I'm Lost

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by Polygon, Feb 21, 2011.

  1. Polygon

    Polygon New Member

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    So, I've decided that my next gun purchase will be a 1911. However, I don't know where to start. There are so many companies making some variant of the 1911 that don't know where to start to even begin to decide on one to buy.

    Any help?
     
  2. LONGHAIR

    LONGHAIR New Member

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    Kimber-45.......
     

  3. Jpyle

    Jpyle New Member

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    You will no doubt get quite a few responses to this question. Some things to think about so that others can be more specific in their suggestions would be: price range, purpose or use, your ability to modify or upgrade, finish, size (full size, commander or agent ), caliber, etc.

    As you note, there are literally hundreds of 1911s on the market today ranging in price from around $500 on up to several thousand dollars.

    Just for starters...Springfield, Colt, Kimber and RIA would be a good place to start to get a sense for price range, features and specs., you can tailor your search from there.
     
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  4. FCross7

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    First and foremost, what will the pistol be used for? Is this gonna be a range/fun gun, concealed carry, maybe some of both. Also, what kind of budget are you working with, as that can play a large role in what people will recommend. When getting a 1911, you can spend anywhere from $400 to close to $4000, just depends on what you want.

    Me personally, one day I'd like to own one of the $2000+ 1911's; either an Ed Brown or Nighthawk, but for not, it's just not feasible. I just got a 1911 about a week ago, and went with the Springfield Loaded 5" Parkerized. For my first 1911, I was just looking for a good solid range gun, and something maybe to get me into competition. I paid about $850 out the door for mine NIB, and would definitely recommend Springfield. Others will have their recommendations, and really any quality 1911 will perform if maintained correctly.

    -Fred
     
  5. Polygon

    Polygon New Member

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    Wow! I had no idea they went all the way up to $4,000.

    Right now, I don't want to spend much more than $1,000. I would want a .45 and I would mostly be using it as a fun/range gun. As for modifying and upgrading. I do it with every other hobby I've had so I'm sure I would be doing it here.

    Today wile I was picking up my P380 a Colt and Springfield caught my eye. I damn near bought one of them. But then I realized I knew nothing about them and decided to come home and ask the people that do. :D
     
  6. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Read a bunch of stuff in the 1911 Forum here. Go online to the various manufacturer's websites and do some free comparison shopping. and don't be afraid to ask questions.

    Of course there will be brand loyalty here, just do your research and don't be afraid to ask questions.
     
  7. 38SuperFan

    38SuperFan New Member

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    The STI Trojan would be an excellent choice, IMO it's the best quality 1911 in that price range.
     
  8. HKSlinger

    HKSlinger New Member

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    Anything Springer.
     
  9. skullcrusher

    skullcrusher New Member

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    Do what I did.

    Read the info here, talk to a few or our longtime 1911 members. Research prices as well as anything you can find that can help you on your way. Do your own "Vision Quest".

    Me? My "Quest" ended me up with this.
     

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  10. NGIB

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    And a great choice it was...
     
  11. Polygon

    Polygon New Member

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    Thanks for the advice everyone! Looks like I have a lot of research to do. I'll have to check those suggestions out as well.

    Oh, and what does everyone think of the full size vs. the long slide?

    Is that a PX9151LP? It looks just like the one I almost bought the other day. Glad I didn't because it was $1,100. I just checked the place that sold me my P380 and it's only $750.

    I'm really tempted now.
     
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  12. NGIB

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    The long slide is a pretty specialized gun and the balance is a lot different than a government model. I like mine but I actually shoot my 5" guns better right now. They are also a tad expensive - at least $250 more than an equivalent government model. Also very hard to find as the manufacturers do not make a ton of them. My Loaded Target cost me $999 online...

    [​IMG]
     
  13. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    I like the long slide for target practice, but I think it is impractical to carry.
     
  14. NGIB

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    Ya think Dan.

    I have OC'd this one before at a special function (where everybody was OC). Looked really impressive in the little Hume JIT slide...:cool:
     
  15. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    OC yeah. CC, well I have a hard enough time with .... 6".......
     
  16. Overkill0084

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    Springfield is a good starting point. They have something for nearly everyone. Mine has been problem free as far as the gun is concerned (User inflicted variables are another issue.) You can't really mess up by getting a Colt either. Kimbers seem nice and well made, but stamping the name "Kimber" on a gun seems to increase the cost more than I would like.
    Not the greatest pic, but here is my Springfield Trophy match:
     

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  17. Polygon

    Polygon New Member

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    Hehehe, I can imagine seeing that thing OC. I don't plan to conceal it as I have other guns for that. Sounds like I'm going to have see if I can find a place I can try the 5" and the long slide.

    That seems to be what I'm finding. The Kimbers seem to be as much as the Colts. I could be ignorant, but for the money I just feel like I would rather go with a Colt. I doubt this will be the only 1911 I buy and it seems like Springfield is just really coming out on top to me right now. I really like the Trophy Match series and they seem like the best bang for the buck, and being this is only my third gun that might be the best way to go starting out.
     
  18. marshall

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    i just bought a springfield loaded, range fun so i got it in 9mm. also my first gun.
    after waiting 5 days on shipping and a 3 day law wait, tomorrow i pick her up!
     
  19. ironsights

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    Kimber,
    easy on the pocket, and never has let me down,
    good luck with whatever you get