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Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by chrisb507, Feb 5, 2013.

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  1. chrisb507

    chrisb507 Member

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    So after a few years of shooting .38/.357, 9mm and plenty of .22lr, I have the itch for a 1911 in .45. :)

    I've read up on a number of brands at a number of price points, but I keep coming back to the Colts. The current catalog is a bit confusing, so I thought I would ask the experts: If you could have only one, traditional, full-size Colt 1911 for range use and occasional open carry, which would it be?

    I don't intend to buy more than one 1911, and I'd like a "classic" Colt. I don't want to go crazy with customization, don't intend to compete, but I do intend to shoot it. In trips to the range with new shooters, it might be pressed into "this is a classic 1911, try a magazine" service. :) I'm more interested in new vs. used.

    Any recommendations? Thanks all!
     
  2. Sergei Mosin

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    Blued Series 70.
     
  3. harvester

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    Go a little modern and get an XSE with Novak night sights. If you want to keep going the the model with the rail, XSE Rail Gun.
     
  4. CPshooter

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    I second that. Trigger job and aftermarket GI sights and you're done.
     
  5. ugaarguy

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    TALO exclusive Wiley Clapp Government Model, followed by any other blued Series 70.
     
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    This. I was looking for a blued Series 70 repro when I came across my Wiley Clapp Government and decided to purchase it instead. It is fantastic. I don't think you can go wrong with a Series 70 repro, whatever flavor you choose.
     
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    I have a Colt Lightweight Goverment for both range use and concealed carry.
     
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    Yip, Colt
     
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    The new Colt Series 70 Repro is a great choice, but they are hard to come by. I wouldn't turn my nose up at a new Colt Series 80 Government Model. They may be easier to find.
     
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    "The current catalog is a bit confusing, so I thought I would ask the experts: If you could have only one, traditional, full-size Colt 1911 for range use and occasional open carry, which would it be?"

    I'm not an expert, but.........Another vote for a new, blued series '70 Colt or NIB Colt 1991. I'm about to "pull the trigger" on the latter myself. (I've got a bead on one at a good price locally and haven't really seen a NIB '70 available - the series 80 safety does not bother me.) I have a Springfield "Loaded" model with all the bells and whistles and that's not going anywhere but I've always had a hankering for a stock, blue Colt GM. I've been doing some homework lately and it seems IF you can find an "unmolested" example of a used one these days you won't save much money over buying a new one, and if you want a new, stock 1911 to keep as-is and forever, you want a new, blue Colt.

    Edit to add: You might still be able to find a decent deal on the Colt TALO "CCG" model. Just a few nice upgrades but still a basic blue 1991 underneath. If you could find both new you would likely pay about $200 more for the TALO. (Novak rear sites; fiber-optic front site; "National Match" barrel; extended thumb-safety; slim grips and beaver-tail/elongated slot hammer)
     
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    Take a look at the new Concealed Carry Government model in their 2013 catalog. It started like as a special edition Talo gun, but it turned out to be so popular they added it to the regular catalog. It's next on my list of handguns.
     
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    Horse :eek: give me a pony anyday.;)
     
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    If I was limited to just one, it would be a Colt.

    Naturally I would do whatever it took, to not be limited to just one. ;)
     
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    Thanks for the responses, all. Looks like there are a few classics recommended out of the Colt stables...
     
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    What is a TALO Colt???
     
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    TALO is distributor that gets exclusive production runs made of guns from various manufacturers. http://www.taloinc.com/
     
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    For me...

    1. COLT Gunsite Pistol.

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    However ANY of the pistols recomended above would be a good choice.
    Will
     
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    Try a Springfield Armory M1911A1. I have two of them, and I love them both.
     
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    The new CCG (Custom Carry Government) is a beautiful pistol, if I could only have one it would be that. It's basically a Colt Gunsite however Colt added it to their regular production lineup and named it the CCG so we should be seeing more of them.
     
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    Truly, for pride of ownership and the ultimate satisfaction, the sentimental favorite will only be a Colt.

    I regret selling my first 1911 . . . a 1st generation Colt Combat Elite. I shot it in competition and lord knows how many thousands of rounds I ran through that gorgeous pistol.

    I eventually quite shooting competitions, and since the Colt was a tad "loose" then, I traded it for a brand new first generation Kimber Ultra CDP officer's sized 1911 type for concealed carry use. That was around 1990, and the high dollar Kimber has never replaced the feeling I got every time I picked up the Colt Combat Elite!

    One day I'll get another Colt 1911, and it will be a bright polished blue full size model and almost surely a Series 70 type. Then, I'll be happy again with a new horse in my stable!
     
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