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Old 03-18-2012, 05:47 AM   #1
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I'm looking to buy a 1911. It is my first one and I'm wondering what company makes the best models/most accurate/most reliable/ and do on. Also I would like to find all this in the most least expensive package. But I'm open to all options!

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Rock island, colt, sig, springfield-all are good. Some are better than others in some aspects where as others are better than the ones mentioned before. A price range and what you want it to be used for would be really helpful.

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It will mostly be used for home defense and showing it off at the range. And a price range would be around... Maximum $1,000 but I'm willing to go higher if need be..

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Then look at springfield, rock island, and you might be able to find a sig or possibly a colt for that.

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Look for a used (before CZ) Dan Wesson.

Not only are they good for showing off at the range, but shoot good too!

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I'm looking to buy a 1911. It is my first one and I'm wondering what company makes the best models/most accurate/most reliable/ and do on. Also I would like to find all this in the most least expensive package. But I'm open to all options!
As I like to say in my business, you can have it fast, cheap and accurate. Pick two. You ask for the "best models/most accurate/most reliable" and then you say "least expansive" which is, of course, an impossible combination for no other reason than quality products require more expensive parts and more labor to make.

If you want a reasonably reliable, reasonably accurate 1911, then there are plenty available in the under $600-700 range (new) including RIA, Ruger, Para and Remington and an even wider array used. If you want the best, then you're going to pay a bit more - you start seeing meaningful quality improvements at around $1,000 or $1,200 new (more hand work, better components, hand fitting of key parts, fewer or no MIM parts, better trigger, better sights, etc) and - with plenty of exceptions - you get what you pay for. In the plus $2,000 range you start getting amazing guns - custom built works of art, Wilson Combat production guns without peer, etc.

You'll also find the individual features add to the price and may or may not add to functionality depending on your needs. Target v combat sights, night sights, tac rail, laser grips, serrated slide, checkering on the frame, mag well, trigger quality, frame construction (steel, SS, alloy and now polymer options), the list goes on. I own 6 1911s, half bought new and half used, the purchase prices ranged from $350 to $1,500 and each is a good gun for it's purpose. The $350 1911 is a .22LR kit gun with no special features and the $1,500 is an upper end Kimber with a .460 Rowland conversion. The in between guns include an alloy frame Smith, a Commander sized Dan Wesson, another Dan Wesson with a lot of competition upgrades, and a stock Kimber with a laser grip.
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It will mostly be used for home defense and showing it off at the range. And a price range would be around... Maximum $1,000 but I'm willing to go higher if need be..
There are some excellent options out there for $1,000 and under. For home defense I'd get laser grips (which add about $200 to a new gun or $250-$300 if added later) or a tactical rail with a laser/light mounted (prices are coming down on laser/lights, looks like there are good options now in the under $200 price). A couple of companies have 1911s packaged with grip lasers for under $1,000, including Kimber. I'd look at those first. Sig is selling their tactical pac with a rail-mounted laser for under $900. Fewer features on that gun than the Kimber but excellent quality construction. But for HD I prefer the grip lasers as they require no thought and little manual dexterity.

There are good, reliable lower end guns like RIA (circa $500) that are certainly suitable for HD. If you went this route and bought laser grips separately you'd be into the package for about $750 or $800. Which is almost the price of a Kimber with grip laser. Which is why I'm suggesting you look for a factory package with grip laser.

You also have caliber options. For HD I'd look at either 9mm (slightly higher mag capacity and less recoil) or .45acp (my favorite). This opens your options up a bit. The .40S&W is an excellent caliber but harder to find in 1911s.
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Thank you so much for your guy's info. It wall very helpful! What are you favorite 1911 company's/models though??

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Thank you so much for your guy's info. It wall very helpful! What are you favorite 1911 company's/models though??
Colts and sigs for me-a1 in colt and scorpion in sig

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i am partial to Springfields, Colts and Dan Wessons on the upper end. if money wasn't an issue, it would be Wilson Combat's!

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