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Old 07-24-2010, 11:58 AM   #11
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I'm Looking for an entry 1911 and need to be convinced that I should not buy one. I've been all over the Internet and it seems that the only people who have range reports on them have given the thumbs up. If I get one I'll be sure to do a full range report. For around $400 it's tempting.

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I'm Looking for an entry 1911 and need to be convinced that I should not buy one. I've been all over the Internet and it seems that the only people who have range reports on them have given the thumbs up. If I get one I'll be sure to do a full range report. For around $400 it's tempting.
If you are looking for someone to dissuade you, you are in the wrong section.
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If you are looking for someone to dissuade you, you are in the wrong section.
In other words, dan and most of the folks here like them pretty well.

I would stick with what you want from the get go. I haven't read much bad about them.
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Can't do too bad at <$400.

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Had a plane jane GI model. Shot and functioned like a champ. Parted with it only because I needed some cash. Great value for a low cost.

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I have 6 of them. Only 1911s I own. I have the compact GI, FS GI, park'd FS Tactical, matte nickel FS Tactical, Hi Cap GI, and the 9mm FS Tac. All are utterly reliable. You might want to put about 2-3 hundred rounds of hard ball prior to feeding JHP to break in the action.

Don't think you can go wrong with a Rock and their customer service is top notch.

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I bought one last summer for $379 + tax and really like it. It seems to want a break in with 200 gr. SWC, but it shoots surprisingly well (read that as small groups). I bought it to shoot Wild Bunch side matches....but then, who needs an excuse to buy another gun? I just saw a compact model last weekend for about $100 more. If I wanted another compact 1911, I woulda taken it home.

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I bought one last summer for $379 + tax and really like it. It seems to want a break in with 200 gr. SWC, but it shoots surprisingly well (read that as small groups). I bought it to shoot Wild Bunch side matches....but then, who needs an excuse to buy another gun? I just saw a compact model last weekend for about $100 more. If I wanted another compact 1911, I woulda taken it home.
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Para and American Classic both build one in the price range. in fact i can get an American classic cheaper than Rock Island here because I have a local dealer that will let me have it cash out the door $450. By the time I buy the RI at 389 + shipping + FFL I'm pretty close so my question is how are the AC and Para compared to the RI. I had seen the Para in a Riffleman mag but had never heard of the American Classic. The shop owner said he liked his better than his Kimber but he's trying to sell one. Anyone know about these?

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The American Classic is another that's made in the Philippines like the Rock Island. Probably about the same quality but they are made by different companies. The RIA has a well documented history with great customer service so I'd stay with a known pistol myself. The Para is OK, a friend has one, but I see no real advantage over a RIA...

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