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Cheap 1911? Any Ideas?

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by glockguy, Jan 31, 2009.

  1. glockguy

    glockguy Albany Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Soo Iv Already Got a glock 27.40 Cal that I carry.... And just bought a Mossberg 500 Tactical 12ga, for my house... But Id really like a compact or a subcompact 1911 style handgun... But i dont wanna pay out the *** for one.... Does anyone have any suggestions on one that's around the $500 range? Thanks:thumbup:
     
  2. AndyH

    AndyH Keizer, Oregon Well-Known Member

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  3. kirkcdl

    kirkcdl Roseburg,ORYGUN Member

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  4. Sea_Chicken

    Sea_Chicken Whidbey Isl. New Member

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    Spingfield armory makes a 3 inch model of their GI 45.
     
  5. grassyflats426

    grassyflats426 Yamhill county Member

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    I just got my rock island tactical 3.5 inch barrel, beautiful little gun fits nice in the hand. Great value in the 1911 market. check out m1911.org in the weapons discussions many happy coustomers. Centerfiresystems.com had 5 left 2 weeks ago 460.00 out the door
     
  6. tuckerha

    tuckerha Tucson, Arizona Member

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    Have two Springfield Full size 1911's. Paid 400-500 for each. Love them.
     
  7. ghanderson10

    ghanderson10 Woodburn, OR Member

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    There's a Rock Island at the Woodburn Gunbroker for about not much more than $400
     
  8. PhysicsGuy

    PhysicsGuy Corvallis, OR Resident Science Nut

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    Cheap isn't something you should be looking for, low priced is a better option :p

    Pretty much the only common choices are the Taurus (tons of features, lower build quality), Springfield GI (great build quality, very few features), and the armscor/RIA (decent features and alright build quality)
     
  9. Rackir

    Rackir Gresham, or Member

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    My Taurus PT1911 wasnt "cheap", but it was pretty affordable at around $600.00. I don't know about the lower build quality though, so far it's very accurate (my second most accurate/ease of point pistol at this time) and has a 750/750 reliability rate.

    The only problem I've yet had is that the set screw for the front site came loose while I was shooting one day. I reset it, gave it a good tightening and have had no problems with it since.

    Some people have had problems with the ambi-safty breaking on thier PT1911's, but it seems for the most part that problem has been fixed. Even with that problem though, it's an easy fix (Wilson makes a drop in replacement thats supposed to be very nice) the pt-1911 is still a **** of a deal and a **** of a gun.
     
  10. fromotoc

    fromotoc Downtown Portland, OR Member

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    RIA is a great choice. As cheap as you can get.
     
  11. torpedoman

    torpedoman land of corrupt politicians Member

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    I like my R.I. and I used to shoot for the navy pistol team it has a great trigger and is very accurate. It feeds everything i can get in the mag with a hick cup this includes semi wadcutter reloads and hollow points (polished the feed ramp)
     
  12. gr8guns

    gr8guns Dallas, OR New Member

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    If you're going to carry a .45 I'd recommend a double action pistol! Smith & Wesson makes a model 4566 that's stainless steel, traditional double action, 4" bbl, eight rnd mag. I recently purchased a used (police turn in) for under $325. You might also look at a S&W model 457, .45, 3 1/2" bbl.
     
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    RemMod597 WA New Member

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    +1 on the Taurus PT1911! I carry mine daily. It has been 1200/1200 reliable.
    I have yet to have any issues with it.
     
  14. CEF1959

    CEF1959 Willamette Valley, Oregon New Member

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    +2 on the Taurus. I can only think that people who bad mouth them have never owned them. People who own them seem to love them. So do the major reviewers. I'm a huge fan. Accurate, reliable, tight. If you are status conscious with your buddies at the range, OK. If not, well, you get my point.
     
  15. krawl

    krawl Oregon Member

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    The major 1911 smiths aren't so fond of them. Get a Springfield GI, milspec or loaded or an STI Spartan
     
  16. RemMod597

    RemMod597 WA New Member

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    I wonder how many of the major 1911 smiths have owned a PT1911 for an extended period of time, or shot one extensively?
     
  17. PhysicsGuy

    PhysicsGuy Corvallis, OR Resident Science Nut

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    Well you just have to examine one closely to see the lower quality build. Although from what I have seen, they function perfectly, the lack of attention to detail and quality control is probably why smiths don't like or trust them.
     
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    RemMod597 WA New Member

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    I love it when guys at the range get snobby and look down their noses when I pull out my PT1911. They quickly lose the attitude when I outshoot them and their fancy guns that cost twice to three times what mine did.
    :laugh:
     
  19. that_dad

    that_dad Puget Sound New Member

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    I love my Charles Daly. You get a lot of bang for your buck.
     
  20. krawl

    krawl Oregon Member

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    PG nailed it and I'll walk away from this one.