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1911 Help - First Time Buyer

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by 20South, Jul 27, 2010.

  1. 20South

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    Looking for some help from the 1911 experts. I have decided to take the plunge into the world of 1911s. I own Glocks, HK's, and a Smith J Frame, but have always been a bit overwhelmed by all of the 1911 options. My use for this gun is for range use and to learn and tinker with. I want something reliable as it may go backpacking with me, and not so expensive I can't buy a pair as I have a couple of son's I plan on passing my collection off too when I am underground. I hear all of these internet stories about this 1911 only works with Wilson mags or that 1911 needs some upgrade to make it work right and its really hard to separate internet expertise with gun store bravado. Anyway, I would really like to stay sub 1k and have been looking at the different Springfield entry levels. I keep reading very positive things about RIA as well. I had a chance to fondle the new Remington, but it wasn't love at first sight. Of course it doesnt have to be. Anyway, thanks for your advice in advance.
     
  2. rsxr22

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    i would recommend the SA loaded and STI Spartan staying under a thousand. Right at the thousand mark though, you can get into the STI Trojan and that gun is truly a workhorse. The Spartan is a shooter as well, but lacks front strap checkering and a decent finish. The Trojan is the entire package!
     


  3. Hokie1911

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    Around $1k, if you are looking for a 5", the Trojan is hard to beat....or a Kimber Custom TLE2.
     
  4. 20South

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    Thanks. I have seen the STI Trojan pics from the other thread that is going, but have never shot nor held one for that matter. I only know of STI from the threads and feedback around here. I will defiantly call around and see if I can find one at a gun store locally to check out.
     
  5. 20South

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    Thanks Hokie - Kimber was one of those names I always thought went with reliability in the 1911 platform, but it gets blasted around here from time to time. I have rented one in years past and it was flawless at the range, but I could not begin to tell you the specific model.

    After I posted I remembered it was a Warrior.
     
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  6. Hokie1911

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    As mentioned elsewhere tonight...

    RIA Tactical $450ish
    Remington R1 $600ish
    STI Spartan $650ish
    Kimber Custom2 $750ish
    Kimber ProCarry2 $800ish (4")
    Kimber TLE2 $900ish
    STI Trojan $1,000ish
    STI Ranger2 $1,000ish (4.25")
     
  7. Hokie1911

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    Kimber sells more 1911s than just about anyone, so when you sell more....you have more issues out there. As such, their QC has slipped over the years a bit, and from what I hear, their CS can leave a lot to be desired. It's a love/hate thing. People either really like them, or had a lemon and will never own another. My thing is this...with so many out there.....for every 1 bad one you hear about....there's probably 1,000 happy Kimber owners. Pissed off people tend to rant on forums more. :thumbsup:
     
  8. 20South

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    Hokie thanks a ton. There definitely seems to be price tiers with these 1911s. I am going to try my best to track down a Trojan this weekend. Its my sons birthday party as well - every 6 yo needs a 1911 right!
     
  9. Hokie1911

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    No problem. LOTS of really knowledgeable guys in here to answer all of your 1911 questions.....plus a few VERY well known pistolsmiths, all eager to talk pistolas.

    I hear ya, I've got a 12 year old that's already got dibs on mine. :supergrin:

    Be careful...as a former Glock, HK, Sig guy and recent 1911 convert... you can go from entry level to lusting after a $2,500 semi-custom 1911 in a blink....and they're right...it's like Lays chips...you can't have just one.
     
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  10. Quack

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    it get's addictive once you shoot a high end gun, right Hokie? :supergrin:
     
  11. 20South

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    I need that like the plague:supergrin: My wife is already betting on the over when I claimed it would just be one model.
     
  12. Quack

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    that's what Hokie said, now his wife has his manhood in a jar next to the bed :rofl:
     
  13. Hokie1911

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    Yeah, if you have friends with a bunch of nice 1911s, it's a good idea not to go to the range with them.

    Mrs Hokieshooter doesn't like several of the members here for what she deems "bad influence". :whistling:
     
  14. 20South

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    :rofl::rofl::rofl:

    Still trying to hold onto mine!
     
  15. Hokie1911

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    Closely guarded...

    [​IMG]

    I haven't mentioned going to the range when I get back from Va to shoot Lawdog's NoName. I probably won't mention that come to think of it. :rofl:
     
  16. Quack

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    I can see her not liking me since you actually shot my guns, but she doesn't like bac1023 and he's not even in the same state as us :rofl:
     
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  17. Quack

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    let me know when you guys go to the range.
     
  18. 20South

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    Hokie, you going to shoot in the Marietta GSSF event? I just saw you are a fellow Ohioan. I am just east of Columbus.
     
  19. Hokie1911

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    I showed her his (partial) family photo. Ooops.
     
  20. 20South

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    Quack - You too?