A slightly different gun vs. gun thread

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by aandabooks, Aug 24, 2012.

  1. aandabooks

    aandabooks New Member

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    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.
     
  2. PrimePorkchop

    PrimePorkchop New Member

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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 :cool:
     

  3. aandabooks

    aandabooks New Member

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    So, are the bells & whistles worth the $200, in your opinion?
     
  4. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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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.
     
  5. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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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
     
  6. therewolf

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

    PrimePorkchop New Member

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    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
     
  8. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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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:
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    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.
     
  9. LongBaller71

    LongBaller71 New Member

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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.
     
  10. aandabooks

    aandabooks New Member

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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+.
     
  11. LongBaller71

    LongBaller71 New Member

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    $625 sounds like a pretty good deal. Most I've seen are a little higher than that.
     
  12. trip286

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  13. CA357

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    Make sure it's a MilSpec and not a G.I. The MilSpec has better sights already whereas the G.I. has the standard G.I. sights. There are some other differences, but I don't remember what right now. A lot of people confuse the two models.
     
  14. Olympus

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    Seems to me that you might find a better price elsewhere on the Range Officer. I didn't think they were selling for that high.

    If it were my gun, I'd pick the RO. But I do mostly target shooting and paper punching for accuracy. If you're happy shooting pie-plate groups then I'd say the extra cost would not be worth it in that scenario.
     
  15. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    The only difference besides the sights that I could find (and I'm no expert here) was that the milspec has a slightly different ejection port (is that lowered and flared?) And I think the slide serrations may have been slightly different.
     
  16. CA357

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    I think the sights and the lowered and flared ejection port is about it. Thanks for jogging my old memory.

    If the OP is going to carry the pistol, then the MilSpec is more practical.
     
  17. therewolf

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    First, I wouldn't buy a Kimber with your money, OP.

    Second, for a carry piece, IMO, grips are probably the most

    important upgrade, and that's very personal. I like the soft

    rubber Hogues, but some folks prefer the smooth hard wood, mica, or

    ivory.
     
  18. aandabooks

    aandabooks New Member

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    Won't have to worry about carry, I live in the dumbest state in the union. I wouldn't carry a full-size anyway. Something smaller and lighter.

    I was starting to get into Bullseye a few months ago but my schedule changed. The gun would be for general shooting and plinking. Might just stick with my RIA and put some adjustable sights on it. It is shooting low and since the sights are fixed, I'm not real sure what to do about it.