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1911s seen in abundance

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by Ruggles, Jul 16, 2012.

  1. Ruggles

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    Went to the local gun show this weekend (George R Brown Convention Center in Houston) and holy crap their were more 1911s than at any other gunshow I have been to in the last 20+ years.

    Multiple dealers with just all kinds of makes and models for sale. Really cool to see them all. From Nighthawks and Wilsons to Colt , Kimbers, Springfield, Wessons, S&W, Remington, Sig, Magnum Research to all of the imports from the Philippines. The only one I did not see was Ruger. I guess production is way up in 1911 land :)

    Just a ton of ARs as well. And of course the Glocks & XDs as well. The new compact .45ACP XD slim model seems like a great little gun, kinda like a Walther PPS that ate a little too much.


    All I bought was a stripped AR lower and 40 rounds of 6.8 SPC but had a good time none the less. Show was packed on Saturday.

    Anybody else seeing the 1911 selection in their area increasing like this?
     
  2. fnfalman

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    Yep. The M1911 shelf is just as full as the Glock shelf.
     


  3. Ruggles

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    Is that something new where you are? It certainly is in the Houston area.
     
  4. fnfalman

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    Well, if you call five years running "new". The M1911 revival had been around for several years now and still running strong.
     
  5. Ruggles

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    No doubt, but around here production has not kept up with demand. To see so many for sale at any given time around here is new to me.
     
  6. fnfalman

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    Ahhh, I see.

    Yeah, a few years back there's hardly any on the shelf, but they are well stocked now. However, the shelves seem to be replaced by new guns often, so that means they're selling as fast as they can stock too. Especially with Colts. It's hard to see a Colt anything sits around for long.
     
  7. doolyd

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    Hey ruggles I was there Saturday and it was nice to see the selection. I did spot two ruger 1911's but they were in the $800 range :wow:. I also don't have enough experience with the upper end because I saw some Wilsons and Nighthawks but they also seemed rather high. I wonder if those guys actually want to sell or just sit around and talk about them. I think the highlight was a 1929 Colt - i think 1929, that looked crazy nice but almost too nice for $1800.

    I also saw one Dan Wesson ECO which looked very nice for $1500.
     
  8. Ruggles

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    I saw those same Wilson and Nighthawks, I think they were fairly priced for buying on the spot (as opposed to waiting 10-12 months for a build) but certainly not screaming deals. I did not see that 1929 Colt, I would have loved too :)
     
  9. bac1023

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    1911 production has certainly started catching up to demand.

    I'm even seeing Rugers here and there.
     
  10. Ruggles

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    Well the whole "supply and demand" thing that drives pricing better start kicking in and prices better start dropping :rofl:
     
  11. ca survivor

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    it's an old model gun, that's why there are so many for sale, nobody is buying 1911s :rofl:
     
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  12. gajones06

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    I know the 1911 has really made a come back but I honestly think I am the only guy in my town that carries a 1911...everyone around here is into plastic guns
     
  13. rahrah12

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    Seems like I have read that the wait times for the semi-custom gunshops are starting to decrease...

    Still higher than when I purchased mine a year and a half ago though...
     
  14. Ruggles

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    Not sure about right now but this is from an email from George over at MI Gunslingers from Jan of this year regarding a Wilson 1911 I was ordering.

    "If you don't waiting 8 to 10 months for a Wilson then I don't mind either. If you are planning on a 4" gun expect over a year build time."
     
  15. Ruggles

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    Add me too your list of 1911 carriers :)
     
  16. fnfalman

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    Because you can get a really good plastic gun for around $500. A really good M1911 is closer to the $1000 mark. The cheap Filipino guns do help but then they lack the mystique of the fancier brands.

    Many people oohing and aahing over M1911s but they don't have the moolah to buy. At least not the ones that they want to own, anyway.