Originally Posted by LandMonster
What would you consider a 1911 that is thought of as collectable or heirloom worthy? Any of these under $1,250? Or are we talking nighthawk, Ed brown, Wilson combat only?
I suppose much depends on what "heirloom worthy" means to you.
If you mean a pistol that will be able to be passed down to your heirs after a lifetime of use, then many mainstream manufacturers make a pistol good enough to to give your kids in 30 or 40 years (assuming it'll still be legal to.) I suspect my Springfield Armory Trophy Match will outlast me, as will my Dan Wessons.
However, when in doubt, Colt is probably the way to go. They are still that standard by which all other 1911s are judged. Also noteworthy; many custom 1911 builders list Colt (among a short, select list of others) as a preferred starting point for a custom build.
FWIW, I have a both a Colt and a Wilson Combat that were passed to me as heirlooms. I guess much depends on what your planning for your pistol.