Going To Buy My 1st 1911 Buy This Weekend...HELP

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by Mdrums, Mar 13, 2012.

  1. Mdrums

    Mdrums New Member

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    Mod's I searched the forum for answers but delete my post if you all are sick of newbies like me posting things like this.

    OK, I just got started out with guns back in January. Since then I've taken some lessons, got my CCW, bought a Glock G27, wife bought a M&P 9c which I love more than my Glock, bought a Sig P226 9mm and now I want a 1911 to learn about it and have some range target fun.

    I put a budget on myself of around $1000. I've been looking at 1911's at the gun show and a few local shops. Here is what I "think" I might want...in no particular order:

    Kimber
    Custom Target II
    Custom TLE II
    Gold Match
    Tacticle Custom HDII (held this gun today)


    Colt

    Gold Cup Trophy 5870nm
    XSE Government 1980xse
     
  2. Georgiahunter

    Georgiahunter New Member

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    Step 1: Read about them
    Step 2: Rent each one
    Step 3: Shoot them
    Step 4: Narrow down your choices
    Step 5; Repeat steps 2-4 until you have a winner
    Step 6: Buy the winner
    Step 7: Enjoy
     

  3. Mdrums

    Mdrums New Member

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    Georgia, problem is renting them....the range I'm a member of does not have any 1911's for rent and the other range has some no name cheap 1911.

    I've been reading so much about them it's confusing...LOL. I'd like to buy a 1911 that is built here in the USA by a strong company that at least makes most of the parts of the gun they build. With in my $1000 (+ or - $200) seems like Colt and Kimber are the brands I should look at. Yes - No?
     
  4. Georgiahunter

    Georgiahunter New Member

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    I have only personally shot Kimbers. The custom ones are good solid guns are are a lot of fun to shoot. I know Colt has a great rep too though. Do you happen to know anyone who has one of the 1911s that would let you shoot one of them? You should pay for the ammo of course.
     
  5. Mdrums

    Mdrums New Member

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    Only 1911 I've shot in my neighbors 2 doors up....a $3000 Wilson Combat! Obviously it was nice and made me look like a pro. However right now I'm not spending that much on a gun. I just bought a Sig P226 Navy and I also need to get a shot gun (home defence) soon too.
     
  6. g17frantz

    g17frantz New Member

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    Um......Sig 1911's are the bees knees.
    For $1000 you will get one hell of a 1911....match grade trigger and bbl, hand fitted slide to frame, MIM free, lifetime warranty, front strap checkering......best bang for the buck chuck.
     

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  7. gollygee

    gollygee New Member

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    I have a Kimber & a couple of Colts & have had no problems with any of them. If you've done a lot of research on them, then you've probably read a lot of complaints about Kimber's customer service & probably very few complaints about Colt. Kimber is loaded with MIM parts & while I have no problem with MIM parts per se, I believe the purpose of using them is to lower price, yet Kimber still asks premium prices for assembly line pistols. Colt has four MIM parts. Kimber says it takes 500 rounds to break their pistol in & they have a rep of not addressing feed problems until you do. Colt says if it don't feed correctly, right out of the box, it's broke & you should send it in.

    After saying all that, I have another Colt & two Kimbers on my wish list! :) I'm partial to lightweight commander size 1911s so none of mine are on your list. I will say the Colt is at the top of mine.
     
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  8. Mdrums

    Mdrums New Member

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    G17 frantz...I didn't even think about the Sig 1911's. No MIM parts huh?
     
  9. 2ndAmendmentFreedom

    2ndAmendmentFreedom New Member

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    I love my Colt "Rail Gun" (not crazy about the name but oh well!), it's basically an XSE with a pica tinny rail and National Match barrel. At first I wasn't crazy about the looks of the rail and the front serrations but I really like them now that I have it in person.
    With a SureFire X300:
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    With a naked rail :eek: :
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  10. KY1911

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    I had always wanted one since I was a kid. Shot a little Colt. 38 and finally @ a year or so ago I got mine... a Kimber Ultra II TLE .45
    I love mine...would do again but the thing is, now I want a 5" too Java. Yep... bit by the bug.

