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Old 09-15-2013, 04:58 AM   #1
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I'm thinking about getting my first 1911. My price range is $500 or less. I have shot several Kimbers and Colts but I have never owned one. I'm not new to the gun world but I have never owned a 1911.

My eventual plan is to get a Fusion firearms longslide 1911 in 10mm to use for hog hunting but for now I just want a gun to get used to the platform and to practice with.

There is only one gun range around here that rents guns and all of their 1911's are worn out and always dirty.

Also I am a lefty so an ambi safety is a must for me.

What are yalls suggestions?

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Old 09-15-2013, 05:04 AM   #2
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I'm thinking about getting my first 1911. My price range is $500 or less. I have shot several Kimbers and Colts but I have never owned one. I'm not new to the gun world but I have never owned a 1911.

My eventual plan is to get a Fusion firearms longslide 1911 in 10mm to use for hog hunting but for now I just want a gun to get used to the platform and to practice with.

There is only one gun range around here that rents guns and all of their 1911's are worn out and always dirty.

Also I am a lefty so an ambi safety is a must for me.

What are yalls suggestions?
check out the RIA and the MetroArms 1911's. very good 1911's at a decent price. well worth the money IMO.

i don't know of any that come with an ambi safety, but that is not a hard mod to do nor expensive.

check out the STI line of 1911's. i think they offer and entry level 1911 at a decent price.

also check out used 1911's like a Colt or Springfield Armory. very good 1911's and worth the money even used.
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+1 to what Axxe says above. Just keep in mind that $500 isn't going to get a Colt or a Kimber and will get you an entry level GI model in most product lines.

If you can wait and save another $100-150 you can move into the next tier which may offer some of the basic upgrades like a skeletized hammer, beveled ejection port, upgraded internal parts, etc. Remington, Taurus and Springfield offer several models in this price tier as do several of the other brands. For example here is a Taurus that goes for about $650.00 new and as you can see it has the ambi safety and some other upgrades over a basic GI..



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here is a thread where i did a lot of mods to my MetroArms AC Commander. IIRC, i gave about $585 for mine NIB. i ordered this pistol with the goal in mind to modify it. IMO, the RIA or the MetroArms 1911's are a very good foundation to do a build upon. you start with a complete pistol and have all the small parts already! much more budget friendly than some of the higher priced 1911's. i'd much sooner take a grinder or Dremel tool to a RIA or an AC than a Colt Or Springer!

http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f57/american-classic-commander-modified-75656/

but JPyle is correct, that a little more of a budget will yield a little more selection than the one you have. with more features that might suit you better.

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Come to think of it...SIG makes a full sized 1911 in .22lr, same look and feel of it's .45 caliber big brother but a fraction of the cost, about $350. If you are just looking for a trainer that could be an alternative for you.

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If you decide to get a 1911 for under $500, might I suggest that you spend another $20 on a spring kit?

http://www.brownells.com/handgun-parts/slide-firing-parts/multiple-spring-kits/gm-452-pro-springs-for-action-tuning-prod24821.aspx

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I'm thinking about getting my first 1911. My price range is $500 or less. I have shot several Kimbers and Colts but I have never owned one. I'm not new to the gun world but I have never owned a 1911.

My eventual plan is to get a Fusion firearms longslide 1911 in 10mm to use for hog hunting but for now I just want a gun to get used to the platform and to practice with.

There is only one gun range around here that rents guns and all of their 1911's are worn out and always dirty.

Also I am a lefty so an ambi safety is a must for me.

What are yalls suggestions?
If you are set on going 10mm in the future then I would recommend going with a brand that will allow you to do so.

Is there that much of a difference in .45 vs 10mm for hog hunting? I don't know but in my opinion when you buy a 1911 one of the things that you are accepting is the .45 caliber. They make 1911's not in .45 but THE 1911 has always been a .45 by design. I really considered a 1911 in .40 but decided against when I realized I was limiting my options because I was asking for something outside of the original intent of the 1911.
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Considering that Colt offered the first 10mm on a 1911 platform, I don't think there will be a problem.

Also with a 10mm 1911, a .40S&W barrel can be fitted and used with the 10mm slide and frame.

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I've been researching a lot of 1911s along with their cost.
My 2 cents if you're wanting a 10mm around the 500 price range. Shop GB and other online firearm sales,I saw a few NIB Rock Islands chambered in 10mm sell in the 550.00 range.

I agree with others,If you can add another 100-300 that will open up more options purchasing a 1911. I've seen some NIB Colts on line starting out in the 850.00 range chambered in the 45acp.

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This first 1911 doesn't necessarily have to be 10mm. A .45 or even a 9mm would be fine. I just want something to get more used to the platform before I drop 2-3k on the Fusion.

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