NGIB and JD, Thank you both for sharing experience and providing the insight and precautions needed to get a good value in a used/economical 1911. We've been looking and researching non-stop. The Springer's are definitely the most appealing option right now as far as new guns go.
Originally Posted by Dillinger
A $600 to $700 1911 is do able, but he is going to be going into a platform that he may WANT to do some modifications to down the road.
I think used is the best bet for a quality piece in this price range. You are going to get more weapon for the price and you might get a couple of "bells or whistles" for the same price.
we have the Tanner Gun Show
coming to town Oct. 9 & 10 and we hear the turnout is going to be awesome. So what is probably going to happen is we'll go to the show (I'm sure I'll have an itch by then
) in hopes of finding "The One"
. . . Since that rarely happens, he's copied the blueprints ya'll provided for a value.
Many folks will read the above and think I'm dissing Rock Island - and I'm not. An RIA (really any PI made gun) is a good shooting entry level 1911 and I've owned a number of them. I do not recommend them in general for 2 reasons:
First: they cannot be used as a base for a caliber conversion like .460 Rowland (my kit is coming from Bear). The cast frame and slides just aren't as strong and "hearty" as the Springers.
Second: it will always be a Rock Island. What I mean by this is I have personally seen many folks buy a $400 RIA and put $500 into it and think they now have a $900 gun - it just don't work that way. I wrote a thread here last year I called "The 1911 Trap" that explains this. It's sad when these folks realize that their Rock is only worth $900 to them...
Without knowing the 1911s in the same way as you boys do, I thought this was the case. . . Since I turned this gentleman on to shooting, I have also tried to embed the importance of uncompromising quality when purchasing a firearm. This is why I started a thread instead of just sending a few direct PMs. Although this is his
purchase(s), I feel like a part of it and it's fun to help out a responsible friend with his new hobby/lifestyle. Neither of us would even consider
anything but a solid, well made chunk opf steel.
Thanks again men and updated will continue!