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

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

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