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Old 09-04-2013, 04:34 AM   #1
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Hi everyone!

I'm looking to buy my first 1911 and wanted to hear some advice.

Being a huge history buff, what I want is a used government sized (parkerized) 1911a1, as close to the famous WWII sidearm as can be, but without the price. Ideally I want to pay less than $500, and not just have a piece of junk that I will out live.

I have seen the Springfield armory 1911a1 GI, and that looks awesome, but I want to make sure I chose wisely.

I intend to use it for target shooting, home defense, and possibly cc when possible. It does not need to be a tack driver, as long as it shoots within a reasonable "minute-of-badguy."

Does anybody have any suggestions where to look, or what to get?

Thank you all!
Happy shooting!

-Garandman

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Wish I knew more about 1911s to help you out, but I will say take a look at Rock Island Armory. I've heard good things despite their price point and being made in the Philippines.

I held a one at a gun store a few weeks ago, and I must say, it felt nice. If I had the cash I may have bought it right then.

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I have heard that RIA 1911s have issues with wearing out over time, is that true?

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I have heard that RIA 1911s have issues with wearing out over time, is that true?
Every gun requires maintenance.
I put thousands of rounds through my RIA without issue when I had it. It was my primary carry weapon for quite a while. I trusted my life to mine.
You can't beat them for the price.
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RIA guns are garunteed for life. They will last more than you will shoot unless you are going to shoot 30-40 rounds and then most will be needing attention.

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Hi everyone!

I'm looking to buy my first 1911 and wanted to hear some advice.

Being a huge history buff, what I want is a used government sized (parkerized) 1911a1, as close to the famous WWII sidearm as can be, but without the price. Ideally I want to pay less than $500, and not just have a piece of junk that I will out live.

I have seen the Springfield armory 1911a1 GI, and that looks awesome, but I want to make sure I chose wisely.

I intend to use it for target shooting, home defense, and possibly cc when possible. It does not need to be a tack driver, as long as it shoots within a reasonable "minute-of-badguy."

Does anybody have any suggestions where to look, or what to get?

Thank you all!
Happy shooting!

-Garandman
springfield armory 1911A1 or the new production colt series 70
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So I found a nice used RIA 1911 A1 at a local store, parkerized, just like I wanted. I put it on hold there. Price seems a little high though, they are asking $450, which I believe is what one costs NIB... If they come down a reasonable amount, that will be the one. If not, the hunt continues...

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So I found a nice used RIA 1911 A1 at a local store, parkerized, just like I wanted. I put it on hold there. Price seems a little high though, they are asking $450, which I believe is what one costs NIB... If they come down a reasonable amount, that will be the one. If not, the hunt continues...
I think the MSRP on those, if its the Standard GI model, is $530.
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springfield armory 1911A1 or the new production colt series 70
Good choices. Also the Remington 1911 R1 is a nice looking retro 1911 with diamond grips and even says Remington, though nothing to do with Remington Rand.

I have the old Colt Series '70 which is a lot like the RR but they're hard to find for $500.
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