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Old 08-25-2012, 03:17 AM   #1
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Default A slightly different gun vs. gun thread

Stopped at the LGS today. This usually leads to a few questions and a bunch of money being spent.

Here's the gun vs. gun debate for you. Springfield Armory Mil-spec $625 vs. SA Range Officer $825. Is the Range Officer worth the extra $200? Both are US rollmarked, same grips and the RO has nicer sights, skeletonized hammer, longer trigger and a few other cosmetic differences.

My current 1911 is a Rock Island that I have been happy with but will probably trade in towards a new one. Haven't even started talking money yet.

Like I said, not the usual one brand vs. another question. Just trying to compare value in the same brand. His other 1911s are Colts and I don't think I want to go $1,000 + for my next gun.

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Old 08-25-2012, 03:36 AM   #2
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sounds to me it's not brand vs brand as far as price goes, it sounds more like one has $200 in bells & whistles while they other doesn't

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sounds to me it's not brand vs brand as far as price goes, it sounds more like one has $200 in bells & whistles while they other doesn't
So, are the bells & whistles worth the $200, in your opinion?
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I have the milspec, awesome gun, and I love it. However, I've decided I'm going to do some work to it. Namely, a beaver tail safety and flat MSG for sure, and then the maybes: rowel hammer, skeletonized trigger, sights, extended thumb safety and slide release....

It's a great gun, and leaves room for customization and improvement.

One thing to keep in mind, the Novak and dovetail sight cuts are easier to find and change sights for.

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For me it wouldnt be worth it cuz i would have to get a new slide to get rid of the novak cut ditch the ambidextrous junk and bring it back to milspec. I would just get the milspec instead of trying to turn the RO into what i look for in a 1911...

But thats just me

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I'd rather pick and choose the upgrades, and install them myself.

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So, are the bells & whistles worth the $200, in your opinion?
My opinion would be no. Go with the cheaper firearm and put $200 into it to customize it to YOUR liking.

Don't let someone else spend $200 for you
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If you want a 1911 that is set up as a target gun, then the RO is not a bad way to go. If you are wanting to carry it, then I would go with the Mil-Spec or go with a Loaded model that has Novak sights.

I tend to separate 1911 in that way. I think JonM and I probably would look at similar features in a 1911 that is to be used as a multi-role peice would be kept pretty basic with few upgrades at all.

This is a picture of about where I like to see a 1911 set up:


A beavertail and commander hammer to get a higher grip on the gun, A grip that sticks to your hand, sights that are visible and tough. That's about it.

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I'd have to agree with the nos on this one. A few months ago I would have said otherwise, but it took me a while to figure out just what I wanted my 1911 to be. My carry gun will be set up differently than my home defense, and both different from just a target shooter. Not big changes, but different nonetheless.

Everything really depends on what YOU want your 1911 to be and what YOU want it to be used for.

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Is the $625 on the mil-spec a great, fair or bad price? I know he has had Remington R1s in the past for $699. Have never seen a Ruger and his Colts/Kimbers usually run $1,000+.

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