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Best 1911 for $500

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by Buzz9mm, Jul 27, 2010.


  1. Buzz9mm

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    Hello,

    I have been thinking about getting a 1911 for some time now, but don't want to jump on the wrong thing. I have seen the Rock Island Armory 1911's and the Springfield GI and Mil Spec in this price range, but want to know my best bet for my price range. I want a reliable 1911 more than a pretty one, if that helps. If anyone could point me in the right direction, I would appreciate it!
     

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    Rock Island Armory Tactical
     

  3. Black Cloud

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    You can get a RIA for that price out the door, and they are solid pistols.
    I’m a Springfield man though, and if you are patient, you can find a used Mil. Spec. in great condition for the above price. I have seen some of the more desirable ones with the NM prefix go for that price. Just don’t forget to factor in shipping and FFL transfer fees.
    Did I forget to mention that Springfield makes one of the best base pistols for a custom build, if you choose that route latter one. Oh yeah they also have a lifetime warranty one all their guns.
     
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    Are you looking for an enhanced gun or a USGI replica? :dunno:
     
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    What are your thoughts on the Para GI Expert?

    I see those routinely on BudsGunShop.com for well under $500.

    Not a bad looking gun.
     
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    I would not do it. You could get one and it could be great, but if it turns out like mine did and the ejector pin shears off at under 250 rounds, Para customer service is NFG.
     
  7. High Altitude

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    I would go with a springfield GI. If you have any issues SA has outstanding customer service.
     
  8. Buzz9mm

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    Thanks for the replies guys! I do have some play on the budget, but I don't want to go crazy. If $100 makes a big difference as far as reliability, I'm open to suggestions other than what I have mentioned. I like the look of the base model RIA, and love the look of the Springfield GI (with the nice wood grips), but like I said, I would rather have a reliable 1911 than pretty one. Also, if I got the Springfield Mil Spec, and I like the GI (or other) grips better, are they easily changeable? Most likely, I wouldn't do anything to what I would get other than a grip change, so I want to start with something good to begin with. Thanks for the help so far, and keep the opinions coming!
     
  9. GunFighter45ACP

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    RIA & Springfield are the 2 that come to my mind as well. If you want/need the extra features (ambi safety, etc) then RIA is they way to go, though. Aside from that, I'd try to handle both at the same time to see which one feels better to you & then decide/put your $ down. Most 1911 grips are interchangeable as long as they are for the same frame length, but you may need a different set of screws depending on the diameter of the holes, etc.
     
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  10. Quack

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    the Remington R1 is a really good 1911 for the price.

    i actually prefer it over the SA mil-spec/G.I., and i'm a Springfield fan.

    [​IMG]
     
  11. Hokie1911

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    I would save a bit more and go for one of these...

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    RIA tactical gets my vote.
     
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    i would also say to save another hundred and get a Spartan, but if not. R1, SA, or RIA all are good guns
     
  14. Black Cloud

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    I forgot to put this in my orignal post.
    http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/SearchResults.aspx
     
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    I was just gonna mention the sparten when I seen Hookie post it. The extra 100 dollars you talked about would get you the sparten and I believe it is way worth it.
     
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    IMO, a big thumbs down. That is one 1911 I would never own.
     
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    The finish on mine wore off while cleaning it with breakfree clp. Then ParaOrd wanted $60 to reapply the finish. I said FU and sold it for $450. Broke even in the end. Unless Todd Jarrett himself gives me a ParaOrd and guarantees its greatness, I don't think I'll own another.
     
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    Todd Jarrett is no longer associated with Para.
    He started a company of his own. http://www.toddjarrett.com/index.php
    from the information that i've heard, he's in the process finishing up some things to get patents on some new internals. I hope it's not some goofy trigger mechanism like the LDA. I believe that he is looking to release/show his stuff at the next Shot Show.
     
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  19. Buzz9mm

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    I like the looks of the STI Spartan, but I'm not familiar with their company. Would a lot of people choose them over RIA and Springfield? Also, what would the difference be between the RIA base model or a Springfield Mil Spec and a $1000+ 1911? Anything major besides aesthetics? What justifies someone spending 2 times the price?
     
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    STI is arguably the best production 1911 manufacturer out there. IMO them and Springer are the best. The quality of the Spartan is much higher then what you pay for. There are tons of things that effect price. One important factor is front strap checkering, to me this is a huge concern. Sights, internals, frame and slide, and finish all will effect price. In most cases a $1000 1911 is worth a $1000. As far as cheaper 1911's go, rule of thumb is you usuasally get what you pay for. IMO this is not the case with the Spartan, i will say that the finish is weak on it, but that is about its only downfall. I was amazed at the slide to frame fit, trigger, and fitting of controls for $600.
     
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