First 1911!

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by matt3479, May 3, 2012.

  1. matt3479

    matt3479 New Member

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    Im looking to get my first 1911 soon, but im unsure on which route to go since they all look pretty good between Springfield, Colt, and Kimber. I love the look of Kimbers, but dont like the 1 year warranty. Other people suggested a Dan Wesson. I dont have money for a custom or some of the highest end Colts, or Springfields. What do you suggest.
     
  2. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    What are you looking to spend?
     

  3. matt3479

    matt3479 New Member

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    would like to keep it around 1200, but if the dan wesson is that much better then will spend a little more
     
  4. ChicagoBullsEye

    ChicagoBullsEye New Member

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    I paid 1200 for a Springfield MC Operator and I love it. Shoots as accurately as any custom gun and the fit/finish on it is awesome. You may want to look at the Springfield TRP, it's the best non-custom gun that Springfield makes and can be found for close to 1200. I'm not a big Kimber fan, I wouldn't advise getting one over a Springer or Colt.
     
  5. GunSavvyTeen

    GunSavvyTeen New Member

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    Are you looking for original configuration or a tactical type 1911?
    I highly recommend Colts. Can't go wrong with them. However I also have a Springfield G.I. that shoots flawlessly as well as my Colt.
     
  6. nickel1911

    nickel1911 New Member

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    IMO I don't think you could go wrong with any of your choices.
     
  7. limbkiller

    limbkiller New Member

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    Lots of guns for around 1200 bucks. Colt has several models. Can't go wrong there. SA has several if you can find them. DW is a fine firearm and well worth the money. IMHO better than Colt as there will be no MIM or plastic MSH. Don't get me wrong as I love Colt for the mystique and resale value. If you serf around on the net you may find a great deal on a used Ed Brown or Les Baer. Better still. New though for 1200 or less I would look for a SA or Colt.
     
  8. canebrake

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    If you are going to use the gun for concealed carry, and with your budget you can not do better than my latest addition to my arsenal.

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    The Colt 21st Century Wiley Clapp Commander


    • Suggested Retail $1,379 (Street price ~$1,150)
    • Series '70 style action with no firing pin safety and improved trigger pull
    • Alloy receiver for a light pistol that carries easy
    • Original style small safety, slide lock and magazine catch, no extensions
    • Front & rear slide serrations
    • Long black trigger, flat S&A mainspring housing
    • Colt's new beavertail grip safety for comfort in long shooting sessions
    • Special Novak sights – extra-wide notch and bead front for any-light shooting
    • Tactical Oval grips with forward taper and fingerprint checkering
    • Pete Single 25 lpi checkering on the pistol's front-strap
    • Special factory serial number run

    Part# 04840WC

    I think I've found my ultimate CCW Colt!

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  9. rifleshooter474

    rifleshooter474 New Member

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    I just a few Months ago traded off my two Kimber .45s with some cash for two new Colts an SXE and a 1991 both .45acp. I have been shooting them both and they both have been great shooting 1911s right out of the box. So my pick is colt.:)
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  10. vaskeet

    vaskeet New Member

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    look at the sti line Randy
     
  11. matt3479

    matt3479 New Member

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    I think i have ruled out Kimber even though i love the look of them, i am even considering a Dan Wesson Valor.
     
  12. nickel1911

    nickel1911 New Member

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    Kimbers have never done me wrong. I own two that I would never trade in
     
  13. 97cobra

    97cobra New Member

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    Main thing that turns people away from kimber is the one year warranty and the chance of a bad one. Both of the kimbers I've gotten to see had FTF and FTE problems and as I recently found out they are trying to void the warranty because he replaced the factory grips. Other than that, they are beautiful guns. Any pictures of yours?
     
  14. mrnole2u

    mrnole2u New Member

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    I've had a Kimber ultra crimson carry for over two years, no problems at all. Extremely reliable and accurate. Looks damn good, too
     
  15. matt3479

    matt3479 New Member

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    Dont get me wrong, Kimber makes a fine rifle and i cant imagine them any less on there pistols i just dont like the 1 year warranty. I love the look of Kimbers but there is a few other 1911's that have really caught my eye, DW Valor
     
  16. bikerlbf406

    bikerlbf406 New Member

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    Have you checked out Remington? I got one of the R1S and I couldn't be happier with it even I were to have one custom built. I don't think it can get any more accurate out of the box, and you can pick one up around the $700 range new.
     
  17. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    my advice is go to first of the 1911 section and read the sticky that Cane wrote on choosing your first 1911. very good reading and will help you get going in the right direction.

    there are very few 1911's i don't like. they are wonderful pistols, timeless and proven by history as a pure genuis of a pistol design. the biggest problem i have had with owning them over the years, they become addictive!

    look through the 1911 threads and you see many different brands and options. then find something that appeals to you and has the features you want, then go find one.

    some of the brands out there that really appeal to me are, Springfield Armory, Remington, Colt, RIA, Dan Wesson, and Wilson Combat. right now i have the SA Micro Compact 45 and the Remington R1 Enhanced. both are very accurate and very well made.