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Old 05-18-2011, 06:15 PM   #21
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I must not be looking in the right place, or my google skills are not up to snuff. I'm seeing SA loaded 9mm's for 800+. Kinda funny how my budget started at $400, but after shooting and reading a lot in the past month or so, i might just have to be patient and save a bit more... seems like you have a lot less hassle out of the box once you start nearing the 1k range 1911s.. I guess bottom line is: it seems like a better idea to wait a bit and save for a more reliable pistol, rather than buying a less expensive one and running the risk of having to ship it out for repair, or spending more money on better mags, etc. Not trying to generalize, I'm sure there are many of you that have been perfectly happy with your sub-$700 1911s right out of the box. I just want to ensure that owning my first gun is a positive experience. Thoughts on this?

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It has been said before, and I'll say it again,
"Buy the best you can afford."

If you plan on using a firearm for self defense, is your life worth questionable quality?

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yes i have heard good things about STI as well. all of the 1911's at the local gun store are out of my price range, so it doesn't look like i'm going to be able to handle or shoot the gun before purchasing, unless i happen to run into someone with the gun. my thought was to just do as much research as possible and make my purchase based on that. is this a bad idea? lol
You should always make it a habit of trying something before you buy it, you might not like it and then you are SOL.
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I agree, buy the best that you can afford. If you're going to use the gun as a home defense or self defense weapon, then I would recommend saving up and buying something of signficant quality. But if you're buying a range toy then I wouldn't worry about it.

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If you want a Single Action 9mm I'd look no further than John Browning's masterpiece, the Hi Power. You can find a good Used one below your price point. My suggestion would be to get one with the cast frame, as they are built to withstand +P ammunition. To tell cast from forged look at the magazine well. If the bottom of the frame has ripples that look like the ripples in a potatoe chip it's cast. If it's smooth, it's forged.

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I keep this one on the nightstand.

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I keep this one on the nightstand.

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There's nothing wrong with a 9mm in a 1911 frame. They have been being made for long enough now that companies have worked the kinks out.
I'll disagree with this.

With very few exceptions I find it best to use a firearm in the caliber it was originally intended for, especially in bottomfeeders.

While there may be a few good 9mm 1911's out there I've not found that to be the case when one is considering reliability. As a whole they look nice, handle nice, and shoot a powder puff load, but your odds of an out of the box reliable 1911 in 9mm is significantly less than a reliable 1911 in it's original chambering out of the box.

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I have 1911's in various calibers (.45ACP, 10mm, .38Super, .22lr).

The reliability factor seems to be how the 1911 was assembled and the quality of the parts.

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I have 1911's in various calibers (.45ACP, 10mm, .38Super, .22lr).

The reliability factor seems to be how the 1911 was assembled and the quality of the parts.
Look guys, I'm not trying to get in to a "let's see who can pee higher up the tree" contest here. I'm giving my expirience with the 1911 in the 9mm. I personally wouldn't have one even if it was free. The 38 Super and 10mm are part of that exception I mentioned.

I don't mind the 9mm, even carried one on duty, but I just don't care for it in a 1911 platform. Now the OP set a specific dollar amount as his or her price point. That severly limits the number of reliable 1911's that will work for him or her in my opinion. If the OP had unlimited funds then I venture that it would be possible to find a more reliable 9mm in the 1911 platform.

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