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Should I keep my 1911?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by atrain08, Dec 12, 2008.

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What to do with the 1911

  1. Keep it

    86.9%
  2. Trade it in

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  1. atrain08

    atrain08 Member

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    I'm having to decide whether I want to keep my springfield 1911 mil-spec and upgrade it or trade it in on something else. I like the gun but there is a few things I dislike about it. One is the tiny mil-spec sights, they are so small I can't shoot this thing accurately for very long. My first 10 shots or so is fairly tight but then my eyes get tired. Another thing is the cost of 45 ammo, the cost really hurts. The thing I'm battling with is that I can't find a gun out there that I like the feel of as much as the 1911's. I have $550.00 in this gun as it is. What would you all do, keep it? Trade it in on what? The 1911 is my only full size pistol and it is my range/night stand gun, I have a Taurus Millennium pro 9mm which is my at work/traveling gun. I would most likely trade the 1911 in on a 9mm. I like the CZ75B SA and sp-01, I also like the Sig p226 or p220. Maybe I should start a new thread debating which new handgun I should get and list exactly what I'm looking for? Thanks guys

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  2. zx12rider

    zx12rider Member

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    I would

    Keep it and install novaks or another good quality site. In addition I would get a .22 plinker or quality 9mm shooter to save on ammo. Maybe a Buckmark and Smith M&P 9 with thumb safety to keep with the 1911 design. Funny how I can constitute owning multiple guns........ :) when you are finished buying these two, let me know I can suggest 70-80 other must haves.....
     
  3. Macmac

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    What job was this bought for?

    What other gun would you buy if you sold this one?

    Is this the only 1911 1A you have now?
     
  4. Boba Fett

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    I think I would probably keep it, but I haven't voted yet because there are some options you may want to consider.

    First, if you don't like things about it (trigger, sights, grips, etc.) these can often be changed fairly easily and without too much added cost. I don't know how the mil-spec sights are setup, but do some research or take it to a gun smith or ask Springfield if you can change the sights.

    As far as guns with good feel, I personally love the feel of the full size Baby Desert Eagle from IMI/Magnum Research (in any caliber).

    An extremely close second in terms of feel is the SIG line of pistols. And of course the quality of Sig is just superb. Check out the P220 and P250. Especially the P250. With the P250, if you don't like the cost of shooting 45 all day, then you can swap out the barrel. In fact, you can shoot 9mm, 357Sig, 40S&W, and 45 ACP all from the same gun. MSRP is $700 which means you should be able to find it $100-150 cheaper at shows or online.
     
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  5. atrain08

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    The 1911 is my only full size pistol and it is my range/night stand gun, I have a Taurus Millennium pro 9mm which is my at work/traveling gun. I would most likely trade the 1911 in on a 9mm. I like the CZ75B SA and sp-01, I also like the Sig p226. Maybe I should start a new thread debating which new handgun I should get and list exactly what I'm looking for?
     
  6. f4t9r

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    Sig and CZ are very nice, I would keep the 1911 and save up to get one or both of the others
     
  7. trbon8r

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    If you like the SA I would keep it, and install some sights of your liking. Then invest in some reloading gear. All will be well then. I can reload .45 ACP all day long using cast 200 gr. semi-wadcutter bullets for around 5 to 6 bucks for a box of 50.

    For me reloading used to only be a cost saving measure, but with ammo prices being what they are today, reloading is mandatory.

    I've owned Glocks, and shot my share of Sigs. While Glock and Sig make a good gun, I wouldn't trade a 1911 for a truck load of Sigs or Glocks.
     
  8. atrain08

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    Wow, $5-6 per box! Could you give me some info about your reloading equipment?
     
  9. schmeky

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    What trbon8r said;

    Keep it, buy a Dillon Square Deal, or some other good progressive reloader, you can load a .45 down to where it's milder than a 9mm, much milder. You can load .45's for less than .10 cents a round, which means you can shoot lots more and get proficient with that 1911.

    A .22 conversion kit is around $200.00, suddenly you now have 2 guns.

    Your 1911 is a base for anything from mild to wild. You have more choices for sights for a 1911 than all other guns combined.

    Trust me, if you like the feel of the 1911, you'll be back, kicking yourself for letting this one go. Sigs are great, Glocks are great, CZ's are great, but 1911's are awesome.
     
  10. indoorsoccerfrea

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    there isn't an option "sell it to me"...

    in the absence of that option, I say keep it.
     
  11. david_the_greek

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    well, one thing to consider is the addition of a .22 adapter kit. This will allow for much cheaper plinking. I wouldn't sell it simply due to the fact that I know I would miss it in the future. The 1911 is something everyone should have. Its such a nice shooting gun that I would hate to not have it in the rotation. An adapter and a sight job should solve you problem, which would be much less painful than selling a well loved firearm
     
  12. Frog48

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    Keep it. If sights are a problem, mail the slide to Novak and let them cut dovetails and install some of their sights.
     
  13. atrain08

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    Ok guys you all talked me into it, I will keep it. Should I start another thread getting some info about setting up my 1911 to my liking or using this one? I'm new to this forum and I don't want to tick off any moderators with multiple many threads.
     
  14. ConstantineJ9

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    You'll regret getting rid of it later on, I know I regret getting rid of my Kimber and Llama.
     
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    I'll trade you for my C9!:evil:

    Keep that jewel forever, or regret selling it forever.
     
  16. Eightball

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    My advice? Get the parts you don't like customized, you'll like it better and have a "customized" 1911 that you'll cherish.

    Or, alternatively, SIG's are awesome.
     
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    The goal is to have more guns not less.
     
  18. atrain08

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    What would you all think of trading it in on a higher quality 1911 that comes with novak sights? I was checking the cost of sights and it looks like I will be spending $180 on just sights. Considering I already have $550 in the gun, that means I would have $730 in it. After looking at the cost I really want to trade it in on a sig p220 and then buy a 1911 that already has the sights I want, probably a kimber.
     
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  19. easyrider6042004@yahoo.ca

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    Sold my last 1911 (Gold Cup series 80) last February. Am itching for another one:(

    If that were my Springfield, I'd keep it and correct whatever deficiencies it may have. You'll be ahead in the long run, and never have to regret selling a good gun.
     
  20. Kryzen

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    Keep The 1911,Change The Sights For Some Better.Sell It or Trade In If You Have Other 1911,At Least Keep One.
     
  21. steveracer

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    Not having a 1911 is like not having shoes. You can still get around, but it sucks.
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  22. ConstantineJ9

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    exactly steveracer
     
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    I bought the Hornady LnL a few years ago. I shoot 155 gr SWC for about $10 per 100. 200 gr SWC for under $12 per 100.

    I bought a Ciener Platinum .22 conversion for my SA Black Sainless. I have some other .45s so don't use the SA in .45 much any more.

    I recently bought a 9mm 1911 and love it. Mine is a Baer, and a bit spendy, but there are 9mm 1911 out there for around $1,000.

    I also have a CZ75BD in 9mm with the .22 Kadet Kit. Very nice combo.

    If you plan on really shooting much over the next 10-20 years you need to get into reloading. I save so much on ammo that all my guns are free.
     
  24. schmeky

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    Dang, I shoulda' come with that line. I totally agree.
     
  25. dogngun

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    The only large caliber autos I have any more are 2 1911's. Botu have Novaks.
    I'm 61 and my eyes are not what they once were. I have had and liked a whold bunch of 9mm DA autos, but when I go older I went back to the 1911 and sold everything else except for a couple of small caliber autos.

    I'd save up a few bucks and see what you like when you have the money.

    mark
     
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