First 1911

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by bigbomar4, Sep 15, 2013.

  1. bigbomar4

    bigbomar4 New Member

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    I'm thinking about getting my first 1911. My price range is $500 or less. I have shot several Kimbers and Colts but I have never owned one. I'm not new to the gun world but I have never owned a 1911.

    My eventual plan is to get a Fusion firearms longslide 1911 in 10mm to use for hog hunting but for now I just want a gun to get used to the platform and to practice with.

    There is only one gun range around here that rents guns and all of their 1911's are worn out and always dirty.

    Also I am a lefty so an ambi safety is a must for me.

    What are yalls suggestions?
     
  2. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    check out the RIA and the MetroArms 1911's. very good 1911's at a decent price. well worth the money IMO.

    i don't know of any that come with an ambi safety, but that is not a hard mod to do nor expensive.

    check out the STI line of 1911's. i think they offer and entry level 1911 at a decent price.

    also check out used 1911's like a Colt or Springfield Armory. very good 1911's and worth the money even used.
     

  3. Jpyle

    Jpyle New Member

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    +1 to what Axxe says above. Just keep in mind that $500 isn't going to get a Colt or a Kimber and will get you an entry level GI model in most product lines.

    If you can wait and save another $100-150 you can move into the next tier which may offer some of the basic upgrades like a skeletized hammer, beveled ejection port, upgraded internal parts, etc. Remington, Taurus and Springfield offer several models in this price tier as do several of the other brands. For example here is a Taurus that goes for about $650.00 new and as you can see it has the ambi safety and some other upgrades over a basic GI..

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  4. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    here is a thread where i did a lot of mods to my MetroArms AC Commander. IIRC, i gave about $585 for mine NIB. i ordered this pistol with the goal in mind to modify it. IMO, the RIA or the MetroArms 1911's are a very good foundation to do a build upon. you start with a complete pistol and have all the small parts already! much more budget friendly than some of the higher priced 1911's. i'd much sooner take a grinder or Dremel tool to a RIA or an AC than a Colt Or Springer!

    http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f57/american-classic-commander-modified-75656/

    but JPyle is correct, that a little more of a budget will yield a little more selection than the one you have. with more features that might suit you better.
     
  5. Jpyle

    Jpyle New Member

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    Come to think of it...SIG makes a full sized 1911 in .22lr, same look and feel of it's .45 caliber big brother but a fraction of the cost, about $350. If you are just looking for a trainer that could be an alternative for you.
     
  6. danf_fl

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  7. Yunus

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    If you are set on going 10mm in the future then I would recommend going with a brand that will allow you to do so.

    Is there that much of a difference in .45 vs 10mm for hog hunting? I don't know but in my opinion when you buy a 1911 one of the things that you are accepting is the .45 caliber. They make 1911's not in .45 but THE 1911 has always been a .45 by design. I really considered a 1911 in .40 but decided against when I realized I was limiting my options because I was asking for something outside of the original intent of the 1911.
     
  8. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired

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    Considering that Colt offered the first 10mm on a 1911 platform, I don't think there will be a problem.

    Also with a 10mm 1911, a .40S&W barrel can be fitted and used with the 10mm slide and frame.
     
  9. MOshooter

    MOshooter New Member

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    I've been researching a lot of 1911s along with their cost.
    My 2 cents if you're wanting a 10mm around the 500 price range. Shop GB and other online firearm sales,I saw a few NIB Rock Islands chambered in 10mm sell in the 550.00 range.

    I agree with others,If you can add another 100-300 that will open up more options purchasing a 1911. I've seen some NIB Colts on line starting out in the 850.00 range chambered in the 45acp.
     
  10. bigbomar4

    bigbomar4 New Member

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    This first 1911 doesn't necessarily have to be 10mm. A .45 or even a 9mm would be fine. I just want something to get more used to the platform before I drop 2-3k on the Fusion.
     
  11. Yunus

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    Taurus may be in your range. I own one and love it, others will say they are junk, all I know is when I pull the trigger it goes bang every time.
     
  12. Jpyle

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    I have a Taurus as well. Pretty good deal actually as it comes with many upgrades and enhancements normally reserved for more expensive models.
     
  13. MOshooter

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    Earlier today on gunbroker they sold 2 NIB Springfield mil specs,one went for 505.00,the other a bit over the 600.00 mark.
     
  14. drvsafe

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    +1 on the SIG/GSG 1911-22 or a Ruger 22/45 as a trainer. It will help you get to your goal faster, since .22 ammo is much less expensive compared to .45.
     
  15. jwalsh66

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    I would suggest look into a used one. I just purchased a springer 1911 loaded used with 4 mags and 100 rounds for $600. If you can swing an extra $100 they are out there to be had. Just have to dig a little.
     
  16. bntyhntr6975

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    The RIA Tactical is just barely over your $500 line, may be just under in some places. A used one definetly would be. I picked one up awhile back and it outshoots a buddy's new Taurus, easily. And every bit as good as his Springfield Loaded Trophy Match. Its just not near as nice. All total, we had 4 1911s out that day, and the RIA functioned and shot just as good as everything else. (The supplied mag does seem like junk tho, as most reviews state. I havent tried to use it yet.)
     
  17. Wolf57

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    I own a few 1911's. The RIA mil spec is a decent pistol for the money. I like the Remington, but I've never shot one so I can't say much about it. I have two Springfields. One is a loaded Government model and the other is a basic duo tone I customized with Wilson parts. The duo tone Springfield was the first 1911 I owned and I have had it about 20 years. It still shoots great after about 8K rounds. If I were looking to buy a mil spec or basic model, I would probably go with Springfield Armory.

    Taurus did a good job on their 1911. I am not sure if its parts will interchange with the other models. The Sig 1911 is expensive, and I do not think its parts will interchange either. I could be wrong on that.
    EDIT:::::: I may in fact be wrong on that. I checked today and was told that the parts will inter change. I do recall that there was a notice about grips on the Taurus changing out. FWIW

    You can't go wrong with a Colt or Springfield. I've never owned a Kimber, but everyone I know that owns one says good things. The high dollar loaded/factory customs are nice. I personally like Wilson Combat. These days I like the basic 1911 with a couple of sensible modifications. I am a lefty, so I need an ambi safety. A beavertail and some decent sights and you are in business. For reliability , in the field, I would prefer a basic model Colt or Springfield .
     
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  18. jwalsh66

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    The only thing with kimbers is a lot of the parts are proprietary and that usually means more $ on upgrading it.
     
  19. Mercator

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    Consider not buying a 1911 in this price range. $500 is a low ceiling. You will soon get tired of inferior sights, trigger pull, etc. You will start upgrading, or might even trade up at a loss. Your first 1911 should be helping you, not pulling you down. Raise just $200 more, and you will be looking at the Remingtons, 1911 DE, Rugers. Those are the keepers.
     
  20. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    lot's of people have bought basic 1911's at this price level and have been very pleased, usually wanting more of them. why not buy a basic, no frills 1911 for the first one to see if the platform suits you?

    i have myself recommended a basic GI model or basic Mil-Spec 1911 to those new to the platform, so they are not out a lot of money, if they are not happy with it, or the platform. i would hardly recommend spending a small fortune on anything new, when you are are unsure if your are going to like it or not.