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Old 01-08-2010, 14:27   #101
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What's the difference between the Springfield GI and the Springfield Mil Spec.

I could search and search, but one of you knows if off the top of your head, and is just looking for an excuse to educate a newbie.
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Old 01-08-2010, 14:32   #102
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Mil Spec has a lowered and flared ejection port, beveled magazine well, taller 3 dot sights, and forward angled cocking serrations. The GI is a great gun, I want one still, but the Mil Spec is a better gun IMO, the sights and other changes are worth the extra bit of money, unless a WWII style gun is what you want, then the GI is a better choice.
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Old 01-08-2010, 14:55   #103
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Keep in mind allot of dealers label the GI model Mil Spec, and cannot tell the difference, so when you look for one be sure the model # is correct
Thank you Brian, You are dead on. My gun I got yesterday was labeled a Mil-Spec when it is a GI.
It was priced at $600 but I got it for $535.
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Old 01-08-2010, 15:04   #104
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Alright, I'm putting my order in to my wife. I really need a 1911.

It will be my last gun. She can still get a full-size .357 revolver if she wants one, but that's up to her. She can also get a .30-30 lever action, if she wants one. I'm getting a 1911. And then I will be done. I don't need anymore guns

After the 1911, all future gun purchases will only be for my wife or for my son.
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Old 01-08-2010, 17:55   #105
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Best 1911 for under $1k

A merging of common threads this is.
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Old 01-08-2010, 21:24   #106
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under 1k? DW cbob or PM7
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Old 01-09-2010, 19:20   #107
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My choice would be a Colt government model . They have been making them for almost 100 years. YES they have had their problems but they make a quality product now. OVERTHEHILLGUY
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Old 01-09-2010, 20:33   #108
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I have a Colt XSE and love it. Has pretty much all the bells and whistles of a custom gun. Really accurate and reliable too. I've seen them priced the same as some Kimbers, custom II I think.
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Old 01-09-2010, 20:43   #109
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You probably can't go wrong with one of the lesser priced Springfields.

Back in the mid 1990s, I bought my first 1911, a bare bones Springfield similar in appearance to the Colt 1991A1. I didn't realize that it had an alloy frame until I got passed the useless CA 15-day waiting period and got it home (my previous experience with 1911s was with US Army issued Remington Rands). That first Springfield shot everything I put thru it, including my own crappy reloads, without a hint of a malfunction. Like an idiot, the gun wasn't sexy enough and I sold it. I decided to buy a Colt Commander Stainless Enhanced for an off-duty carry gun. That one would not go thru a magazine - any magazine without at least two feeding failures. I frustratingly ran probably 1000 rounds thru it but it never worked out the bugs. Anyway, I didn't have the money to send it off to have someone work it over and property enhance it, so like an idiot, I traded it.....
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Old 01-09-2010, 23:09   #110
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Springfield or a Kimber.
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Old 01-09-2010, 23:29   #111
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I'm partial to Colts and if later on you want to build up a custom gun, they provide a good base platform for modification.
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Old 01-09-2010, 23:36   #112
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size matters

what size barrel are you looking for. I know some people believe in only 1 size 1911, but I spent 6 hours at 4 different gun shops this past week looking at 1911s. I looked at sig, springfield, s&w, kimber, wilson, sti, taurus, colt, and a couple of knockoffs. Each one felt a little better or worse in my hand. You should definately try some on. My determining factors were which one fit and which one would hold its value. Kimber came out on top after 6 hours. The wilson was nice, but the price tag made my eyes water.
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Old 01-10-2010, 00:15   #113
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Best $1,000 CCW 1911

I need some legitimate input from those Glock Talkers out there who have actually put a lot of rounds through a 1911 and can recommend one for CCW carry meeting the following minimal criteria:

1. .45 caliber;
2. 7+ round magazine capacity;
3. 4 1/4" barrel;
4. White dot fixed sights (rear and front) or night sights;
5. Proven reliability;
6. Around $1,000.

I am currently carrying a Glock 23 and have several full-size Colt's and an old Remington Rand. All of these are excellent weapons and have proven their reliability, I just have the jones for a new CCW 1911. I wish I could afford a Wilson Combat or similar higher priced model but I can't afford it right now. My Glock works fine and has been completely reliable, I just want to carry a 1911.

Thanks for everyone's input.

Cheers.

Three choices immediately come to mind:

1. Smith & Wesson 1911PD Gunsight Edition;
2. Colt Lightweight Commander (the new series);
3. Kimber Pro Carry CDP

Each of these can be obtained for around or under $1,000.
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Old 01-10-2010, 00:56   #114
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springfield Compact 1911? Think you can find them used for about 600-700
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Old 01-10-2010, 02:15   #115
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Old 01-10-2010, 02:39   #116
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I like your first two candidates pretty well.
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Old 01-10-2010, 07:55   #117
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if you can find one, a Dan Wesson C-Bob
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Old 01-10-2010, 08:42   #118
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if you can find one, a Dan Wesson C-Bob
Buds Gunshop still had some the other day for $999.00.They show as being out of stock unless you click on the pic.
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Old 01-10-2010, 10:14   #119
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In stock and Ready to Ship!!! Order Now!!!

We have received a small shipment of Dan Wesson Bobtails. They are the 45acp version, and they are ready to ship. Please call us to place order or order on the internet.

New In Box. Part Number:01912



SPECIFICATIONS
  • Type: Pistol
  • Action: Single
  • Caliber: 45 ACP
  • Barrel Length: 4.25"
  • Capacity: 7 + 1
  • Safety: Beavertail / Thumb
  • Grips: Exotic Cocobolo Double Diamond
  • Sights: Fixed Night Sights
  • Weight: 34 oz
  • Finish: Brushed Stainless Steel
Buds Item Number: 17999




<CENTER><TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width="94%" border=0><TBODY><TR><TD class=main width="90%">The Classic Bobtail is a 4.25" series 70 style commander sized 1911 featuring top quality investment, cast stainless steel frame and forged stainless steel slide. The Bobtail features top quality aftermarket parts from the best names in the industry. Fitted Ed Brown Bobtail mainspring housing. 20 LPI machine checkered front strap. Beveled magwell. All sharp edges have been gently dehorned by hand. Lowered and flared ejection port for reliable function. Hand polished feed ramp and barrel throating for reliable feeding


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Old 01-10-2010, 12:40   #120
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i also vote for the cbob. bud's out at this moment, however
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