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Old 04-04-2012, 12:41   #1
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Graduation gift for BIL: 1911 under $1500

I need a graduation 1911 for my brother in law. I had decided on the STI Guardian, but I can't find one anywhere in my time frame, so I'm back to punt.

Requirements:

1. Need it in a month
2. Under $1500
3. .45 Caliber
4. Prefers SS or SS Slide

The SS thing, I think he can live without. I found a government sized Fusion on another board for $1400 and will probably snatch that up if I can't find something with a SS slide that looks like a good deal. I really wanted to get him that Guardian, since we live in TX (STI is TX), and it's a great carry size while being what I'd consider a heirloom piece. I don't want to get him a run of the mill Springer, Kimber, Remington, or Sig. Nothing against those guns, but I want this to be something special.

This will be his first gun, although he's handled a Beretta plenty during his 3 tours in Iraq and Afganistan. About the BIL: Former marine, Current law student graduating in May. Thoughts?
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Old 04-04-2012, 13:00   #2
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Springfeild Armory TRP...Done

BTW....any way I can marry in to your family....That is an AWESOME gift

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/Vie...Item=280712349
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Old 04-04-2012, 13:12   #3
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Dan Wesson Valor.
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Old 04-04-2012, 13:17   #4
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Man, I don't even buy guns that nice for myself. But I'm an only child, so he's like my own brother.
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Old 04-04-2012, 13:32   #5
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The TRP fits your criteria and is an absolute top of the line gun he will always remember and cherish.
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Old 04-04-2012, 13:41   #6
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I'm looking at both now. I like both, but this review by bac has me thinking Valor for this particular gift. Even the name seems to go with my bro's military past:

http://glocktalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=885646
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Old 04-04-2012, 13:47   #7
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The TRP and Valor are fantastic solutions. I would submit getting him a Commander sized gun like a Dan Wesson V-Bob or Guardian. Maybe you can up your price a little and look into a Les Baer. There is nothing wrong with finding a great Colt 1911 although it might take some searching and probably some tweaking.

The commander sized guns are every bit as awesome as a 5" 1911 and are easier to carry should he decide to use it in that fashion.

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Old 04-04-2012, 13:49   #8
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Only thing that keeps me from the Valor...they are fine guns, but I would rather have one made by an American Company. Dan Wesson is owned by CZ.

A 1911 is an American Icon.

You wont make a bad choice with either.
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Old 04-04-2012, 13:51   #9
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Dan Wesson CCO?
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Hmmmm, maybe I posted too soon. I just got an email that somebody has the Guardian in stock. I think I'll just go that route. Perfect carry size, and a nice pistola to boot, something different than the masses. Thanks though guys!
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Guardian would be an outstanding choice!
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Old 04-04-2012, 15:26   #12
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At $1500, its hard to beat a Springfield TRP.
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Old 04-04-2012, 15:30   #13
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Old 04-04-2012, 16:20   #14
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If I had $1500 to spend on a 1911(never will but hey, I'll play along.) I'd either go with a Springfield Armory gun(for some reason I really would like one, not sure why.) or maybe this.
http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/p...Carry+II+45ACP
I know Kimber has a mixed reputation from reports and reviews I've read, some folks love em', some can't stand em' but this looks like a pretty decent gun for the money. With what's left over you can get him some extra, quality mags, a holster and some ammo and he'll be set. Lucky guy.
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Old 04-04-2012, 16:22   #15
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Dan Wesson Valor, no mim parts. www.covecreekoutfitters.com has them (4 or 5 inch) for $1450.00.

Bob Serva is the owner of Fusion (sold CZ the rights to Dan Wesson), you can't go wrong with a Fusion either. Bob is a great guy and will build pretty much anything to your liking. I believe the wait is like 14 weeks depending on finish and what you want done.
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Old 04-04-2012, 18:59   #16
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Dan Wesson Valor at budsgunshop. around $1300. Valor > TRP all day everyday.
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Old 04-04-2012, 19:18   #17
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Bob Serva is the owner of Fusion (sold CZ the rights to Dan Wesson), you can't go wrong with a Fusion either. Bob is a great guy and will build pretty much anything to your liking. I believe the wait is like 14 weeks depending on finish and what you want done.
Must of got a good one built to your spec's.... I wouldn't trust "Bob the builder" to run a lemonade stand, let alone a gun manufacturer.
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Old 04-04-2012, 19:52   #18
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The new for 2012 blued Colt Gold Cup National Match. A remake on a classy pistol.
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Old 04-04-2012, 21:32   #19
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Dan Wesson Valor for a 1911 under $1500. Easy.
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Old 04-05-2012, 05:58   #20
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CCO, you sure must be a nice guy. What a outstanding gift for the BIL!
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