Torn on which to buy, thoughts.....

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by bananaboat, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. bananaboat

    bananaboat New Member

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    Ok I've been saving for a 1911 now for a little bit and am torn between which to get. I know I want a commander size and really love a bobtailed MSH as well. I've been looking at the Dan Wesson V-bob, the price isn't too bad but still a little high for my wallet, it would just take longer to save up.

    Are there any other good production 1911's commander sized w a bobtail? Or would I be better off getting a commander w a stock MSH and having a smith do the work.

    Just looking for some opinions. I want a quality firearm (I know you need to spend money to get quality) w bobtail. Let me know what you guys think.

    Thanks a
     
  2. Olympus

    Olympus New Member

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    Smith and Wesson and Sig Saur both offer bobbed models. The Sig version is called a Nightmare. Forgot that Kimber also has a bobbed model. All three will be less expensive than the DW, but not as high quality either.
     

  3. bananaboat

    bananaboat New Member

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    Thanks for the response, do you know the model that the Kimber is?
     
  4. Olympus

    Olympus New Member

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    I believe they call them the Super Carry models. You can find them on their website.
     
  5. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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  6. bananaboat

    bananaboat New Member

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  7. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Print the page and take it with to a local gun smith.

    There is a jig that is required, but a one time purchase for the smith.
     
  8. Olympus

    Olympus New Member

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    Really any reputable smith should be able to do a bob job. The trick is finding one that will contour the edges of the bobbed frame to match the bobbed MSH. Then if your gun is anything other than stainless, you will need to have the frame refinished as bobbing the frame will create a raw steel edge.

    Get estimates first is my advice for going this route. I've had a gun bobbed by a smith, but he's my most trusted smith. I wouldn't let this project be my first experience with someone.
     
  9. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    You asked, I'll respond.

    Is this your first 1911?

    Sage advice would be to buy an entry-level Commander like this;

    ATIGFX45GI FX 1911 45 ACP 4.25" 8+1 - Bud's shipped $389.00

    With the cash you save, shoot the snot out of it and familiarize yourself with the platform. If you made a mistake or the Commander doesn't turn out to be what you want, it will be less expensive than cashing-up for a hi-end pistol.

    Upside to this approach is you start shooting now. You become aware of what you like and dislike with the 1911 platform, the gun you have in your hand and have shot.

    The gun, if properly kept, will not drop in value and a running Commander will always sell for what you paid for it.

    You can customize this gun by experimenting with a boat-load of accessories and little worry to screwing up a hi-end gun. (New 1911 owners will find ways to do this during their steep learning curve.)

    Start saving for your replacement gun which WILL change as you become more experienced. Trust me on this, it has happened to all of us.

    This approach makes the gun you covet today, either the love of your life.......or the relationship you wish you never entered. It happens.
     
  10. Gone_South

    Gone_South New Member

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    This makes a lot of sense.
     
  11. ryanusmc24

    ryanusmc24 New Member

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    Well they always say to save up a little more then to buy something cheap at the time. In the long run the better quality gun will be better in certain situations.
     
  12. limbkiller

    limbkiller New Member

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    Yes it does and this is great advice from someone who knows.