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Which 1911 should I get?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by acman, Aug 7, 2014.

  1. acman

    acman Well-Known Member

    Hello I will be getting a 1911 soon and I would like to hear some opinions about which one to get. I have large hands and a budget of roughly 1000 dollars. I have been looking at Ruger, Colt, and Springfield. I will be using it for target practice. Thanks.
  2. 460Shooter

    460Shooter Well-Known Member

    I suggest looking at Sig Sauer and S&W too.
  3. 1prcntr

    1prcntr Well-Known Member

    +1 on the Sig. Look at the Traditional models if you do not want the square Sig profile slide. You get a lot of features for a good price. The trigger on my Tac-Ops Traditional was much better feeling to me than the Rugers, Colts I've handled at my LGS. Springfields were good as well. Also, hard to beat a Range Officer for an entry level 1991 in my opinion. I just picked up an STI Duty One 5.0 for just a few dollars more. All I can say is "wow". Just be ready for the ailments of the 1911 bug.......
  4. JTQ

    JTQ Well-Known Member

    Springfield Range Officer.

    I actually spend a lot of bandwidth trying to talk folks out of the Range Officer due to the guns adjustable sights. I don't think they belong on a 1911 and the sight cut is different than on a fixed sight model severely limiting your after market sight options. However, if you are only going to use it for target practice, there is an advantage to having adjustable sights and the Springfield Range Officer would be an excellent choice for that application.
  5. jhb

    jhb Well-Known Member

    I like my colts....but then again I like my tisas 300 and change gun too. Go to lgs with lots of stock and brands and put them in your hand and see which makes sense to you.
  6. Sauer Grapes

    Sauer Grapes Well-Known Member

    I have a couple Colts, Springers and a S&W. No complaints with any of them. Accuracy wise, the Colt Gold Cup and the SA Range Officer are probably a little better than the others. I'd hate to live on the difference though.
  7. OneSevenDeuce

    OneSevenDeuce Well-Known Member

    Springfield makes a darn good product for the money. I've been lusting over the new Range Officer Compact for a while now. I also have a Kimber Custom HD II. Some people seem to have something against Kimbers, but I've never had a problem with any of the ones I have owned, and I would never get rid of my HD II.
  8. Hurryin' Hoosier

    Hurryin' Hoosier Well-Known Member

    I had a slightly tighter budget with which to operate and got an Auto-Ordnance 1911A1. But, I'll tell you what - I'd just as soon have it as guns costing twice as much. ;)
  9. tommy.duncan

    tommy.duncan Well-Known Member

    I agree with the Colt and Kimber, my cheap beater is a Regent. It is accurate and it fires anything I put into the mag.
  10. Steve CT

    Steve CT Well-Known Member

    I own two 1911's, a Dan Wesson PM-1S and a substantially modified Springfield LW Commander. For a "target" type gun (adjustable rear sight) I'd look at the Range Officer.

    I think the Ruger SR 1911 is the best value available right now in the 1911 market
  11. wlewisiii

    wlewisiii Well-Known Member

    RIA Tactical FS and $500 in ammo to learn how to use it.

    Then see if you actually want anything more expensive.
  12. Vonderek

    Vonderek Well-Known Member

    If you are only going to get one, get a Colt
  13. raze

    raze Well-Known Member

    Springfield range officer or sti Trojan/ Spartan. Or keep your eyes out for used one scored a lightly used les baer thunder ranch special for 1k not too long ago
  14. JDR

    JDR Well-Known Member

    I have a Dan Wesson Valor Black Duty Coat finish which is a fantastic range pistol, I shoot some really great targets with it, I bought this one used for a good price. I have an SW1911 that is also a very good range gun. I also agree that the Ruger SR1911 is probably the best 1911 value on the market right now, I have a commander length that is just a great range and carry pistol.
  15. zerobarrier

    zerobarrier Contributing Member

    I have a Kimber and love it. Plus they have like 20+ different models with 3", 4", or 5" barrels.
  16. bannockburn

    bannockburn Well-Known Member

    I love all of my Colts along with my SA M1911A1. At the lower end of the price spectrum I think RIA offers a good value for your money.
  17. critter

    critter Well-Known Member

    Do not overlook the Ruger SR1911. Really good gun for the money.
  18. Fiv3r

    Fiv3r Well-Known Member

    I've got a loaded Springfield1911 with adjustable sites. I didn't think I would like the non-combat sites, but it resulted in the most accurate tack driving pistol in my collection. While they aren't snag-free, its draws and points naturally.
  19. frankiestoys

    frankiestoys Well-Known Member

    STI Trojan , Sig and Springfield
  20. maxxhavoc

    maxxhavoc Well-Known Member

    Personally, I would handle a few and see what you like/don't like about them feature-wise and let that narrow the options.

    For instance, I don't like commander hammers or beavertails. The older full-size hammer looks better, and if I want to use it to cock/decock it just works better. If I carry it, the beavertail pokes into my side.

    I also prefer not to have a full-length guide rod on a fullsize. Extra weight, extra effort to clean, never noticed any incredible accuracy benefits.

    Adjustable sights are great for a range gun, but if you take it camping/hiking fixed sights are more reliable and less likely to snag.

    Sight picture is a huge difference as well. GI sights are virtually snag-free coming out of a holster but the sight picture is pretty bad.

    Flat/Arched mainspring housing - you have to hold and shoot one to know which you prefer.

    Firing pin safety - some have it, some don't. May make it safer, may make it less reliable. I prefer the non-safety variety.

    I have Kimber, RIA, and Springfield 1911's. All are equally reliable, Springfield is the most accurate, and RIA and Springfield have lifetime warranties. I would not hesitate to buy another Springfield or RIA again.

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