Veteran Needs Help In selecting 1911

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by Dogomatic, Oct 23, 2010.

  1. Dogomatic

    Dogomatic New Member

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    Gentlemen:

    Hello! I am a Viet Nam Era former Marine who stands at 5'8 inches with medium hands who is interested in a 1911 for home defense & plinking!
    I am willing to spend up to 1300 dollars!
    I seek a 1911 that is first- reliable and second- accurate.
    I perfer a barrel lenght of 3.9 inches up to 4.25 inches!
    How this 1911 does in rapid fire is also important to me.

    I am open to opinions about all 1911's and also if you shot the 1911 your recommendations and how it handled.
    Thank-You for your advice!
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  2. skullcrusher

    skullcrusher New Member

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    First, thank you for your service and welcome to the forum. If you stop by the introductions thread, many members will welcome you.

    Second, for the money you are willing to spend, you have plenty of choices but I'm not sure about in the barrel lengths you are talking about. Plenty of people will have their opinions about makes and models. I, for instance, love my Springfield Loaded in 5" barrel. It is my only one at this point, so my opinion is a tad restricted.

    What are you looking for? Home defense, target practice or concealed carry? Or, all of thee above?
     

  3. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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    Welcome. At the price range you specified you have lots of options. Do you want alloy or steel? Bushed or bull barrel?

    First thing I'd recommend is the original 4.25 inch 1911 - the Colt Commander. Available in alloy or steel...
     
  4. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    Welcome to the FTF Community Marine and THANK YOU for your service!!

    Skull is right, if you stop by the introduction sections you will find many new friends ready to welcome you into the fold.

    I will second what NGIB ( one of our resident 1911 connoisseurs ) has asked.

    With the shorter barrel, you have options that come with a traditional take down style of the 1911's you are used too, with a barrel bushing, or the "newer" style with the bull barreled models that are more of a pain to field strip.

    In addition, since the smaller versions are being designed in this day and age for carry, they are offering plastic frames, aluminum frames & slides, but there are also steel frames and slide models available.

    Many members here have owned and shot a wide ranging variety of 1911 pistols on the market today, so odds are good that someone will have first hand experience on a model you are looking at purchasing.

    From my personal experience, I would go with a steel frame and slide, with a traditional barrel bushing, in .45 ACP

    Please give us some more information and perhaps some models that you are interested in purchasing.

    JD
     
  5. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    ive owned a wide variety of 1911's over the years and i keep going back to the colts over and over. i currently own a new make series 70, a colt new agent, springfieled 1911-A1, Ithaca 1944 make 1911-A1, and a kimber 1911 22 conversion unit. in the past i owned a gold cup, wilson, kimber and S&W. the one i didnt regret selling was the kimber. it just never felt right.
     
  6. DrumJunkie

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    Can't go wrong with a Colt. They have been putting out quality 1911's for a long time. Some say they are a little pricey..And they aint cheap. But they are Colts after all. I've yet to own or shoot one that was not spot on.

    Para Ordenience has a few pistols in the shorter lengths. THey make them with steel and alloy frames and and for the non 1911 purist the LDA trigger systems.

    Can't talk 1911's without looking at Springfield. These are my personal favorite in 1911's. I've had many 1911's over the years and none I've enjoyed more than my Springers.

    Kimber makes some pretty good pistols but I personally do not like them but they sell a lot of pistols so they must be doing something right.

    There's others but we're getting to the upper end of the spending limit. I'm sure I've missed a couple but there will be someone along that will fill in the blanks. Follow some of the links and check out a few pistols. You'll see the one you want :)
     
  7. Tarheel

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    I can vouch for this. I'm a newbie compared to others here but I can give you what I've learned the hard way.

    I have a Kimber Pro Carry II. I love the size and 4" barrel but it is a pain to field strip. In order to remove the guide rod from the slide you have to insert a small wire tool into a hole in the barrel while the guide rod spring is compressed. It can be done but it's tricky. With a new spring I have to get help sometimes (my hand strength isn't what it used to be).

    I was almost ready to sell my Kimber after months of not being able to get it to work reliably. I had FTF, FTE and failure to return to battery at every practice session. After finding this forum I learned of the importance of springs and mags. I've since added Tripp mags so often recommended here and a new guide rod spring. Malfunctions have disappeared.

    I've shot 3", mine and 5" barrel pistols. Recoil is as you'd expect.

    Re. accuracy, it's better than me.

    If I had it to do over again I'd get a 70 series rather than 80 and I'd drop Kimber from my short list and focus more on Springfield and Colt. Ah, next time.:)
     
  8. IGETEVEN

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    Colt, Springfield, S & W, Para, and STI would all be great 1911 pistols in your price range, all good shooters and a few different models to choose from.

