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Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by mdt62, Jun 16, 2011.

  1. mdt62

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    Im sure this as been asked a million times before but I want the answers to be as current at possible. Considering picking up another 1911 as Im not happy with the one I have, Para GI Expert.. I wondered what you guys would recommend? Im looking to stay under $1000. I think the new E series from S&W look awesome. Anyone have experience with them? Lets hear what you guys think.
     
  2. Ruggles

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    A ton of great options at that price point. I would say S&W is as good as any, they make great 1911s IMO. My standard answer at that price point is the Kimber TLE II, I think it is a great blend of value, options and all around goodness. Everything you need and nothing you do not :wavey:

    You can also just slide into a Colt Series 70 reproduction from Colt at that price point, nice 1911 as well. Trojan from STI, Ruger new 1911, Range Officer from Springfield, Desert Eagle 1911. All solid choices :)
     
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  3. HotRoderX

    HotRoderX Gen4 BETATester

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    I shot a Smith and Wesson Range gun it was a E-series that had been around for a few years. Thing shot great in fact if I could have taken it home with me I would have. Other choices would be RIA, STI, Springfield, Magnum Research, Ruger and many more. Just gotta look around but there you something to get your research started on.
     
  4. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

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    I have zero experience with S&W 1911's, but plenty with S&W guns in general. I like the E series too. The stainless Kimber TLE is really hard to beat, at it's price point IMO. It has everything I like on a 1911(minus the ambi, but that's an easy fix). :cool:
     
  5. I have a SW1911, it's not an E-series. When I bought it a few years ago it was their basic model. It's been a great pistol. 1600 to 1700 rounds through it and it's been 100% rock solid. I don't know much about the E-series. You can get the basic pistol like I bought for under a grand.
     
  6. Cobra64

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    Interesting, since the E Series has only been out for a few months.
     
  7. rsxr22

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    Good responses hear. I personally would say to kick in a few more $ for the STI Trojan. Way worth it and easily comparable to some much more expensive competitors guns. I personally would rather have that, then anything of any value Kimber even makes. Springfield Range Officer as well as STI's Spartan are also some pretty good options. I like the S&W's, but with them and Sig being the only 2 that use an EE, it makes me nervous, so I just stick with what I know.
     
  8. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

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    STI would be a great choice! But the BILLBOARDS are not for me, wish they made
    a naked slide model. I'd pay a bit more for that.
     
  9. STI

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    100% agree on the STI 11 yrs and no problems with it, runs 100%, reliability and quality made, it just works. Sure they are nicer looking ones but not many that shoot better.
     
  10. HotRoderX

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    I thought it was a e-series if it was not it was what ever the e-series replaced. I was brand brand new to 1911's at the time it was the first one I ever shot. I remember going back for ammo a few times cause I didn't wanna stop shooting it I really enjoyed it a lot. Sorry if I was mistaken I still don't think you can go wrong with a Smith and Wesson a special if they hold up as range guns that get beat and abused.
     
  11. BuckyP

    BuckyP Lifetime Member

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    I have a S&W Pro and it has been a pretty good gun. I wish it was the E series, as I hate the grip activated FPS. Smith and Springfield typically have great customer service and a lifetime warranty. Kimber, not so much. :whistling:

    WTH, gratuitous pic time. :supergrin:

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  12. mdt62

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    I have been leaning more toward the smith. I enjoy my smith revolvers very much and though I dont own one personally I think the M&P's to be pretty nice guns that run well. I have little knowledge and no experience with STI.
     
  13. Olympus

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    I have a feeling that you won't find a E-Series for under $1000, but I could be wrong.


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  14. mdt62

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  15. up1911fan

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    I'd look into a Range Officer.
     
  16. Cobra64

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    :agree:

    I don't care for STI's coarse cocking serrations either.
     
  17. HexHead

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    At that price point, the only thing I'd even be looking at is a Colt.
     
  18. SouthpawShootr

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    What about the new Ruger?

    I'd point out that they've been making all the components (through Pinetree castings) for some time. They're not all that common but those that are out there seem to have satisfied owners. It seems to be well equipped for an entry level gun. I'd give it a try, but I still haven't had one come across my grubby little fingers.:supergrin:

    I have a Kimber TLE and that is probably my favorite for the sub-$1k mark. Mine has been utterly reliable.
     
  19. Cobra64

    Cobra64 Deals in Facts

    Yup. Colt did a great job with the O1918. Brand new, 37 rounds = snapped extractor and piss-poor machining.

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  20. Ruggles

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    Say what??????

    You must have been limp wristing that there Colt! :tongueout:
     
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