What is the best 1911 A1 for the money?

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by sputnik1988, Jul 24, 2011.

  1. sputnik1988

    sputnik1988 Active Member

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    Looking for a 1911 A1 that is as close a match to the old G.I. model as possible, obviously the answer here is to buy an original. Problem is, how much they go for now. So, what is the closest most reliable copy available?
     
  2. Firearms4ever

    Firearms4ever New Member

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    Springfield Armory offers a replica of the 1911a1 called the GI.45.
     

  3. clr8ter

    clr8ter New Member

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    Yeah, seems like everybody has good things to say about Springfield Armory. Where are these guns made?
     
  4. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Definitely not in the Pacific ocean.
     
  5. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    Frames are made in brazil and always have been. They are top notch.

    Colt series 70 closely follows the original 1911a1.

    The springfield armory gi 45 is a ww1 era to ww2 era model with the lower profile sights. The milspec is a 1911a1 model

    There are a few others but they add in things like firing pin safeties or beaver tails or dont have quite the fit and finish of the colt or sa offerings.
     
  6. DrGonzo11

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    I concur Springfield Armory 1911a1 "G.I." excellent quality, fair price. At its core it is just as good as ANY 1911 out there, just doesnt have the crap on it the expensive models do. They are made in brazil by IMBEL but most are "fit and finished" here in the states. it is also a good bet that any S.A. 1911 was probably built on original COLT equipment as Brazil bought a huge lot of U.S. Colt equipment, declared surplus by the war dept, to build pistols for its military in late 40's or 50's. All this equipment was eventually inherited by IMBEL where it is still used today. So S.A. handguns could possibly be built on the same machines as the gun your Grandfather used to lay down Krauts or Nips with, and that is just too cool :)
     
  7. TimKS

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  8. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    How about a nice vintage M1911A1 Ithaca, but then I'm biased.

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  9. HOSSFLY

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    Respectfully disagree-
    Spend a little more & go SA :cool:
     
  10. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    RIA has a reputation of hit or miss. There are many posts here about the RIA 1911.
     
  11. DrGonzo11

    DrGonzo11 New Member

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    I agree 100%
     
  12. EMTchad

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    I was looking at the Springfield gi model and nearly fell in love with it for it feels perfect and just right in my hand. Plus i am a fan of all steel. And then her super hot sister showed up, plush, younger, and tighter ( I mean the fit of the pistol wink wink ) the Springfield 1911 a-1 Loaded version.... I paid in full and now picking it up in 2 more days WOOOT!
     
  13. TimKS

    TimKS Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I'm sorry, but my vote has already been tabulated. You can disagree with my opinion, but not my vote. :D
     
  14. sputnik1988

    sputnik1988 Active Member

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    So if I were to pick up an Ithaca, which I agree, would be awesome. How much do they run for a shooter? Would I be better off with the SA for the $$$?
     
  15. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    It would be a little difficult for me to have an Ithaca to use as a shooter. They are kind of "collectible".

    The SA is a good 1911. I have an old parkerized I used in competition (and have rebuilt numerous times). At last count, it had over 18,000 rounds through it and is still one of my better and accurate shooters.
     
  16. sputnik1988

    sputnik1988 Active Member

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    Are we talking old SA or new SA?
     
  17. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    New SA. I bought it in 1985.
     
  18. sputnik1988

    sputnik1988 Active Member

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    Looks like the SA G.I..45 is the way to go, just have to pick up a set of bakelite grips for it.

    Thanks for your help guys.
     
  19. Firearms4ever

    Firearms4ever New Member

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    You're welcome. Also if you're interested here is the link to one of my buddy's videos on it.

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JeRjtMEUZqM]‪1911 Springfield‬‏ - YouTube[/ame]

    PS- He swapped out the trigger and mainspring housing for a long trigger and flat mainspring housing.
     
  20. ZombieKiller83

    ZombieKiller83 New Member

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    I'm a big fan of Mr. Hickok45, he does some really good reviews on alot of different firearms :cool: His vids helped sell me on the Ruger SR9c and SR1911 :D