price advice

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by unknownhero82, Mar 15, 2010.

  1. unknownhero82

    unknownhero82 New Member

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    hoping to buy a 4" springfeild armory champion...what would be a decent price for one? i've heard everything from $500 to $1200...so help me out you guys :) all advice is welcome
     

  2. NGIB

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    The Champion comes in different models just like the full-size guns do. You'll have the GI, the Mil-Spec, the Loaded, etc.

    They are priced accordingly...
     
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  3. amoroque

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    I found one with Stainless finish for $1050 MSRP new. I also found one for $1011 MSRP new with Olive drab frame and Armory Kote Slide.
    I usually find that gun shops around here offer them for about 80 to 85 percent of MSRP.

    So I would say you can pick up a new one for the $800 to $900 range.
     
  4. unknownhero82

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    i the champion was the model:confused: i'm not sure in the differences of the gi, mil-spec, or loaded...i was just lookin for a 4" stainless, non bull barrel i believe....basically i'm tryin to make it look like this one here
     

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  5. unknownhero82

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    but i'm gonna do the custom stuff myself so i just need the basic 4" model to start with
     
  6. NGIB

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    The one in your picture is at least a Loaded model and it has a bull barrel. Someone also did a bob job on it as I don't think Springer builds a bobtail gun itself. I have never seen a Champion that didn't have a bull barrel. I had an older Springer from the mid-80s that had a 4 inch bushed barrel but I've never seen another like it.

    Are you aware of the specialized tools and jigs required to do all the custom work on a 1911???
     
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  7. unknownhero82

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    yeah the bob job is custom done by the owner...as was the sight groove on top...and the trigger, sights, slide release and thumb safety lol...ok then i'm looking for a bull barrel :D

    what makes it a loaded?
     
  8. NGIB

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    My last piece of advice is to really study the 1911 platform before embarking on a custom build. It took me years of owning them to get comfortable just tinkering with them and even I haven't attempted my own build...
     
  9. unknownhero82

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    yeah i know what you mean...i've owned a few...i've done minor custom work i.e trigger, drop in beavertail safety hammer, sear and disconnector...and soon as i order some parts i'm gonna get alil more custom experince on my non carry fullsize neranco...i'm gonna install a non drop in beavertail, and a new mainspring housing....a friend of mine that has done a few custom builds is gonna help me out and basically guide me through it :D i'm pretty excited about it
     
  10. utf59

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    When it comes to Springfield, "Champion" is a size. It's the equivalent of "Commander" when it comes to Colt.
     
  11. orangello

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    Ya know, you can "customize" a Glock with a soldering iron, just melt off what you don't like. One of the many advantages of teh tupperware.
    :D I keed.
     
  12. unknownhero82

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    haha niice....the only tupperware i need tho is the one to hold my food :p
     
  13. Gojubrian

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    You might end up with worse trying do-it-yourself custom work on a 1911. :eek:
     
  14. unknownhero82

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    worse what? like i said i'm not doing it alone...a friend of mine has done a few custom 1911 builds that have come out great and is gonna help me with this one...plus i'm gonna first practice on my neranco with him to get alil hands on before we work on the champion
     
  15. unknownhero82

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    and no matter what anyone says my full size neranco is a GREAT gun...never had a single problem with it....no failure to feed, no failure to eject, no stovepiping....it's had over 5000 rounds through it from me personally...and the orginial owner before me never fired it lol but it's a great gun
     
  16. Gojubrian

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    Sounds like you're on the right track then. :cool:
     
  17. unknownhero82

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  18. unknownhero82

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    now if i could just find a 4" stainless steel springfield champion for sale hopefully between $600 and $800 lol
     
  19. jeepcreep927

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    For the price, Norinco makes pretty darn good 1911's actually so I don't think anyone is gonna give you static there.

    If the gun in the pic is one you're seriously considering, you might get a lot of lee-way since it has been bobbed. Just because a modification is appealing to the owner, does not mean it will increase the resale value. Kinda like putting a bunch of whiz bang crap on a Honda Accord. In the case of grinding the butt off a 1911, in reality it most likely decreased the real world resale value.

    For example, you could buy a bone stock GI for 5 bills and add a thousand more in parts and work. If it is ever stolen, try to get your homeowner's or renter's insurance to cut you a check for $1500.00. I bet they won't.