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picking out a 1911...

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by RP88, Feb 4, 2010.

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  1. RP88

    RP88 Member

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    I looked around at 1911s today. Once I get the money, I'm gonna get one.

    I was looking for opinions and reviews on some brands though.

    I looked at Kimber Custom II and a classic, two Para Ord. (GI expert and the P14-45 double-stack), and a Springfield loaded.

    For uses, it would possibly be for carry, range, possible HD, and for getting me into a customizable handgun platform (I have an AR that I love too much, so I might as well get a handgunning platform to do the same to;)).

    I'd prefer to keep it full-sized, have a nice/decent trigger (if it beats a Glock trigger, then I'll be happy), a spur hammer, beavertail grip, and eat everything I can feed it.

    If anyone has any other suggestions, I'm trying to keep my budget at less than or around $800 at the worst. I'd also like to hear why some people aren't particularly sold on Kimber or why people suggest that people avoid Para like it's the plague.
     
  2. NMGonzo

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    This is how my woes started.

    I bought a 30 year old colt combat commander. (pretty gun to brag)

    I bought a RIA for truck gun. (range toy, but it sees carry duty)

    I am getting a DW bobtail. (because I can)

    When does it end?
     
  3. RP88

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    sounds like me with milsurps. One Mosin turned into two mosins, a Garand, an M1 carbine, an SKS, and a wishlist of fourteen other guns.

    But out of what you had, how do they work and feel? What were their costs? Any issues with certain mags or ammo?
     
  4. Strahley

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    I'd skip the double stack models. I had one once, it was horribly unreliable. It was a Para, and I'll never own another Para again. Left a very bad taste in my mouth

    I'd recommend looking at a Rock Island as a first 1911. It may not have a safe queen finish like a $1,500 1911 will, but it'll shoot all day and will be more accurate than the average shooter, and can be had for $400. Maybe get a base GI model, that way on your next one (because you can't stop at one..you'll see!) you will have an idea of what upgrades you would want. Or be like me and end up upgrading your GI model, and wanting one of those "safe queen" 1911s as well
     
  5. Strahley

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    I know you asked him, but I'll chime in too

    My first was/is a GI model Rock Island. The only "upgrade" it had was a flared ejection port. It has been 100% reliable, and very accurate. The only issue I've had with it was running out of ammo! I've run ACT-Mags and Chip McCormicks through it. I put some rosewood grips on it, and will probably buy a new trigger/beavertail safety/hammer for it. I actually like the GI sights for the range

    Second was a Para Warthog, sub compact double stack. Would have at least one failure per magazine, usually 2 or 3 (failure to feed/extract/fire, stovepipe, etc). I took care of it the same as I do any gun, clean it very well when new and after any shooting with it. I did not trust it, so I got rid of it. Felt decent in hand, but was chunky and small, which wasn't really for me. I wish I never bought it, but I only lost about $50 on it after selling it
     
  6. sigsteve

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    The only one of those three that I'd buy is the Springer. I'd steer clear of Para & Kimber. If you want my opinion. Get a Dan Wesson. Even if you have to buy a like new used one you'd be much happier and have better 1911.
     
  7. RP88

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    why steer away from Kimber? I can understand the para since many have reported reliability issues (last post reaffirmed what I've read previously). But what has been up with Kimbers?
     
  8. Strahley

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    I haven't really heard anything BAD about Kimber, but for how much they cost, I think there are better options/values. Our biggest local gun store feels the same way, and has stopped carrying Kimbers

    Whenever I get around to buying a nicer, more expensive (~$1k range) 1911, it will be a SIG, Springfield, or Colt
     
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    I think that for the price of them you can do much better. Besides, if you're paying over a grand for a Kimber why would you have to put up with MIM parts and a plastic MSH?
     
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    of the 3 you listed, i'd say Springfield.
    other options are the RIA or the STI Spartan.
     
  11. NMGonzo

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    Yeah butt ... the compact 9mm 1911 my bud bought packs almost as small as my bersa
     
  12. RP88

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    I see Kimber custom IIs going for $700 off gunbroker. Am I missing something? Are these discontinued runs or something?
     
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    You may want to consider a Colt or Dan Wesson(although DW is about to price themselves out for alot of folks). I really laugh at some of the negative folks spew about Kimber though. They are a solid firearm that takes alot of heat from some folks because they are the big dog on the block as far as 1911 goes. I defintely would not rule out a Kimber because of what a few folks on a couple message boards have said(I understand that they have had some problems at times as almost all manufacturers have had at some point). There are hundreds of thousands of happy Kimber owners out there.
     
