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Decision Time Folks~!

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Ala Dan, Nov 21, 2006.

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  1. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

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    Greeting's Folk's-

    I was just sitting here wondering, in your honest to goodness opinion
    what is the best kept secret in the world of self-loading semi auto type
    pistols? I'm speaking primarily of quality and price.:uhoh:

    In my way of thinking, it comes down to either the S&W 1911's or the
    new Taurus 1911. Value wise, the Taurus would be hard too beat. But,
    in terms of quality I think the nod has too go to the S&W
    1911's~!:cool: What do you think?:D
     
  2. Frandy

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    ...is worth 1000 words. :evil:

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  3. steelhead

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    If you are talking value, and a hook, then the Taurus gets the nod. I've been eyeing one of those myself to go with my other 1911's. To me, there is something very appealing about the Taurus - similar to how I feel about the Makarov. The S&W 1911 is too mainstream and doesn't come off as very interesting and/or an undiscovered great buy*.




    * That is not to say the S&W isn't worth owning.
     
  4. Bazooka Joe71

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    Well its not a secret, but IMO any flavor of the CZ 75B is the best quality for the price.

    Frandy, those are some sweet grips!
     
  5. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

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    Yes Frandy My Friend-

    I'm impressed a lot by those S&W's myself~!:) So much so, that I bought
    one of the 5" basic stainless versions [product code 108282] NIB myself.
    I couldn't turn it down, as it only cost me $640 + 9% sales tax~!:cool: :D

    I really needed it, like a need a whole in my head; as I already
    own a new Les Baer Thunder Ranch 1911~!

    I luv those beautiful grips on your weapon.
     
  6. 1KPerDay

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    Dumb question: have the external extractors on the S&W caused the trouble that the external extractors on the early Kimbers did?

    Or have those problems been blown out of proportion?
     
  7. gc70

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    Let's go off the 1911 reservation for a moment. For price and quality in a semiautomatic, I think the S&W 5906 should get the nod. You can find police trade-in 5906s with lots of holster wear but few rounds down the barrel for $250-$300 or you can step up to virtually pristine 5906s for about $400. Given the quality and craftsmanship of the Third Generation S&Ws, it's a hard deal to beat.
     
  8. Euclidean

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    For quality vs. price in a self loading pistol, I honestly think the bulk of the Ruger P series is a winner. You can find them slightly used all the time for not a lot of money, and it's honestly the cheapest gun I'd carry into the most God awful situations I could imagine.

    It's not my favorite gun by a long shot and I didn't get along with my P89 too much, but I did respect it. I've got a P95 which isn't my favorite either, but it's solid brother.
     
  9. MiamiARFan

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    I've been toying with the idea of a Taurus PT-1911 for a while. I like the features/value for the money. I currently own a Taurus PT-45 sub compact (carry weapon), Taurus PT-145 24/7 Full size 45 Auto and both have worked flawlessly for me. In addition, they carry a lifetime warranty which is transferrable to the new owner. Haven't had to use it, but nice to know it's there.

    My experience with Taurus has been very positive..Your mileage may vary.
     
  10. Barn Dog

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    Bazooka Joe is correct. CZ 75 hands down.
     
  11. 10-Ring

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    Value? IMO, it's Colt & their pony :D

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    They're the best base guns to break yourself in to them & when you start modifying them, they wear the work well :cool:
     
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    Tanfoglio Witness Elite Match in your favorite caliber...$429 OTD at my FFL
     

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    IMO, the only 1911 that is the HANDS DOWN value, quality, and price champ is the Norinco 1911. The other HANDS DOWN price and value champ is the Ruger P95.

    ~John
     
  14. ChiefThunderstick

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    Ho Hum. Not this again.
     
  15. Bazooka Joe71

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    Yeah, I'm with Cheifthunderstick, enough of this "which model is better" crap...Lets get to the real question.

    Which caliber is better, 9mm, .40S&W, or .45ACP??????? :evil:
     
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    Bazooka

    What is it the Human Torch says...... Oh yeah, Flame on!:D
     
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    Joe - get with the program, will ya'?

    10mm Witness Match is the answer to the question!
     
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    EAA Witness

    I have a 10mm steel Witness. I paid about $350 for it. It's solid, reliable and accurate.
     
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    CZ75B in 40S&W, with an honorable mention to the S&W M&P40.
     
  20. -terry

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    What about (in the context of a Taurus PT 1911) an STI Spartan?
    -terry
     
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    Caspian Frame & Slide - 1911 45ACP

    Caspian Frame & Slide - 1911 in 9x23. Gets one added distinction.

    :cool:
     
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    Value and quality, and not overly popular?
    Taurus 24/7.
     
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    How does a Springfield Mil-Spec or GI 1911 compare to a Taurus? The Springfield does not appear to cost that much more.

    For straight-on value I don't think you can do much better than the Ruger P-series or Bersa.
     
  25. chaim

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    Best values in current semi-auto handguns:

    -Any Taurus (except the PT22/PT25)
    -CPO SIGs
    -FN FNP (priced around Ruger and Taurus prices, but an FN)
    -Used S&W

    All of these will be reliable and accurate, with good fit and finish (inside and out) and have decent prices.

    I'd like to agree with you on the S&W 1911s, but value also means low prices. I do believe from what I've been reading that the S&W 1911s may be the most reliable 1911s currently on the market, but they aren't inexpensive. I paid more for the 1911SC I put on layaway than I would have for a Kimber Pro Carry by about $100.
     
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