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. 9mmepiphany

    9mmepiphany Moderator Staff Member

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    You must have misread my sentence or misunderstood it

    I was saying that I would sell the gun and get another built, I wouldn't have an artsy 1911 built, but a more simple functional one. It isn't that you can't fight with an artsy 1911...Clint Smith does very well with his fully engraved LB PM II...but they usually cost more than $2500. (the last one I thought about was $6000)

    But for $2500, you can get a very nice 1911 built that would better fit what I'd want in a fighting gun than any of the semi-custom 1911s on the market. I'd start with a nice base 1911 like the Dan Wesson CBOB and change what didn't suit me to make it just right...the hardest part is finding a top flight gunsmith who is also a master welder
     
  2. Strahley

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    I'd want a "fighting" 1911 to be as close to the original design as possible
     
  3. 9mmepiphany

    9mmepiphany Moderator Staff Member

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    Maybe I should define my terms.

    For me the opposite of a fighting 1911 would be a BBQ 1911

    Over the years, I have developed a sense of what I like done to a 1911. This isn't the same as what I need.

    No one really needs French Borders on the slide, a raised rear sight platform (like a Sig 210) or the lines of a Colt frame straightened. You don't really need a welded magwell added or the rear of the slide serrated either. You don't need a Christiansen rear sight, a Chen magwell/MSH or a Gray hardtail, it is just stuff I like.
     
  4. jleyring

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    I say get rid of it and go and buy a few other pistols. You can get a 1911 that you would feel much better about shooting and you can get another great pistol. That is just what i would do.
     
  5. Greg528iT

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    You are right I did mis read it.
    But still, with as little as the OP listed the winning 1911 Custom might be exactly what you consider a "fighting 1911".
    I was in a local gun shop the top 2 priciest 1911s they had were, a Nighhawk and another I didn't recognize the name. I asked, and was informed it was a local smith, "very good".. I didn't know the local smith.. if I had actually been in a buying mood, I might have gone over the other custom a little closer, see what parts he used Besides the Colt frame and slide, and Ed Brown bob tail.. so far good.. but if I won it, I'd take her home and really dig into it.
     
  6. Cop Bob

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    Hard to say... I'm kinda like some of the others here... once I get it... it's mine... I have two safes full of "Queens".... I never sell, but I do trade..(rarely).. and I only trade UP...!

    If you like it, keep it... If it is not what you want, sounds like you have some really desirable tradin fodder...
     
  7. postalnut25

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    I already have enough guns that don't get shot enough due to funds. Selling that gun for the money could get a new reloading press, ammunition, a training class, or something along those lines. I'd get more use out of the other options than the free pistol.
     
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    I'd keep it & shoot the snot outta it!

    Don't have a 1911 (yet) so it'd be really sweet to win one.
     
  9. mister2

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    I voted sell and buy 2, even if I didn't exactly agree on the "cheaper" description. I would've bought a couple (or 3) Colt GMs, which may cost less but are certainly not, in my opinion "cheap" or "cheaper", which carries a demeaning tone.
     
  10. 9mmepiphany

    9mmepiphany Moderator Staff Member

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    Actually I think the OP was quite clear.
    1. 1911
    2. Semi-custom (not custom)
    3. $2500

    I'm pretty familiar with that part of the 1911 market that fits those three criteria and none of them are exactly what I would choose...believe me, none of them offer a Bruce Gray Hardtail
     
  11. WvHiker

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    I'd sell it, then turn around and buy a 10mm Glock and a nice Sig in 9mm. Maybe a S&W 642 while I was at it.
     
  12. hardworker

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    I'd sell it, buy a kimber or colt for around 900 and buy a bunch of ammo and use the rest for a hellacious party that night
     
  13. MrWesson

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    Maybe I just haven't gotten to the point in my life were I can understand a $2500 handgun that doesn't have any history behind it. Then again I am also a cheap a**.

    Give me 4 middle of the road guns over 1 $2500 gun anyday.
     
  14. 9mmepiphany

    9mmepiphany Moderator Staff Member

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    Might be a little hard when mid-range 1911s are $1000~$1500
     
  15. fatcat4620

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    Sell it and buy a real gun.
     
  16. MCMXI
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  17. Stevie-Ray

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    Keep it and shoot it! 1911s are my favorite guns to shoot, fondle, take apart, look longingly at in a dealer's case, or simply admire. I'd love to have an upper-crust model, but can't seem to justify the cost on a fixed income. Now, if I won one.............
     
  18. Girodin

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    Keep it and shoot it. I don't need the money from selling it. It isn't some rare collectible, or heirloom so no reason to let is sit in my safe gather dust.
     
  19. Nushif

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    I'd sell it and keep the money until I find something I really like.
     
  20. cwp3420

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    I'd sell it and buy an HK P7M8!
     
  21. Don357

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    If I won a "custom" $2500 1911, I would sell it and buy a couple of factory customized RIA/Armscor's, the PSL rifle I've been wanting, and lots of ammo for both.
     
  22. Jim PHL

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    I voted "sell it because I'd rather have the money", but I'd spend all the money on guns or gun-related accessories. I don't agree with "never sell a gun". Sometimes you just move on from something you really wanted at the time, but I always use money from selling a gun to buy another gun. I can't see the reasoning behind keeping something around that you're just not that into anymore. I've sold or traded dozens of guns over the years. I can only think of a couple I truly miss and would like to have back. They've all been traded for, or sold to help pay for, guns I wanted more at the time.

    I agree with Auto426 and although my first 2 1911's were "Loaded" models, my taste has changed and now I am more interested in closer to original spec guns. I now only own one 1911, a 5-inch, stainless, SA "Loaded". It was my first 1911 and bought new-in-the-box. It had all the bells and whistles that everyone says you need on a 1911. Since owning and firing it for some years, I've discovered I don't "need" ambi-safeties, a full-length guide rod, front-cocking serrations, a beavertail the size of a real beaver tail, or some of the other features it came with. Don't get me wrong, it's a great gun, I really like it and I shoot it more accurately than anything else in my safe. I just think now I'd like something just as accurate and reliable....without all the 'stuff'!

    In this case, I'd probably sell the gun I won and get a new, stock blue Colt and have a good gunsmith change the sites, trigger and possibly add a slightly larger thumb safety and maybe some minor reliability and accuracy touches. I figure I'd end-up with something costing no more than $1500-1800 max, and spend the rest on mags, ammo, and leather.
     
  23. hardluk1

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    Sell it and buy a RRA varmint a4 and a top flight scope for it and some match grade ammo.
     
  24. mgmorden

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    I'd keep it and shoot it. A "safe queen" as a useless hunk of steel in my book. What good is all the hand fitting work in the first place if it's never going to be shot? Might as well save the effort.

    As to getting rid of it, realistically, I doubt I'd EVER put that much money into a gun, so a gift or prize is the only way I'd get it. I'd personally just enjoy it for what it is. That's what gifts and prizes are about: you getting something that you typically wouldn't spend the money on yourself.
     
  25. rellascout

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    Well stated!
     
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