    But here's what I did:
    1. Research, Research, Research
    2. Go to a gun shop and hold them, rack the slide, get a feel for it
    3. Go back home and, yes... Research
    4. Narrow down your preferences and go back to gun shop and feel again
    5. Research again until you have a decision
    6. Let them $ fly and then go enjoy!

    Happy hunting!
     
  11. KY1911

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    Here's my "little hole puncher" .
    I learned as much as I could about it. Within about 2 r 3 weeks I wanted to make it a little different so I polished out some of it and added the grips.

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  12. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    i am going to throw out my suggestions for a 1911 pistol. Dan Wesson, Remington R1, and the Springfield Range Master. i would take any one of these in a second. then there is the Ruger 1911 that's getting a lot of good reviews, but seems a little hard to find in some places. just some of my ideas for a 1911. with your budget of a $1000 +/- 200, you should be able to find one that suits you. good luck with your search!
     
  13. DallasShooter

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    You can get an STI Ranger II in this price range. Excellent guns made in Texas.
     
  14. Jay

    Jay New Member

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    I'd bet if you check with your local gun shop, they can put a couple of 1911 lovers in touch with you, to get some hands on time.
     
  15. limbkiller

    limbkiller New Member

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    STI great guns and great CS
    Colt pretty good guns and have a mystique about them and pretty good CS hold resale well
    SA pretty good guns great CS life time warranty and a fantastic custom shop
    Kimber full of mim parts 1 yr warranty no custom shop and lousy CS Way overpriced but great looking guns
    DE great guns for the money good CS but a huge roll mark that looks like billboard excellent trigger
    Remington good guns worth the money good CS
    Sigs ugly and external extractor like S&W is a deal breaker for me. No thanks.
     
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  16. g17frantz

    g17frantz New Member

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    That is the rumor....I shouldn't have said that. That was misleading on my part and I apologize. On my STX the only MIM was the thumb safety and firing pin block (from what I'm told) Ive heard that some have the grip safety that could be MIM or the slide stop. Calling Sig, you won't get a definitive answer unfortunately. A part or two doesn't bother me. When the Sig 1911's first came out, 100% no MIM. Kimbers are all MIM and they have a stinking plastic mainspring housing! Come on Kimber!
     
  17. Mdrums

    Mdrums New Member

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    I went to 4 local gun shops today. Only got to hold guns in 2 shops...some other didn't really have anything anyway but I find it interesting how some places will not even say hello to you. As a manufactures sales rep and years of retail experience this ticks me off.

    Anyway, for me not really knowing much about guns I sort don't get the warm and fuzzy over the Kimbers I hold. The Colts I like and the Sig felt great hold them and racking the slide and so forth. I also jumped way down in price and held a Ruger and Remington and those seemed nice especially for the price. I can't find a SA Range Officer anywhere to check out.

    I "think" I will be buying a Colt tomorrow....maybe the Gold Cup model.
     
  18. limbkiller

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    Yes...they would not sell it...taking orders only. It looks like it costs more than it does....but what do I know as I'm so new at this.

    I'm not waitng months to get one.

    What's yall's take on Para? I held a few today.
     
  20. canebrake

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    Stick with your Colt decision.

    You may want to rethink the Gold Cup if you're looking for a multi-purpose gun. (target, competition, PD/HD and carry.)

    The Gold Cup is a task specific pistol. It is made for, and intended to be used as, a competition firearm. It comes with two different rated recoil springs. One standard weight spring for shooting standard load ammo and a lighter weight spring for shooting target loads. The Gold Cup is not intended to be used for running hot loads and +P ammo. It can take it but it's a target pistol, a very accurate one at that!

    The Gold Cup is not a good choice if you intend to multi-purpose a gun.

    The adjustable rear sight does not carry well and it comes with a "special" (read: wider) target trigger.

    Unlike many of the other Colts, the Gold Cup is not intended to be modified or customized by the owner. The Gold Cup National Match model is built specifically for the National Matches held at Camp Perry, Ohio since 1907 and take place every summer.