please share.

    And before anyone chimes in with "Why don't you get a GLOCK?" or "EAA guns are great!" I am not a fan of either of those companies or their guns. JMO.
  2. Otony

    Otony Well-Known Member

    Check out Fusion Firearms. A bit spendy, but well worth it. They build longslide 10mm 1911, which I have always considered to be the best way to handle that cartridge in that design.
  3. 420Stainless

    420Stainless Well-Known Member

    I bought a Delta Elite - a stainless one from the most recent run. I've only put 200 rounds through it, but it is functioning well so far and is quite accurate. No second guessing for me; I love it. This is the only 10mm I've ever owned or shot, so I can't really comment on other choices.
  4. Canuck-IL

    Canuck-IL Well-Known Member

    Dan Wesson (ie. CZ) offers a few.
  5. Landgroove

    Landgroove Member

    Powerful cartridge.
    Dunno about ammo avail.

    I remember liking the 45/38 from back in the 60's.
    Just change barrel to switch. :)
  6. CraigC

    CraigC Well-Known Member

    Last edited: Jul 6, 2013
  7. kimbernut

    kimbernut Well-Known Member


    If you have not fired a 10mm I would recommend doing so before a purchase.
    I have fired two to see what all the press is about. I was not impressed. I love my .45 ACP 1911s and .44 Mag Revolver. I am not recoil shy but the 10mm IMHO is just unnecessarily harsh.
  8. wally

    wally Well-Known Member

    I voted RIA so you can have money left over to buy some ammo :)

    I'm not a Glock fan, and have a Colt Delta Elite, but I hate to say it, the Glock 20SF is a better 10mm platform.

    In .45ACP or 9mm my Glock 21 and 17 collect dust (got caught up in the Glocks are great hype when they we still relatively new before the '94 AWB) while I shoot the crap out of my 1911 pistols.
  9. Jitterbug

    Jitterbug Well-Known Member

    Wilson, Fusion, Dan Wesson and Colt Delta.

    I have a Dan Wesson CBOB that has thousands of rounds through it since 2007 and it's still running strong. Many of those thousands were powder puff 180's doing about 1000 fps. But it has handled many "warm" loads too.

    The Glock's seem to handle just about anything which is nice if you enjoy shooting them...I didn't.

    One of these days I need to pick up a 5" 1911 in 10mm and I'll have my eye out for a D.W. with a good price, however prices being what they are these days, it might put a Fusion in the ballpark.

    And one day I'd like a Delta just because it's a Colt.
  10. orionengnr

    orionengnr Well-Known Member

    Well, I can tell you which one I did buy... :)

    Dan Wesson stainless CBOB (Commander Bobtail). To be honest, I was looking for a Kimber 10mm, but couldn't find one. The DW showed up used, 600 rounds, so I bought it. I had some (ahem) issues with it, and since it was "used", DW wanted nothing to do with me. Not at all impressed with the replies I got on the DW forum (section of the 1911 forum).

    All that said, I (finally) have it working well, and I have way more into it than I will ever get back, so I'll probably be buried with it.

    The 10mm is a neat cartridge, but it is a reloader's proposition...and at that, not an easy one. It is a rare day that you find 10mm brass on the floor at your range or find once-fired 10mm brass online.

    As far as the Glocks go, I was considering a G20. Then, one day I picked up some 10mm brass off the floor. I was ecstatic (see above). Then I started looking the cases over. They were notably of round at the base--bulged. They went into the trash can. The more I read about Glocks, the more people I see stating that this is de riguer if you shoot full-power loads from a Glock barrel.

    That idea went into the trash can...along with that brass.

    Good luck, and enjoy your search.
  11. crestoncowboy

    crestoncowboy Well-Known Member

    I have a lot of 10s and for under 1200 ish the colt is the best 10 in a
    1911. Kimber quality is spotty at best. I will buy a rock island when I see one without a rail. If you can justify the price, the nighthawks and Wilsons are nice, maybe someday I will. The Glock or Smith really is the best 10mm imho however. Have you looked at the 10xx series smiths.
  12. Olympus

    Olympus Well-Known Member

    Dan Wesson CBOB and Dan Wesson Razorback both in 10mm. I have both and they are amazing guns.

