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9mm 1911

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by scbrett, May 26, 2013.

  1. scbrett

    scbrett Central Oregon New Member

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    I am interested in getting a 1911 in 9mm. Anyone know of any good brands out there in particular. I've seen that ria makes one. Any good?
     
  2. TOVO

    TOVO SW WA. Active Member

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    I have a S&W Pro 1911 that looks ands shots very well.


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  3. bearingman

    bearingman Tualatin Member

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    Have the RIA 9mm tactical, and love it. I had a problem that was with the mag, called them and the first thing they asked wqas for my asddress so they coul send a new one. Wonderful service!
     
  4. scbrett

    scbrett Central Oregon New Member

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    Customer service is always a plus. How is ria 1911s inter changeability with other 1911 parts?
     
  5. Iceman04503

    Iceman04503 Portland, or Active Member

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    I love my sti spartan v in 9mm.
     
  6. Bill Siegle

    Bill Siegle Oregon Active Member

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    I have a RIA GI model in 9mm and a Para LTC 9mm. Both are pure fun at the range! The Para is a Commander size 1911 with an aluminum frame. The RIA is an all steel full size gun. Recoil is minimal. Mine are both 100% reliable so far.
     
  7. iamme

    iamme Lane County Well-Known Member

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    RIA is your budget entry to 9mm, next in line is Springfield if can find or STI. From there you get to STI, COLT, Dan Wesson, Springfield and more. 9mm 1911's are lots of fun!
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  8. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    I mentioned earlier I am in the market for one and there is a Citadel at Sportsman's in Bend. Although the finish is a little rough it has a smooth action, nice trigger pull and is tight. I may have to re-think this though because the price is right.
     
  9. iamme

    iamme Lane County Well-Known Member

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    I believe Armscor still making the Citadel's- same company making RIA's. They're good little guns and Armscor US has seemed to had good CS when it was needed.
     
  10. scbrett

    scbrett Central Oregon New Member

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    How much does sportsman want for the citadel?
     
  11. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    $519
     
  12. iamme

    iamme Lane County Well-Known Member

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    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    That is the best price no doubt but factoring shipping and the FFL I'll probably be close to the one in Sportsman's, which is available and I can operate the slide and try the trigger before I buy, sort of like a test drive
    I probably would if I could find one - and fit the barrel myself.
     
  14. PuddleMonkey

    PuddleMonkey Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    my favorite 9mm 1911 is Springfield
     
  15. iamme

    iamme Lane County Well-Known Member

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    They run free shipping pretty often, but understand!
    And why get a 38, just get the 9mm to start with!

     
  16. Boss

    Boss USA Member

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    Greetings,

    As others have indicated, the 9mm is so much fun it's almost cheating:cool:. It's hard to go wrong with one if they're running well. I've got more than a couple rounds down range through a couple of different models. Alot depends on your budget. There are less expensive variants (RIA, others), but I'm a fan of Springfield Armory, just cuz of series 70 design, lifetime warranty, and a great custom shop (and the 9mm 1911 is one that you could trick out quite nicely). Springer, in addition to their EMP, etc. offers two full size stainless 9mms, pretty much identical the same except for the sights (target adjustables or fixed Novak-style). Pick the sights that work best for ya. These are also in the 'Loaded' trim, so you're getting the beavertail, ambi extended safties, lightweight hammer/trigger, front cocking serrations, etc etc. They also have the fully supported chambers/ramped barrels, which is nice. They come in decent cases w/ two mags, etc. Depending on where you live and how much the recent 'panic' has influcenced the dealers price, they run a little under a grand, but all things considered, probably the best value unless you want a plain-jane GI trim pistol. I've got hands on range time with two 9mmSpringers...one in each flavor--Target Adj. and the Novak sighted models. The Target gun is nice, but best left for range/match duty with the large, sharp-edged rear sight. The sample I shot was VERY tight and took a little tinkering (springs) and an extended break-in (about 1000 rds) before it started perking along fairly reliably. Probably could use a few more boxes to break a bit further all things considered. But it is primarily a range gun, not a 'social' gun. The Novak-sighted model had maybe 1-2 bobbles in the first 100 rds and has been 100% after that as far as I recall. And this included a fairly serious 2 day handgun class where other guns, including a four-figure semi-custom 1911 was choking (not the gun's fault, the owner hadn't lubed it well enough).

    Two other key things. Recoils springs are key. A .45 typically has enough 'umph' ie energy to run along with most loads and normally a pound up or down over the standard recoil spring weight (17# IIRC) doesn't generally effect reliability of the gun too much. 9mm can be alot more sensitive as there typically isn't as much surplus energy to play with. I believe most factory Gov't 9mm 1911's are running 15# springs. You may have to tinker with that a bit. You'll also find that all 9mm 115 ball isn't equal. One brand might run fine, another might be so luke warm, you'll get to practice your malfunction drills more frequently.

    The other thing is magazines. The source of alot of problems in pistols, the 9mm 1911 in particular, is due to magazines and this can be further compounded by the shortened overall length of the 9mm round (vs. 45). Thus far I've had very good results with the Metalform 'Springfield' mags that come with their pistols. They have a groove running up the front to deal with the shorter length and little bit of a 'pre-ramp' to keep the rounds from nose-diving when stripped forward by the slide. Others have spoken well of Cobra Mags, Wilson's (great 38 Super mags) and others. I don't have any experience with those. If it ain't broke, I tend not to screw it up by trying to 'fix' it, so I use the Springer mags. The only issues I don't like is the ones that come with the pistols are the welded floor plate models with no base pads. A call to one of the suppliers like Brownells and some superglue or screws takes care of the latter.

    Thirdly, looks like 9mm is going to tougher to find for a little bit...but that's a temporary situation.

    iamme, is that the Warren limited run Operator? If I had the funds, that would be on the top of my 'get' list.

    Hope this helps.

    Lucky Post #1.

    Cheers,
    BOSS

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  17. iamme

    iamme Lane County Well-Known Member

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    It is indeed. This was the cheapest route to getting almost exactly wjat I wanted.
    If you're lucky you can find an older springfield milspec 9mm as a base.
     
  18. Rix

    Rix Tacoma Active Member

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    Sti makes a fantastic pistol.
     
  19. ripcity

    ripcity Milwaukie Active Member

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    These 1911's are one of my favorite pistols. You get the great look of the 1911 while getting more rounds and cheaper to shoot. I will be in the market for one, one of these days.
     
  20. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    Colt 1911 Commander Lightweight 9mm...I love them, and they hold their value!

    I put new springs in mine about every 5k rounds. Springs are cheap!