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Old 03-31-2010, 01:14 AM   #1
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Ok. I have heard everyone, including myself talk about how good their 1911 is. I have a full size model and am considering getting a compact. Probably a 4 inch. Does anybody make a bad 1911? I will not buy anthing from Taurus again so we don't need to go there. I love my Citadel. But if I run into a great deal that sounds too good to be true what should I stay away from. I know Kimber is top notch, so is Colt. I am not looking for stories about your sisters, cousins, uncle who knew a guy that knew a guy. I had a Para Ordinance P10-45 that was constantly jaming. I plan on sticking with a single stack.
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Old 03-31-2010, 03:03 AM   #2
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The best (IMHO) carry 1911 would be the Colt Lightweight Commander Model O4860XSE;

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Second would be the Colt SS Commander Model O4012XSE;

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Want to step up a few bucks? Look at the Colt/Talo Ghost Commander Model O480XSENNC.

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I had an AMT Hardballer (Gold Cup Clone) that was nothing but problems. AMT is out of business now, but you may find one used--I'd stay away from it if I was you. Good luck.
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Those Llama and Star (almost) 1911's I'm no fan of. The Star's actually don't shoot all that bad but being they are not to spec 1911's parts are not easy to come by with either.

For the most part though what 1911 you should or should not be looking at will depend on what you intend to use the weapon for. I tell people that looking at target models is not the best idea when looking for a carry weapon. Tighter fig weapons have less places for dirt and other goodies to go..it's just that simple. But I also don't think people should get a milspec if they are wanting it for all target shooting. A more loose fit weapon will not help you get those clover leaf groups at 50 yards. The right tool for the right job I say. I'm no fan of a Kimber at all. But they sell a lot of pistols so they must be keeping ,some people happy. The ones I have had I would not have trusted for more than a paperweight. But I"m a big Para Ordinance fan and they have their share of detractors. The ones I have have never failed so I do trust them.

Basically Colt, Springfield STI, Para, RIA, And yes even a Kimber (as long as it's not for me). are well made 1911's. I even like the Taurus PT1911. But it is a 1911 and I'm well acquainted with those and don't have any problem looking to fix any issue that might arise. So far with the two PT1911's I have here I've had zero problems with and I have shot a lot of ammo through them. It is great being able to shoot at home!
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Those Llama and Star (almost) 1911's I'm no fan of. The Star's actually don't shoot all that bad but being they are not to spec 1911's parts are not easy to come by with either.

For the most part though what 1911 you should or should not be looking at will depend on what you intend to use the weapon for. I tell people that looking at target models is not the best idea when looking for a carry weapon. Tighter fig weapons have less places for dirt and other goodies to go..it's just that simple. But I also don't think people should get a milspec if they are wanting it for all target shooting. A more loose fit weapon will not help you get those clover leaf groups at 50 yards. The right tool for the right job I say. I'm no fan of a Kimber at all. But they sell a lot of pistols so they must be keeping ,some people happy. The ones I have had I would not have trusted for more than a paperweight. But I"m a big Para Ordinance fan and they have their share of detractors. The ones I have have never failed so I do trust them.

Basically Colt, Springfield STI, Para, RIA, And yes even a Kimber (as long as it's not for me). are well made 1911's. I even like the Taurus PT1911. But it is a 1911 and I'm well acquainted with those and don't have any problem looking to fix any issue that might arise. So far with the two PT1911's I have here I've had zero problems with and I have shot a lot of ammo through them. It is great being able to shoot at home!
+1, LLama, Star, AMT are all Ka-Ka IMHO
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If you love your Citadel - get another PI made gun. I just sold a Rock Island commander-sized gun and it was a great shooter. The only reason I sold it was I picked up the STI and didn't need two 4 inch 1911s. If you want an alloy frame, Kimber will probably be your best bet as they are the most readily available. I've had two alloy frame Kimbers and they were both good guns.

I agree with DrumJunkie that a target grade 1911 is overkill for carry and the "tighter" target guns are more prone to being finicky. BTW, I have owned and shot a 1911 from nearly every manufacturer other than Nighthawk, Les Baer, Wilson, and the other custom guns...

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The absolute worst "1911 clone" (loosely termed) I've ever had was a Wyoming Arms Parker. Laseraim bought them out when they went belly up and they was no better.
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If you do not want the .45, we have a Colt LW Commander (S/N LW4XX) that is in .38 Super that is a great carry piece. It is very accuarate and is easy to handle. Just another piece to think about.......


1911....enough said!
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Thanks for all the info. I am leaning toward the Kimber or the Colt. It is finding a good deal I will need to work on. 45 ACP is a must.
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Get a Colt. I've never had a Colt that was out of spec in any area, (though there could always be a first time).

And I have had a lot of Colts.
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