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Who makes a good 1911 in 9mm?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by wbwanzer, Dec 7, 2012.

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  1. wbwanzer

    wbwanzer Member

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    I know, I know. It shouldn't be in 9mm. But that's what I'm thinking about. So play along if you can deal with 9mm. Who makes the most problem free 1911 in 9mm? And under $700. STI maybe? Who else? Tell me about yours and include pictures if you want. Thanks.
     
  2. Sal1911A1

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    9mm 1911

    Lately I have been checking on the taurus pt1911 in 9mm, some good reviews on some other forums.
    Under the $700 price range you want.
     
  3. hq

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    Norinco NP-28 I almost accidentally bought a couple of years ago ($350) has turned out to be a very reliable, bare bones double stack 9mm 1911. Not the most accurate gun, trigger needed some work, sights are early milspec and fit and finish are barely acceptable, but most importantly, it goes bang every time you pull the trigger. IIRC, the magazines are Caspian-compatible, 15rd with flat base plate.
     
  4. smalls

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    I daily carry an STI Spartan IV in 9mm. Extractor tension was too loose (common 9mm 1911 problem) when I first got it, but was an easy fix, and it's been 100% since then.

    It's the best option for <$700. The gut and finish are great, you get all the bells and whistles plus the best CS in the game.

    I've also heard nothing but good stuff about the RIA's. I've shot a few of their .45's, but no 9mm's.
     
  5. billy396

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    I've had good luck with STI, Colt, Springfield, and Kimber 1911's in 9MM.
     
  6. TonyT

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    I had aSA 1911 target in 9mm - functioned flawlessly but rotten accuracy, 6 inch "groups" at 50 ft. Purchased a Dan Wesson PM-9 equally relaible and less than 1 inch groups at the same distance. The STI Trojan in 9mm, while not a stainless steel gun, is also quite good.
     
  7. smalls

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    Except not one if those run <$700. Not even used.

    Well, maybe the SA.
     
  8. trickyasafox

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    RIA Tactical- I have one in 9mm and it is has been absolutely great. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it at all
     
  9. powder

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    My next 9mm will be the STI Tactical, but its around $1700.
     
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    I have an STI Spartan 5" in 9mm, got it last February. It's a fine shooter, accurate and reliable. Shoot reloads and factory ammo without issue.
    It's one of the guns that nearly always accompanies me to the range.
     
  11. wally

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    RIA "Tactical" 9mm about the best ~$450 you can spend on a 1911 pistol in 9mm or .45ACP

    I don't know your purpose, but for me the 1911 = .45ACP so I can't really see spending ~$800+ on a 9mm version who's only purpose is to allow using cheaper ammo.
     
  12. DC3-CVN-72

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    My twin brother just got a R.I.A 9mm. fit & finish is outstanding. We put 200 rounds of Federal 115 grn. fmj through it last friday. not one problem. I think @ $450.00 it is the best deal on a 9mm. 1911 by far. :)
     
  13. Kendahl

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    Are the guns mentioned just 9 mm in the same sized frame as the .45s? It would be nice to have a 1911 style gun scaled down in length, width and height in proportion to the smaller cartridge.
     
  14. smalls

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    9mm 1911's are the same size as their .45 counterparts.

    The SA EMP is a compact 1911 designed around the 9mm cartridge.
     
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    Confession: I've wanted a 1911 in 9mm since I saw The Way of The Gun........

    Anyway I've not used one but I've heard great things about the STI Spartan.
     
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    From what you posted I think the Springer XD9 is better that the 1911 options you have, and for a lot less. But to conform to the OPs request, I will personally stick with the Springer.
     
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    For what its worth......

    I bought an SA EMP in '09' and I wouldn't take a share in the railroad for it. Its been flawless from day one. Here's the catch,... I gave almost $1200 for it, :eek: BNIB. Would I do it again? You betcha!
     
  18. hq

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    As far as I know, the only common, mass produced, scaled down 1911 is Browning 1911-22 rimfire in 7/8th scale. Guns like Colt Commander (and equivalents) are the same width/thickness as regular models, only with a shorter slide, barrel, frame and magazine.

    On the other hand, full size 1911 in 9mm is exceptionally manageable to shoot, the difference in recoil is significant compared to .40/.45/10mm/.38Super.
     
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    Same here. The EMP is a spectacular pistol. I like it better than my Hi-Power. At one point in time I would have considered that to be blasphemy but the EMP is that good.
     
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    STI makes several models in 9mm. The Spartan is their entry level. I compete in 3 gun with a 5" Tactical.

    Springfield EMP is a very nice pistol and I carry it often.
     
  21. wbwanzer

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    So it looks like that in my price range, I'm down to the STI Spartan, RIA Tactical and the PT1911. No one has had anything negative to say about any of these. So this will be the 'pool' to choose from when the time comes.

    Thanks everyone.
     
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    STI is my choice, I have the more costly Trojan with a ramped barrel it works flawlessly. The Taurus also has a ramped barrel and a really great trigger for the price. My only reservation on the Taurus, the magazines, and will it accept the Wilson ETM 10 rounders. Taurus has a forged frame and features found only in pistols that cost a lot more, or are not there in a pistol this price. http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/59332
     
  23. Jim Watson

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    Heresay warning: RIA and STI (the Spartan is made for them by Armscor and is a "dresser" RIA) have the best Internet Reputations and are the closest to Colt specs. Taurus gets better reviews than they used to, though.

    Me?
    I have a Colt and a Springfield that are very satisfactory. But both have been breathed on to the point that they are well above your budget.
     
  24. shooter_from_show-me

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    STI in full size & SA EMP in compact version.
     
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