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Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by ArchAngelCD, Oct 2, 2014.

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Which 1911 Would You buy and Why?

Poll closed Nov 1, 2014.
  1. SIG Sauer

    15 vote(s)
    9.1%
  2. Kimber

    17 vote(s)
    10.4%
  3. S&W E Series

    16 vote(s)
    9.8%
  4. Colt Series 70

    43 vote(s)
    26.2%
  5. Springfield

    33 vote(s)
    20.1%
  6. Other

    40 vote(s)
    24.4%
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  1. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Member

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    OK, I need some help here. I'm not much of a semi-auto guy and I own mostly revolvers. I do however have a fairly old Springfield 1911A1 Gov't Model. I want another 1911...

    I'm looking for something fairly nice in the $1000 range but if need be I can go to $1500 but I would rather not go that high. I would love to buy a Les Baer, Ed Brown or a Wilson Combat but those are out of my price range.

    I'm mainly looking at 2 or 3 companies right now but I will consider others. I'm looking at SIG Sauer and Kimber and possibly a S&W E Series 1911. Like I said, I'm open to others if the reasons given change my mind.

    I'm looking for something nice as well as reliable and accurate. I might carry it and I will for sure shoot it at the range.

    Thanks in advance for the help and suggestions...
     
  2. JeeperCreeper

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    My opinion: Springfield. Best value for money

    My favorite 1911's: RIA for the best "cheap" 1911. Ruger and Springfield for "middle class" models, I think they are best for what you pay for: reliable, pretty, and from a good company. If you're going to pay more, get the Colt. SIGs are also nice. But I do not feel they are worth the extra money. I think Kimbers are pretty and sell based on their name, but I think they are jam-o-matics... you can search them on this forum and others for more opinions on that.
     
  3. Bobson

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    I voted Colt, but I wouldn't choose a Series 70. The XSE line would be my pick from Colt. Swap out the ambi safety for a normal one-side-only model and you're good to go for carry. It'll run you around $1100 - a superb choice for the price.
     
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  4. ArchAngelCD

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    From what little I know about Colts I read the Series 80 fire system is heavy because of the additional unnecessary safety the Series 70 fire system does not have.

    That is the reason I specified the Series 70 models even though there are some very nice pistols in their other lines but all of those lines use the Series 80 fire system.
     
  5. Valkman

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    How many have you owned? My three never had a problem... Oh the sights did go dead on a CDP I bought used and Kimber replaced them for free.
     
  6. JeeperCreeper

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    I don't have to have herpes to voice my opinion on not wanting it... I feel I am educated enough from literature and other's experiences to make a solid case against it.

    I have never personally owned a Kimber. I have shot them, and know of a few people who (about 3, if I recall) that have sworn off 1911's because theirs were finicky. I have talked to many people in the firearm community to get the general consensus that I would spend my money elsewhere. Having said that, a good family friend of mine loves his Kimber. Hence, the italisized keyword "opinions" in my post

    EDIT: I don't want that to sound harsh/mean, I just don't like the "you must have owned every gun multiple times to speak in my presence" argument you hear on every forum.... remember, this is an open intenet, not a medical journal.
     
  7. EezyBeezy

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    I prefer traditional style 1911's just how JMB designed it. So here are my suggestions.

    Bottom of your budget at about $1,1xx: Colt Series 70, Dan Wesson Heritage

    Higher end of your budget at about $1,5xx: Dan Wesson Valor
     
  8. ArchAngelCD

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    And I don't like it when people bicker in threads I start because I need information, not fighting. I would appreciate it if those who post act like adults and if they want to see who can pee further they can start their own thread to ruin.
     
  9. area51

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    Kimber makes a fine 1911. I would not hesitate to get another.
     
