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Best 1911 Pistol-$1,500.00 and Below

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Killer Angel, Apr 3, 2004.

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  1. Killer Angel

    Killer Angel Member

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    If you could choose a single stack 1911 pistol in the $1,500.00 and below price range,what would it be?And why?
    THANKS.


    Killer Angel
     
  2. Michael Zeleny

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    Get a SIG P210. It is the ultimate refinement of the Browning-Petter tilting barrel breech lock design, improving on the 1911 in every respect.
     
  3. Soap

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    Glock.


    Just kidding! I like the Les Baer TRS the best simply because I've shot that one the most out of the guns in this price range. I also wouldn't hesitate to buy a pair of Colt NRMs and then toss out any of the junky parts.
     
  4. pittspilot

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  5. 1911Tuner

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    The Best?

    Find a nice Colt manufactured about 1935...get some good magazines...

    Alternate:

    Buy two stone stock Norincos...have the triggers SLIGHTLY cleaned up
    to a smooth 5.5-6 pound "rollout" break...buy good magazines and spend the rest on a buttload of ammo...
     
  6. corruptone

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    I'd say a Rock River Arms would be my first choice followed closely by an STI Trojan if I wanted to save a little money.
     
  7. Rinspeed

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    I would have to say Valtro or Rock River.

    Rinspeed
     
  8. Marshall

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    Agree on the Sig P210 and an array of STI's.

    Also, Springfield's TRP, Trophy Match and Operator
     
  9. Dienekes

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    Hell, they're all just bullet launchers. Springfield Mil-Spec 1911. Everything you need and nothing you don't.

    Spend the rest on practice ammo, a Dillon, or a course at Gunsite--whichever will give you the most "bang for the buck". If you're determined to blow the extra $600 then spend it in a way that will really accomplish something.
     
  10. ruger357

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    Agree with Dienekes. You can always add on custom parts at your liesure.
     
  11. Tamara

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    Gotta disagree with you, Tuner. Steel does a lot of things over the course of seventy years, and getting stronger isn't one of them. Besides, if you're looking for a shooter, and you found a mechanically tight, cosmetically cherry 1935 Colt, do you really want to be looking over your shoulder for a mob of cranky old Colt collectors with dogs, torches, and pitchforks every time you take it to the range? ;) My experience with Norincos has been that while many of them are indeed nice guns, others leave me feeling like Goldilocks: "This one's not hard enough. This one's too hard. Ah, this one is just right." Sometimes different parts on the same gun appeared to be from entirely different factories: a slide & frame that were harder than woodpecker lips, and small parts that would peen up if you looked at them cross-eyed, or vice versa. The good ones, though, were very good indeed.

    $1500, if spent right, can buy a very good 1911, and can get you completely out of the realm of MIM & plastic bits. Rock River, Valtro, the Baer TRS mentioned above, STI's Trojan, the new SIG GSR, et cetera are all fine guns that completely Eclipse (get it?) high-end Kimbers, Colts and Springfields that are only a couple hundred cheaper.
     
  12. 1911Tuner

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    Tamara said:

    Gotta disagree with you, Tuner.

    'kay...:cool:
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    Steel does a lot of things over the course of seventy years, and getting stronger isn't one of them.

    True...but if it's good steel to start with, it ain't gettin' any weaker, neither.
    :D
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    Besides, if you're looking for a shooter, and you found a mechanically tight, cosmetically cherry 1935 Colt, do you really want to be looking over your shoulder for a mob of cranky old Colt collectors with dogs, torches, and pitchforks every time you take it to the range?

    Oh...I don't mind. When they ask me: "Where the HELLO did you find THAT???" I just grin, look innocent and tell'em I've got my sources:D

    As for the Norincos...I've got limited personal experience with'em...but a
    local custom smith has found them to be very consistent and very good
    overall. Like any other mass-produced item, there's bound to be pretty wide variations in the run...so YMMV or course. Maybe the early lots were
    better or worse than the later ones....or the mid-range. Who knows?

    Cheers!

    Tuner
     
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    Tuner my friend, I hate to disagree with you on anything. Having said that (no trademark ;)), have you looked at the prices around the country on Noricos? In a lot of places (N.E. Ohio being one of them), Noricos have an almost cult following. Around here, they ain't no bargin. Prices have topped the 6 bill figure on some I've seen - stone stock. Not much left over for ammo or anything else.
     
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    Hal said:

    Around here, they ain't no bargin. Prices have topped the 6 bill figure on some I've seen...

    :what:

    Dang! Guess maybe I'd better amend that to ONE...and load up on mags,
    ammo and other necessary stuff...

    Wow...Who woulda think it? Around here, they go in the 350-400 dollar range. Wish I had my time to do over...:rolleyes:

    Well...It ain't the first time I missed the call.:D

    Cheers!

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  15. Sven

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    Valtros are now more than $1500. ;(

    Jardine raised the price twice and people are still lining up.
     
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    If I had $1500 to spend on a 1911, I'd search the earth high and low for the best price I could find on a Springfield Pro and see how much change was in my couch... I've never seen one for $1500, but some time back, they could be found used for about $1800. That's what I'd shoot for.

    Short of that, with a few months on your hands, I'd go for a Rock River. Beautiful guns... just short of perfect. The ungodly tightness of a couple Baers have turned me off from them in general but the TRS is suppsed to be as reliable as any Baer. The STI Trojan is a nice gun, generally outstanding but kinda ugly from an esthetics perspective... esp if you're in Cali. :eek:
     
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