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Budget 1911

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Fn-P9, Apr 14, 2008.

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  1. Fn-P9

    Fn-P9 Member

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    I am looking for a budget 1911. A friend of mine is a FFL and will sell me a pistol at his cost. Orginally looking at an Auto Ordinace base model GI style for $425. Then I got looking at an STI Spartan and it is about $500 something. What other new 1911 are there for under $550 new? btw I am partial to a shiny nickel finish.

    And by the way, I am somewhat hesitant to get a STI Trojan for it lacks a firing pin safety.
     
  2. wally

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    STI Spartan or RIA Tactical would be my budget choice.

    Lack of series 80 parts is a feature, not a bug!

    --wally.
     
  3. Wildfire

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    Hey There:
    I guess I would be looking for a decent used quality gun before buying a cheaper one. You "can" run into a lot of little things that just don't measure up.
    But then if you can work on them anything will do.
     
  4. Feud

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    I'm picking up a new Taurus 1911 this afternoon, it's running me about $550 or so ($520 plus tax).
     
  5. Technosavant

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    If you want a firing pin safety, I'd go with a Taurus PT1911. Fully forged frame and slide, which you won't find on the RIAs or the STI Spartan (it is an RIA with better internals). All the goodies on more expensive guns. Shoots great. May not be as polished as a S&W, Colt, or SA, but a good gun. It will be likely to run in the $500-550 range, maybe a touch more. At that price, a Springfield GI or maybe Milspec would be possibilities.

    Below $500, your only choice is used or a Rock Island. Not that the Rock Islands are bad guns- I hear they are great shooters. They just aren't great platforms to build up in the future. If you go for one of those, love it for what it is. If you might want to add beavertail safeties or other goodies, you'll do yourself a favor by stepping up from the cast frame/slide of the RIA to forged parts from SA or Taurus (the Taurus will have those goodies from the get-go).
     
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    I held off on getting a 1911 for years, because of all the doo-dads and customizations (late 90s or so). When the Rock Island and the Springfield GI came out, they were what I wanted. I bought the Rock Island because it was $100 cheaper. The only time it acts up is if I haven't cleaned it in the last 700-800 rounds of Wolf ammo, and the ramp starts getting a bit sticky for hollowpoints.
     
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    So far I have had no issues with my 2 Rock Islands. I bought them knowing that I would not be adding to them/modifying them. With that in mind they are a great buy. You can find them for under $400 if you look.
     
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    I bought my brand-new RIA through Gunbroker for $360 which included shipping.
     
  9. NWdude83

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    Taurus would be my choice for a budget 1911.
     
  10. lechiffre

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    i just got a slightly used sw1911 for $550
     
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