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Old March 22nd, 2012, 11:31 AM   #1
 
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I've decided my next gun purchase is going to be a 1911. I currently own a bolt action rifle, over under shotgun, GP100, bow, and I'm working on a tactical rifle project. I figured the semi auto pistol is the next in line and I love the 1911. I have absolutely no concern with concealment and I'm only looking for a great looking/feeling pistol that is accurate and fun to shoot at the range. I've shot a springfield, SIG, and some random knock off 1911s but that's it. I'm looking for the best value 1911, definitely in .45, that money can buy. The price range is open but I don't feel like paying top dollar for something that isn't worth it. I was looking for suggestions on makes to look at considering I'm heading to the NRA convention next month in St. Louis. Any suggestions?



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Old March 22nd, 2012, 11:39 AM   #2
 
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well obviously, everyone here will recommend the Ruger SR1911 IF you can find one, big if for most folks.

That being said, there are so many 1911 makers, the choices are endless.

My only 1911 experience is the SR1911 so I don't have anything to compare it to, but I love it and it is a AWESOME gun to shoot.
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You really can't go wrong with any of them is what I've learned. I've fired everything from a $400 Rock Island Armory G.I model to a $3k Nighthawk Custom to a WWII carried Remington Rand and honestly, the Rock Island did the same job for way less than both would cost to buy.

Depending on what your needs are for features...I'd start there. I had Springfield I bought for $600 - no frills except for 3 dot sights and lowered ejection port and it was a great gun. Otherwise, my Colt is my favorite.
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I have 2 Kimbers, 2 Dan Wessons, a S&W and a GSG and love them all.

Kimbers: Tactical Entry II, Classic Royal (both in .45acp)
Dan Wessons: pre-CZ Pointman (.45acp), modern Guardian (9mm)
S&W: 1911PD alloy frame (.45acp)
GSG: .22LR

All are full size 5" barrels except the Guardian which is a Commander (4.25").
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I have a Ruger SR 1911 and a Para 18.9.
Not hard to figure out which will be my favourite 1911.
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Tesla66, There are several things to consider when buying a 1911 ... the most important being "configuration". As you know, the 1911 is a very robust platform that can be configured for different applications such as combat, concealed carry, and target.

The combat configuration has low profile sights and very few "enhancements", much like a standard issue GI pistol. When you move up to a "carry" 1911, you typically get much better sights (medium profile), and a host of enhancements to include a beavertail grip safety, extended thumb safety, beveled magazine well, extended trigger, etc. Target models usually have adjustable high profile sights, a match grade barrel, and even more enhancements than a carry model. Target models make very poor carry guns because the high profile front sight is not "holster friendly".

You can buy most any configuration and change it by just installing after market custom parts. Sights and match grade barrels are quite expensive to replace and usually require a gunsmith. The rest of the parts are pretty much "drop-in", however they can add a lot to the total cost. The best idea is to buy a 1911 in the configuration closest to your intended "final product" so you don't have to spend money twice.

Blued or stainless??? Personally, I prefer a stainless gun for carry but there's nothing wrong with a blued gun ... just a matter of choice. As for brands, there are literally dozens to choose from. Keep in mind ... when you get into the high $$$ custom made guns, they aren't always better than a less expensive model. You pay a lot to have a custom gun made versus a normal production gun and in my honest opinion, custom guns are not worth the extra money unless it is just for braggin' rights. I have quite a few 1911s ranging from a cheap AMT to a very expensive Les Baer. My best shooter is a the AMT, however I spent a lot of money fitting it with an aftermarket Kart match barrel and bushing, skeletonized hammer, and several internal parts. My Kimber Classic Target model is my next best shooter, just a tad more accurate than my Ruger SR-1911, which cost a third as much as my fourth best shooter, the Les Baer. I also own several Colts ... good guns but they are over priced compared to other brands of the same quality.

In my opinion, and not just because this is a Ruger forum .... one of the best buys on today's market is a Ruger SR 1911. These guns come in a "carry" configuration and are equipped with many enhancements not normally found on guns in this price range. They are high quality, very accurate, function very well, and because they are totally "Colt Series 70 compatible", aftermarket parts will drop in, should you want to change something. This brings up a point about some other brands that use "proprietary" parts that are not Colt compatible.

Lots of choices ... only you can determine the intended use and how thick your wallet is. Good luck!
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Value is a relative term.

If you want a great shooting, well made gun at an inexpensive price it's hard to beat the Rock Island Armory Tacticals. Worth the few extra dollars for the beavertail and other enhancements.

Still an accurate reliable 1911 for around $450 shipped and in your hands. 1911 .45 ACP Rock Island Tactical with Matte Black Finish #AC-RI1911TACA

If you are looking for something that will increase in resale value, a Colt Gold Cup will cost you more initially, but will probably appreciate at greater than the rate of inflation.

Lots of other stuff in all price points. Really depends on what represents value to you.

Now if I was going to buy another 1911, which I'm not, it would be this > 1911 Traditional Two-Tone Match Elite

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If you have spare cash, lots of it, laying around......



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Bought my SR1911 for two main reasons:
1. best value for $649 that I paid with most features in that price bracket
2. 100% made in USA where the 1911 legend began

I have been and still am very happy with decision, and recommend it to anyone who will listen
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Bought my SR1911 for two main reasons:
1. best value for $649 that I paid with most features in that price bracket
2. 100% made in USA where the 1911 legend began

I have been and still am very happy with decision, and recommend it to anyone who will listen
Buy an American made product! 'nough said.
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Bought my Sr1911 for $629.95 an i am more pleased with it every day, it is the most accurate 45 ACP That i have and everything about it is near perfect. It is almost as enjoyable to hold and look at as shoot. Dollar for dollar it would be hard to beat this American made beauty.
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You'll find alot of people on this board steering you towards the Ruger SR1911. Not just due to the fact that this is a Ruger based forum but because it is, from the dozen or so reviews i've read, a really good gun.

I just hate you see the carrot dangled in front of your nose. You'll more than likely, anytime soon that is, never even so much as hold one in your hand to see if you like the fit and feel. The Ruger is in very short supply and due to that it's tough to find at the price it SHOULD sell for. That price varies a little around the country but on average this gun should sell for $650. I've seen dealers here in Texas taking loads of names at the promised price of $615 and I believe i've even seen it on backorder online somewhere for $589.

You're not too likely to find any at online stores or even walk in stores as far as that goes. The actual MSRP is $800 and if you like that price you're in luck. Gunbroker online auction currently has about 14 of them listed. They will all without a doubt sell and not a single one for anything close to $650. So if you're going to compare prices I would keep the Ruger in mind at full MSRP and use that number for comparison to others
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I have to side with a few others on this thread about the Rock Island line of 1911's. I currently have every variation of their product line. I honestly can't say a single bad thing about them! All of them combined costed the same amount as just my Dan Wesson and one of my Kimbers but they really surprised me in their inherent accuracy, crisp out of box triggers, fit & finish and amazing reliability. Dollar for Dollar, I don't think there's a better value out there for a .45acp 1911. I just got the final one to complete my RRI collection, a compact tactical BNIB for $360 on gunbroker. At the range it performed exactly the same as any of my now 13 1911's. I can't say enough good about them!
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I own a Remington R1 Talo Edition. (Same as the regular R1, just w/ red grips and 2-8 round mags.) Cost was just over $600 OTD. My only experience w/ a 1911, but it shoots amazingly well, and feels solid in hand.
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