Best 1911 for under $1k

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by willowofwisp, Nov 28, 2009.

  1. We don't need a commander version of the PT1911.

    The full size is more than enough. :whistling:

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  2. While that DW CCO is drool worthy, the $1389 price is just more than I should spend right now.

    That said, I am still having trouble narrowing down between the 3 or 4 that seem to keep calling my attention:

    Sig C3 1911
    S&W Compact ES
    STI Guardian

    STI LS9
    STI Rogue
    STI Escort
    Don't know why I like that LS9, but it just looks interesting due to size. :dunno:

  3. I like to stick with full size 1911's.

    The springer TRP is a very good carry 1911!
    mine eats anything and up to 3300 rds and not a problem of any kind.
    The customer service at spring can not be beat!!!!!!!:wavey:

    HAIL CAESAR Senior Member

  5. I'll throw another vote for the Springfield GI.

    I love mine and its a fantastic shooter that is accurate and well made for the money spent.

    - brickboy240
  6. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

    Can't beat the Rock Island Tactical.
  7. Went by a local shop today and checked out two more options that fit my budget. One was a Colt Combat Commander in blued steel and the other was a Kimber Pro Carry with night sights (which was similar in size but much lighter).

    Honestly, they both felt pretty good in hand and neither felt too large or heavy. I think it opens up some more options for me to look at.

    I'm going to a gun show this weekend to fondle a few more for comparison.

    So, now that I've widened my view, what are the thoughts on the Kimber pro carry and colt combat commander?
  8. Yep, that's it. They want $899 for a brand new one. The kimber pro carry with night sights was like $980 I think.

  9. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

    The Kimber Stainless Ultra II is hard to beat for the price. If you want to stay with the 9mm format, the Kimber Ultra CDP in 9mm is a great gun.
  10. Armed Infidel

    Armed Infidel ~ Old Warrior ~

    ...or you could get a Springfield Loaded Champion!

    [​IMG] :cool:
  11. I like the Colt. I don't like the Kimber (personal preference...other folks love 'em, and that's OK, too). There really isn't anything wrong with any of your choices. Sir, you are suffering from "paralysis by analysis." Just get one.
  12. This is a very, very common question. Can someone make a sticky with 1911s and price ranges, pros and cons?
  13. Officer's Match

    Officer's Match S.R.D. v

    That's a flat out home run. You can spend (a lot) more and not get a better carry 1911. That's a great choice.
  14. Officer's Match

    Officer's Match S.R.D. v

    Assuming the pistol is in good operating conditions, that is a very good deal, actually a great deal. Kimber was not doing quite as much volume back then and their QC problems have risen considerably since the Series II's have been in production. There was even an ill fated attempt to switch to external extractors, which thankfully Kimber has abandoned.
  15. Thanks for all the comments.

    This is replacing a Glock 26 for everyday carry. Just wanted a larger caliber and always wanted a 1911. I know glocks have their own safeties, but I was never able to get comfortable with CCW'ing with a chambered glock. Almost got to the point of putting a thumb safety on my glock, but decided to just switch platforms instead.

    So, back to magazines, what would be the best brand 7rd magazine to put in this to remain reliable and to keep a flush fit in the grip?

    HAIL CAESAR Senior Member

    The Series 1, or pre series II is a much better gun than the series II!!

    The difference is no Swartz safety and much better build quality.

    You did GOOD!!!!

    Remember if you have feed problems first try a Colt mag. If that doesn't clear it up then get a Wolff spring specifically for the Kimber 4 inchers. Last resort try a Wilson Combat mag. I almost guaranty that it will work fine. If not the remedies above will take care of issues.

    Take this for what it is worth;
    I hate Kimbers. New Kimbers that is. But I'd own that gun in a heartbeat, especially with the Crimson trace Grips.

  17. I am looking at this one myself for my first 1911, but dont mind spending a little more if necessary. What would SW 1911, DW valor, DW pointman, SA TRP or even a STI trojan offer over the spartan(if any).
  18. I am looking to get my first 1911. Looking for something in the $600-900 range. I have been looking hard at the SW 1911's,and held a DK model at a gunshop and it was a better fit and finish than had originally thought. The feedback on SW has been good on this forum. What does the Doug Koenig model offer over the standard model. I know it had an upgraded mag well and squared trigger, but what about the other internals. I can beat all the prices on gunbroker for on the DK model.

    I also have this little thought that I should get the STI spartan and add/build some upgraded parts later...what do you experienced guys think? How close is the STI spartan to the SW, and what does the DK model add to the equation besides looking great :supergrin:. I have searched this forum through and through and have come down to these models.
    #58 Glockernaut, Dec 15, 2009
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2009
  19. GVFlyer

    GVFlyer Senior Member

    Tough question. I like the STI Spartan a lot, but I've also been looking at the S&W1911 Compact ES with the Scandium frame.
  20. To each his own, I carry a SW 1911PD daily and in my experience, the S&W's are just not really particular to what they are fed and seem to function with a variety of aftermarket mags. Mine likes ACT, Wilson, Chip Mc and Nighthawk mags just fine. Never hiccuped except with 45+P and a recoil spring change fixed that as well.

    The DK has a flat trigger which takes some getting used to "for me anyways" but is a really good shooter. Had one in 45. Wish I still did. The S&W will take most aftermarket access. such as mainspring housings, guide rods, triggers etc. just as the STI and it has a lifetime warranty.

    Only shot STI's a few times, likes them, but not as much as my Smith's

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