    I also had a RIA 10mm and it was very problematic. Ended up selling it.
  13. Peter M. Eick

    Peter M. Eick Well-Known Member

    Dan Wesson or Fusion.

    I have a Dan and a Baer 10mm. Since Baer won't make one today, I would get another Dan if I needed it.
  14. Olympus

    Olympus Well-Known Member

    I also have a Fusion 10mm on order. Should be ready by late November. There is a 6 to 9 month wait on a Fusion build and you're looking at $2K+ on price.
  15. bannockburn

    bannockburn Well-Known Member

    If I had the money I would go with the Fusion 10mm. After that it would probably be between a Dan Wesson or a Colt Delta Elite.
  16. hariph creek

    hariph creek Well-Known Member

    I had a Delta. Spent a ton of money to give it all the "bells and whistles." Due to circumstances beyond my control, I had to replace it.

    Now I have a Kimber Eclipse Custom II. I like it fine. Fit and finish are as they should be. Frankly, better than my Delta.
    Changed out the firing pin stop, to a EGW flat FPS. Went to an extra power firing pin spring and a 20# variable recoil spring. Added XS Big Dots.
    Works like it should light or heavy loads.
    I'm not a Kimber fan boy. It seems like a decent gun for the money. MIM doesn't bother me. I don't like the IDEA of a plastic main spring housing, holding up fine, though.

    So I have experience with these two only.
    The Colt will always have more "pride in ownership."
    Unless you like the Colt the way it comes? It's expensive to modify it.
    The Kimber comes pretty much like "I" wanted, out of the box.
    The Kimber has a ramped and supported barrel. The Colt does not.

    It's the chamber support that matters most, to me. If you want to run HOT loads? You need chamber support. And if you don't want to run HOT loads? Why bother with 10mm's idiosyncrasies? Go with a .45.

    As mentioned before, 10mm is a reloading cartridge. (however in the recent panic, it's one of the few consistently available calibers) If you are willing to load for it, it's great.

    I do not find even HOT loads to be harsh. I consider, the power of, 10mm to be on par with .357 mag. If you fire max loads of comparable energy through service size platforms (say .357=GP100 4" & 10mm=1911 5"), I feel that 10mm had less perceived recoil. This is a platform issue, yes. But, I think puts felt recoil in perspective. Sure it has more recoil than a .45acp. It's got allot more energy, too.
    My son has been enjoying "full house" 10mm loads (200gr @ 1200+fps), since he was 10. It's still his favorite gun to shoot. He literally has hundreds of said rounds through it.

    I would have considered a Dan Wesson, but at the time Kimber is what I could find.

    If I were starting over?
    I would give serious consideration and research to the new RIA.

    If I had my way? Ruger would make a SR1911 in 10mm...I guess i'm voting other!
    Last edited: Jul 7, 2013
  17. Havok7416

    Havok7416 Well-Known Member

    I voted other. I own an IAI Javelina Longslide and it's super fun. The downside is that they haven't been made in over a decade.
  18. nickE10mm

    nickE10mm Well-Known Member

    I've owned or STILL own almost all of the noted guns. The Kimbers are nice, the Dan Wessons are definitely nicer... However, my Fusion longslide is the finest firearm I own and the epitome of 10mm goodness.
  19. Black Butte

    Black Butte Well-Known Member

    Just get an aftermarket barrel. Problem solved!
  20. 460Shooter

    460Shooter Well-Known Member

    It's sounding more and more like Fussion is the way to go.

    I'm kind of considering a Super 38 now too. Not on par with a 10mm for power but could be fun as well. Is Super 38 a better cartridge for a non-reloader?

    Suggestions on those?

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