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Need help choosing a 1911

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Bravo11, Nov 1, 2007.

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  1. Bravo11

    Bravo11 Member

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    I need help choosing a 1911.
    I'm looking for a pretty good 1911 but I don't want to have to
    hock my house to get it. Maybe Santa can leave one if I tell him what I want. Any ideas would be helpful.
     
  2. hkusp

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    Sw1911
     
  3. RevolvingCylinder

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    Buy a GI-type and have sights of your liking installed. This is the only way I'll have a 1911.
     
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    If you don't mind the external extractor, S&W is a great choice.

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    Not sure how much you're looking to spend, but that should run from $750 - $850.
     
  7. Fumbler

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    Get a Wilson Combat Classic Super Grade.

    kidding...
    Bravo11, you really need to think about how much you want to spend and what features you want first.
    After that we can give you meaningful advice.
     
  8. Hunter0924

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    Colt, The first Government Model.
     
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    SW1911 is great. Mine is my most prized firearm of 20+.
     
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    taurus pt1911, sa loaded model, gi all great options and anyone will serve you well.
     
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    I am loving my Spartan

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  12. 10-Ring

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    Colt gov't model!
     
  13. RON in PA

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    Ditto on the Colt Govt. Model.
     
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    I carry a superstitious bias against Taurus from a bad T-92 I had many years ago. Others who have actually tried a PT 1911 seem to love it.

    I carry a Kimber Custom II, with a few modifications. (govt guide rod, trijicon sights, hogue finger-groove grips.) I may toy with an arched mainspring housing. Despite the naysayers who seem to pop up and complain about MIM parts failing, I haven't had a hiccup of any kind with this gun in about 5 years. The gun was $630 NIB, the sights were $115 installed. I would (and have) recommend this setup to anyone.

    My dad is hemming and hawing about getting a defensive auto, and I have been talking to him about it, and we have discussed a few options. (He's cheap AND scared of his wife. He has actually traded fishing flies for new guns.) Two keep coming back. An RRA or Springfield govt model, which would be ideal to start with and possibly tweak later, OR we have also considered buying frames, and taking a class from a gunsmith learning to build them together. This can be as cheap or as expensive as you want it to be, but it's certainly cheaper to spend a week's evenings hand-lapping your own slide than it is to buy one that someone else fitted for you. (It's only lapping compound and time.) You also have the advantage of getting the most intimate knowledge of your own gun possible, because you see how every part works.

    The only cheap 1911 I steer people away from is Auto Ordance. (Do they still make them?) I got one from a friend as part of a big trade, and not only did it function badly all around, the front sight fell out.
     
  16. Rob96

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    What the hell is that?:what: I always thought the Hieinies that Taurus is using on their 1911 looked bad, they are not actually the sights Richard Hienie uses on 1911's. But the way they did the frame for the rail is horrendous.:barf:
     
  17. Walkalong

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    Rob96 doesn't like the rail I think. :evil:


    Springfield Mil-Spec to save money. Springfield Loaded if you want more goodies and are willing to pay for them. S&W is also a fine choice. Can not go wrong with Colt. I like my Kimber as well.
     
  18. Gunner4h1r3

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    I would get a Rock Island Armory. I have a G.I. model that I purchased for $380 new. Good gun and a good base to build up on. The sights are of the tiny type but that is a simple job to change.

    The Tactical model is pretty good from what I hear.
     
  19. Ala Dan

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    Hello Folk's-

    A'bout all I can add is the fact that there are many quality 1911's out there
    made by various manufactuer's. I sell firearms for a living, and I have learned
    that everyone's budget is not the same; thus the 1911 that fills a niche for
    customer A, may not fill the same niche for customer B and vice versa. One
    fact remains certain; high end 1911's are expensive, so expect too have to
    pay for all the features found on these weapons.

    Just for the sake of comparison, lets compare a Kimber Warrior and a
    Springfield Armory Trophy Match. Both, are top notch firearms selling
    for over $1K. The Warrior's finish is a blued "Kim Pro", while the Trophy
    Match is all stainless. Rear sights are adjustable on the Springfield gun,
    while the Warrior has factory Meprolight night sights. Both, are 5" barrel
    weapons. Lock up is tight and acceptable on both firearms; and both
    have safety systems (politically correct, so too speak). Grips on the
    Springfield are Cocobolo wood, with Springfields crossed cannon logo;
    while the Kimber Warrior has plastic or polymer off white grips. Both,
    are capable of out-standing accuracy in experienced shooter's hands.

    Finally, which one do customers prefer? It boils down to which one of
    the manufactuers do you trust? I think it comes down to customer
    service. Here, is where Springfield shines. If ever a problem arises,
    a quick phone call to Debbie in Springfields customer service will
    get the problem resolved; but people have reported the same
    results with Dennis at Kimber.

    I can't answer which weapon is "best"; as this is very subjective.
    Personally, I like both firearms; but still both would have to prove
    to be 100% reliable as a CCW piece, before I would carry either.
     
  20. the pistolero

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    I have a couple of Springfields and Kimbers; my most recent 1911 acquisition is a Dan Wesson Razorback and so far DW comes highly recommended. From what I remember they use fewer MIM parts than just about any other manufacturer, so if that's a sticking point with you I would recommend Dan Wesson. As far as Springfields vs. Kimbers, I am by no means averse to buying another Kimber, but I don't see how the Kimber can justifiably command a higher price than a comparable Springfield. YMMV, of course. I'd recommend any of those three.
     
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    You be right.
     
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    Paid only a little more than that for my Tactical from www.sarcoinc.com - total (S&H, FFL, etc.) was about $410 or so. Great entry-level price for a great gun. The only quirk I have discovered is an occassional failure to return to battery, and I've been advised that a new Wolf #16 spring will cure it.

    Buy it, and use the saved $$ for ammo & range time!
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  23. Bravo11

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    Good point Fumbler.
    Now that the ball is rolling, here are more specifics.
    I don't want to pay more than a $1000 for a quality pistol.
    I want target grade sights because this is primarliy going to be
    used as a range gun but I want it to look good as in "BBQ" grade
    because coming in at around a grand it will be my most expensive
    pistol. I plan on getting a trigger job but other than that I want the gun to be tight and shoot well out of the box.
    This gun will live among my Sig, CZ, others etc. and another 1911 which is a
    Charles Daly. Regardless of the bad hipe with Dalys it shoots pretty good.
    Still, I want to take it up a notch(or 2).
    Back to the price issue. My budget won't get me to the $2000 class guns
    and $1500 is on the extreme high side as a walk out the door price,
    but I don't want a $500 gun either.
    I hope this narrows the range.
    Thanks for all the replies.
     
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    Buy used, pre-owned, second-hand, whatever you want to call it. If you want to save money, pick a good used gun.
     
  25. the pistolero

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    If $1,000 is your upper limit the Springfield Loaded would be a great choice. 3-dot tritium night sights, ambidextrous thumb safety, beavertail grip safety, and skeletonized hammer & trigger. The only thing I don't like about it is the speed bump on the grip safety; past 50 rounds it gets to be a pain in the hand. I got the parkerized version for $760 out the door; I haven't a clue what the stainless would cost at your friendly local fun shop, but I'd think even if you wanted it you could easily come in under that limit.
     
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