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Old 05-22-2010, 11:02 PM   #1
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Hey guys birthday is still a few months away but I already started looking for my own present.
I want a higher end 1911 because I had to sell my RIA tactical a while back to pay some bills. I won't be able to carry on campus so it will mostly be a range gun so full size is what I decided.
My budget is around 1k so what do you guys recommend?
I liked the kimber cutom II and springfield loaded but is there anything else I'm overlooking and that I should consider?
and also what are the advantages/disadvantage of an aluminum frame?
based on your feedback I'll try as many of them out as I can and decide.
I know you 1911 guys will be here shortly to set me straight!
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Old 05-23-2010, 01:20 AM   #2
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Padwan - There is nothing like a 1911 as you have discovered.

I have a Kimber Custom II. It was my regular carry gun, range gun, EVERYTHING gun for well over 4 years. That thing went everywhere with me and it shot with anything that I fed it.

Now, I have heard several complaints of Kimber's Quality slipping lately, but I have yet to see a true to God example with my own eyes.

With $1000 to spend, there are a lot of weapons to consider, both new and slightly used.

The first thing I would recommend is to hit a few gun shops and see if there are any "higher" end models that are on consignment or for flat outright sale used.

Around here, in the Tacoma area, I found a ton of used 1911's that were $900 to $1200 when I was looking for a good "cheap" 1911 to put through some tests and ultimately set on fire and shoot.

Anything that is below $450 or so is selling like hotcakes, regardless of maker. However, higher end models from quality makers ( like Sig & H&K ), and 1911's, are sitting for months. You might be able to walk in and get yourself a deal on a loaded Springer or Kimber or a semi custom.

If you want a new one, there are a lot of options and I would recommend you shop, test fire, handle and play with a lot of them BEFORE you put your hard earned money down.

I still like the features of the Taurus, but most of the Interwebz hates them. Stalkingbear has one and it shot great for him.

Now, on to the question of a steel frame and an aluminum slide, I will give you this lesson that was gleaned from my own experience.

I bought a Beretta 92F back when Lethal Weapon 1 was just known as Lethal Weapon.

The 92F, at the time, had a steel slide and an aluminum frame. It also had a monster grip and a slide mounted safety, which I now hate since being educated by the world of Browning.

After 5,000-6,00 or so rounds I was able to actually see a difference in the wear on the guide rails on the frame of the 92. There was a physical wear and it was not even, the Right side had more wear to it.

I still presume that was because I was the only one who shot it & the Beretta has a right hand twist barrel.

Now, that was back a million years ago when I was but a wee-pup in the yard.

Honestly though, I don't trust the wear rate on dissimilar metals. Aluminum is going to wear faster than steel. That is a fact. And even if you add grease or lube or the best liquid ball bearings available, there is still going to be metal on metal wear.

Padwan, I would really try to steer you away from a pistol with one form of construction on the frame and a different one on the slide.

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My brother in law has a S&W 1911 that is SWEET. Not sure what the price range is on those, he stole it when a gun store was going out of business. (He bought all kinds of stuff for about 30 cents on the $. Makes me ill.) I love my Kimber.
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If I was going to be spending that kind of cheese, I would get 2 RIA Nickel Plated and do some sweet dual wielding 1911 rig. That is just me though.
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I was going to second JD but then I saw Shihans post and what would be cooler then dual wielding nickel 1911s? I don't think there is anything cooler.

I have a Kimber Pro carry steel slide, aluminum frame....I got it cheap and I'm very happy with it. I do agree with JD about dissimilar metals though and my next 1911 with completely stainless.

Take your time and shop around, you can find deals out there if you are patient.
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This one cost exactly $998 - why not be the coolest fella on the range. [Springfield Loaded long slide] Lots of good choices out there in the $1K price range - be sure to look at Dan Wesson...

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Originally Posted by NGIB View Post
be sure to look at Dan Wesson...
Seconded. I absolutely love mine.
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Springfield Mil-Spec and a LOT of ammo!
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