somewhat new to pistols

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by randommj, Dec 3, 2009.

  1. randommj

    randommj New Member

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    Im not new to shooting pistols because Ive gone out more than a few times with dad with his MKIV 70's series, but Im looking around for one for myself, and aside from that one gun, Im a newbie, Id like a .45, something really reliable and not maintenance free but I dont want to have to take it apart after every shot either, Thanks for your input

    and Ill be posting in the introduction side too, so while Im at it:

    Hello! Im Miles!

    Miles
     
  2. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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    Well, you have lots of options available as asking for a .45 is like asking generically for a car. Steel or plastic? Compact or full-sized? Short or long barrel?

    You get my drift. You'll have to provide more input before we can give you more output...
     

  3. lonyaeger

    lonyaeger New Member

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    Did you like your Dad's Colt? If so, what did you like about it? What did you not like about it?
     
  4. randommj

    randommj New Member

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    Steel, Full sized, and I dont know much about how long a barrel has to be before it becomes "long" but Id say around 4-5 inches

    sorry for the ambiguity

    Miles
     
  5. randommj

    randommj New Member

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    I loved it, my problem is I dont have much to compare it to sadly, so I cant what I liked and didnt like very accurately, oddly enough I always did like the kick it had, I imagine later on in life I wouldn't like it so much, (I'm just now 21)

    Miles
     
  6. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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    I'm 54 and a .45 1911 is still the gun I like to shoot. If you want a steel .45, full-sized, then you want a 1911 - like your Dad's Colt. Many options available, just depends on your budget...
     
  7. Jusselin

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    :thumbsup: 1911 is the way to go, out of the very FEW i have been able to shoot, my colt is my favorite, i know a few other members here will say the same thing and some will say different, but with numbers like "1911" and ".45" you cant go wrong
     
  8. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    Full sized, all steel, 5" barrel 1911 in .45ACP

    Thus endeth the thread. ;)

    JD
     
  9. randommj

    randommj New Member

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    so where do I go to look for options for the 1911? where can I find average pricing?

    please be gentle on this (Im a car guy first) is there a place to "Build your own" online to see the cost, like you can with new cars online?

    Miles
     
  10. lonyaeger

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    Could you be a little more vague? ;)

    You might want to go to a good range that rents pistols, try a few, and then you might be able to start narrowing your preferences down. I don't know of anything like the "build-a-car" you were talking about that could help you do the same with firearms.
     
  11. Jusselin

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    what is your budget....just let it be known that 1911's are not the cheapest guns but nothing compares to them, you will not be disappointed in the money you spend
     
  12. Jusselin

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    a build a bear workshop for pistols would be nice :D
     
  13. randommj

    randommj New Member

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    Im not sure what my budget is, Im in the "looking" stage, trying to narrow down my view

    Miles
     
  14. kusterleXD

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    I would recommend a Kimber or Springfield Armory 1911. I happen to own both brands. I know you said you wanted a steel frame but if you're open to other options such as tinker-toys (polymer/plastic) that are really reliable, durable, and have a very manageable recoile then check out the Springfield XD45 (service, compact, or tactical). Either way you go, you can't go wrong.
     
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  15. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    I agree with what kusterlexd said, I also own a Kimber and and XD. Both are great weapons that are easy to point and shoot. I would trust my life to either. If you're still in the looking stage check out Ebang, the Gun Auction Search Engine . It's a search engine that searches all of the gun auction sites like gunbroker, auction arms, ect....Should give you an idea of the going rate. Just remember if you buy online you'll have to ship it and pay for the transfer at a local gun shop. I've seen the transfer range from $20 to $50.
     
  16. Viking

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    I handled a 45 ACP Colt Commander and a Springfield Armory 1911 ss 45 ACP a couple of days ago and all I can say is that I have a bit of buyers remorse for not owning both over my XDm 40 and Cougar 40. The only thing that makes me feel any better is that I can still get my hands on 40 S&W ammo more regularly than I see 45 ACP on the shelf. I guess it's just that I'm an old fart but I happen to like steel/stainless steel the best and even though I know poly framed pistols have proven themselves I still have a bit of a problem of wrapping my mind around plastic and heavy duty machinery (like 1911's are). All this said, you really ought to shoot as many weapons available as you can otherwise you may end up with "Buyers Remorse" from buying something that really doesn't fit you.