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Old 05-26-2015, 06:30 PM   #1
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I have a few solid polymer guns and looking at getting my first 1911 for the range and fun shooting events. I like Les Baer and Wilson Combat but have not been able to shoot a Wilson yet. Currently looking at Les Baer SRP and Wilson Combat CQB models but also open to Nighthawk Talon which fits my hand perfectly.
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Old 05-26-2015, 06:34 PM   #2
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I have a preference with Ed Brown.
A lot of Dan Wesson's use Ed Brown parts.
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have you ever shot a 1911??

45 is my favorite caliber but the 1911 is my least favorite handgun chambered or the round.

if you have not gired one i stronly recommend renting or borrowing one before you plunk down a good chunk of change. plunking down a good bit of change does not alter that thin backstrap into a pleasent shooter.

if you have fired one disregard my opinion and advice.
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If you want expensive the check Uselton:

And Christensen Arms:
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let me preface this by saying that I am biased. I have shot a few of the "high dollar" 1911s. I don't own one. they are very nice. are they 3000 to 5000 nice?

no. no they are not. (my opinion...I'm entitled to it... I'm sure there are 5 forum users calling me a heretic. that's fine.)

as far as "bang for the buck" (pardon the pun), have a look at the Springfield t.r.p. a quality 1911, that is worth the money you will pay for it.

some of the upper end pistols may be better shooters, but, I doubt that many of us are a good enough shot to really be able to find the double the price tag difference.
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I have a Dan Wesson V-Bob, Les Baer Thunder Ranch, Colt Wiley Clapp Light Weight Commander and a Colt Gov't. The V-Bob and the Thunder Ranch were about the same price. They are both simply joys to shoot and you really couldn't go wrong with either of them. Both were purchased for under $2k. I haven't been able to bring myself to spend Wilson Combat or Ed Brown $$, but I have fondled them, and would think either would be great. Let us know what you decide.
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Most 1911's feel and function the same. In some cases, you can buy increased accuracy through hard fitting. What you're really getting in a high-end 1911 are features that are not available on production guns.

You can also get unique designs. For example, Les Baer makes the Monolith series. I have a hard chromed, heavy weight Monolith with the 1.5-inch guarantee, a magwell, adjustable rear sight, and fiber optic front sight - and a few other features that I specified. That's why you buy an expensive 1911 - to have it configured the way you want it.

The heavy weight Monolith reduces recoil simply because it weighs more than a standard 1911. The balance is a little different because of the weight distribution in the slide making it easy to aim, and fast on follow-up shots. A great range gun - and that's why I bought it.

If you're not "into" 1911's - buying a high dollar gun may be a waste of money for you because you don't know all of the features you'd like to have.

All 1911's pretty much function the same - so you might want to start out with a quality 1911 like a Dan Wesson Valor, Springfield TRP, Colt, etc. to learn about 1911's.

In addition to the Baer, I have a DW Valor, Springfield EMP, DW VBOB, Wilson CQB, Wilson Supergrade, SIG RCS, and a full custom - they're all different and configured for specific uses.

My advice - start out with $1200-$1800 gun and learn what you like and dislike before popping for your custom configured 1911.
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Buckhorn hit the nail on the head here. If you buy a $3000 1911 and dont like it, you will not be getting close to $3k back on re-sale. I highly suggest Dan Wesson. I have had a couple Sigs as well as handled Kimber, a few Springfields, and a few lower end guns. The Sigs are great guns, and the best value by far IMO. Go with a medium grade 1911 first. Seriously.
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My only expensive 1911. Nothing else like it imo.
 
 
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Buckhorn hit the nail on the head here. If you buy a $3000 1911 and dont like it, you will not be getting close to $3k back on re-sale.

Be patient and be ready to act when an EB, a WC or a Nighthawk comes up for re-sale.
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