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Classic 1911 suggestions???

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by mr_fender, Jul 6, 2012.

  1. mr_fender

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    Hey folks. I've been itching to rejoin the 1911 family and could use some feedback. I'm looking to pickup a classic government model with a more Mil-spec look. I've thought about picking up a cheaper GI model like a RIA or Auto Ordinance and replacing some of the sub-par parts with quality stuff, but would it be worthwhile to just spend more up front and pick up something like a Springfield Mil-Spec or Colt 1991? Anyone have any suggestions on a good quality classic 1911. I'd like the price to stay as low as possible, but I know quality doesn't come cheap. I want the clean classic look, but it has to be reliable. I'm leaning towards carbon steel (blued, parkerized, etc.), but I do like Stainless models too. Any thoughts?
     
  2. Tim151515

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    Id go with either springer or remington. I have a remington and they are fantastic. Very well built, very tight, very accurate. Plus they have the cool factor of being the first remington 1911s since world war 1.
     


  3. bac1023

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    Just get a nice Springfield GI and be done with it.
     
  4. bac1023

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    The Remingtons are nice, but I hate the fact that they include a firing pin safety.
     
  5. Tim151515

    Tim151515 iHeartGuns

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    very true. The 80s style arent very popular.
     
  6. bac1023

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    No FPS is, actually.
     
  7. mr_fender

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    Does the series 80 setup really make that much of a difference? I don't think I've ever fired a 1911 with that setup. Shot a few older (pre 80's) Colts and the Kimber 9mm I used to own had the Schwartz safety that didn't feel any different. I'm not looking for a 2lb competition trigger. As long as the break is crisp, I don't mind a little heavier trigger. How does the series 80 trigger differ? Takeup? Break? Reset? Just wondering...
     
  8. Rinspeed

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    I hate the fact that the GI uses a two piece barrel. :wavey:
     
  9. eyelikeglasses

    eyelikeglasses Hooah, Hooah.

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    What parts are sub-par on a RIA? None of them have a firing pin block/safety.:upeyes:
     
  10. brisk21

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    Blued Colt series '70. Either new or used, thats what I'd get. Even if it means saving up for an extra few months. You just can't go wrong.
     
  11. Tim151515

    Tim151515 iHeartGuns

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    If you get a Colt you will def. be getting, by far, the best looking roll mark ever. IMO anyways.
     
  12. mr_fender

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    More of an if/as needed thing. I'm not an anti-MIM snob or anything, but the huge price difference in entry level 1911's makes me cautious is all. I have heard great things about the RIA's.
     
  13. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    What about find a used Colt Series 70 or older?
     
  14. Jason D

    Jason D INFRINGED Silver Member Millennium Member

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    If you want a half way decent pistol in the GI type configuration, there are tons on the market that will keep the price low. From the better Springfield GI and Milspec models, to the Philippine made guns.

    Now if you only want to buy one gun and no others.
    You may as well go with the Colt series 70's they are making today. You get a well built gun with the Colt name on it, and none of the added on lawyer bull crap.
     
  15. bac1023

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    Its not so much that as the fact that you said you wanted a classic 1911.

    The Remington is far from it.
     
  16. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    If you blindfold yourself so that you don't know which gun has which trigger safety or lack thereof, you can't tell the difference.
     
  17. mr_fender

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    A new Colt series 70 would be really nice, but is it really worth the extra $300+ over something like a Springfield Mil-Spec or extra $150+ over a series 80 1991? Seems like both Colts and Springfields are getting kind of hard to find. A lot of the online sellers are out of stock in many of their models too.
     
  18. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    Is it worth the extra $150 over Series 80? To me, yes. However, if I were to have to wait for one while a Series 80 is immediately available...I wouldn't wait. But that's me. The firing pin safety doesn't bother me that much.
     
  19. eyelikeglasses

    eyelikeglasses Hooah, Hooah.

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    Nice to hear your opinion on that, since you have both.
     
  20. deguelo

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    not among 1911 cognoscenti, i would think. regards-- deguelo