  10. Lucky Derby

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    I voted Colt Series 70. I just bought one in fact. It has been 99% so far, about 500 various rounds through it. The 1% was due to an old worn out mag I had laying around, and would have been a problem in any gun. Beautifully made. I don't care for the Series 80 safety, but I think the actual trigger pull "problem" is a bit overblown. I just don't see the point to having the extra parts, especially if you make sure to keep a good FP spring.
    I also own two Springfields that are good solid guns. A MilSpec and a Loaded. Both get some carry time. Neither is as nice as my Colt.
    I have never owned a Kimber, but I know lots of people who have. Most Kimbers are very good. However enough of them have had problems that I would shy away from them.
    I like the Sigs, just don't care for the propietary shape of the slide that requires dedicated holsters when I already have several 1911 holsters that I like.
    I owned a Ruger SR1911 CMD for a short time. It went back to Ruger for feeding issues that never got resolved.
    No experience with RIA, but people seem to like them at their pricepoint.
    I've had a couple of Paras. One was great, the other seemed like they just through parts together from a bin and never bothered to fit anything.
     
  11. ArchAngelCD

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    I was thinking about Dan Wesson 1911's but like I said, I didn't know if they were good or not. What makes them so worth buying?
     
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    Other ... probably STI Trojan in 9mm
     
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    The Dan Wesson Valor does have a sterling reputation. The stainless version is available at Bud's right now for just barely under $1500.

    I'm not sure what makes it "worth it" (what the extra cost is going toward, compared to, say, a Colt). I know they have a lot of hand fitting and matching parts done in the assembly process, but I would think (maybe incorrectly) that's also true of Colt offerings. Like I said earlier though, they have excellent reputations, and they are beautiful guns.

    If I wanted to spend a bit more than $1100, Dan Wesson is the brand I would look to. But I honestly don't know if the extra cost is worth much more in terms of quality.
     
  14. CZ223

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    I would choose any of your top 3

    I have 4 Kimbers right now and they are all extremely reliable including the 2 ultras, which are 3" guns. My other two are a Kimber Eclipse Pro and a Tactical Pro II. I also have a Taurus, a couple Rock Islands etc. I have had full sized Ruger and it was a great gun But I don't carry a full sized gun so I sold it for $150 more than I paid. :)

    I have been looking at both the Sig Sauer and the E-Series S&W. I wouldn't hesitate to buy either.

    I have had a couple of Springfields and I wasn't impressed. The same goes for colts though they were all 80 series guns.

    If I were looking for another carry gun it would be either the Ruger commander, the Sig in a 4" configuration or the Smith in the same. I can't justify the cost of a Les Baer right now.:(
     
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    I have been quite impressed with my Sig saur. I had planned on a different direction but was lured to the Sig after fondling a couple.
    Overall performance, fit and finish is pretty competitive for the price point.
    That being said, my next 1911 would likely be the Colt.
    I really would love the Trojan,but I can't get past the plastic trigger and main spring housing. I've heard great things about the Trojan, but again, for the price point it seems rediculous,"IMO", to have plastic on them.
     
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    I have owned everything on your list. I still own a Kimber, Springer, and S&W E-Series.
     
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    Another vote for other. I like both my RIA's.
     
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    I really like my Springer. Probably the nicest gun I own. Certainly one of my favorites.
     
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    I have a Black Duty Coat DW Valor, it's my favorite in the collection, it's a joy to shoot, it's accurate and reliable. I had the chance to try one out a few times before I found mine & I bought it used.
     
  20. ColtPythonElite

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    Springfield for shooting. Colt for collecting.

    I have a Springfield Loaded. It feeds any style or weight of bullet great and shoots nice ragged groups. I couldn't ask for more.
     
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    I voted the Colt Series 70 but I have 3 series 80 Colts and personally I believe the firing pin safety thing is way overblown. It causes me no gas to have them in my pistol, and the trigger pulls are just fine for a carry pistol. I have an officer model, new government model and a Gold Cup Trophy Match.

    The other reason I suggested the Colt is that their new production models are put together quite nicely.
     
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    I voted Colt, but add that its a Gold Cup National Match. Older ones are Series 70. IMO, ITs not a self-defense / carry gun, the trigger is 2 to 3 lbs, but it makes it one heck of a target gun out of the box.
     
  23. Armor Snail

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    I use tapatalk so polls don't show for me.



    What are the choices?


    That aside, my vote is a Dan Wesson.



    Although a $1500 budget will allow for building up a Tisas GI however you want.

    Good barrel and bushing, grips, MS housing, refinish, sights, milling, checkering, etc.



    Won't have resale value but it will be everything that YOU want on/in it.
     
  24. bannockburn

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    I voted Colt and would be looking for a Combat Elite or a Special Combat Government.
     
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