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Best 1911 for under $1k

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

  1. I don't know man, I just can't get into taurus'. I'm sure there quality has come a long way but I jes kant do it kaptan!
  2. My Springfield GI has been fine, and my Taurus has been fine for a while now. Sure they aren't custom pieces, but both shoot straight and I trust either one for my CCW gun every day.

  3. Nestor

    Nestor Lean & Mean

    Jul 13, 2003
    Today I picked up professionally tuned Norinco 1911.
    Slightly changed from the original configuration (Pachmayr grips, Wolff recoil spring and new grip safety).
    I paid $500 with shipping and taxes.
    No MIM parts, forged steel, no frills...that's what I like.
    Pictures tomorrow :supergrin:
  4. Nestor

    Nestor Lean & Mean

    Jul 13, 2003
    Here we go...





  5. TonyT


    Mar 14, 2009
    I would opt for the pre-CZ Dan Wesson Pointman or a lightly used Springfield Trophy Match. Both have been extremely reliable and accurate and feed the 185 gr. LSWC reloads.
  6. kirgi08

    kirgi08 Watcher. Silver Member

    Jun 4, 2007
    Acme proving grounds.
    Dewd,ya got a great pistol right there.If you decide ta build a custom that is a great way ta start.'08.
  7. jwitagauge


    Oct 5, 2009
    STI Ranger II I love mine
  8. txgolfer45


    Mar 4, 2002
    Don't overlook a Para Ordnance GI Expert. Comes in Blued or Stainless steel. No frills, no FCS. I own the blued version.
  9. Well, I don't know what the best 1911 for under $850 is, but I can say...

    I just bought a Taurus PT 1911 ALR

    $799 for a package including 4 8-round mags and a kydex paddle holster designed to fit the rail. This an aluminum rail gun. 5" barrel. 33oz. The price won't seem like a great deal to most of you, but you have to consider it was bought within NYS and includes the extra mags and the holster.

    I'll write up a range review in a couple weeks. But for now, the thing that most attracted me to it was how it felt in my hand. I loved the checkering front and back of the grip, and on the grip panels. I loved the beavertail, and how the 3 dot sights just ligned up nicely when I pointed the gun. I also loved the light trigger pull. I also love the overall reduced weight, and increased balance of the gun.

    I decided to not worry much about the ILS. I've read that the Taurus hammer (where the lock is) can be replaced. I don't plan on replacing it, but nice to know it can be (based on what I've read, since I don't have any first hand knowledge about it).

    I wasn't looking for a rail, but as soon as it was in my hand, and I liked how the gun felt, I started thinking of what I could put on that rail. And instantly figured, hey, let's get the rail :)

    As far as brand name (Taurus). Man, I read up one side and down the other side of the internet. All brands, every single one of them (Colt, Kimber, Springfield, etc), has people posting their bad experiences with lemons. Seems it is just a crap shoot. So figured I take my chances, like you do with any gun, as far as quality and reliability.
    I wasn't specifically
  10. yerscattergun


    Dec 31, 2003
    Buy a Colt or Norinco, all the rest is MIM or cast P.I. junk.
    Here's my Norchinko.

  11. norinco makes some decent inexpensive guns. their M14s is not a bad shooter either but the bolt should be hardened properly over time if you shoot it alot.