On the market for a 1911, help!

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by timmis1127, Jan 7, 2015.

  1. timmis1127

    timmis1127 New Member

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    Hello friends,

    I am currently looking to spend $1,000 - $1,500 on a 1911. I have a shot a Kimber 1911 and I love it, was wondering if there is any other one you guys could recommend.

    Thanks!
     
  2. gearhead396

    gearhead396 New Member

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    Looks like You got the cash for just about any 1911, I'd stick with Kimber or Colt, with that price range.
     

  3. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Double check warranties.
    Colt, Dan Wesson, Springfield Armory are good.
    Kimber offers a 1 year limited warranty.

    That price range should get you a good 1911.
     
  4. aandabooks

    aandabooks New Member

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    STI makes a great 1911. You could get a Trojan and have a few hundred left for grips and ammo.
     
  5. St8LineGunsmith

    St8LineGunsmith New Member

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    have you considered a Rock Island Armoury 1911? Excellent pistol
    another really good shooting 1911 is the American Tactical Imports 1911 which you could buy two and still have plenty left for several hundred rounds of ammo. if you are dead set on spending that much on a 1911 then buy an original Colt Combat Commander.
     
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  6. gearhead396

    gearhead396 New Member

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    I don't recommend get a cheap 1911. I'm not saying they are all bad I've shot a rock island that preformed flawlessly and one that Jamed every other round. IMHO I think if you spend any less than 700 it's really luck of the draw if you get a great one or a bad one.
     
  7. Eagle1803

    Eagle1803 New Member

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    A sig would be perfect!
     
  8. NotMormon

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    I vote STI or Dan Wesson. Colt or Springfield fight for third place. I shot a TRP a few weeks ago that I really liked. You should be able to find an excellent 1911 with your budget.
     
  9. St8LineGunsmith

    St8LineGunsmith New Member

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  10. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    Springfield would probably be the first place I'd look in that price range.
     
  11. Gonzilla

    Gonzilla Active Member

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    Do NOT go cheap !

    Colt Gold Cup - never a bad choice.

    US Army has a competition team - they went w STI.

    Do you want single or double stack ? There are some oversized barrels w fixed bushings in your price bracket.
     
  12. CardiacColt68

    CardiacColt68 New Member

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    Spend just a few extra $$ and get a Dan Wesson Valor or V-Bob. Great gun for the money. If you go stainless steel the price should be right at the high end of your budget. If you go duty treatment it will be a few hundred more.

    I would also recommend looking at a Les Baer. You can find a few models under $2k. I picked up a Thunder Ranch Special for $1700 last year. Fondle several and see what your hand likes.


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  13. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    Get a Wiley Clapp Colt Government and a couple hundred rounds of ammo.
     
  14. KG7IL

    KG7IL Well-Known Member

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    timmis1127,
    You now have plenty of answers... That should clear things up.

    I like the 3" without a standard barrel bushing.
    I like an alloy frame and 3" for CCW...
    I like tritium sights. . .
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    Once you get your lists of likes, then you will have a better time choosing.
     
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  15. otisthecat

    otisthecat New Member

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    This or a Dan Wesson would be my suggestions.
     
  16. Mason609

    Mason609 Active Member

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    I have a Ruger SR1911, paid way less than $700 for it, and I have never had an issue.

    I used to have a S&W 1911e series that I spent $1200 on, and had shot a friend's Kimber that either failed to feed, or eject after about 20 rounds.

    Basically, the more you spend, does not absolutely mean you are getting a better gun.
     
  17. CardiacColt68

    CardiacColt68 New Member

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    My neighbor has the Ruger 1911 and it is a really good gun for the price. It does not perform like my more expensive 1911s, but it half the price. A great idea if you like the fit, feel and finish.


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  18. Mason609

    Mason609 Active Member

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    It's more about personal preference than anything else.

    I like Sig, but didn't like how their 1911 felt. Had a compact RIA 1911A1, didn't like the feel of shooting it, so I transferred it to a buddy that had just got his permit.

    First 1911 I ever shot was a beat up Auto Ordnance, and it felt great and performed flawlessly.
     
  19. GTX63

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    Sub $600 1911s are for the most part, more dependable than just the "luck of the draw". For $1500 you could get two or more 1911s. Rock Island wouldn't be selling many of their brand if they had such widespread issues. Remington, Ruger, etc all sell seasoned, well reviewed handguns that are used as much for SD as anything else.
    If it is dependability you are after, a big jump in price won't make much of a difference. If it is craftsmanship, higher end trigger, sights, etc then yes, a Dan Wesson, Springfield, or a Colt is your baby.
     
  20. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    I have the Ruger SR1911 as well, and I'm very happy with it. But if I had $1500 to spend, I would be looking at others.