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Old 04-16-2012, 01:49 AM   #1
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I'm looking to buy a model 1911. I have been researching them for 2 months and the only thing that I seem to be figuring out is that the longer I research the more I get frustrated. There are so many choices I can't make up my mind as to which I should get. So I am asking for any info on which brand , type I should buy?

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Old 04-16-2012, 03:58 PM   #2
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I feel ya, JD. The 100th anniversary of the 1911 had everybody and their brother making them. I guess the first question I'd ask is how much do you want to spend? They range from $400 to $1500, more if you want a really tricked out piece. My first 1911 was a Springfield Armory. That's where I'd start if I were you.
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I don't know what your budget is but Sig, Colt, Springfield 1911 are great choices. You could do higher end like Les Bear but those will run you 2K for a NIB or a decent starter would be a RIA in the 400 range.

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If you're on a budget and want to get into 1911s then I suggest looking into the Ruger SR1911. They're not very expensive and they're a good entry level gun. I would buy one long before something like a Taurus, Hi Point, or Rock Island. If you can spend a little more than that I would suggest a Springfield. And if you can go even more than that I would suggest getting a Colt.

That still leaves you with a lot of options as Springfield and Colt have many different 1911s to choose from. I would just research them and see which one fits you budget and intended use the best. If you can, get to your local gun shops and check them out in person.

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I'm looking to buy a model 1911. I have been researching them for 2 months and the only thing that I seem to be figuring out is that the longer I research the more I get frustrated. There are so many choices I can't make up my mind as to which I should get. So I am asking for any info on which brand , type I should buy?
Go to the 1911 section of the Forum, Canebrake wrote a good article on choosing a first 1911. Read some of the posts that are out there and take some of them as Gospel.

Decide what you want the 1911 for, target, carry or HD. Rent a few different ones and see what you like or dislike about each. The biggest thing I have found so far is $$$$$. Some good budget guns out there and some junk too.
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Well there is no budget. I am competition muzzle load shooter but pistol competitions are my new passion so what I should have said is which would be platform for modification

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I like the Springfield Armory platform to start with.
Good specs, quality parts, with little handwork needed to get aftermarker parts to fit.

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Well there is no budget. I am competition muzzle load shooter but pistol competitions are my new passion so what I should have said is which would be platform for modification
i would suggest either the Colt Gold Cup or the SA Range Officer. either one should get you going in the direction you're heading in. both are excellent pistols and are pretty much ready out of the box ready for serious range sessions.
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Look at them ALL, buy the one that speaks to you.

BUT, know this; it will NOT be your last 1911! It is a platform you grow into. What strikes you now as a "must-have" will change because the 1911 changes you.

There is a purpose for each size 1911. It sounds like your initial interest would be best satisfied with a FS 5" Government model.

If modification (for function not aesthetics) is your goal, build your gun like you build a house, start with the best foundation.

I would suggest starting with a Colt Series 70 and shoot the snot out of it. Get to know the true ergonomics that John Browning incorporated into his design before the word was coined.

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After you come to realize the brilliance of this platform, begin to make small changes to get it to the level of performance you want. Sights, match barrel, trigger job with premium ignition parts.......or you could just buy a Gold Cup with all the work system-engineered into the package.

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