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Budget 1911?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by LHRGunslinger, Sep 19, 2011.

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  1. LHRGunslinger

    LHRGunslinger Member

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    So who makes the best budget 1911? Something that I don't need to win the lottery for but somethin that ain't made out of pot metal.
     
  2. ColtPythonElite

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    How much is your budget good for?
     
  3. rellascout

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    RIA is the best budget 1911 on the market. Personally I think that the tactical is worth the extra money because of the Novak Style cuts.

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  4. General Tso

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    Rock Island Armory. If I was gonna get a 1911, just save a little more and get a Colt GI version.
     
  5. ants

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    Depends upon your price range

    I have several friends who are amazed at how well RIA pistols run,
    especially for the price.
    For a very low cost 1911 that actually runs, I would look that direction.
    I buy reloading components from the man (Advanced Tactical) that does warranty service for RIA,
    and I personally vouch for his integrity.

    For a bit less than twice the cost of an RIA, the Remington and the Ruger are well built.
    So is the STI Spartan, it's an RIA with additional work by STI.
     
  6. smalls

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    Depends on your definition of "budget". Also depends on what you want in a 1911.
     
  7. rellascout

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    The Spartan is a RIA with STI parts. STI does none of the work on them beyond inspecting them before going to the dealer.
     
  8. Zerodefect

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    IBERPMG.In Before Everyone Recommends Pot Metal Guns

    You know what I'd recommend.
     
  9. bdb benzino

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    Metro Arms American Classic. I have an RIA that is great too and would still keep the Metro if I was forced to choose.
     
  10. dcarch

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    STI Spartans seem like excellent options, but the Springfield GIs aren't bad either. Like the other guys said, though, a lot depends on what your definition of a budget is.
     
  11. hey_poolboy

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    I've got a Springer GI and a RIA compact tactical. I like them both, but the fit and finish on the Springer is nicer. If it's going to be a range gun I wouldn't hesitate to go with the RIA.
     
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    Springfield armory mil-spec, they have nice fit and finish and are very accurate(mine is).
     
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    Another vote for the RIA's. I have two of them, one in 9mm and one in .45. Great guns for the money.

    TMann
     
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    PT1911 11K round of kicking and still making a reliable ticking
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    I do like the finish on the Metro Arms American Classic ll better than the RIA but they both seem to give their owners happy faces. If you can get your hands on both then you can compare and decide.
     
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    American Classic 1st RIA 2nd Taurus 332nd
     
  17. LHRGunslinger

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    How's the RIA 2011? Also I've never heard of Metro Arms. What's their customer service like?
     
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  18. Jed Carter

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    I would not consider a low priced double stack 1911, mainly because of magazine and parts issues. Cost, reliability, compatability and availability are all issues, not addressed to my satisfaction.
     
  19. Ultravox

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    I have had zero issues with my Rock Island Tactical. I have about 800 rounds down the pipe and it runs great!
     
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    Another vote for an RIA have two of them and love them both. Both have been reliable with thousands of rounds.
     
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    Depending on the budget my first choice would be a variant from Springfield Armory. If they are too expensive then buy an Armscor/RIA 1911.

    I have only handled one Metro Arms 1911 but was not impressed by it.
     
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    Colt 1991 A1. $800. It works. No funky sight cuts. Better resale. Made here.
     
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    I love my Regent. Its been 100% reliable since day 1. This is mine, with some work done on it.

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    The RIA 2011 is the single stack with a tac rail, not a double stack. They call their double stacks the 1911b.
     
  25. GhostyDan

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    Check out the Ruger SR1911 im sure you could get one for under $700, im getting one soon.
     
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