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Old 03-02-2013, 12:32 AM   #1
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Ok everyone, within the next week I will have enough money saved for my first 1911. I have always wanted it to be a Colt.
My question for you all is do I spend the money for the Colt or go for a 1911 variant? If so which make would you suggest? I will have around $1200 to spend.

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Ok everyone, within the next week I will have enough money saved for my first 1911. I have always wanted it to be a Colt.
My question for you all is do I spend the money for the Colt or go for a 1911 variant? If so which make would you suggest? I will have around $1200 to spend.
Personally I am a big fan of Sti 1911s, heard good and bad about kimber. I'm partial to smith and Wesson as well and the receive very high praise from the 1911 community. You can never go wrong with a colt though.
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If you always wanted a Colt then I would say get a Colt.

As for which model is personal preference but a basic Series 70 or 80 (depending on whether you do/do not want the firing pin safety) is timeless and never goes out of style. Blued or stainless - again personal preference.

For the same money, a comparably priced STI will probably feel better out of the box -- especially the trigger. STI products, particularly their higher end guns, are aimed at competitive shooters which is why they are made to such high tolerances (excellent slide to frame fitting -- no rattling) and particularly good triggers. Fortunately, that quality filters down to their tactical and economy 1911's. H&K says "No Comprise"? They must have stolen that tagline from STI!

But nothing can replace the pride of ownership in a Colt so I would get that one first.

My source: I own both.

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If you always wanted a Colt then I would say get a Colt.
Best advice ever, I got my Kimber because when I decided I wanted a 1911 it was because I wanted a Kimber and I was fortunate enough to get the very pistol that made me want one.. Morale, don't back track.. Get the model you fell for
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Best advice ever, I got my Kimber because when I decided I wanted a 1911 it was because I wanted a Kimber and I was fortunate enough to get the very pistol that made me want one.. Morale, don't back track.. Get the model you fell for

Thanks!

As Canebrake says in his sticky (which I would highly recommend reading), the first 1911 is probably not going to be the last and only 1911!

That's why it''s best to buy the one that has been calling to you to get that out of the way for the next one - regardless of whether it's a Colt, Kimber, STI, Ed Brown, RIA...

The 1911 you want is the one you don't yet own!
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i have to agree with the others and say your heart is leaning towards the Colt, get the Colt. Colt is a very solid pistol and also good investment.

a Colt is damn good choice for the first 1911 without a doubt and i can just about gaurantee, one you won't regret.

the Colt 1911 is the original and by which everyone else has copied since. are there some better than the Colt? yes, but it's still the original. that and it's been around for over a hundred years and that's it's iconic doesn't tarnish it's reputation as being the father in a sense of all 1911's

yes, get the Colt!

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There is a lot to be said about a Colt!

This is the first 1911. But it won't be the last 1911.

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Do as much research and shooting as you can prior to purchasing and pick the one you MUST have. Settling is ushually not a good thing.

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my first and only 1911 is a argentina 1927 1948 vintage
i got it from family best price free but i did just spend 46$ for 2 boxes of blazer ammo

i think its a str8 shooter but its alot heaver than my 9mm keltec

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