If you won a semi-custom 1911, would you sell it or keep it?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by MCMXI, Mar 24, 2011.

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If you won a semi-custom 1911 valued at around $2,500 would you ....

Poll closed Apr 23, 2011.
  1. Keep it as a safe queen

    4.2%
  2. Keep it and shoot it

    65.8%
  3. Sell it because you'd rather have the money

    11.4%
  4. Sell it and buy a different pistol of equivalent value

    3.0%
  5. Sell it and buy a different pistol of greater value

    0.8%
  6. Sell it and buy two cheaper pistols

    4.6%
  7. Sell it and buy three cheaper pistols

    5.9%
  8. Sell it and buy four cheaper pistols

    4.2%
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  1. Remo223

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    Depends on how gaudy it is. I don't like adjustable sights, extended this and that, tacky checkering or slide serrations. If it was fairly conservative, I'd keep it and shoot it. Otherwise I'd kick it to the curb before even firing one shot through it.
     
  2. Brian Williams

    Brian Williams Moderator Emeritus

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    I would sell it and have Jim Garthwaith put a new slide and barrel on my Systema Colt receiver, it would be in 45 with a Govt style slide with GI style serrations, GI style sights, a Gold bead front sight.
     
  3. Phydeaux642

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    Keep it. Shoot it. Heck, maybe even carry it. I couldn't bring myself to spend that for one, but I would still like to have one. I would like a Les Baer Monolith.
     
  4. 9mmepiphany

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    I'd sell it and have a smith put together a real custom 1911 for the same price...not one of the art piece 1911s, but a fighting 1911
     
  5. wow6599

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    If it was from Perry, MO I would keep it.......
     
  6. MCMXI
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    Is there a semi-custom 1911 that you wouldn't sell? One that is already your idea of an excellent "fighting 1911"?

    This poll is kind of one-sided.
     
  7. carbuncle

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    I keep it and shoot it extensively: a 1911 in that price range is on my wish list, so I'd enjoy it for the windfall it was. I'd definitely order up a very nice holster rig for it, since it was free and all: Sparks IWB and OWB options with mag pouchs and a nice new belt, methinks.
     
  8. 9mmepiphany

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    Maybe a Les Baer or a Springfield Professional...they are close, but lack or add a couple of features that I'd change.

    Just to have, I'd keep a Nighthawk Custom Heine...but it is a bit more than $2500
     
  9. Auto426

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    Whether or not I keep the gun would depend largely on the exact model that was being awarded to me. I tend to prefer a minimalist approach to 1911's, that is I prefer the mil-spec type guns. My preferred flavor in 1911's is Colt, as I love their classic looks and basic no frills models.

    If I was awarded something like an stainless Ed Brown Executive Elite, I would probably keep it. However, if it was something like a Wilson with a bunch of "tacticool" features and a weird spray on finish, then I would sell it, and use the money to buy a Gold Cup Trophy and a Series 70 repro.
     
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  11. JEB

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    keep it, shoot it, carry it, shoot it some more, reload for it..... and shoot it a whole lot more!
     
  12. evan price

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    Sell it off. 1911's don't really do anything for me- I'm just not a single-action kind of guy- and a 'custom shop' 1911 isn't anything I'd be interested in at all. I'm sure there's some 1911 lover who would give me $2000 cash for a $2500 Les Baer in a hurry. I never understood why people pay $1500 for a 1911 and then spend another $1000 to make it run reliably as a service pistol.

    Give me my Sig P220 and I'm happy. NO bling-bling, no fancy schmancy. Works every time.
     
  13. Ala Dan

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    I voted "to keep it and shoot it"~! ;) :D
     
  14. 451 Detonics

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    Sell it if possible, always folks around willing to pay inflated prices because of the name on the slide. Then take that money and build a gun that shoots just as well and have plenty of money left over for ammo.
     
  15. Adam123

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    This seems to be a decision that would differ per each individual's needs. Each point could be argued, but in the end, nothing is solved. In my 100% correct opinion, our personal preference should be irrelevant in regards to your needs/wants.
     
  16. Greg528iT

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    NEVER sell a gun.
     
  17. Greg528iT

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    That's a bit of assuming. You assume it's a pretty boy not a fighting custom.

    I voted on the poll, but found it to be too generic. What exact semi custom is it?
     
  18. 38 Super Fan

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    +1:)
     
  19. Shipwreck

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    If you like it - keep it and shoot it.

    I have a Springfield Custom I spent $3k on. And, I had an Ed Brown Special Forces and sold it last Sat. My interests have changed away from 1911s at the moment. But, I'm keeping the Springfield. And, if I ever did want another Ed Brown or something similar - I'd go buy one..

    So, while some people don't want to spend that much on a 1911 (I understand that not everyone wants to or even can) - I wouldn't keep it unfired and in the safe...

    Keep it and shoot it if you like 1911s. It will be the nicest one you ever had, probably. And, you will see a difference between it and regular production guns.

    However - if there is something else ya want more - then sell it unfired to get the most $ out of it.
     
  20. MICHAEL T

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    I would love to have a Ed Brown and I would dang sure shoot it.
     
  21. shotgunjoel

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    I'm still rather early in my shooting years. Plus I'm more of a rifle guy. I think I'd shoot it, and if I didn't fall in love with it, I'd sell it. $2500 can buy a lot of guns and ammo. It could really get a good reloading set up going too.
     
  22. chez323

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    Keep it and shoot it of course!
     
  23. Strahley

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    If a gun proves to be unreliable or you just don't go well with it, nothing wrong with selling it in favor of one that will
     
  24. Greg528iT

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    Then it's a boat anchor. ;)

    but yeah nothing wrong with, if it doesn't fit, finding one that does.
    I can be pretty black and white about such things, as I am very carefull about such purchases. I rarely buy something like a gun on a whim. :D says teh guy who has owned 5 cars, in the last 25 years.. and wait.. I still own 4 of them. Where I know guys who've gone thru 25 or more in that time.
     
  25. Strahley

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    I try not to either, but sometimes you can't do enough research to know if a gun will go well with you or not. It would be easier if you could put a few hundred rounds through a gun before you decided to buy it, but that isn't always an option
     
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