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Best 1911 Manufacture

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Pietro Beretta, Aug 14, 2005.

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  1. Pietro Beretta

    Pietro Beretta Member

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    For out of box reliaibility and quality. I know their are different models, but who gives you the most for your money.
     
  2. glocker1911

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    For current standard production 1911s, I would say it is a toss up between Springfield Armory and Smith&Wesson. I would say Springfield has a slight edge because they also have an "entry level" line with their GI and Mil Spec series. I'm personally partial to Springers and have had much good luck with them. Yes I know they are made in, oh no, Brazil but they generally have more features for a lower price than Smith, and they still make a 1911 the way it should be made, with no firing pin or trigger safety to worry about.
     
  3. Black Majik

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    - Springfield Armory Milspec
    - Colt NRM Government
    - Kimber Series I pistols

    Those give most for your money.

    The Kimber Series II pistols, I dont trust.
    Para Ordnance pistols, I dont trust either.

    Highest quality?
    I'll just say the semi custom pistols and be done with it. Ed Brown, Les Baer and Wilson. :neener:
     
  4. larry starling

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    Colt....right out of the box! :what:
     
  5. boofus

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    Probably Colt... only because H&K hasn't made a 1911 yet. :D
     
  6. MICHAEL T

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    COLT rest are copies :D Given the choice I will always buy COLT.
     
  7. Father Knows Best

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    Some people buy brand names. I buy quality and value.

    That's why I prefer Para Ordnance. I have Kimber, Colts and Paras, all bought new in the last two years. The Paras are the most reliable, most accurate and best values.
     
  8. HSMITH

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    Out of all I have looked at and bought over the last year Colt is hands down better than the others for production grade guns. It didn't always work out this way, but current production Colts are extremely well done and attractively priced for what you get.
     
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    Smith and Wesson makes a dang fine 1911 that is reliable out of the box. The company's politics are bad, but that should be the subject of another thread.
     
  10. MachIVshooter

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    Kimber, Springfield, Para or S&W. Some folks will say Colt, but I have not had good luck with them. My Kimber (Stainless Target II 10mm) has been excellent in all areas (reliability, accuracy, durability, fit&finish) but it wasn't cheap. For under $1000, I would say Springfield or Smith. Springfield loaded is ~$650 and is an excellent firearm. S&W has a few nicer features, but will run a little more. The Para 1911's (standard model) is real nice but lacks some of the amenities found on the Smith for about the same $$.
     
  11. Zach S

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    I reccomend the Series None Kimbers, of course, they would have to come off the used market, so shop carefully. For example, I wouldn't reccomend one that Dremel Dan worked on.
     
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    Colt NRM or SW1911.
     
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    I used to think Kimbers had the title locked, and still carry my Gold Match regularly. But then I bought a LNIB Springfield Armory SS Loaded. That thing is amazing.
     
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    This one was shipped Nov. 1917.
     

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    I've been happy with my Springfield mil-specs. Of course there are nicer guns out there, but for the money it's hard to beat.

    That cracked me up.
     
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    Another vote for Springfield Armory. :D
     
  18. Dr.Rob

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    Colt... everything else is just a clone.
     
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    Springfield Armory.
     
  20. Gewehr98

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    Most of my 1911 money...

    has gone to the folks at Caspian Arms, Ltd. ;)
     
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    I've owned them all and when working in a gun shop sold them all.Save youself thousands of $$(unlike me,duh) and go buy a Springfield Armory the first time.Believe me.I know.tom.
     
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    Colt!!!!!!!
     
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    Colt and Para have been good to me with a slight edge going to the Para and its ramped barrel in the reliability department.
     
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    Impartial opinion

    I've got Colts (5 if you count the Sistema), Springfields, & a Norinco. I love them all unequally. Knowing what most people want end up doing to 1911's. (Adding this and that, sights, bushings, match ball bearings etc.) I will say that I feel the best value is a Springfielf "Loaded" series. I give it an edge up on the Kimber, because it uses "Real" Novak sights installed in dovetails, not some Kimber manufactured knock-offs. I give it an edge on the Colt, because you will not have to have the slide milled for new sights, and re-finished. There are some parts you will end up parting out (ILS, Ti firing pin and spring), and I think Colt has better made small parts, but in the end the Springer will cost less.
     
  25. 1911JMB

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    I'd say unless you spend more than you should, you will not get definitive out of the box reliability. My Springfield GI malfunctioned a whole bunch new, was taken to a smith, and now it works 100% fine. On the other hand, if you want out of the box reliability without breaking the bank, my reccomendation would be Glock, HK, or Sig. Truth be told, for a carry gun, its not a bad idea to get a cheap 1911 from a major maker, then get it worked over. I personaly believe 1911's are the nicest pistols available for ease of shooting, great looks, and reliability, once you get em worked over. Just don't expect perfect functioning out of the box every time.
     
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