I need help finding the 1911 I want.

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by DodgeThis, Dec 12, 2012.

  1. DodgeThis

    DodgeThis New Member

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    I'm looking into getting a 1911 for edcc. The problem is that the only one I've found that i like enough to dump some cash into is $1400. I picked up the s&w e series. It's the commander size and has the rounded main spring housing. It's absolutely beautiful, but I can't bring myself to wear a piece of gold like that. I'm fine with a cheaper version but I can't find any of the lesser valued brands out there in the same size with the round butt. Maybe I haven't looked in the right places. I had also thought of just replacing the main spring housing, but I'm not real edumakated when comes to 1911 customization. I don't know if it's just that easy or if there's more to it, nor how much it would cost me. I'm looking to take something home around $500. I know that I'm not going to by a Kimber or anything like that for the price range, but that's fine as long as it's functional and trustworthy. I don't mind Rock Island etc. Thanks for your help.
     
  2. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    First question, by "rounded" do you mean arched, or a bobbed frame?
     

  3. jakewpns

    jakewpns New Member

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    Its a round heel that he's talking about
     
  4. DodgeThis

    DodgeThis New Member

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    Ok. Yeah. That's what I mean. Alright, so I'm virtually mentally handicapped in 1911 talk, but operating them a different scene. But if you look up the e series you'll see exactly what I'm after.
     
  5. Overkill0084

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    Unless I'm very mistaken, it's a bobbed frame. There is no E series (that I can find) with the 1911A1 style arched mainspring housing.

    First, I think you should just suck it up and carry the S&W. That's what it was made for (I'm assuming bobbed, scandium frame). IMHO, if there's one gun in your stable that you don't want to scrimp on, it's the one your betting your life on.
    By the time you hunt down a moderately priced 1911 as a starting point and sink money into mods, you'll have a fairly pricey gun in it's own right. FYI: the bobbed frame is a rather involved mod that requires a fair bit of skill to do well. As do mods to any critical part of a 1911. FWIW, I would steer you toward an STI Spartan IV if you wish go forward with this. http://www.stiguns.com/the-sti-spartan-iv/ The Spartan is Rock Islands American Cousin. An ARMSCOR (Rock Island) frame & Slide w/ STI internals. Run the numbers with a good gunsmith and see if it's worth it.
     
  6. Dearhunter

    Dearhunter Supporting Member Supporter

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    My Rock Island 45ACP match 1911 shoots as good as my Colt Gold cup. It is a great and dependable gun. I shoot mine a lot.
    Also the Armscor ammo is a good deal and shoots great. NO hangs.
    You can buy a RI in the $500 range.
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  7. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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  8. Olympus

    Olympus New Member

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    You can buy any standard 1911 and take it to a gunsmith to have the frame bobbed to get that "rounded" look like you like on the Smith. The bobtail is getting more and more popular, but as of right now there are no budget models with a bobbed frame.

    Here is a before and after of an inexpensive Metro Arms American Classic Commander that I bought and had customized. I had the frame bobbed like you seem to want.

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  9. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    the RIA and American Classics have a Commander and Officer sized models that are truly awesome. i have an AC Commander that is very accurate and very reliable. problem is, they don't currently offer them right now with a bobbed frame. but you might look into getting one and having a gunsmith alter the frame to make it into a bobbed one. also look into the Colt Defender line as well. sometimes these can be bought reasonably as well.
     
  10. GNXtreme

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    I too have an American classic commander. It fits in your price range and is a great gun.
     
  11. Stillersfan

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    Turned out very nice! I bet that set you back a pretty penny. Very nice though... :)
     
  12. Olympus

    Olympus New Member

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    Actually it was pretty inexpensive considering all the work that went into it. I think I have less than $800 in the whole gun. Can't buy anything like that out of the box for that kind of money. It pays to have a good gunsmith. :D
     
  13. qwiksdraw

    qwiksdraw New Member

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    The American Classic is 100% pure 1911 magic.
     
  14. racer_x

    racer_x New Member

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    Well a new MSH will get most of that other then the frame work that they cut the edge of the frame off that will work in any 1911. I like the looks of the new "e" series snake skin I call it
     
  15. canebrake

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    I think you answered your own question. With that statement chiseled in stone, nothing, and I mean NOTHING will fill those shoes!

    Here's your only solution, buy a RIA Commander and shoot the snot out of it! Get really good with the platform and go ahead and make a few comedic improvements to make it yours. Open a savings account at your bank or credit union and deposit 25-50$ per payday and call it your "Dream Gun" fund. NOTE: I didn't call it the S&W E-Series Commander fund for a reason. By the time you have saved up the cash-bucks to buy your "Dream Gun" that dream will have changed several times! Trust this old man on this one. [​IMG]

    Who knows, you may end your wonder-lust with a perfectly good RIA and have started a nestegg fund for that reloading bench or a new Camaro!
     
  16. misterballistic

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    It's always puzzled me as to why STI's are not mentioned much in these forums. Are they that esoteric? :confused:

    They make awesome pistols that seem to bridge that gap between mass-produced assembly line 1911's, and expensive customs, in terms of price and refinement.
     
  17. DallasShooter

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    I have some of the guns mentioned in this thread so have a basis for comparison. RIAs and American Classics are excellent guns and very well made for their price point - but for ME they are awfully heavy and even the mid-sized or compact models would be too heavy for every day carry. The same applies to the STI Spartan IV which is rapidly becoming my least favorite gun. ( well made but I don't shoot it well). My favorite carry is the Colt Talo CCO followed closely by the Colt Defender - both are exceptionally well made, accurate, and lightweight.
     
  18. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    One trick to save for your next purchase.

    Put every $5 bill somewhere, but don't spend them. In a short while, there is enough to purchase your dream gun.
     
  19. WeeMan9194

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    I just bought a Kimber Stainless Raptor Pro ii. Absolutely love it. Very well made and a gorgeous pistol.
     
  20. DodgeThis

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    Thanks guys for all your opinions. I will definately listen to what all of you have told me. Cane, I can see you being right about it changing over time. However, right now I do believe with all the STUPIDITY going on (Conn. school shooting, etc.) I will hold off on worrying with a 1911. I am working right now on stocking up on ammo for one day (that may or may not come) when a new gun/ammo band takes affect. At least I'll know that they can't stop me from having ammo if its already in the ol cabinet. Once all the B.S. settles back down with the anti-gun morons, I'll hopefully be well stocked and can focus on the 1911 again.