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Who makes the best budget 1911?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Walking Dead, May 1, 2011.

  1. Walking Dead

    Walking Dead Well-Known Member


    1) has to be brand new.

    2) under $600.00

    3) reliable

    4) traditional 1911 style
  2. nightal

    nightal Member

    I have had good luck with my RIA pistols.
  3. tmoore912

    tmoore912 Well-Known Member

    I have had good luck with my RIA Tactical. It has somewhere around 1,700 rounds through it with no failures. Paid about $450.00 out the door.

  4. Creature

    Creature Well-Known Member

    By the looks of it...perhaps maybe Ruger! (given that the price of their SR1911 will likely come down)
  5. Omaney

    Omaney Well-Known Member

  6. Iron Sight

    Iron Sight Well-Known Member

  7. mljdeckard

    mljdeckard Well-Known Member

    I'm not sure it's under $600, I would look at the STI Spartan.
  8. G27RR

    G27RR Well-Known Member

    STI Spartan or RIA
  9. jon_in_wv

    jon_in_wv Well-Known Member

    Recently I had a chance to handle an American Classic 45. It was a beauty. I would give them a serious look if I were you.
  10. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

    Price and Quality of <$600 model 1911's seem too be up in the air right now~!
  11. Sky

    Sky Well-Known Member

    American Classic ll in my opinion has a better finish than the RIA. Have only shot a few RIA's but their owners seem to be satisfied. My friends who own the American Classic ll's have been very pleased and since I own one I may have the rose colored glasses on but I think you can spend much more for much less.
  12. non2os13

    non2os13 Well-Known Member

    i have never had a problem from my RIA tactical. it isn't as pretty as my other 1911's but it does the same job just as well.
  13. 45Fan

    45Fan Well-Known Member

    S.A. GI full size has MSRP at $656, it shouldn't be a big deal to find one new for under your $600 limit. They are good pistols, and about as classic as it gets without buying an old colt. R.I.s are good too, but the frames are cast instead of forged in their guns.
    What type of ammo are you wanting to shoot reliably? Some 1911s have been known to require a little tuning to run with hollow points.
  14. colt1911fan

    colt1911fan Well-Known Member

    Rock Island Armory does both a blued or a nickel finish and both SHOULD be under $500 and I had the chance to look at a Kahr Arms (Auto Ordinance) GI 45 it had the low profile GI sights and the spur hammer for under $600
  15. Strahley

    Strahley Well-Known Member

    Rock Island Armory /thread
  16. rellascout

    rellascout member

    New or Used? If you are willing to shop smart for a used gun you really open up your choices.
  17. bdb benzino

    bdb benzino Well-Known Member

    American Classic hands down IMHO. I have had 2 different RIA's, a Springfield loaded model, and my Metro Arms American Classic, and the MA American Classic was the nicest fit and finished as well as tight of all of them. Mine is flawless and I have begun putting high quality parts on it as well. The slide is also forged on the AC, not something that alot of budget 1911's have.
  18. Zerodefect

    Zerodefect Well-Known Member

    Pick two.

    Glocks and M&P's are 3 times cheaper to produce than a 1911, yet they still run $450-600. I have to be the opposite of most here and recommend upping your 1911 budget.
  19. Jed Carter

    Jed Carter Well-Known Member

    Under $600 it is a crapshoot, some work, some don't, just over $600 there is the STI Spartan http://www.dawsonprecision.com/ProductDetail.jsp?LISTID=6DC0000-1161707138. Or a so called match grade RIA http://centerfiresystems.com/AC-RI1911MATCH-5.aspx for around $580. You really do get what you pay for in a 1911, there are some great pistols in the $800 to $1200 price range, and a lot of cheaply built 1911 type pistols that actually work and shoot OK. $800 may be a cheap price for a good 1911 and $600 an expensive price for a pistol that does not perform well. If I had to buy a cheap 1911 I would get a Norinco, forged beats cast in my experience.
  20. harmon rabb

    harmon rabb Well-Known Member

    pretty freakin hard to beat a ria for the price. mine (and yes i own higher end 1911s too) is tight like prom night and has never malfunctioned.

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