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Good Used 1911 to buy

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by joepa150, Feb 10, 2010.

  1. joepa150


    Nov 2, 2009
    I am thinking of buying my first 1911. I may just save up and get one for my Bday but that is in in the fall. I have about $400 to spend. I can get a new Rockisland Armory for $399. Rock Island Armory 1911
    GI Series pistol. Standard safeties. Standard beavertail. Standard sights. Semi-auto and recoil operated. One magazine.

    Is there any used 1911s that can usually be purchased for $400?
  2. Jason D

    Jason D INFRINGED Silver Member Millennium Member

    Jun 16, 1999
    Mivonks, MI
    You have just about the only one in your price range, or versions of the same. Since that particular gun is sold under several different brands.

    It seems that the people that buy them, are happy with them.

  3. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    The Firestrom DLX is a nice choice.
  4. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

    Jun 19, 2008
    NW Ark.
    Look into the RIA Tactical at I think they are wanting just a little over $430 for it. Great place to deal with too. I have bought 2 of my RIA's from them. