Looking to get a 1911 in 9mm

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by zedpapa, Jan 23, 2012.

  1. zedpapa

    zedpapa Member Supporter

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    I have a $700 to spend and would like to get a 1911. I am a recreational shooter and and can only to the range every 4-6 weeks. I went looking at my LGS and they suggested a $1000 kimber and $300 conversion so I can have affordable practice sessions. I have nothing against kimber, except the price. I can't justify spending that kind of money for a gun that may do a fair bit of sitting. I did hold the kimber stainless target model and it fit my hand and felt natural. I asked about the Rock Island 1911 and he said he couldn't get them. I am in california if that makes a difference. I would prefer a fullsize model with a 5" barrel. I am ok/capable doing my own work if needed. Let me know if I need to add anything. Thanks in advance for the help.

    Brian
     
  2. rigjumpr

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    I asked about the Rock Island 1911 and he said he couldn't get them. I am in california if that makes a difference.

    That says it all right there….good luck on your quest. Try gunbroker or Buds.
     

  3. Olympus

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    Why not buy a budget 1911 in .45 and use the rest of the funds to get a scent reloading setup? I'd rather shoot .45s in a 1911 than 9mm.
     
  4. zedpapa

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    I am trying to avoid getting a lot of calibers in my collection and I don't really want a .45, right now. Also, I don't have room to set up a reloading station. What would make a 1911 illegal in CA?

    I am not against getting a budget model as I can usually fix pretty much anything mechanical as long as I can get parts.

    Brian
     
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  6. Olympus

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  7. MrWray

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    Dont forget the High Standard :)

    Whats the story on the citadell? I dont hear much about that one
     
  8. zedpapa

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    I went through the DOJ list and the only one I saw was the kimber for $1100. That is more than I can/want to spend. Next question is who makes a 1911 with a conversion to 9mm?

    Brian
     
  9. Cattledog

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    They are imports from legacy sports international. They do have a 1911 but its in .45acp and .38 super.

    can be found here http://www.legacysports.com/products/cit_m1911.html

    I believe they are made in the Philippines
     
  10. Cattledog

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    The only conversions I'm aware of go from .40 cal to 9mm and back in that range. I dont know that there is one for .45 to 9mm.
     
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  11. rigjumpr

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    Capacity of magazine, magazine disconnect or the lack of, ( it is capable of firing with the magazine removed), to name a few:mad:
     
  12. Olympus

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    It is possible to convert a .38 Super 1911 to shoot 9mm.
     
  13. DallasShooter

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    Armscor makes Rock Island pistols and they offer a lifetime service warranty. You can get both a basic GI model or tactical model in 9mm. They have a good reputation. 9mm model 1911s are much less expensive to shoot. Bud's currently has the basic GI for about $385 or the tactical beefed up model for $460. I'd think about getting a 9mm now and getting a second pistol when you are ready for a .45 and skip the conversion route.
     
  14. zedpapa

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    Exactly what I thinking. I don't want to spend a whole lot on ammo. Yet.

    Brian
     
  15. unclesugg

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    I've been checking out taurus's 1911's but in .45 they do have a 9mm for $ 700 unfortunately I don't know much about that line from Taurus good/bad but im hoping someone on here has some experience with them for my help and yours
     
  16. Gatoragn

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    Check into an STI Spartan it is available in 9mm. Ready to run right out of the box.
     
  17. Flint Rock

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    A buddy of mine got a new STI Spartan at a gun show for $660, out the door. I would have bought one also but he only had one in 9mm. The Spartan shoots as well as my 9mm Nighthawk.............for a whole lot less money.
     
  18. BikerRN

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    What would be the easiest, and likely least exspensive, yould be to by a .22LR Conversion for your .45 ACP.

    In my expirience the 9mm in the 1911 platform has been, with few very exspensive exceptions, a jamamatic headache that is more trouble than it's worth. The .22 Conversion would allow lots of cheap practice yet still let you have the original caliber for defense of hearth and home.

    The 38 Super is a competition shooter's dream but ammo availability is a serious issue unless you reload. The 38 Super was popular in the 1930's, my Daddy's era of chasing fast women, in too slow of car, and much booze. It gained popularity among lawmen of the time for it's ability to penetrate car bodies and competition shooters, mostly action shooting disciplines like IPSC, in the 1980's and 1990's for it's ability to make "major" with higher magazine capacity and ability to make use of the compensators popular on handguns due to being a higher pressure round than the .45 ACP.
     
  19. zedpapa

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    The gun show in San Diego is in march. I might be able to wait until then, but maybe not. I have friend that works at a gun shop. It's a bit of a drive, but might be worth it.

    By the way, what's the difference between a 1911 and 2011? The only difference I saw was the 2011 is a double stack magazine. Is that it?

    Brian
     
  20. Olympus

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    Nothing wrong with Taurus 1911s. Personally, I would rather have a Taurus than a Rock Island. I've owned both. Sold the Rock Island and still have the Taurus. I have used and abused mi e and never had any problems with it. Mine has had about 5500 rounds through it.