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Planning a new 1911 ...

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Rail Driver, May 11, 2012.

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  1. Rail Driver

    Rail Driver Member

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    So my reward for quitting smoking is going to be that I get to order a new gun when we get our next tax refund - I'd prefer a Colt, but it doesn't have to be.

    I'll have ~$1500 or so to put into the gun ($1750 max)

    Necessities -

    Full size or commander
    Beavertail grip safety
    Bobbed or flat MSH
    Carry sights
    High polish, matte blued, or black oxide/parked (no stainless or aluminum)
    Series 70 firing system
    Steel frame
    Single stack

    So given my price limit, what are my options in a new stock or semi-custom gun? I know I can't afford a Baer, Brown, or Nighthawk new. I can't find prices on Colts anyplace. I've been looking at Fusion, and I like some of their offerings in my price range, but I'd like to see what else is out there, that I may not know about.
     
  2. dubya450

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    I'd just like to say congrats on kicking the smokes! I know how darn hard it is to quit so props to you, you deserve a present from yourself and what better way than with a new gun!
     
  3. Rail Driver

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    Thanks - I'm on the patch now, but if day 1 is this easy (compared to trying to quit without the patch - 4 failed attempts before) then it'll be a piece of cake.

    Plus having a new 1911 to look forward to when I'm still hurting from selling my Colt recently will help a LOT.
     
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    I recently looked at a Dan Wesson bobtailed commander. It was a very nice gun, and I believe it fit all of your requirements and was in your price range.

    Good luck on your search and congrats on giving up smokes.
     
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    That's another one I'm looking into, but then I've been thinking - this is going to be a family heirloom. I want to pass it down to my son in time, and (hopefully) be around to see him pass it down to his son. I'm having a hard time deciding because of that - I want to go with a company I know will be around in another 40 or 50 years. So far, in my head, Colt is the only company that stands out. - They're also the only company with the famous Colt Royal Blue - my preferred finish.
     
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    I would get the Colt.

    As for smoking you can do it Been smoke free since Aug 2003. I did easy way spent 3 weeks unconscious in Intensive Care. When they woke me up I no longer wanted to smoke. Only cost a couple 100 grand.

    Once you quit. Stay quit. I quit on patch once was good for about 3 months . Smoked just one then another hey its ok 1 now and then. Wrong . You will come back with twice the habit.
    You can do it and the Colt at end will be reward. Better yet but a Les Bare their at upper end of your price range .
     
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    Les Baer are completely out of my range - His lowest priced gun (this WILL be a new, built for me gun) will be out of my price range by the time I have the changes I want added on (bobbed MSH, low profile carry sights, etc etc). The same goes for Nighthawk and Ed Brown - I just won't have that kind of money to spend.
     
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