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Question for the 1911 experts, what am I looking at??

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by joel4sale, Apr 18, 2011.

  1. joel4sale

    joel4sale Renton, WA Member

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    I had been wanted a 1911 for a very long time
    Just saw this on gunbroker.com

    Springfield 1911 9mm 1911-A1 custom : Semi-auto at GunBroker.com

    What exactly can you tell from the pictures??
    SA 9mm slide with Caspian carbon frame? Chip trigger...??

    As a gun newbie, I know I should stay away from used semi-custom/non-production guns....but somehow this one really catch my eye and I am very tempted to spend my tax return on this one.

    Any idea, thoughts or recommendation??
     
  2. spikedzombies

    spikedzombies Lakewood/Tacoma Member

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    If you want an entry level 1911 u can find rock island armory, master arms, para ordanance for a really reasonable price and perform just fine.
     
  3. scrappydoo

    scrappydoo Federal Way Active Member

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    Let's ignore the fact it looks like a basket case made out of parts from a left over bin. Even if it looks like it's in perfect condition, you have no idea who built it or how well it runs. It's a good idea to ignore so called "custom" guns because they're usually someone's attempt at dining room smithing.
     
  4. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    This, plus I would mention for a little more dough, Springfield Armory
     
  5. evltwn

    evltwn Gold Hill Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Well said, Blitz...factory guns have a lot going for them, while a custom gun from someone unknown to you could be a crapshoot. Lets not forget Kimber, if you have the money and can get one.
     
  6. spider

    spider Hillsboro Well-Known Member

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    That's one abused and frakensteined 1911
     
  7. magnum

    magnum Springfield American....'nuff said

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    Yes, it's a parts gun and it looks to have been done poorly. I'd pass on this one for sure and buy a factory built gun in the same price range.
     
  8. ricsha

    ricsha Oregon Coast - Lincoln City Member

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    Wait....What? You're getting a tax return! Couldn't resist that one.
    That gun has a big sign on it saying "Stay Away!" just my 2c
     
  9. Cougfan2

    Cougfan2 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    Looks like a Bubba special to me. Be afraid. Be very afraid.
     
  10. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Is there a reason you are looking at a 9mm pistol instead of the 45acp?
     
  11. joel4sale

    joel4sale Renton, WA Member

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    Thanks for all the feedback. That pretty much confirmed my suspect. It was late in the night......and it looks "nice" to my sleepy eye.
    Guess I am just gonna stick to the original plan....get a decent factory gun from SA or S&W.

    I wanted a 9mm instead of 45 because I am very very skinny / small-build and 9mm feel just right for me. Not to mention it's much cheaper to shoot.
     
  12. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    That being the case find a good nine that meets your specifications. Get use to the operation of a 'modern' nine as a 'Newbie' and if you feel the need graduate to a 1911 in .45 ACP at a later time.
     
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  13. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    Yeah there are tons of good 9mms out there that are lighter than a 1911

    $620 can buy a nice 1911 right now or a really nice 9mm in a gun made for the 9mm format.
     
  14. Crispy

    Crispy WA Member

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    To true!
     
  15. joel4sale

    joel4sale Renton, WA Member

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    I already have couple of reliable polymer gun for home protection. I wanted an all metal gun for range shooting. But I think RV and MJ have a good point, a 1911 was made to .45 acp and should be .45 acp. Think I am gonna stop by Champion Arm @Renton and Marksman @Puyallup this week, both place have a few variety of 1911 in different caliber for rent.

    Need to make up my mind fast before I do something stupid (like "accidentally" buying a Frankenstein 1911 online)
     
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  16. scrappydoo

    scrappydoo Federal Way Active Member

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  17. iamme

    iamme Lane County Well-Known Member

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    9mm 1911's are freaking awesome!!! Don't listen to the naysayers. RIA for a budget 9mm, STI for a little more or STI again for even more.
     
  18. Unka-Boo

    Unka-Boo Milwaukie Active Member

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    You realize that a 1911 in 9mm is still the same size as one in .45, right?
     
  19. MA Duce

    MA Duce Central Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Don't even think about it. Walk away. There is nothing wrong with a mix and match as long as it is well done and you're looking for a working gun not a showpiece. My carry 1911 is a frankengun, but I built it myself and know it works and what is in it.
     
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  20. wichaka

    wichaka Wa State Well-Known Member

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    You're tossing your dice with that one. There's not much of a description, so unless you ask a lot of questions, and the right questions, I'd pass.

    Hard to make a decision on such a gun, without being able to lay hands on it.