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Most 1911 for the money

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by crackshotsdad, May 25, 2011.

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  1. crackshotsdad

    crackshotsdad Member

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    New to the HIGHROAD, not new to guns. Just looking for some suggestions. I'm basically looking for as much 1911 as I can get for around $800.00 (new/single stack/full size) Gentlemen start your engines!!
     
  2. TonyT

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    In the ca $800 range I would opt for the S&W line. My personnal favorite is the Dan Wesson line which unfortunatelyis somewhat pricier but has great value.
     
  3. hornet41

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    Save a few more sheckles and go for a Springfield Armory TRP!! You won't be sorry! 'Mo
     
  4. LHRGunslinger

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    Have you checked out the new Ruger 1911?
     
  5. Pilot

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    I like my Colts, and they can be found in that price range, or not much more if you look a bit.
     
  6. RUT

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    Ruger SR1911.............
     
  7. Dryft

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    The new Ruger looks like quite a gun for the money - and the warrantee...
     
  8. RevolvingGarbage

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    You have enough, get a nice older Colt!
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    Or if its the more tactical/modern look you are after, the new Ruger might be better.
     
  9. 9mmepiphany

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    I think I'd lean toward a S&W for it's combination of features and build quality.

    I think the sweet spot in the 1911 market is the mid-range $1500-$2000 segment as the most/best quality gun for your money
     
  10. NMBrian

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    Springfield Loaded, Ruger's new model seems to be getting good reviews, Remington has a very well built all american made one out.

    You have many choices!
     
  11. loadedround

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    My first choice would be a Colt and my second choice would be the Ruger SR1911. I have handled one and fell in love with it. Now have one on order. :)
     
  12. Black Butte

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    Springfield loaded or the new Ruger SR1911.
     
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    For the money, the SR1911 is hard to beat. I have about 850 rounds through mine in a three week period. It's not a bad 1911. I like it.
     
  14. Apocalypse-Now

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    Springfield armory.

    i won't suggest the SR1911 as others have, because i haven't seen one in person, nor do i know how well it runs because it's new. let the beta testers weed out any potential problems on new guns.
     
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    My vote goes to Springfield Armory
     
  16. ISO1600

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    Ruger SR1911. 350 rounds through mine in two days and couldn't be happier at this point.
     
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    You must define "Most" but I recommend a Colt, and I like the Series 70 reproductions.

    -Forged frames and slides
    -Low usage of MIM parts (see here)
    -Made in USA
    -Extremely high resale
    -Popular with shooters AND collectors (see resale)
    -Generally regarded as very attractive aesthetically (real bluing and wood grips)
    -Available for under $900 in most retail markets

    Now, if by "Most" you mean loaded with enhanced features not native to the 1911 platform (beavertails, accessory rails, bobbed frames, "improved" triggers and hammers, mag wells, etc...) then the Colts may not be for you. Not that those are bad things but everyone has a different purpose for their pistols.
     
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    I agree with this. At this range you can get a lot of Semi-custom guns like a Les Baer or Ed Brown. The Valor also falls in this range. Lots of semi-custom guns can be found LNIB at this price range.

    I also love this comment. A Colt 70 repo is a ton of gun for the money in that if you buy it smart and at the right price you can shoot 1000 rounds throught it and sell it for what you have in it. Not enough people shoot the 1911 in a stock Govt configuration. I love handing people my 70 series Repo and blowing their mind with how well they can shoot it.

    If you are looking for tactical coolness with all the features I would choose the SA Loaded or a S&W if you do not mind an external extractor. Both have long track records of being reliable for most shooters needs.

    I cannot believe that people are recommending the Ruger 1911. I have to ask how many of the people recommending it actually own the pistol, have shot the pistol or even held one. :eek: The Ruger may end up being a great 1911 but at this stage I am not sure we can make a call it.
     
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    I'm ready to duck but I have two of Sig's 1911's (both above the $800 mark) and both have been fantastic and I feel were money well spent. They have a few models in the $800 range.

    With that said I'm with the suggestion of a Mil-Spec Colt, I have a series 80 1911A1 that was made in the early 80's and it will run with my more expensive guns all day long, I think I paid $550 for it.

    If you step up a little in what you're willing to spend & start shopping around for some of Dan Wesson's less expensive models the benefits compound quickly. Even though their prices have gone up recently and some people are salty over that, they are still one of the best values out there IMO. I've got a Valor and CBOB and they are both impeccable.

    It's hard to shop for a 1911 in the $800 range because there's so much to choose from and you are getting a mil-spec gun that has been tweaked with modern advancements so making comparison's can be very difficult. In the +1000 range you start getting into hand fitting, tuned triggers etc - that's where the fat and water start to separate.
     
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    I have the Colt series 70 and have put thousands upon..

    thousands through it in the past 30 years without a hiccup. A great gun.
     
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    Haven't seen one yet but I've seen enough positives to want one. Ruger SR1911;)
     
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    I am quite surprised (in a good way) at the amount of people mentioning Ruger's SR1911. I really do want one as well, but with a few more features (frame rail, ambi-safety etc). That and it was just released a month or two ago. I really hope they will soon start adding to the SR1911 platform.
     
  23. jon_in_wv

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    Recently I had a chance to handle a Colt Custom Combat at a local shop. I believe it was very close to your price range and it seemed like a really nice 1911. I did, however, buy the American Classic 1911 next to it for about $500 less. I really don't think I gave up anything by buying the AC. Of course, if I was looking to spend more I would have bought the Colt.
     
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    S&W, Colt, Sig or STI. Lots of great 1911s out there. Time to get off the computer and down to the gun store to hold a few and decide what you want.
     
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    I have Colts's which I love, Springfields which I love but I put my students in STI Spartans for Mas Ayoob's classes and they work perfectly.
     
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