First 1911

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by adkins, Jul 7, 2012.

  1. adkins

    adkins New Member

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    I was looking into purchasing my first 1911 and was interested in an Sti spartan. It will be used as hd and might carry some. Any input or suggestions will be appreciated
     
  2. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    Have you checked out rock island armory?
     

  3. sputnik1988

    sputnik1988 Active Member

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    I would second RIA as an option, I hear very good things. How much you looking to spend?
     
  4. Olympus

    Olympus New Member

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    The Spartan is essentially the same thing as a Rock Island, but with upgraded STI internals. From what I hear, they are very good pistols for the money. Consider the Spartan as a slightly upgraded Rock Island.
     
  5. adkins

    adkins New Member

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    I've not yet really checked out many brands. I was just starting to look and was looking to spend around 800 but that's not set in stone.
     
  6. Olympus

    Olympus New Member

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    I think you can pick up a Spartan for about $635 or so. Just depends on if you want to spend your whole budget on the gun or if you want to have some money left over to buy spare mags, ammo, etc.
     
  7. sputnik1988

    sputnik1988 Active Member

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    You can get quite a bit for $800, look at Kimber and Springfield also.
     
  8. adkins

    adkins New Member

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    My budget would b just for the gun. I'm not set on the Sti just a place that I started looking. How about Kimber or Springfield don't know haven't done much research yet.
     
  9. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    Hmmmm. Let's start with this.

    What are YOU looking for in a 1911? Full sized? Carry model? Do you want steel frame & slide? Aluminum? 8+1 Rounds? 7+1 Rounds? Are you left handed and/or needing an ambi safety?

    $800 is a good chunk of change and there are a ton of 1911's in this category that could treat you right. ;)

    Help us help you!

    JD
     
  10. DallasShooter

    DallasShooter New Member

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    I have a rock island and STI Spartan and both are great guns for the price. My STI Spartan is a step up. I think you may find both guns a little heavy for everyday carry, but both would be a great home defense weapon. Pay attention to warranties in your search. I won't buy unless the pistol has a lifetime warranty and both RIA and STI have lifetime warranties and excellent customer service reputations.
     
  11. adkins

    adkins New Member

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    I am wanting a full size,and I am left handed
     
  12. sputnik1988

    sputnik1988 Active Member

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    I have a Taurus 1911, it gave me fits until it was broken in but has since been 100% reliable. Comes with ambi safety.
     

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  13. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    Dillinger has some important factors for you to consider and i will make this suggestion, read Canebrake's sticky note on choosing your first 1911. he has put together some really good information that could help you make a better informed dicision on your first 1911.
    i haven't personally had a lot to do with the STI pistols, i have heard many glowing reviews from those who have and haven't really heard anything negative about them. many have suggested the RIA brand and i too find it to be a very good choice and had one ordered personally. MetroArms American Classic is another good choice, in your budget of $800, you could also check out the Remington R1, which i have and find it to be a very good pistol and very accurate. Springfield Armory is another good choice and i own one of those too, and have had many of them over the years without any problems. another good choice would be a used Colt. if you happen to find one, it too would be a good one to own.

    read the sticky notes and then come back with more details of what you are looking for and we will be glad to help you spend that $800!:D
     
  14. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    So you need a full sized, 5", Ambi safety. That narrows the field, but it also increases your choices.

    The Taurus comes with a ton of standard features, has the full sized frame, ambi safety and is a really good weapon for the price. I came into one, dumped the hollow, Saf-T-Hammer and the Ambi Safety for a right handed shooter and the thing has been a BEAST! Benning Boy carries it daily and loves it.

    $800 can get you a ton of pistol in this market, but the Ambi safety is going to be somewhat more difficult to find on the used market. It's not like you are going to find a Les Baer or Nighthawk in the consignment market with an ambi safety under $800. :roll eyes:

    I would examine a few brands like Taurus, like Rock Island Armory, like Auto-Ord, and Kimber. See if any of those really speak to you.

    I had a Kimber Raptor II that had an Ambi Safety and I carried that for well over a year. It was a great gun and shot REALLY well. It was more than your price range when I bought it and I sold it for more also. You might be able to find it used though in the $800 range.

    Good luck!

    JD