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Old 03-03-2010, 03:54 PM   #1
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I don't come in this part of the forum much, however, I am in the market for a good carry 1911.

Now I've heard blah blah about how Kimber and several other higher priced pistols are good guns, but I would like some suggestions on lower priced carry/compact 1911s that come in .45 and .40.

I mean not everyone can spend 1k plus on a gun

I'm looking around 600

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Old 03-03-2010, 04:04 PM   #2
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$600. will get you a decent entry level 1911. If you want to shop a bit, you may be able to find a higher end used model for about the same money.

The webz is your friend. Look around and do a bit of research, then shop for bargains. They are out there.

We all know what opinions are like, buy that, that's junk, I love this one. Do some homework and let us know what you come up with. Then we can better help you sort it out.

Enjoy the quest.

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Here's an example of a great carry 1911:

http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f41/colt-commander-23761/#post235238

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Check out Taurus. They are quality, full featured pieces with tight tolerances right from the factory. edit: I was wrong . They do have ****ty ambidextrous thumb safeties, but I would consider that a minor issue considering the bang for your buck you're getting otherwise.

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Check out Taurus. They are quality, full featured pieces with tight tolerances right from the factory. Somebody correct me if I'm wrong, but they start with the same frames that Springfield uses. They do have ****ty ambidextrous thumb safeties, but I would consider that a minor issue considering the bang for your buck you're getting otherwise.
Taurus does not get their frames from the same place as Springer - same country but not the same vendor. Whether Taurus is a good bang for the buck is subject to interpretation...
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Rock Island Armory actually has a good 1911 for the money.

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Taurus makes their own frames in house. I have 1 with the .460 Rowland conversion kit installed.

There are a truckload of compact 1911 platform, and sub-compacts out there based on the 1911 platform. Exactly how small are you wanting to go? Give us some idea so we can help you narrow it down somewhat. Generally the smaller it is, with all other things being equal, the harder it is to shoot.

That Comannder would make a PERFECT carry gun and it's an actual Colt from a WELL respected member! If I was in the market for 1 I'd go for it in a heartbeat.


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it's alil heavier but i've never had a single problem with it and carry it every single day and everywhere i'm legally allowed to lol but rock island 1911 it's a great piece...3 1/2" barrel...and for $400 you can't shake a stick at it....it's also a great price if you lookin to learn how to work on 1911's and do some basic upgrades...that's just my 2cents tho lol

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Springfield offers GI's and Mil-Specs, where I am from, for under that price. Look at Para if you want to go the .40 route. Happy hunting

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I don't come in this part of the forum much, however, I am in the market for a good carry 1911.

Now I've heard blah blah about how Kimber and several other higher priced pistols are good guns, but I would like some suggestions on lower priced carry/compact 1911s that come in .45 and .40.

I mean not everyone can spend 1k plus on a gun

I'm looking around 600
My pro carry 2 was less than $900 with night sights. You can get them for less than $800 without and used for about $650 or so. I've seen several in that price range just keep an eye out.
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