1911's so many choices

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by JerseyDad, Apr 15, 2012.

  1. JerseyDad

    JerseyDad New Member

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    I'm looking to buy a model 1911. I have been researching them for 2 months and the only thing that I seem to be figuring out is that the longer I research the more I get frustrated. There are so many choices I can't make up my mind as to which I should get. So I am asking for any info on which brand , type I should buy?
     
  2. Donn

    Donn Active Member

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    I feel ya, JD. The 100th anniversary of the 1911 had everybody and their brother making them. I guess the first question I'd ask is how much do you want to spend? They range from $400 to $1500, more if you want a really tricked out piece. My first 1911 was a Springfield Armory. That's where I'd start if I were you.
     

  3. silverado113

    silverado113 New Member

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    I don't know what your budget is but Sig, Colt, Springfield 1911 are great choices. You could do higher end like Les Bear but those will run you 2K for a NIB or a decent starter would be a RIA in the 400 range.
     
  4. Polygon

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    If you're on a budget and want to get into 1911s then I suggest looking into the Ruger SR1911. They're not very expensive and they're a good entry level gun. I would buy one long before something like a Taurus, Hi Point, or Rock Island. If you can spend a little more than that I would suggest a Springfield. And if you can go even more than that I would suggest getting a Colt.

    That still leaves you with a lot of options as Springfield and Colt have many different 1911s to choose from. I would just research them and see which one fits you budget and intended use the best. If you can, get to your local gun shops and check them out in person.
     
  5. levelcross

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    Go to the 1911 section of the Forum, Canebrake wrote a good article on choosing a first 1911. Read some of the posts that are out there and take some of them as Gospel.

    Decide what you want the 1911 for, target, carry or HD. Rent a few different ones and see what you like or dislike about each. The biggest thing I have found so far is $$$$$. Some good budget guns out there and some junk too.
     
  6. JerseyDad

    JerseyDad New Member

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    Well there is no budget. I am competition muzzle load shooter but pistol competitions are my new passion so what I should have said is which would be platform for modification
     
  7. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    I like the Springfield Armory platform to start with.
    Good specs, quality parts, with little handwork needed to get aftermarker parts to fit.
     
  8. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    i would suggest either the Colt Gold Cup or the SA Range Officer. either one should get you going in the direction you're heading in. both are excellent pistols and are pretty much ready out of the box ready for serious range sessions.
     
  9. JerseyDad

    JerseyDad New Member

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    Thank you I knew downloading this app would be a smart move
     
  10. canebrake

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    Look at them ALL, buy the one that speaks to you.

    BUT, know this; it will NOT be your last 1911! It is a platform you grow into. What strikes you now as a "must-have" will change because the 1911 changes you.

    There is a purpose for each size 1911. It sounds like your initial interest would be best satisfied with a FS 5" Government model.

    If modification (for function not aesthetics) is your goal, build your gun like you build a house, start with the best foundation.

    I would suggest starting with a Colt Series 70 and shoot the snot out of it. Get to know the true ergonomics that John Browning incorporated into his design before the word was coined.

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    After you come to realize the brilliance of this platform, begin to make small changes to get it to the level of performance you want. Sights, match barrel, trigger job with premium ignition parts.......or you could just buy a Gold Cup with all the work system-engineered into the package.
     

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  11. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    1st time i've heard Ruger 1911 & entry level in the same sentence :eek:
    Course you have to find one first :eek:
     
  12. ellwood45c

    ellwood45c New Member

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    Listen to canebrake he is absolutley right. It may be your first bit it wont be your last.

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  13. Robbie762

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    What classifies a certain 1911 as "entry level"? Price? Workmanship? Quality? I'm new to the 1911 world myself and my first is a Ruger.
     
  14. MrWray

    MrWray New Member

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    Said like a TRUE scholar my friend. I have learned great deal about 1911s from you since my stay here.
     
  15. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    "Entry level" only applies to the user, not the firearm.
    Every and any 1911 is a thing of beauty and for the advance pistoleer.
    Owning one is the same as stepping up from cheap whiskey to a fine bourbon.
     
  16. Model70

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    I love the inherent elitism and easy access to it. ;) I hear a lot about the springfields, colts, rugers, and sigs, but I'm am very interested in the Remington R1911. I have one friend that owns a kimber custom eclipse, and another with a citadel, so I'm familiar with 1911's, and I can see and tell a big difference, but know one really says much about the Remington other than "it's just mil-spec." I've looked at the others, they do look nice, but I enjoy the understated class of simplicity.

    Any thoughts?

    Edit: I should say I'd be getting it to carry sometimes, but mostly just for plinking.
     
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  17. Robbie762

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    Got it. Thanks
     
  18. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    I have the R1. I call it a good "entry level" 1911. Simple, no frills but it's not a Colt and its price point establishes it as such.

    Impressions on the Remington 1911R1
     
  19. Model70

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    Thank you canebrake, that was awesome. Just a few "noob" questions:
    What are MIM parts?
    What does MSH mean?

    Thanks again!
     
  20. MrWray

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    MIM is "metal injection molding"

    MSH is "main spring housing"