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Help Evaluating BFTB Colt XSE v SW1911

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by italy4nra, Feb 27, 2012.

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SW1911 1200 or Colt XSE 1911 800

Poll closed Mar 28, 2012.
  1. SW1911 Performance Center Price 1200

    20.0%
  2. Colt XSE Government Price 800

    80.0%
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  1. italy4nra

    italy4nra Member

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    Dear THR Community,
    I hesitate to start yet another which 1911 thread, but here goes...

    After much research and information gleaned from THR, I bought a Colt XSE 1911 Government as my first 45.
    The price was 800 new in box.

    Gun in hand, I now am offered from the same private broker another recent find of his, an only slightly used (but pristine) SW Performance Center 1911.
    The price is 1200 fired a few times at the range (It looks new)

    I could trade up to the SW1911 from the Colt XSE.
    What are your opinions? Thanks!

    PS. I have previously sought help on THR and it was well received. I post when I can, but I know I have few contributive postings adding value and advice, but I am still learning and prefer to be a well meaning lurker than an ignorant windbag.
    So keep all opinions coming! I learn from each one and highly enjoy the read.
     
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    IMO: You wouldn't gain anything except a lighter wallet.

    A Colt is as good as it gets.
    Bee Happy!

    rc
     
  3. italy4nra

    italy4nra Member

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    Dear All,
    A few more clarifications, all prices are in euros, and the market is different here, so I only posted the units as relative one to the other, not to US market.

    I chose a Colt XSE Gov mainly because:
    - Good reviews here on THR and I intend to use it on the range
    - A Colt is a Colt, because it is a Colt (if that makes sense)
    - Good collectability? Seems the general consensus
    - It looks nice compared to other 1911s imho
    - Hard to find in Italy, so +1 for collectability
    - Price is 50% of retail, but so is the SW1911

    I consider swapping for the SW because:
    - I am a shooter, before a collector, and match grade features might become apparent to me on that lovely day in my future when I may shoot better than the gun
    - THR and Dad's advice is buy the best you can afford and the SW retails for 20% more, so I wonder if that 20% price difference translates to real value.
     
  4. italy4nra

    italy4nra Member

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    Thanks RC!
     
  5. 2zulu1

    2zulu1 Member

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    I like S&W revolvers, but my three 1911 carries are all Colts, including the XSE.

    Very dependable and accurate out of the box, all three Colts did not need a break in period and they can take the heat of extended rapid fire shooting sessions.

    Several weeks ago I had a 700 round training session w/o cleaning the XSE and it performed great, it's a shooter's shooter. :)
     
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