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Best 1911 for under $350 ??

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by anheiserglock, May 11, 2009.

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  1. anheiserglock

    anheiserglock Member

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    Is there such a thing? Can I get a decent 1911 on a tight budget. Please help.
     
  2. rellascout

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    None...

    Rock Island arms are the cheapest you can get.....

    They run about $400 OTD
     
  3. Thomas Garrett

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    +1, Rock Island 1911, order through Sarco. w/transfer you'll be just over $400.00.
     
  4. Rangegod

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    I know a guy who knows a guy who has a cousin who can hook you up. Bring gloves.
     
  5. rdhood

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    Rock Island GI is about $325+$15ship+ your FFL's transfer fee. If you have an FFL that will transfer for $10, you would be under $350.

    I got the RIA Tactical. It was $395+$15ship+$20 my FFL = $430. IMHO, well worth it over the GI for upgrades that would cost you way more to add on later.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_Island_Armory_1911_series
     
  6. General Geoff

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    At that price point, Rock Island is your best bet.
     
  7. ccsniper

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    theres a llama at the gunshop i frequent 275 otd
     
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    Have you thought about buying used? A used Rock Island or Norinco might be found for under $350.
     
  9. weisse52

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    Yes, +1 on the Norinco if you can find one. I have not owned a RIA, but the ones I have seen and shot seem like a nice entry point for a 1911. Note. I said entry point...

    No, They where crap when they where new, they are most likely crap now. I apologize to the 3 or 4 people out there that have one that works.
     
  10. shibby

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    American Classic?
     
  11. Ala Dan

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    Just above the $400 mark, is the Firestorm 1911 .45 ACP~! A very nice
    pistol, with a good trigger for the money ($432 ) OTD. A friend bought
    one, and I am highly impressed~! ;) :D
     
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    There is a guy who has trench coat pockets full of them in the alley behind my apartment. Hope you dont mind if the serial number is ground off.
     
  13. Oro

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    Used Norinco prices seem to be about $450 these days pretty consistently on forum and Gunbroker. I think you can still get them cheaper new in Canada, but the OP is in PA. More than $350, but I believe still the best value under $500 out there, even if 15 years old at this point (ban started in '94 I think). I carried mine yesterday. It was $225 in '93 as I recall.
     
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    dont know if you can still get one but 2 years ago I PAID 300$$ for a high standard, just your basic 1911 that has never failed to go boom and shoots where i aim it
     
  15. hinton03

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    Damn, that is pushing it to the point where the question is almost a joke!

    I recommend you save your money for 6 months and bump up to a Sprinfield or a used Colt.
     
  16. rellascout

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    You will not find Norks for $350... They are great base guns and they are mainly bought for this purpose.

    Llama is not a real 1911. I believe that the Firestorm is the same. Not 100% compatibility of parts.

    An RIA is not $310 anymore... In fact most people are not even taking back orders right now. $359 at centerfire but not in stock

    http://www.centerfiresystems.com/AC-RI1911.aspx
     
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    Nevermind on the American Classic, I was thinking of the dealer cost not retail. Looks like retail for it is about $480.
     
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    Just got back from the range where I was shooting a Colt and my Norinco.
    I paid $250 just a few months ago, in a pawnshop/gunstore. They are still to be found if you look.
    Local on-line web site had one listed for $300 a month ago, I was too late.

    I do agree that I would most likey wait a little longer and try to get up to the $500 range. All kinds of stuff pops up starting there.

    In the mean time do some research on the good brands / deal and be ready if one pops up.
     
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    Honestly, I would suggest saving your shekels until you could buy something a little more up-scale.......
     
  20. edelbrock

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    I wouldn't recommend a 1911 for under $350. Maybe a used Glock but not a 1911.
     
  21. 2RCO

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    No on Llama, No on Firestorm--Parts aren't interchangeable not that well made either. For the money you can't beat RIA. Just a hair over $350 and not bad shooters. You can't really build one yourself cheaper.
     
  22. Rex B

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    Sheesh

    OK, you guys keep up with the Llama bash.
    Drives the price down for the rest of us.

    My Llama 1911s have a lot of Wilson and colt parts mixed in. They work fine - the parts and the gun. You don't find many Llamas under $400 these days unless they are real beaters.

    I have other 1911s - Sig, SA, Colt. I appreciate the Llamas for what they are, which is the RIA of their day.
     
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