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Old 11-21-2011, 03:57 AM   #41
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Dodge, this may seem like a dumb question, but do you own a 1911 right now? Or have you owned one or more in the past?

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I would have to say the best 1911's are probably a Les Baer but also the most expensive haha

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The best 1911 is a free 1911 just like everything else in the world the best beer is the free kind the best dip is the free kind now I just gotta find someone giving away a free 1911

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IMO "the best" 1911 is a standard 1911A1,

broken in, and well lubricated.

Since I prefer the every-day " meat and potatoes" gun as best,

we share a difference of opinion.

IIRC, for fancy, I did see a few Colt SEs which looked like they'd be

just fine to queen in a safe, and only 3000$ or so each...

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The best 1911 is a free 1911 just like everything else in the world the best beer is the free kind the best dip is the free kind now I just gotta find someone giving away a free 1911
Good luck with that, if you ever find that person tell them that you want 2... Then give me a call :-)
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Just bought SA RANGE OFFICER. amazingly accurate out of box! Paid 800

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Dodge,

I must admit I am a little partial to the Rock River Arms Inc. Custom hand fitted 1911 Pistols. At one time they built competition pistols for Doug Koenig. I have a Elite Commander 4.5" that is as smooth as glass and shot a 1" group at 50 yards out of the Ransom Rest in a 2003 Shooting Times Issue where it was the test gun. They stopped producing them a year ago but I was advised two months ago by Chuck Larson the VP of Rock River that they still have a few left that they are finishing. If you are wanting a top quality custom 1911 that would make an excellent keep sake and shooter for that matter, they might be something you may be interested in. They have an assortment of accessories and No Mim Parts. Kart Barrels, Ed Brown accessories and all they are custom built from the ground up. I do not know what they have left but if you were to be interested there is a lady at RRA who is the Sales Manager by the name of Ulanda and she could advise what is the last of the availability. And I am sure Chuck could put some items on them if you want something special in the way of accessories.
Good luck on your search.
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In answering your questions, no I haven't decided entirely. I have narrowed it down though. Basically I have decided against some of the bells and whistles. I will be getting a 1911 off the shelf somewhere, and then as I feel the need (want), I'll add on the goodies. However, that flat trigger is something that I do believe I'll be trying out sooner than most the other upgrades. I still have'nt decided on sights yet. Also, I feel like the accessory rail gives it more of the appearance that I want. I know I'll probably never put anything on it, but it'll be there if I do so decide. I am looking at a Springfield EMP. Pretty affordable. I haven't heard anyone say anything bad about them. Also, as another member of the wish list family, I'm pretty hooked on the Colt Defender. The defender would actually be one for me to carry though. The EMP, will be the dresser upper.
No. I actually do not own a 1911. Been to the range with them of someone else's, but I do not have my own.
Thanks again. Your opinions help.

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What has worked so far for me is to get a full size Govt model. Shoot the snot out of it. Learn what works and how it works.
After it becomes part of my right hand, then look at all the doohickys of what may "improve" it for me (and make a list of changes you want).

Change springs every 5000 rounds (versus 800 to 2500 rounds for the shorter models)

Use Photoshop and reconfigure the firearm before committing to cutting it up.

The wizardary in the 1911 is fascinating. But you have to know the 1911 to appreciate it. John Browning was a genius.

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If you're just starting out, the small 1911's may not be the best way to go. You may want to start with a Commander size model. It's obviously smaller than a full sized model, but more convenient to conceal while being large enough to handle recoil nicely. The 3" 1911's may not feel all that great in comparison.

You should be able to get a nice Colt, Springfield or Kimber for between $900. to $1300. That will start you with a dependable, shootable, solid 1911. If you want to spend around $1500 - $1700, I think the Dan Wesson Commander Bobtail is one of the greatest Commander size pistols made. Obviously, it's your choice and your money, but you asked for opinions.

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