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Old 04-07-2012, 11:05 AM   #1
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Just got into shooting at 57 y/o...LOVE IT. Wife, son and I shoot together twice a week. Started with Glock 23, son wants a 1911. Any suggestions or comments would be appreciated...thanx. JOE DE

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Old 04-07-2012, 12:39 PM   #2
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For range use I would get a full size, i.e. 5 inch.

Look at these Colt, Springfield Armory, Ruger, Remington, Kimber at the $700 to $900 price point. I have an STI Spartan that fits in this category.

Check out Rock Island Armory, Citadel, American Tactical, High Standard at the $500 to $700 price point.

If you want to spend 1K plus, Colt, STI Trojan, Kimber and several more.

The way prices have been jumping lately, ,numbers subject to change.

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For a first 1911 I went with SIG. SIG start around 799.00 and go up. another top line for the just above 700 as Gatorgan said is the STI. The STI Trojan is a sweet gun. I really want one just can't find one.

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good suggestions. shop around and look at many. IMO, a standard 5" Government model would be the best to start with. Springfield Armory, Metroarms American Classic, Rock Island Arms, High Standard, or even Colt if you want to spend a little more. the Colt will be higher priced, but will hold better value. the 1911 is an excellent pistol to own and shoot. they do have one problem, usually most people who buy one and shoot them, generally want more than one! i know, i own two and am looking into number three and four!

there is a sticky in the 1911 section written by Canebrake, that goes into much detail about picking your first 1911. very good reading and information and Canebrake is pretty savvy on the 1911's.

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Bought my first 1911 a few months ago.....Colt XSE Commander in stainless
I spent 998+tax on it and couldnt be happier..

If its within your budget...Colt is never a bad choice.

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Thanks to all you guys...very helpful....JD

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I love my Remington R1 it's a great gun

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I picked up Rock Island Armory 1911A1-FS 2-Tome for $509.

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