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1911 for $900-$1200

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by 109Hammer, Feb 23, 2012.

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  1. 109Hammer

    109Hammer Member

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    looking for some advice on a 1911 in the range $900-$1200. All the same wants as most. Reliable, accurate, and good looking.
     
  2. Sauer Grapes

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    Colt, STI, Springfield, Kimber.....Those are the 4 major gunmakers to me. {in your price range}
    Good looking? They're all good looking to me. I shoot my guns, I don't sit and admire them. My favorite 1911 has plenty of holster wear, it's still "good looking" to me.

    If you want pretty, stainless steel will be your best bet.
     
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    S&W E-Series, right on the bottom end of your budget too

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  4. rellascout

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    Dan Wesson heritage for $1100 for the win. 70 series gun with forged frame an slide. High quality small parts and is pretty true to the JMB spec.
     
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    The hot 1911 these days is the Sig 1911. Try it, you will like it.
     
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    Colt has a few across your price range.
    Other than that, I second a Dan Wesson.
     
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    I absolutely loved the STI Trojan I shot at Gunsite. I would have quickly dropped $1100 on it.
     
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    I have 2 DWs (3 if you count the revolver) and I doubt it will stop there.

    I do still like my Springfield as well.
     
  13. stumpers

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    My first 1911 was a Colt Commander Series 70 and my second was a Springfield Mil-Spec. I have no complaints about either.

    That being said, both are totally incomparable to the Wilson CQB I bought, but that's double your budget.

    If I had $1000 for a 1911, I would not hesitate to buy another Colt and have work done as I had funds available...sights, safeties, feedramp, etc.
     
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    Depending on what you're after, I'd say look at the Colt Series 70 Reproduction, Springfield Armory Loaded, Springfield Operator (if you're into railed frames), or Dan Wesson. If you have the ability to be patient and sock away a little more cash, I'd highly recommend a Springfield TRP, or if you could be a little more patient still, the Les Baer Premier II or Custom Carry.
     
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    FWIW I went to the shop intending to buy a Colt stainless gov't 70 series and it felt and looked like a pile of garbage compared to the DW. The DW was $150 more. If I could have gotten the Colt for $800ish I'd have considered it an okay deal. But they wanted $930. No way it's worth that IMO. And I'm generally a purist. Maybe it was built on friday.

    If I can find a blued series 70 that feels tight and looks like it was built by a competent guy, for the right price, I'll buy it. I still want one.

    I love my Colt Stainless Commander also.
     
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    I don't think there is a right answer here, go to a well supplied firearms dealer or gun show and hold and feel all you can.
     
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    i just bought a 10mm cbob for 1200.00 pretty nice gun.
     
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    Colt or tight.
    Pick one.
     
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    How about, "tight enough"? Or "doesn't feel like it was assembled by a gibbon with epilepsy"? Custom shop my aunt fanny.

    :)
     
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    Buy a used mid-range 1911. As has been suggested, Dan Wesson's high on that short list.
     
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    Dan Wesson Heritage

    Sometime the CCO is only $1500. Also don't overlook the other odd Heritages that DW spits out from time to time. I've seen quite a few Heritages with Valor features and/or Razorback cuts and black duty finishes for just over your budget.
     
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    Umm.... when did this happen? Sig 1911's are not very good and barely on par with Para. Ive owned a sig and it was a pile you couldn't give me another.

    900-1200 bucks your hard to beat an STI Trojan, Springfield Range Officer, Dan Wesson, S&W E-Series, Colt Rail gun and Ruger SR1911. Heck the American Classic II is better than Sig's 1911's. Now the Sig 220 is a whole different story.

    JOe
     
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    I also suggest you go to your local dealer and look at whats available. See which one feels the best. Narrow down your preferences and then ask for recommendations.
     
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    The OP wants reliable, accurate and good looking. The last is kind of subjective. Any more detail on what you might want? Full size or compact? Parkerized, stainless, blued? Traditional or "loaded"? You've gotten a lot of good suggestions above, and there are a plethora of choices in that pricing range. Any additional criteria you have?
     
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