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I think I'm Going 1911 Shopping!

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by RedneckRampage, Dec 15, 2013.

  1. RedneckRampage

    RedneckRampage Newberg Well-Known Member

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    So, I think I need a 1911 again. I think I may go shopping this week.

    Last gun show I went to, Keith's had stainless Colts (don't know the model, but they were pretty high end) for a little over $1000. I imagine I can find a Springfield Loaded for about $900 (I'll only buy one that is NOT marked Brazil). I'm not sure if I want stainless, and if I do, I really don't want matte stainless. I'm leaning towards blued or parkerized.

    Any input on which to go for? Or other options? I want 5" I think, maybe 4".
     
  2. DieselScout

    DieselScout S Clackamas County Well-Known Member

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    Just FYI all Springfield's are made with parts from Brazil. The higher end models just have more assembly and fitting done in the US. I don't know if any where ever 100% US made.
     
  3. Outrider

    Outrider Oregon Active Member

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    Having been through the whole 1911 thing, I'd recommend you save your money and get a lightly used Wilson Combat 1911. They are great.

    As for length, that's your call but I'd say go with the 5" barrel.
     
  4. samuelm16

    samuelm16 se pdx Well-Known Member

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    I didnt even have to go shopping my dad who could take or leave guns either way sent me a picture the other day of my xmas present he scored off his neighbor for 100.00 dollars a mint 1966 colt original condition with one mag ran thru it even came with 2 boxes of old ammo only downside is its in 38 super but i will learn to live with it
     
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  5. Salps

    Salps Down by the river…. Well-Known Member

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    Colt defender hint.....
     
  6. Nickb

    Nickb Moxee Active Member

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    A lot of times the US marked pistols are fit a lot better. But I have a loaded model that is marked Brazil and it is fit really good! I have also seen US marked pistols that did not impress me.

    Either way both pistols are covered by springfields warranty and customer service.
     
  7. BAMCIS

    BAMCIS Eugene Well-Known Member

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    Good call! :thumbup:

    I'd add Philippines to that.
     
  8. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    You can always get a bedazzler kit and a PRAVA stamp set for like $20. save some coin anyway
     
  9. John H

    John H Whatcom County Well-Known Member

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    Only the rough Forgings of the frame and slide are from Brazil, for the ones made here.

    Unless things have changed.
     
  10. iamme

    iamme Lane County Well-Known Member

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    Used to have some guns built in Brazil. Now they hace no connection. All current is US.
    For $900 I'd be shopping for a used trp.



     
  11. DieselScout

    DieselScout S Clackamas County Well-Known Member

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    Where are you finding this info? Everything I am reading still says frames and slides are cast and assembly/fitting done in the US. FWIW I have no problem with Springfield, I've never owned one, but from what I've read online and in the rags they build good guns at a good price and treat their customers well. When I looked into getting one years ago I was shocked yo find them importing parts from out of the US. I decided at that time when it was time for a 1911 it would 100% US made.
     
  12. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    Sportsman's Warehouse had the Ruger 1911 for $599 on Black Friday, either model. I came real close to buying a Commander style. Keep your eye on the ads - maybe they'll run that price again (i Kind of hope not - I don't need my arm twisted again!)
     
  13. iamme

    iamme Lane County Well-Known Member

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    1) springield uses forgings not castings.
    2) SA used to get forgings from Imbel in Brazil. Some milspec and loaded built there some US.
    3) SA has recently stopped using Imbel (early sign was the drop of the GI).
    4) latest word from a former SACS employee and now FT smith is SA no longer sourcing from Imbel and now all US forgings.
     
  14. DieselScout

    DieselScout S Clackamas County Well-Known Member

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    Alright I will take your word for it, my info is obviously old and I could find good info anywhere else.
     
  15. iamme

    iamme Lane County Well-Known Member

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    AlchemyCustom posted latest update. But old info was common info.
    Can usually decipher by serial #
     
  16. RedneckRampage

    RedneckRampage Newberg Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the replies. Today while I was in Salem for another trade (actually 2), I went in Sportsman's and fell in love with a stainless Springfield Loaded, US made, it was amazing. I kept calm and took a trip to Guncrafters to see what they had. They had a Colt that I liked, it was used, with some old dinged up night sights, and lots of bluing wear, for $995, REALLY??? They also had a parkerized Springfield Loaded for $795. I ended up back at Sportsman's and got the stainless one out the door for $850 (after an hour wait for the background check). I'm happy other than it needs a solid black rear sight and a tritium front sight, and to get rid of that factory two piece guide rod.

    The parkerized US marked Loaded really didn't impress me, fit and finish were not that nice and the slide release was really stiff.
     
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  17. Nickb

    Nickb Moxee Active Member

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    Good choice! The stainless guns are awesome! My buddy has one with about 50 rounds fired out of it. It's one of the tightest 1911s I've seen.
     
  18. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Can't beat stainless for a gun that is going to be EDC'd. Enjoy your new pistol!
     
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    MnP Gresham Or Member

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    Pics or it's all lies!!;)
     
  20. RedneckRampage

    RedneckRampage Newberg Well-Known Member

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    I've been on here for 3 years and I still haven't figured out how to put a damn picture on here, or I would!
     
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