1911 on a budget

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by Kamarathin, Mar 23, 2012.

  1. Kamarathin

    Kamarathin New Member

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    Is it possible to get a reliable Commander sized 1911 in .45 acp for around $400-500?
     
  2. ZombieBrawler

    ZombieBrawler New Member

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    New? No idea so many people make a version is hard to see whats decent let alone for that price. Might have to go used? Or suck up a few more bucks and buy a good new one to begin with, a quality brand and never take the chance on a crap gun. Just my .02... Glad i have a few times
     

  3. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    Metroarms makes the American Classic 1911 pistols, makes a Commander sized pistol. also make an Officer sized one called an Amigo.
     
  4. theundeadelvis

    theundeadelvis New Member

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    You can get a new Rock Island Armory for about $500.
     
  5. DodgerBlue

    DodgerBlue New Member

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    Rock Island from I hear.
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    Just love showing my SIG Commander off!
     
  6. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    RIA my friend :)
     
  7. sweeper22

    sweeper22 New Member

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    RIA is probably going to be the safest bet for under $500. I haven't ever shot one, but I hear nearly 100% positive comments about them.

    Bud's had the commander-framed version of the Para Ordnance GI Expert on sale for $549 for a few weeks. But it got bumped up to $617 a couple days ago. Still a tough deal to beat, and it's where I'd probably lean for budget commander.
     
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  8. canebrake

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    Not as pretty as my Colt Commander Dodger!

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  9. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    check out the vendor here, Slickguns, they advertise a RIA 1911 Officer style pistol for $398 shipped. i have looked at the RIA pistols and am impressed enough also by others who have them that i would definately give one a try. i do like the feel of them, and they appear to be well made and fitted. they don't feel cheap by any means. the only area i have any concern with them is the magazines, this is one area they do take a shortcut in, as mine with my American Classic were not that great either. it's not a big issue for me, and most of us will buy more magazines anyways. it's not like there is any shortage of quality magazine makers in the marketplace.
     
  10. limbkiller

    limbkiller New Member

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    RIA, Metro Arms, and ATI all make guns in that price range. All are Filipino made guns if that bothers you.
     
  11. MrWray

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    If i was wanting a 1911 but had a budget " which i was" i would go for the High Standard or the RIA. Both are made by Armscor and are very well built. I went with the High Standard. $500 for a nice 1911 isnt bad at all
     
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  12. slickab

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    I had a Ruger SR1911 ordered.... got tired of waiting.... investigated and picked up an American Classic II by Metro Arms. Glad I did, good fit and
    finish.... better than RIA IMHO. Put a Wilson Combat ETM magazine in,
    100% reliable.... absolute tack driver! $482 out the door from AS.
     
  13. DallasShooter

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    I'm sure you will love your American Classic II as much as I love mine. You are right that it has a great fit and finish. The blued finish on the AC II is great - better than the finish on my RIA GI, although I think the fit on the RIA is as good as the AC II. Both are great guns and would be good value even at twice the price.
     
  14. bartwatkins

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    I was just at the range on Saturday & a friend showed up with his American Classic .45 Commander. It seemed to be a very nice gun & reliable too. First time that I had seen one up close and seen one fired.
     
  15. kytowboater

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    I have the RIA officers model. Very pleased with it, have yet to have a issue. I have changed the grips to Houge, and added a Wilson combat trigger got looks. Buds has them for $417.00.
     

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  16. levelcross

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    Beautiful just beautiful, both of them. One shall be my next pistol. As a Commander seems to be the perfect size for most carry needs.

    I guess this is like a starter wife, good looks, gets the job done, now ready for a new one. :rolleyes:
     

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  17. Jstrong

    Jstrong New Member

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    I like the looks of that,is that a Tripp research mag?

    ---Shoot To Thrill---
     
  18. kytowboater

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    Wilson combat mag well. With Wilson combat
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  19. Jstrong

    Jstrong New Member

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    Ohhh just saw the shinny metal and Tripp is then only mag I've seen with polished metal mag plates,nice gun.

    ---Shoot To Thrill---
     
  20. kytowboater

    kytowboater Active Member

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    Thank you very much, I have yet to purchase any Tripp mags. Have heard the world of them though.