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Old 09-15-2013, 06:48 PM   #11
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Taurus may be in your range. I own one and love it, others will say they are junk, all I know is when I pull the trigger it goes bang every time.

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I have a Taurus as well. Pretty good deal actually as it comes with many upgrades and enhancements normally reserved for more expensive models.

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Old 09-15-2013, 08:50 PM   #13
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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.
Earlier today on gunbroker they sold 2 NIB Springfield mil specs,one went for 505.00,the other a bit over the 600.00 mark.
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+1 on the SIG/GSG 1911-22 or a Ruger 22/45 as a trainer. It will help you get to your goal faster, since .22 ammo is much less expensive compared to .45.

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I would suggest look into a used one. I just purchased a springer 1911 loaded used with 4 mags and 100 rounds for $600. If you can swing an extra $100 they are out there to be had. Just have to dig a little.

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The RIA Tactical is just barely over your $500 line, may be just under in some places. A used one definetly would be. I picked one up awhile back and it outshoots a buddy's new Taurus, easily. And every bit as good as his Springfield Loaded Trophy Match. Its just not near as nice. All total, we had 4 1911s out that day, and the RIA functioned and shot just as good as everything else. (The supplied mag does seem like junk tho, as most reviews state. I havent tried to use it yet.)

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I own a few 1911's. The RIA mil spec is a decent pistol for the money. I like the Remington, but I've never shot one so I can't say much about it. I have two Springfields. One is a loaded Government model and the other is a basic duo tone I customized with Wilson parts. The duo tone Springfield was the first 1911 I owned and I have had it about 20 years. It still shoots great after about 8K rounds. If I were looking to buy a mil spec or basic model, I would probably go with Springfield Armory.

Taurus did a good job on their 1911. I am not sure if its parts will interchange with the other models. The Sig 1911 is expensive, and I do not think its parts will interchange either. I could be wrong on that.
EDIT:::::: I may in fact be wrong on that. I checked today and was told that the parts will inter change. I do recall that there was a notice about grips on the Taurus changing out. FWIW

You can't go wrong with a Colt or Springfield. I've never owned a Kimber, but everyone I know that owns one says good things. The high dollar loaded/factory customs are nice. I personally like Wilson Combat. These days I like the basic 1911 with a couple of sensible modifications. I am a lefty, so I need an ambi safety. A beavertail and some decent sights and you are in business. For reliability , in the field, I would prefer a basic model Colt or Springfield .

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The only thing with kimbers is a lot of the parts are proprietary and that usually means more $ on upgrading it.

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Consider not buying a 1911 in this price range. $500 is a low ceiling. You will soon get tired of inferior sights, trigger pull, etc. You will start upgrading, or might even trade up at a loss. Your first 1911 should be helping you, not pulling you down. Raise just $200 more, and you will be looking at the Remingtons, 1911 DE, Rugers. Those are the keepers.

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Consider not buying a 1911 in this price range. $500 is a low ceiling. You will soon get tired of inferior sights, trigger pull, etc. You will start upgrading, or might even trade up at a loss. Your first 1911 should be helping you, not pulling you down. Raise just $200 more, and you will be looking at the Remingtons, 1911 DE, Rugers. Those are the keepers.
lot's of people have bought basic 1911's at this price level and have been very pleased, usually wanting more of them. why not buy a basic, no frills 1911 for the first one to see if the platform suits you?

i have myself recommended a basic GI model or basic Mil-Spec 1911 to those new to the platform, so they are not out a lot of money, if they are not happy with it, or the platform. i would hardly recommend spending a small fortune on anything new, when you are are unsure if your are going to like it or not.
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