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    If your going to spend $700???? Get a Springfield Loaded. If you want a great gun for under $500 that will do everything u want get a Rock Island Tactical. I'm thinking like the other members if your going to spend $1000 save a little bit more and get a used Les Baer.
     
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    i do like my old Springfield Standard (similar to GI model). I like it better than the Kimbers Ive rented.
     
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    I love my Rock Islands. I just picked up a Colt New Agent. It's my very first expensive (>$500) 1911.
     
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    +1 on the Rock Islands as a first 1911. Got a two-tone for a smudge over 500 and its been wonderful. shoots well and the fit is pretty tight.

    But if you want something much nicer, budsgunshop has a used STI Trojan for 840 (they usually run for 1100 or so). I've heard nothing but good things about them and they're built in the US.
     
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    I'd definitely look at the Para Ordnance GI Expert. I own one and after the 500 round break in, it is 100% reliable (actually has been reliable since round 350). They come in stainless steel for 2010 too. I own the non-stainless model.
     
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    Springfield loaded. The sights glow crazy bright even in the dark. I can get on it and shoot with decent accuracy on the fly if I need to with it, and I attribute most of that to the sights.

    Only problem that I've had with it is that the slide will not always catch on the last round with magtech ammo. Its worked fine with anything else that I've fed it.

    Its also my carry piece, for carry I would advice something smaller if you plan to keep it on you at all times. I feel that I have to put in decent effort to conceal this large of a pistol, ie large coat, very long shirts, etc... But tis nice to have in the truck, and to open carry while bow hunting.
     
  20. Bass Ackwardz

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    I own a Kimber Eclipse Pro II, and a Springfield Loaded model, both are excellent firearms and have run trouble free since day one. I would trust either with my life as well. I like the Kimber for carry because its a bit smaller. There are several brand and models out there that will serve you well and not break the bank. Just rent a couple different one and see which you like better, forget what every one else thinks...


    Bass
     
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    They usually don't fit together. When you go to a beavertail grip safety you usually need to add the Commander style hammer.

    FYI, 1911 parts interchangeability is not like the AR platform. Most 1911 parts don't just "drop in". If you are adding a beavertail to a GI type platform you will most likely need to do some frame grinding.
     
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    I bought a springfield 1911 Operator 2 years ago. I love it. It's a great gun with a great warranty attached - i keep sending it in for upgrades (some i get on the house if i find something not to my liking). Now I have close to a custom gun for a grand total of $800.

    When you buy a gun you're buying the company too and i've found that Springfield is one of the best out there.

    My 2Cents
     
  23. RP88

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    yea I was thinking of something else for a second. Oopsies :uhoh:

    an that's good to know about the interchangeability. I figured that as much when I checked them out today.
     
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    At that price point, look at a new Colt O1991 ($750 new, but hard to find - in high demand). For under $900, the new Colt Combat Elite is getting rave reviews. I have some of the old models (they just reintroduced them) and love them.
     
  25. CZ223

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    I currently own 4 1911s

    Notice that I said currently, I assume that they will continue to congregate at my house.;) Anyway, I own 2 Taurus Duo-tones, a Kimber and a modified Springfield Mil-Spec that has been made into a loaded pretty much.
    Here are my observations on each.

    Taurus: I have two because the first one was just so darned reliable and accurate. Really can't say anything bad about them. I have close to three thousand throught the first one without a single gun related failure. I have had 3 ammo related FTFs. The second gun is pretty new to me but I have about 300 through it. It is a real shooter. The safety is a little lighter than I like so I will look into that.

    Kimber: Bought a Tac Pro II very lightly used. It did not feed even ball ammo when I got it. A trip to the gunsmith fixed that and it is now my every day carry piece. It is not overly accurate but it is now reliable. It is a crap shoot with Kimbers. Go to M1911.com or 1911.org and look at the Kimber section. It is very common for them to come from the factory with ejectors that are not tuned properly. That was the problem with my gun.

    Springfield: This is my second Springer in as many weeks. I traded a GI toward this one because it had a lot of features that I was gonna add to the GI at a fraction of the cost. The GI was reliable though I only had about 200 rounds through it. I have only fired about 30 rounds through this gun but enough to know that it is not very accurate but then again neither was the GI.

    Rock I sland: Don't own one but I want one. Very well made gun for the money.

    Colt: Owned two many years ago. They were the reason I hadn't owned one in over 15 years. Not looking to buy another soon.
     
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