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1911 fans and amateur smiths lead me your opinions!

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by Ocean_glocker, Jul 1, 2012.

  1. Ocean_glocker

    Ocean_glocker

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    Hey all,
    For those who know me I'm a tinkerer and a glock fanboy, but I have always been fascinated with 1911's. I have decided to finally acquire a nice one (had a RIA while ago). I sold one of my glocks and moved some funds around... so my question to you all is....

    If you had a ~$1000 budget would you:

    a. blow entire budget on purchase (colt?) what would you get?
    b. Buy okay 1911 and get work done (Springer,Sig?)
    c. Build your own from scratch (but get frame/slide fit smithed)

    *Few side notes*
    -I am leaning toward the Commander size
    -I plan on making this my daily carry (reliability is paramount, I am a glock guy)
    -it would be nice to be underbudget to I can pick up a db9 or something cheap...

    Thanks!
     
  2. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

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  3. Ocean_glocker

    Ocean_glocker

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    that's funny you say that, I posted this same question on another forum and everyone's telling me to avoid Kimbers...
     
  4. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    For $950, you can get a Colt Lightweight Commander XSE and call it a day.
     
  5. Ocean_glocker

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    That's one on my list... but I really didn't want to spend all the budget, but then it is a Colt...
     
  6. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

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    9 Kimbers. 0 problems. Nuff said. :cool:
     
  7. I bought a beater 1911 for $400 and made it pretty sweet. I wanted something in double stack though, and just browsing around GB I found my Bul M-5. I knew nothing really about 1911's, and just went with something cheap that I could make combat accurate. I haven't tried to tighten up my barrel or slide fit, because it's good enough. It shoots true to point. The trigger, feed ramp, barrel throat, and safetys I did work on. Also some cosmetic stuff, blah blah. My total investment minus mags is less than $500. I spend about $150 on my 5 mags, but they hold 18.
     
  8. Ocean_glocker

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    9 kimbers and 9 glocks... thats a little greddy no... j/k

    I have nothing against kimbers, you can't trust everything you read on the web, which is why I post like this asking for first hand experiences... thanks!!
     
  9. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

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    Save a few more dollars and purchase a lightly used TRP
     
  10. Ocean_glocker

    Ocean_glocker

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    would like too, but with a kid on the way (my first) we agreed (wife told me) that if I want a new one I have to sell an old one and use that money... sold 2 of my glocks now I have $1k. Don't want to sell anything else... :crying:

    but on that note, TRP have gotten STUPID popular and even more STUPIDLY expensive.. I've heard great things, but I think it's out of my league...
     
  11. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

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    Saw a nice one listed today for $1150 shipped!
    That's NOT stupid! That's a deal!
     
  12. Ocean_glocker

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    wow, must have missed that one.. the only ones i've seen we in excess of $1300
     
  13. Ocean_glocker

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    I like the idea of an 1911 under $500, that would mean I could use the rest and buy another glock...lol
     
  14. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

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  15. Ocean_glocker

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  16. ArmoryDoc

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    I would advise against Kimbers. Go with a Colt Combat Commander.
     
  17. Here's what I ended up with, and the mags were like $35 each, so I'm total about 600. It needs to be refinished, I'm thinking hard chrome on the slide, and controls, but it's gonna be a while. That stuff's pricey, and I'm still tossed about my GI sights. So I have some money yet to put in it, that will probably put me at around a grand. It's part of the fun, I guess. [​IMG]
     
  18. SLO1911Fan

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    Kimber, Springfield, Colt... You really can't go wrong with a major manufacturer.
     
  19. ca survivor

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    in that forum the have it right :rofl:
     
  20. majette

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    i am not a tinkerer when it comes to guns unless it is something i can drop in and it is an enhancement. i also only carry full size; with a good gun belt, holster, and dressing around the fact i am going to carry a gun makes it easy. it is a system that you choose to field.

    for your budget find a NM loaded springfield (preferably full size), get a good belt and holster, spend the rest on ammo and range time.