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Old 01-08-2013, 02:59 AM   #1
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I'm interested in getting a 1911 to carry sometimes and just for shooting for fun, size isn't an issue but cost is I want to stay under $600. I know that doesn't leave me many options so I wanted to see what you guys have to say. Also I shoot left handed so that might also make it a little harder to find one

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Old 01-08-2013, 03:42 AM   #2
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I'm interested in getting a 1911 to carry sometimes and just for shooting for fun, size isn't an issue but cost is I want to stay under $600. I know that doesn't leave me many options so I wanted to see what you guys have to say. Also I shoot left handed so that might also make it a little harder to find one
within the budget you have set, there are some choices and some good ones. now they aren't going to be a tricked out Dan Wesson, or the fine old Colts.

need to check out MetroArms American Classic's and the RIA lines of 1911's. many different finishes, materials, calibers and sizes. they are made in the Phillipine Islands and are some of the best value for a good, reliable and decently accurate 1911.

i have currently an American Classic Commander in 45 acp. it's the second AC i have owned and can attest to their quality and accuracy. also very reliable.

you owe it to yourself to check thes out.
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STI Spartan is the best $600 1911.

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STI Spartan is the best $600 1911.
IIRC, Armscor makes the frame, slide and barrels for STI to their specs and then STI assembles them with their internals. Armscor is the same company in the Phillipines who makes the RIA and the High Standard 1911's.
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IIRC, Armscor makes the frame, slide and barrels for STI to their specs and then STI assembles them with their internals. Armscor is the same company in the Phillipines who makes the RIA and the High Standard 1911's.

The Spartans are built for STI (to STI specifications and utilizing STI internals) in the Philippines by the STI division of Armscorp.

RIA and HS don't have STI internals and are NOT built alongside the Spartan. Are you claiming RIA and HS internals are comparable to STI parts? They are not, therefore for the same basic money, the STI Spartan is far superior to your two choices.
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Lets not get this started again.


All suggestions have been good so far. I would also include the Taurus 1911, especially their stainless model. I believe Taurus is the only maker offering a stainless model in the modest price ranges. Stainless is a lot more durable and forgiving in terms of wear. I've owned 3 different 1911s in the $600 and under range, RIA, MetroArms/American Classic, and Taurus. Out of all of them, I have had the fewest problems with the Taurus.

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I have purchased used 1911s in your price range that go double that if purchased new.

There are so many people who can work on a 1911, that buying a used 1911 is not problem (unless it is really trashed).

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I have purchased used 1911s in your price range that go double that if purchased new.

There are so many people who can work on a 1911, that buying a used 1911 is not problem (unless it is really trashed).
Most definitely don't discount the used market. Unless you're a competitive shooter, you likely won't wear a gun out.
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If you have the money buy a dan wesson if you don't get a Kimber
if you still don't have enough Springfield will do

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+1 for the ss pt1911. Mine was a bit over the 600 mark but not much

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