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First 1911....which one to buy?

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by finz50, Jun 2, 2010.

  1. finz50


    Dec 11, 2007
    Middle TN
    Rock Island GI MilSpec 1911A1, (model 54121) for $419.55 OTD


    Springfield Armory GI (model PW9108LP) for $543.00 OTD


    Springfield Armory Mil-Spec (model PB9108LP) for $600.00 OTD

    I sold a couple guns and figured I'd get a pretty basic 1911 that's I'd hold onto for a while until I knew it in and out, and had an idea (after putting a few rounds downrange) about what nicer model I might like later down the line....maybe a year or two out.

    Like the price tag on the RIA, but not particularly thrilled about the small GI sights. Kinda like the SA Mil-Spec, but not really sure if I want to spend the extra money. I'm also thinking if/when I sell it to purchase my "nice" 1911 in the future, I probably won't lose as much on the resale value of the Springer. The SA GI kinda seems like the best middle ground, but not convinced.

    Forgive my ignorance, but I've never been a big 1911 guy. All these IDPA guys I shoot with are getting me itching for a 1911 though, so I figure what the heck.

    Any inputs are appreciated.


    p.s. was going to make it a poll,but couldn't figure it out...
    Last edited: Jun 2, 2010
  2. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    Since its your first, you may just want to go with an RIA to be sure you like the platform.

    RIAs are solid 1911s.

  3. If you don't have a problem spending the extra cash I would go with the Springfield Mil-Spec. Good gun as it is and an excellent base gun for future custom work.
  4. Quack

    Quack Rent this space

    Jan 7, 2002
    NE Ohio
    Ed Brown, that way you can't blame the gun. :supergrin:

    Of the 3 the RIA is a good gateway drug, err 1911
  5. BlayGlock


    Feb 18, 2010
    If I were to get an RIA I would get the Tactical for the better sights. The G.I. sights can be hard to see in low light.
  6. den888


    Sep 4, 2009
    SF Bay Area
    Mil spec for me...
  7. MD357


    Jul 13, 2008
    The non-GI "Mil-spec" gets my vote. The little extras the Mil-spec has over a GI is worth it IMHO and if you are going to shoot IDPA then don't mess with an RIA. You are likely to upgrade or have work done and the Springer is a better platform.
  8. I'd go with the Mil-Spec as well.
  9. brisk21


    May 13, 2008
    I vote for the mil-spec for sure. I have one and it is great. my groups with it are just one hole about the size of 3 .45 cal rounds. I just like Springfield.
  10. jlpskydive


    Apr 17, 2009
    I have a RIA Tactical that I'm thinking about selling. Factory Duracoat, Fusion FO front sight and a set of magwell grips on it. I just bought a Springer Loaded so I'm thinking about parting with this one for spending cash to customize the Springer. PM me if you are interested. Even with shipping it will come out less than the Springer GI you are looking at.
    Last edited: Jun 3, 2010
  11. majette


    May 1, 2008
    Norfolk, VA
    with apologies to Tolkien...

    One 1911 to rule them all, One 1911 to find them,

    One 1911 to bring them all and with its awesomeness
    bind them; the MC Operator!

  12. Magus

    Magus Deo Vindice

    Jan 24, 2009
    Honestly, any of the 3 you've selected would be a good starting point for the 1911 platform. You'll be fine with any of those.

    Of the 3 though, I'd go for the Springfield Mil-Spec.
  13. jrs93accord


    Jul 10, 2005
    Pensacola, FL
    I am a big proponent of the RIA. It is a fantastic 1911 at an entry level price. That said, with less than $200 between the RIA and the Springfield Mil-Spec, I would get the Mil-Spec. If it was between the RIA and the standard Springfield GI, the RIA would be my choice hands-down.
  14. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004

  15. trickyvic


    Sep 1, 2006
    Sacramento, CA
  16. SouthpawShootr

    SouthpawShootr NRA Life Member

    Aug 17, 2001
    Chesapeake, Va
    I would do Rock Island. But not the GI, I'd pay a little more and get the Tactical. It's got good sights and other goodies people frequently add. Mine wasn't my first (my first 3 1911s were Colts and I was happy with them), but I like mine alot even though I have a couple of 1911s that cost more than 3 times the Rock Island.
  17. glock360


    Jun 4, 2010
    Norinco, manufactured of some of the finest steels available.
    All milspec except for the grip bushings and screws.

    And not a single MIM part. :thumbsup:
  18. jrs93accord


    Jul 10, 2005
    Pensacola, FL

    Norinco 1911A1s are fantastic guns. These are my two.

    Last edited: Jun 4, 2010
  19. finz50


    Dec 11, 2007
    Middle TN
    What is MIM? A few more questions for you guys recommend buying a "beginner 1911" that I can learn on and sell a year or so down the line and replace with a nicer one (right now I'm liking the Springfield TRP model) maybe in a year.....or just spend the money on one that I can upgrade and just start building it from the ground up? The TRP sounds easier, and like less work when it's all said and done. Thoughts??
  20. Hokie1911

    Hokie1911 >

    Dec 26, 2003
    NE Ohio
    Metal injection molding (MIM) is a metalworking process which is used to create small, complex metal parts in high volumes for use in a variety of industries and applications. The MIM process is typically described as the combination of powder metallurgy and the plastic injection molding process. The process was invented in 1973 by Karl Zueger, but was not adopted for manufacturing use until the 1980s. Competing processes include pressed powder sintering, investment casting, turning and machining.

    The process involves combining fine metal powders with plastic binders which allow the metal to be injected into a mold using equipment similar to standard plastic injection molding machines. After the part is molded and before the binders are removed, the part is referred to as a 'green part'. The next step is to remove the binders with solvents and thermal processes. The resultant metal part is sintered at temperatures great enough to bind the particles but not melt the metal.