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Old 01-14-2014, 08:03 PM   #1
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I'm going to my LGS tomorrow. Not sure what models yet, but he has the 3 brands listed above for me to look at. My price range will be somewhere between $900 and $1400. Looking for 45 in 4 1/2 or 5".

Are these 3 brands comparable in that price range? I've heard good about all 3, but would like to know if anyone has a preference one way or the other all other things being equal. This will be my first 1911. Thanks.

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Old 01-14-2014, 08:11 PM   #2
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SA or Colt of those 3 for sure. Forget Para. $1,400 will get you a Dan Wesson which is better than any of them and I'm a Colt fanboy. $1,400 should get you a TRP if he has one and will get you a Colt XSE ($1,000) which may be my next 1911. Let us know what you get.

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Personally not a fan of the Dan wessons.

Colt is the best of the ones you list second is Springfield para isn't even in the running in my book.

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Thanks for the responses guys. I will let you know what he had/what I bought

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I've owned all three. Currently own a Colt Gold Cup.

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Consider every pistol on its merits. In my experience, a quality Springfield will often undersell a comparable Colt. Both brands are stronger than Para. But you are not buying a brand, so keep your mind open.

Edit. Mine is a Springfield TRP, already mentioned above.

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The store owner said the Springfield outsells the other brands 4:1. But I don't know if that's because he receives more of them than the others, etc.

I will give the Colt a good look........

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Colt or Springfield. I'm partial Springfield.

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From the 3 choices I would lean towards the Colt depending on price.

Colt's are building some very nice 1911 pistols,last Fall I bought a Colt combat commander xse and a week later bought a Colt gold cup trophy.
I'm very happy with both purchases.

SA builds some very nice pistols,also with a excellent warranty.

Para has been up and down through the years with QC.
I purchased and still own a P14-45 manufactured in 93' which has been reliable and really accurate. I have been reading where Para has turned around their QC and currently building some nice 1911 pistols.

I highly recommend the Colt 1911s

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I would get a pony before any of your other choices,, but if you ever hit the jackpot, get a Nighthawk,,, my AAC is simply amazing. I got lucky,, my wife got me the piece for my birthday,, traded a high dollar trap gun she did not like to get it,, you could have knocked me over with a Kleenex.

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