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Why is finding a quality used 1911 so hard?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Carter, Oct 14, 2010.

  1. Carter

    Carter Well-Known Member

    Every where I go all I can find is a bunch of Para's and Taurus's. Even on Buds the vast majority of used handguns seems to be Para's. Its rather annoying. I would never buy one of these, but are they really that bad that this many people sell them?

    Anyone know anywhere to find a quality used 1911? I was thinking about a Springfield Milspec or Loaded.
  2. HappyHunting

    HappyHunting Well-Known Member

    I would just check these forums regularly. There will be Kimbers, Colts, and Springfields that will come sooner or later that will be what you want for what you want to pay.

    I would also check Thefiringline and glocktalk and snipershide (all .com) in their "for sale" sections.
  3. ET

    ET Well-Known Member

    I am not a 1911 fanatic, but I would like one in my collection. I have run into the same situation you have. A high quality used 1911 isn't cheap & not really abundant. I kind of think that it's because the 1911 crowd loves their guns and they don't dump them the way other gun owners dump their Glocks, S&Ws or Tauruses, etc.
  4. lonegunman

    lonegunman Well-Known Member

    You won't find one from Remington. I bought one for a base gun with the idea of building a custom on it. It broke so badly after seven rounds it went back to the factory.

    MICHAEL T Well-Known Member

    People with higher quality 1911's don't really part with them. I will not sell any of my Colts, Dan Wesson , Detonics ,
    I bought in to the Para Ord thing never again. Llama made a better copy of the 1911
  6. kamagong

    kamagong Well-Known Member

    Keep looking, they're out there. A few years back I found a very lightly used Les Baer for a killer price.
  7. bds

    bds Well-Known Member

    Because people hang onto them for dear life or they get bought quickly by friends/family when they say, "I am thinking about selling my 1911" - BAM, sold!

    If they end up on consignment or gun store counter on trade by chance, they don't last long. I have seen "quality" 1911's at the range gun store sold as they were being placed in the glass counter and range staff say they are often sold within a day or two. Yes, they have a long waiting list of people wanting to buy any quality 1911's that may come in on a trade - and most never even make it to the glass counter.

    If I ever see any Dan Wesson, Ed Brown, Les Baer, Nighthawk, STI, Wilson Combat for sale used at a decent price, I would consider them "tested and broken-in" and buy it as most have good factory support/service warranty.
  8. Jimfern

    Jimfern Well-Known Member

    Right, I wouldn't even part with my lowly Norinco.
  9. Yo Mama

    Yo Mama Well-Known Member

    Yup, as said before myself you won't find them because they are solid heirlooms.

    I'm interested that you found Paras and Taurus. The Paras have had some issues, but the Taurus have been pretty ok.

    With that said the Taurus guns I have are not 1911s.

    Bottom line, GO NEW!! You can pick up a Rock Island for around 400.
  10. Jonah71

    Jonah71 Well-Known Member

    I noticed the same thing concerning Paras. I see almost no complaints about the quality or reliability of the guns but I can't help but wonder why such a huge number of slightly used Paras are for sale. Just what is it about them that buyers don't like? I've never fired one myself so I don't have a clue.

    And if I'm ever lucky enough to find a nice 1911, I won't be looking to sell it either. But right now it's my weakness/addiction to older revolvers that's keeping me broke.
  11. LRS_Ranger

    LRS_Ranger Well-Known Member

    Yea, I got my Springer TRP from a friend, it didn't have a chance to get on the open market... and I wouldn't sell it to bail my own mother out of jail. If you get a good 1911 it's something you hold on to.
  12. Derek Zeanah

    Derek Zeanah System Administrator Staff Member

    Here is the top post in the buy/sell/trade forum. They're available. Of course, the $1,500 pricetag might be throwing you off.
  13. Carter

    Carter Well-Known Member

    Yeah, $1500 is a little out of my price range.

    When I said quality I ment a good gun for a humble price that I could customize myself.
  14. Libertatem

    Libertatem Active Member

    Novice here, but I've heard that you need to think about maintenance costs down the line. I don't know that a cheap 1911 is worth it. They seem to be expensive machines, very elegant, but requiring a lot of care.
  15. poortrader

    poortrader Well-Known Member

    Quality = Les Baer, Ed Brown, Wilson Combat.
  16. hey_poolboy

    hey_poolboy Well-Known Member

    They're not really an expensive gun to maintain in and of themselves. It's the fact that they're fun to shoot (more ammo), and easy/fun to modify and personalize.

    I suppose if you install a spring kit every 2-3k rounds and shoot a LOT it could get expensive. I think a wolf spring kit is ~$15.
  17. gwnorth

    gwnorth Well-Known Member

    http://www.gunsinternational.com A lot of the pistols listed may be quite pricey though. But there is a Colt IV officers for $650, severs SIG's for $900'ish, a Colt series '80 Gold Cup Natinal Match for $775, and numerous nice looking (by the pics at least) old, old Colts but those typically are $2K-$6K. There's even one Colt in .40s&w (a Nowlin Custom stainless).

    There's a Colt series 70 (not a reprod., but the original deal) in NC for $1299 (Mackeys Landing listing it).

    http://www.gunsinternational.com/SAI-1911-A1-SS-MILSPEC.cfm?gun_id=100151211 - in VA but they ship.
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2010
  18. Zerodefect

    Zerodefect Well-Known Member

    You never, ever, sell a good reliable 1911.
    You customize it, refinish it, or let it sit in the safe if it isn't needed. But never get rid of one that works well.

    I avoid used 1911's like the plauge. Usually buying someone elses problem. Unless it's someone I know, or a shop with a range that will let me shoot it before buying. (It's allready used so why not?)

    Stick with DW, W, LB, EB and you'll be in good shape. But I'd pony up and get a new one.

    1911's aren't like Glocks and AR's, you can't fix everything cheaply, buyer beware.
  19. 420Stainless

    420Stainless Well-Known Member

    I think the massive list of Para's on Buds are from a big selloff of the companies' display and demo guns, not from individuals trying to get rid of them. I've shot a few Para's and like them quite a bit, but never owned one though. They seem to catch a lot of flack on this forum so they may not be the most reliable.

    DRYHUMOR Well-Known Member

    They are out there, just takes a bit of time to come across them. You might consider partial or full trades for one. Always worth asking; and it could save you a few bucks out of pocket.

    On the upside, if you keep saving your money until you find the right deal, you'll end up with enough cash to buy new..........

    If you buy used, unless someone removed material or modified the frame or slide, most any "Dremel Dan Gunsmithing" errors can be corrected.

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