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Thoughts on a mid priced 1911 in .45?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Kawamax, Mar 30, 2020.

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  1. JR24

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    I'd go Dan Wesson, Pointman or A2. Barring that, the Colt Competition.

    It's worth it to save a bit more to get quality in my book.
     
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    I just wanted a stainless model to keep in the truck and carry in the woods sometimes. I went to Cabelas and checked out all the ones they had and settled on a Remington that has a great trigger pull...even better than my factory-tuned, Colt National Match. I was very happy with the piece, but the sear spring kept slipping off the sear, so sent it to Remington and am " somewhat patiently" awaiting its return.

    It's a relatively new variation of the "beast", so haven't seen anything written about the model, but have been very impressed with the piece, at least until this little "hiccup".

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    I had a basic Remington R1 that was very reliable and extremely accurate for a $500 1911 (what I paid anyway). Ultimately it got traded for something else and I prefer a longer trigger and beavertail.

    I also have an R1 Enhanced Double stack that's been very solid, reliable and accurate. 14+1 of .45 with a Para 14.45 mag ain't nothing to sneeze at either.

    It's my down stairs / loading bench gun.
     
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    Really like my Springfield "Loaded" in 9mm, so much that I bought a spare (but I have to deal with CAs list of approved guns so I bought the spare just in case it came off the list)

    Less money that you were planning on spending but I am happy with my Citadel (RIA) .45.
    Not as nice as the Springfields but a great value for the money IMO.
     
  5. Kawamax

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    I thought I should follow up this thread with what I ended up doing. The first thing I did was put a new trigger in the Springfield. I got a C&S Tactical Set 2 that included a new hammer, sear, disconnector, hammer spring, and sear spring. The pieces are supposedly tightly machined so you don't need to do any fitting to your gun, and they harden (and test the hardness) the moving parts. It was a bit of work, but I went slow and it all went as it should. The Springfield's trigger is _much_ better than it was before, and I am pretty happy with it. They want you to run 100 rounds through it before you fully trust the trigger (10x 2 rounds in the magazine, 10x 3 rounds, 10x 5 rounds) and it passed with flying colors. I am really happy with this change, and for the first time ever I'm pretty happy with the Springfield. And as a bonus I understand the internals of a 1911 much better now.

    Of course, now that the Springfield is sorted out, I couldn't stop there. :) I decided on a Pointman PM-45, but unfortunately the times we are living in caught up to me. Dan Wesson is in NY, and they've been shut down for a long time. Neither my LGS or his distributors had one in stock (or the 9 mm version either) so I was out of luck. I just checked and the DW web page says that they are still shut down. (I am biting my tongue so I won't comment on NY or its Governor that considers firearms "non-essential".) I wasn't going to give up that easily, so I started scouting some of the other LGS's to see if there were any left on a shelf anywhere. I didn't find any, but I did find a Nighthawk Talon (used) for sale. Once I pulled the trigger on the Talon I was sold. :) It is a joy to shoot, and the way that all of the pieces fit together even makes it fun to clean. I took it to the range and shot the best I have for a long time, and I expect to get better as I learn it better. I may still get a DW down the road, but right now I'm pretty happy with the Springfield and Talon. Hmm, maybe a DW ECO for carry...
     
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    I have three RIA pistols and all three have been very reliable and accurate. I didn't pay $800 for them either. I have a FS TAC and CS in 45 and a FS in 9mm. It wouldn't bother me to carry any of them in place of the GI guns that I did carry into combat. RIA frames are cast 4140 steal and slides are forged 4140. I know that there were a number of US manufacturers that have used RIA frames and/or slides with US made internal parts. The STI Spartan is one of them.

    OP,

    You have been given a lot of good suggestions, Pick one with the features you like that is in your budget. Me personally, I'm not a snob that has to have a certain name on the slide. As long as it functions out of the box and has decent accuracy, I'll shoot and own it. Heck the 1911A1's that I was issued in the Army were soo loose that they sounded like they would fall apart when shot. The barrel to slide fit was still good and they shot just fine and allowed me to qualify expert.
     
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    @Kawamax : “I’m just looking for a nice mid price range 1911.”

    Picks up a Nighthawk Customs Talon...:cool:

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    Nice find! :thumbup:
    It’s neat how just a bit of effort can turn a pistol into an art form, huh?

    Enjoy it well!:)
     
  8. 9mmepiphany

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    Thanks for the update and taking us along on your journey
     
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