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Old 07-23-2013, 10:52 PM   #21
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Wearing out my Colts, SAs, RIAs, Metro Arms, Rugers, will take thousands of rounds of ammo. Any of them will be good for 25,000 rounds if springs are replaced and cleaned properly. Hardly anybody shoots a gun that much. 1 in 10,000 guns maybe. So wearing out a gun is not a concern.
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Springfield, STI, Rock Island, Colt, Para Ord, (and even the dreaded) Taurus are all brands I've owned and had great results form.

I've had Kimbers and will not own another one unless it's dang near free. And then I'll probably trade it to some Kimber fan and get a good gun.

I've not owned the Ruger or Remington but have heard good things from people I trust that do have them

I don't like buying built to the hilt 1911. I am much more prone to buy something like a mil spec and then make the changes I want.

As others have said look for the good CS dept and a good warranty.
If I was looking to buy one today as a first one I'd be looking at a mil spec Springer or something form STI. I do like the look of the Remington though so if the price was right I"d jump on one.

The cool thing about 1911s is you can do whatever you want with them being the H U G E aftermarket. And bare in mind that like with any other firearm there are more than one type and uses for them. I can't count the people that have bought some uber cool target gun than wonder why it's not the best for carry. Carry guns are not built as tight as a good target pistol. Less places for...things to get into the more likely it is to fail if foreign debris gets in it.
So it's best to know what your needs are and then look for the pistol that best fills that need.
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Springfield, STI, Rock Island, Colt, Para Ord, (and even the dreaded) Taurus are all brands I've owned and had great results form.

I've had Kimbers and will not own another one unless it's dang near free. And then I'll probably trade it to some Kimber fan and get a good gun.

I've not owned the Ruger or Remington but have heard good things from people I trust that do have them

I don't like buying built to the hilt 1911. I am much more prone to buy something like a mil spec and then make the changes I want.

As others have said look for the good CS dept and a good warranty.
If I was looking to buy one today as a first one I'd be looking at a mil spec Springer or something form STI. I do like the look of the Remington though so if the price was right I"d jump on one.

The cool thing about 1911s is you can do whatever you want with them being the H U G E aftermarket. And bare in mind that like with any other firearm there are more than one type and uses for them. I can't count the people that have bought some uber cool target gun than wonder why it's not the best for carry. Carry guns are not built as tight as a good target pistol. Less places for...things to get into the more likely it is to fail if foreign debris gets in it.
So it's best to know what your needs are and then look for the pistol that best fills that need.
You've definitely got that right. I'd like to someday build my own completely custom 1911, and I think the hardest part would be just deciding what I would want. I have one of Brownells' 1911 parts catalogs, and the amount of options for the 1911 are staggering to say the least.
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The 1991 as all are aware has been made for over 100 years . And any reliability issues have been worked out.
It was a great gun to begin with. Today you get what pay for. A $400 1911 is a good gun. For $800 you can get a gun that put all rounds into a gallon jug or a person at 25 yd. Above that amount and it's personal preference and prejudice. Above $1200 is just just "my gun is better than yours or shooting matches.

In each price range there is little difference is how the gun performs. There are some differences fit and finish. If you want a gun self defense, spend $400-600 , take it to a range and put 2-3 hundred rounds through it. The more the better. You judge the quality.

I like 1911's but the most reliable gun is a revolver, and that's what I carry, since I think it's the most concealable gun, with enough stopping power. But if someone is breaking into my home I'll reaching for a double action revolver first.

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I meant to say I carry a 1911.
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no questions, colt

close second springfield armory

distant third ruger.

kimber doesnt even make my list of quality firearms much less anything in the 1911 world. im not a kimber fan.
Does not seem to be much middle ground in regard to Kimbers. I have a series 1 CDP Ultra that I absolutely love. I was in a good spot to when I traded for it, I'd handled and shot many many rounds through it over the course of several years so I knew exactly what I was getting. It's had FTE issues with cheap mags but otherwise flawless and accurate.

OP Having read what I have, if considering a Kimber it's popular opinion that the earlier series 1 pistols perform best.
Had I not gotten the deal I did on a pistol I knew a Colt or Springfield were atop my list. Kinda partial to the Springfield's myself.

Finding a way to actually shoot different models always helps once you've found manufactures that meet CS and warranty requirements you may have! Good luck on the hunt!
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If you want a shooter model, without losing $500+ on the deal, don't buy any that are "GI". Get one that's already got a beavertail grip safety, big sights, speed lever on the thumb safety, overtravel stop on the trigger, an enlarged ejection port, etc.

I would get it in used condition, under $500, from a private party, and I'd be sure to testfire it before buying (or take it apart, look carefully for wear, cracks and "bubba" gunsmithing, and pay $100 less). I'd be fine with a Filipino, or Isreali version.
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i will offer up this link to a thread written by Canebrake. lotsof very good information in this thread and will point you in the right direction.

http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f57/choosing-your-first-1911-a-21860/
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i will offer up this link to a thread written by Canebrake. lotsof very good information in this thread and will point you in the right direction.

http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f57/choosing-your-first-1911-a-21860/
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You've definitely got that right. I'd like to someday build my own completely custom 1911, and I think the hardest part would be just deciding what I would want. I have one of Brownells' 1911 parts catalogs, and the amount of options for the 1911 are staggering to say the least.
I'm really wanting one of the Fusion long slides. Man nothing is more sexy than a long slide 1911.
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