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Old 05-03-2012, 07:01 PM   #1
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Im looking to get my first 1911 soon, but im unsure on which route to go since they all look pretty good between Springfield, Colt, and Kimber. I love the look of Kimbers, but dont like the 1 year warranty. Other people suggested a Dan Wesson. I dont have money for a custom or some of the highest end Colts, or Springfields. What do you suggest.
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Old 05-03-2012, 07:11 PM   #2
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What are you looking to spend?
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Old 05-03-2012, 07:34 PM   #3
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would like to keep it around 1200, but if the dan wesson is that much better then will spend a little more
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Old 05-03-2012, 07:59 PM   #4
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I paid 1200 for a Springfield MC Operator and I love it. Shoots as accurately as any custom gun and the fit/finish on it is awesome. You may want to look at the Springfield TRP, it's the best non-custom gun that Springfield makes and can be found for close to 1200. I'm not a big Kimber fan, I wouldn't advise getting one over a Springer or Colt.
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Old 05-03-2012, 08:10 PM   #5
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Are you looking for original configuration or a tactical type 1911?
I highly recommend Colts. Can't go wrong with them. However I also have a Springfield G.I. that shoots flawlessly as well as my Colt.
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Old 05-03-2012, 09:03 PM   #6
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IMO I don't think you could go wrong with any of your choices.
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Old 05-03-2012, 10:32 PM   #7
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Lots of guns for around 1200 bucks. Colt has several models. Can't go wrong there. SA has several if you can find them. DW is a fine firearm and well worth the money. IMHO better than Colt as there will be no MIM or plastic MSH. Don't get me wrong as I love Colt for the mystique and resale value. If you serf around on the net you may find a great deal on a used Ed Brown or Les Baer. Better still. New though for 1200 or less I would look for a SA or Colt.
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If you are going to use the gun for concealed carry, and with your budget you can not do better than my latest addition to my arsenal.

The Colt 21st Century Wiley Clapp Commander

  • Suggested Retail $1,379 (Street price ~$1,150)
  • Series '70 style action with no firing pin safety and improved trigger pull
  • Alloy receiver for a light pistol that carries easy
  • Original style small safety, slide lock and magazine catch, no extensions
  • Front & rear slide serrations
  • Long black trigger, flat S&A mainspring housing
  • Colt's new beavertail grip safety for comfort in long shooting sessions
  • Special Novak sights extra-wide notch and bead front for any-light shooting
  • Tactical Oval grips with forward taper and fingerprint checkering
  • Pete Single 25 lpi checkering on the pistol's front-strap
  • Special factory serial number run
Part# 04840WC

I think I've found my ultimate CCW Colt!


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Old 05-03-2012, 11:06 PM   #9
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I just a few Months ago traded off my two Kimber .45s with some cash for two new Colts an SXE and a 1991 both .45acp. I have been shooting them both and they both have been great shooting 1911s right out of the box. So my pick is colt.
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look at the sti line Randy
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