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need advice on a 1911

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by BUZO71, Mar 7, 2009.

  1. BUZO71

    BUZO71 Emerald Valley, Oregon New Member

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    I've got the bug for a 1911. I have almost no knowledge base for this platform. Any suggestions? I'm looking middle of the road.
     
  2. tuckerha

    tuckerha Tucson, Arizona Member

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    I'm fond of springfields. But I am hearing good things about the Rock Island Armory models on this Forum as inexpensive and reliable.
     
  3. Mainsail

    Mainsail Puget Sound Active Member

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    I'm partial to the Sig:

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  4. tuckerha

    tuckerha Tucson, Arizona Member

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    I'm a tad jealous there Mainsail
     
  5. PlayboyPenguin

    PlayboyPenguin Pacific Northwest Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    Springfield Armory Mil-Spec is a great starting point as far as 1911's go. A Colt Series 80 is also a great one, but a touch more expensive.
     
  6. BUZO71

    BUZO71 Emerald Valley, Oregon New Member

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    Never thought about Sig... What did that run?
     
  7. PhysicsGuy

    PhysicsGuy Corvallis, OR Resident Science Nut

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    It depends on you're definition of middle of the range.

    Personally I prefer Dan Wesson as great choices on the upper side of the middle range 1911s;


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  8. tuckerha

    tuckerha Tucson, Arizona Member

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    There's always the Kimber I wish I still had
     
  9. torpedoman

    torpedoman land of corrupt politicians Member

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    go for the rock island very reliable weapon with a good trigger out of the box.
     
  10. BUZO71

    BUZO71 Emerald Valley, Oregon New Member

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    I think I'm narrowing down to Springfield... like this one ... what do you think? Anyone had one?
     
  11. Abe Froman

    Abe Froman West of Salem Active Member

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    I think you will be very happy with that, I know I would be.:thumbup:
     
  12. PhysicsGuy

    PhysicsGuy Corvallis, OR Resident Science Nut

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    Are you set on the black stainless finish?

    Its a copy of the kimber eclipse finish, which looks great and unique, but you might be hard pressed to get your hands on one.
     
  13. jordanvraptor

    jordanvraptor Oregon City, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I still like the Colts. I've had two Series 70s, one Combat Elite, and currently a 1943 1911A1. Mostly nostalgia but I like my 45's to be Colts. There was that one time in my misspent youth where I had a Norinco... (In fairness, it was a really reliable shooter.)
     
  14. BUZO71

    BUZO71 Emerald Valley, Oregon New Member

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    Not 100% set... I think I can find one though....
     
  15. BUZO71

    BUZO71 Emerald Valley, Oregon New Member

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    As far as Colts and Springfields... any difference in quality?
     
  16. PhysicsGuy

    PhysicsGuy Corvallis, OR Resident Science Nut

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    Okay, because I've seen the black stainless around at several places before, but right now it seems like with the crazed gun buying going on, most 1911s are hard to find or order. But I do know of at least one place that has the regular stainless loaded in stock.

    The one thing that you should note is that springfield uses several MIM parts, but it seems like they aren't plagued with the MIM part breakages that kimber has.
     
  17. wichaka

    wichaka Wa State Well-Known Member

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    You're going to pay more for solid steel guns, because of the price of the materials. Colt is more spendy because of this, the same for Dan Wesson.

    Springfield uses a lot of MIM (Metal Injected Molded) parts. A cheaper way of doing things, not as per the original design, but they seem to get away with it. As for Kimber, they use MIM as well, but whoever their vendor is, doesn't do them well in the QC area, as their MIM has a bad reputation for breaking.

    The early Kimbers were some very fine 1911's, but the Series II's don't come close to the quality.

    You can find good used Colts for the price you're looking for, a Dan Wesson, or a new Springfield.
     
  18. BUZO71

    BUZO71 Emerald Valley, Oregon New Member

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    Well, I'm not even 100% on this model....I want something that is most reliable, most bang for the buck
     
  19. BUZO71

    BUZO71 Emerald Valley, Oregon New Member

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    So, what do you carry?
     
  20. PhysicsGuy

    PhysicsGuy Corvallis, OR Resident Science Nut

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    If you have a few more pennies, you could pick up a new Dan Wesson pointman 7