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Advice for purchasing my first 1911?

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by nathanours, Aug 12, 2011.

  1. nathanours

    nathanours Texan

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    Hey guys, in the next week or so I will have roughly 750 to spend on a new 1911.

    I do not want something with a rail, and really do not need a lot of fancy new features or whatever. I just want something reliable and accurate.

    The guns I've been looking at so far are:

    Kimber (are there any lower end ones with an all steel frame?)

    Ruger sr1911

    Remington R1911

    Which if these is the best? Any pro's and con's I should be aware of? Gun will be for hiking, Target shooting and self defense. I would like an all steel gun, and possibly one of the smaller framed ones. Does Colt make any guns in my price range?

    Thanks,

    Nathan
     
  2. SpringerTGO

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    I would add Springfield to the list. Their customer service is as good as it gets.
    I have only owned 1 Kimber, and would never buy another.
    I don't have experience with either the Ruger or Remington, but have read good things about them.
     

  3. nathanours

    nathanours Texan

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    Thanks for the input, but why no kimber? And I'd like American made. I forgot about Springfield, they are definitely on the list too.
     
  4. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

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    Personally, I would choose a Kimber Custom II over any of the comparatively priced SA's, and over the Ruger or Remington. The Desert Eagle is a quality gun in that range as well.
     
  5. Z28ricer

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    All steel.
    Smaller frame.


    Springfield Ultra Compact.

    I think $100 or so over your listed budget, only one that comes to mind for me.
     
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    nastytrigger Mediocre Member

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    All the 1911's you've listed are great guns. Kimber and Springer have a great track record. Remington and Ruger are newer to the 1911 market, but they have excellent offerings.

    I chose Springfield over Kimber when I was in the market for a entry-level 1911 with Springfield winning over on customer service and price.
     
  7. nathanours

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    What models should I be looking at from Springfield? Also, which are series 70 and 80? I prefer 70 but 80 isn't a deal breaker. I know the Remington is an 80. Which of these has the best fit and finish?
     
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    The only one from springfield that meets your listed want for an officers frame, and all steel, is the Ultra-Compact.

    Any others will either be alloy frame, or fullsize frame.
     
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    Quack Rent this space

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    sti...
     
  10. Z28ricer

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    Good point, forgot that the guardian was steel frame.

    Bit more than the springfield, bit better made :dunno:
     
  11. Quack

    Quack Rent this space

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    dunno where you got that he wanted a compact size only?

    he said possibly.
     
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    :headscratch:

    I didnt say anything about anyone suggesting fullsized frames, I was only pointing out what came to mind for officers frame, steel choices.
     
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    Quack Rent this space

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    all the other guns he lister were 5"
     
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    All of the guns he listed period were 5"

    He said he possibly wanted one with a smaller frame.

    I was letting him know what came to mind for small frame, and met his all steel requirement...


    Your point is still unclear...
     
  15. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

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    If you can save up a bit more,........I'd suggest a Colt Series 70
     
  16. bac1023

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    At $750, the Kimber Custom II is a nice value, as is the Smith SW1911.
     
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    I like my Kimber, it eats everything I put thru it.
     
  18. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    I'd say for the first M1911, I'd go cheap with one of the many highly serviceable Filipino jobs.
     
  19. nathanours

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    I'd actually probably prefer a full size. The idea of the compacts is cool though. I definitely want all steel for the frame material. Are the Kimber custom II all steel? Are they series 70? What about the Sprungfields in my price range?
     
  20. frogger42

    frogger42 Don't Panic!!

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    No, the Kimbers are not Series 70 (at least the Series II ones aren't). They use something called a Schwarz system which a lot of people do not care for. The Springfield and Ruger are Series 70 and they would be where I would stick in your price range. If you can find an older Kimber that is not Series II, they are Series 70. If I was going to buy a Kimber, I'd stick with the Series 1 guns. They do actually make a few Series 1 guns now, but they are not in your price range.
     
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