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Picked up one after Christmas. It is now my favorite range gun.

The reviews I've seen are overwhelmingly positive. Besides, it's a Ruger. There are a few manufacturers out there that you can't go wrong buying their stuff.
 

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I've seen them cheaper, around the $700-750 mark. My (non professional) take on this 1911 from observation at my LGS:

-The finish is perfect, a semi matte medium brightness stainless steel
-The contours are very nice and simplistic, not many extra curves that stray from the original 191 design.
-The weight and balance is very nice, nice snug beaver tail grip
-I like how the edges are smoothed out, no sharp edges
-Has the classic muzzle bushing in high polish
-I personally love the Ruger checkered grips
-3 dot Novaks standard
-From what Ive read, accuracy and reliability and top notch
-SIMPLE, but very classy looking gun for for under $1000 you get a freaking top quality Ruger!
 

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They will definitely be a good quality gun from a maker with an excellent reputation. That being said, $800 is a HUGE mark-up on that gun. Being an FFL, I can tell you that's a ridiculous price knowing what dealer cost on that gun is. But the demand is high and the supply is low, so there are others willing to pay that price. It just wouldn't be me.

For the $800 price range, I would seriously consider a Sig 1911. Just throwing out another option to consider.
 

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Olympus said:
They will definitely be a good quality gun from a maker with an excellent reputation. That being said, $800 is a HUGE mark-up on that gun. Being an FFL, I can tell you that's a ridiculous price knowing what dealer cost on that gun is. But the demand is high and the supply is low, so there are others willing to pay that price. It just wouldn't be me.

For the $800 price range, I would seriously consider a Sig 1911. Just throwing out another option to consider.
So are sigs considered to be better quality? What I really want is a very very good quality 1911. Any suggestions?
 

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So are sigs considered to be better quality? What I really want is a very very good quality 1911. Any suggestions?
There are production guns, like Ruger, Springfield, Remington, Sig, etc.

Then there are the custom and semi-custom guns. From here in my neighborhood, Les Baer immediately comes to my mind.

The production guns will all serve you well and are of very good quality. But if you want to brag about having the most expensive or customized to your DNA, you're talking about a whole different group of small shops that you've probably never heard of.
 

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There are production guns, like Ruger, Springfield, Remington, Sig, etc.

Then there are the custom and semi-custom guns. From here in my neighborhood, Les Baer immediately comes to my mind.

The production guns will all serve you well and are of very good quality. But if you want to brag about having the most expensive or customized to your DNA, you're talking about a whole different group of small shops that you've probably never heard of.
Well I'm wanting a production gun, I just don't know who makes the highest quality production 1911 for the money. I'm aware of customs such as Ed brown, les Baer, Wilson combat, nighthawk, etc. I don't really wanna spend that kind of money on one. I treat my guns like they were intended to be treated. I baby nothing. Except a few family heirlooms. So I don't wanna have to worry about ruining such a masterpiece with scratches, dust, dirt etc. any suggestions now that you know what I'm looking for??
 

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Well I'm wanting a production gun, I just don't know who makes the highest quality production 1911 for the money. I'm aware of customs such as Ed brown, les Baer, Wilson combat, nighthawk, etc. I don't really wanna spend that kind of money on one. I treat my guns like they were intended to be treated. I baby nothing. Except a few family heirlooms. So I don't wanna have to worry about ruining such a masterpiece with scratches, dust, dirt etc. any suggestions now that you know what I'm looking for??
I think my local dealer said it to me best. After 100 years of making the same gun. It's pretty hard to **** it up. I love my SR1911. I've owned two before that and it holds up like I expected. As others have pointed up the price you're saying is a "little" high but still worth it IMO.
 

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You started out the conversation asking about the Ruger, and seemed to find reasons why that may not be the perfect gun. Now you're asking about the Colts and Springers. They are all great guns, but you may want to consider that you will not find your "perfect" 1911 until 10 years from now and 5 gun buys later.

Flip a coin and enjoy it.
 

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ScottA said:
You started out the conversation asking about the Ruger, and seemed to find reasons why that may not be the perfect gun. Now you're asking about the Colts and Springers. They are all great guns, but you may want to consider that you will not find your "perfect" 1911 until 10 years from now and 5 gun buys later.

Flip a coin and enjoy it.
Yeah. I think I def need to re-evaluate what I want. I've added a little money into the budget since the beginning of all this. I made the mistake of fondleing a Les Baer custom carry today. :/
 

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I made the mistake of fondleing a Les Baer custom carry today. :/
Oh Good Lord! Now you've gone and done it!

The first really top-notch gun I ever handled was a Les Baer 45. Nearly pee'd my pants when I saw the results.
 
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