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Old 03-07-2012, 13:35   #1
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Why am I even thinking about another 1911a1?

As most of ya' know I've been researching my next handgun purchase. I want something for Home Defense/Plinking, something more "heavy duty" then my little 642 J-Frame. Not to knock my J, I love it, it's not left my side since I got it over a month ago but I really think for HD more then 5 shots may be needed at times.
So, I've been looking at Mark's web site(Summit Gun Brokers) and have added the SP2340(375 OTD) and Beretta 96G($415 OTD) to my short list. Well, I'm looking at his web site and he has RIA 1911a1 Commander size guns, NIB for $349($399 OTD). and I'm thinking that it's a pretty good price on a 45acp.
Of course then I think that if I went with it I'd have to get a different set of grips(don't like the smooth factory ones that come on the gun) and that I'd probably want a longer trigger(no big deal, easy enough to install) and I'd have to get dies, bullet mold, bullet sizing die, brass, large pistol primers and some decent 8 round mags for the gun.
Still, the "Old School" in me would love to have another 1911a1 but the logical side says to stick with a DA/SA semi because I'm not crazy about "Cocked N' Locked" carry. But on the other hand I think that it's time I just get over it, I mean I know it's safe, geeze.
Anyway, just wanted to throw this out there for discussion to see what some of ya'll thought(other then that I'm crazy,LOL) and what ya'll think would be a good way to go here.
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Old 03-07-2012, 14:02   #2
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I love my DA/SA, Sigs and Eagle. I also like to carry my full size 1911. If the main concern on the 1911 is carrying locked and loaded, then get a holster with a hammer strap and add another 1911 to your collection.
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Old 03-07-2012, 14:11   #3
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The 1911 is my favorite design.
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Old 03-07-2012, 14:13   #4
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Old 03-07-2012, 14:15   #5
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I've owned a few of em' over the years, even built up one on an Essex frame from a parts kit I got from Sarco. They're real easy to strip down to bare frame and swap out parts, I think that's what I like about em' so much, they're simple so that a tinkerer like me can do stuff to em' without much trouble.
Heck, I might "bite the bullet" and just get a RIA 1911a1 Commander, that's my favorite size and the price still comes in under my $400 dollar limit for a handgun. I don't know, ya'll see if you can talk me into it.
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I would buy the RIA to build on before I bought a kit for $400. I have see some tricked out RIA
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Old 03-07-2012, 15:07   #8
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Frank, I'll let you get the 1911 this ONE time if you promise not to get rid of the 642!
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Old 03-07-2012, 15:39   #9
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Go for it. At $400, NIB, the RIA is a bargain price. I've had my RIA 1911a1 5" GI for almost eight years now, and it's fed every type of ammo I've fired through it with no issues. I do like the looks of the RIA Commander, but never fired one.......yet.
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Frank, I'll let you get the 1911 this ONE time if you promise not to get rid of the 642!
Oh, don't worry, that 642 isn't going anywhere unless the frame cracks then it's going back to S&W to get replaced with another one. It's just too light and easy to carry to get rid of it.

By the way, look at what I found:
http://forums.1911forum.com/
Looks like the "End All, Be All" of 1911a1 forums.
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Old 03-07-2012, 16:18   #11
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What PawDog said. Rocks are solid. Go for it.

We trudge on.
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Oh, don't worry, that 642 isn't going anywhere unless the frame cracks then it's going back to S&W to get replaced with another one. It's just too light and easy to carry to get rid of it.

By the way, look at what I found:
http://forums.1911forum.com/
Looks like the "End All, Be All" of 1911a1 forums.
Ok, since you promise.

BTW, I prefer the commander size, they just balance and point better for me. You are old school enough to be happy with a 1911. Go for it.
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Old 03-07-2012, 17:46   #13
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Because 1911's are addicting and the worst part about it is there is no 12 step program for this 1911 addiction. Only one thing you can do is admit it, and buy the Rock. However don't think buying it is any sort of cure. It's only a temporary fix.
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Because 1911's are addicting and the worst part about it is there is no 12 step program for this 1911 addiction. Only one thing you can do is admit it, and buy the Rock. However don't think buying it is any sort of cure. It's only a temporary fix.
They are definitely addicting.
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Old 03-07-2012, 17:56   #15
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Because 1911's are addicting and the worst part about it is there is no 12 step program for this 1911 addiction. Only one thing you can do is admit it, and buy the Rock. However don't think buying it is any sort of cure. It's only a temporary fix.
Tell me about it. I've owned a few and always ended up selling them off because I didn't feel right with the hammer back on a loaded chamber BUT I always get suckered into buying another one.
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Old 03-07-2012, 18:06   #16
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I own 3 1911's, a Kimber TLE, a Rock Island GI, and a customized series 70 Colt Gov.

I carry either a Glock 19 or 26.
Looking at a G30.

Just don't find 1911's all that reliable.
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Old 03-07-2012, 18:15   #17
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Tell me about it. I've owned a few and always ended up selling them off because I didn't feel right with the hammer back on a loaded chamber BUT I always get suckered into buying another one.
I think you are better off with a Berreta 96. More rounds. A 92 or any of the usual high cap 9mm would be a good choice too.

If I understand the criteria correctly, you want a good effective reliable home defense gun at a low cost. You do not want a project or anything to sink money in.

To be honest, another direction for you would be a used shotgun to suppliment your 642. Add some extra speedloaders for the 642.

Or a high cap .40 or 9mm.

Or a Glock 30 .45

Last choice would be a 1911.

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People keep telling me to get a shotgun but I find they're really hard to carry in an IWB holster.
I want another handgun so my wife and I will both have handguns we can carry if the SHTF.
I think the Beretta 96 is out of the running because it's over my $400 limit and I'd want to get new springs and stuff for it so that'd kick the price way up.
The Sig Pro 2340 at $375 IS still very much in the running and the RIA Commander will be added to the short list.
I just really like the parts availability and ease of taking care of the 1911a1 platform. I can pull one totally apart in just a few minutes which makes it easy for me to modify or work on if needed. Only other handgun I feel that comfortable with is a S&W Revolver.
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If you're already loading and shooting 38spl, then what's wrong with a K-frame?

If I wasn't such an internet commando I'd be rockin' a S&W model 10 or 19 and an 870 Wingmaster Police.

Yes sir.
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Get the RI,its calling your name.
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If you're already loading and shooting 38spl, then what's wrong with a K-frame?
I'd like to have more then 6 rounds and if I'm going to have to pay $400+ for a + shot revolver I'd rather invest that same amount in a 12+1 shot 40cal semi like the Sig or at least an 8+1 shot 45acp like the RIA. 9(or 13) will always beat 6.
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I would buy the RIA to build on before I bought a kit for $400. I have see some tricked out RIA
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I wonder how much a 642 goes for on the open market.
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I wonder how much a 642 goes for on the open market.
Guess I'll never find out since this one is working so well for EDC/CCW on a daily basis.
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The 1911 is my favorite design.
No waaaaaaayyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!
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