    Personal preference, the Colt, S & W, and Springfield would be my top three 1911 choices, very reliable and they are available in both SS and steel frames and 4.25 and five inch.
     
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  9. Dogomatic

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    P.S.
    Members I'm using this 1911 to protect my family at home!
    What I need in a 1911 is
    (1) a barrel bushing
    (2) a steel frame
    (3) a 5 inch barrel

    I kindly ask if someone could recommend a Springfield model ( to fit medium hands) that for love of my family is reliable and then accurate!

    Kindly share your firing experience with a Sringfield model!
    Thank-You for your time & info!
     
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  10. NGIB

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    Now that you've specified a steel 5 inch gun, a great choice would be a Springer Loaded. I have 2 and have had others and they are a great value. I'm a fan of Springer as they build a good gun and are priced reasonably. All single stack 1911s have the same basic grip size so if one works - any will work...
     
  11. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    Next on my list of acquisitions is a Springfield 1911. It will either be the Loaded or the EMP. They are just great shooting guns. The Les Baer Custom is equally impressive, but I don't want to spend $3,000 on one.
     
  12. kano

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    I have or had a few semi custom 1911's ...
    Baers... Browns... Wilson.... Nighthawk
    and now use a Dan Wesson Heritage for carry
    I added an Ed Brown Maxi-Well to it so
    for around $ 1200 which is a lot less than my other 1911's.
    It is a Reliable very Accurate pistol ...
    I shoot at 25 yards or longer 95% of my range time
    it groups very good for a production pistol.
    #1765 rounds is not a great amount but
    I have never had 1 Malfunction with
    my 3 Dan Wesson 1911's.
    Only negative for me is the smooth front strap ..
    I use Skate Tape but will change over to Pearce Grips
    JMO and nothing else I think it's one of the
    best shooting $1100 to $ 1200 .....1911's
    Slide to frame fit is rock solid all tool steel parts.
    I have other 1911's that are over $2000 I could use but
    I like the feel and balance of the Heritage
    bottom line do whats good for you and what you LIKE.
    Good luck in finding the right 1911 for you !!!!!!!
     
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  13. LittleBearGuns

    LittleBearGuns New Member

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    1911

    Semper Fi
    I have had both Colt and Springfield, Kimber to much dough for it and for the buck go with taurus, I sell all brands and so far The colt,Kimber,springfield all have had issues since new, Taurus no returns at all, Except to put in a new trigger job for compition.
    1967/1969 TET LB
     
  14. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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    I just had to quote this. Tell you what, you can have my share of the Taurii 1911s. They're OK guns but they aren't even in the same zip code as Colt, Kimber & Springer. Maybe you believed their ad where they claimed you got a $2100 gun for $600...
     
  15. hillmillenia

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    Listen up soldier...you want the series 70 reissue Colt 45 pistol...generally available for about 850.00 new and is in all likelyhood the first of many you will add to your collection...some kind of sickness that takes hold...Thank you for putting it all on the line for us...:D
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  16. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    The beavertail on the Springfield is like butter compared to the Colt. It was 15 years ago, but looking at the tail on that Colt brought back bad memories of the very sore webbing between my thumb and trigger finger.
     
  17. hillmillenia

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    Sir...the term "butter" and 1911 45 pistol do not belong in the same sentence...:) Really I supose it's a matter of preference...I have rather large hands and have never experienced biting with the Colts though I had a pretty good case of it with an old Auto Ordnance I owned some 20 years ago...
     
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  19. Drrhein

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    As a fellow Viet Nam Veteran, I can attest to the fact that there is a wealth of information and knowledge to be found here.

    I started off with a Sig P226 9mm (I'm keeping that one), went to a .40 then to a RIA 1911-A1 and just yesterday worked a trade for this beauty. A SS Springfield 1911-A1 ("Loaded", which I believe means it has all the most requested features) This is Springfield's model # PI9132LP. Retails for around a thousand but I have seen it for less. Mine cost me two lesser guns and a hundred bucks.
    www.GalleryOfGuns.com - Gun Genie - Davidson's most popular and powerful search engine to find and buy guns at galleryofguns.com

    It's one choice of many good suggestions you'll receive here. I hope you enjoy your search as much as I did.
     

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  20. Onyxtiger

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    Well, whatever 1911 you settle on will be satisfactory for you, I'm sure. I've got 3 1911's and have built, worked on, and sold dozens more. My favorite carry gun is an Auto Ordnance. Been carrying it for over 20 years. Granted, it's not stock, but not a lot done to it - beavertail, new trigger and trigger job, and a full length guide rod. That's it. It's NEVER failed me.