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jeffkaiser1989 07-23-2013 02:17 PM

m1911s what is a good one?
 
I have fired a colt model 1911 made in 1913 through a friend of mine but im looking into getting one thats more current and a little customised. Any suggestions on a good brand that makes m1911s? I know that Sig Sauer has some and ive heard of kimber but any info would be appreciated. Please include any malfunctions or any problems that you have expieranced. just looking to be educated before i buy thanks for reading

Overkill0084 07-23-2013 02:54 PM

Most of them are terrible. You will need to spend around $2500 or more to get one that can be considered adequate. ;)

Seriously, most mainstream brands will do the job. It mostly boils down to personal preference.
I recommend you take a long, close look at Customer service and warranty before purchasing. Some "so-called" premium brands have challenges in these departments while some of the bargain brands (Rock Island) seem to do very well at it.

The brand I tend to steer "new to 1911" people toward is Springfield Armory, because they have a huge selection, reasonable pricing and a reputation for outstanding customer service to go with their lifetime warranty. Ditto for Colt as well.

rhyno13 07-23-2013 02:56 PM

For the money, Rock Island makes a damn fine 1911. I own a couple of Kimbers and Sigs and they are also damn fine weapons.

jeffkaiser1989 07-23-2013 03:02 PM

Rock island eh? Ill have to check them out ill deffinatly look at the Springfield armory next time im at the gun shop

danf_fl 07-23-2013 03:27 PM

For approx. $2000, any 1911 can be tweaked and tuned to be reliable and accurate.

The only difference is the initial cost of the platform.

If you bought a 1911 for $1000, add another $1000 in work and parts for an outstanding handgun.
If you bought a 1911 for $500, add another $1500 in work and parts for an outstanding handgun.
If you bought a 1911 for $2000, you should have an outstanding handgun already.

JW357 07-23-2013 03:31 PM

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Originally Posted by danf_fl
For approx. $2000, any 1911 can be tweaked and tuned to be reliable and accurate.

The only difference is the initial cost of the platform.

If you bought a 1911 for $1000, add another $1000 in work and parts for an outstanding handgun.
If you bought a 1911 for $500, add another $1500 in work and parts for an outstanding handgun.
If you bought a 1911 for $2000, you should have an outstanding handgun already.

I've never owned a 1911, but everything I've heard and read leads me to believe having a 1911 worth $2k isn't necessary for most people? Sure, maybe its better fr competition? But just owning a 1911 and enjoying it, I would imagine it would be overkill.

I just don't want the OP to think he needs to drop $2k into a gun, either initially or over a period of time, to get enjoyment out of it.

JW357 07-23-2013 03:32 PM

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Originally Posted by jeffkaiser1989
I have fired a colt model 1911 made in 1913 through a friend of mine but im looking into getting one thats more current and a little customised. Any suggestions on a good brand that makes m1911s? I know that Sig Sauer has some and ive heard of kimber but any info would be appreciated. Please include any malfunctions or any problems that you have expieranced. just looking to be educated before i buy thanks for reading

Also, Jeff, what would your intended use be with the 1911?

danf_fl 07-23-2013 03:57 PM

Sorry for my misunderstanding.

Almost any will work, but first check this out:
http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f57/choosing-your-first-1911-a-21860/

Then look at the company that made it. Customer service, warranty (and what voids the warranty), and fit / finish should all be considered.

jeffkaiser1989 07-23-2013 03:57 PM

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Originally Posted by JW357 (Post 1312684)
Also, Jeff, what would your intended use be with the 1911?

Probably just target shooting. Maybe home protection but havnt made up my mind just yet

ScottA 07-23-2013 04:05 PM

Where to start? I guess it all depends on how much money you want to spend.

Colt, Smith & Wesson, Springfield Armory, Ruger, Remington, Sig, Rock Island Armory, Les Baer, Wilson Combat, and so on and so forth.

There are a lot of great 1911's out there at all kinds of price points. You're asking the same kind of question as "who makes a good sports car" or "who makes the best hamburger".


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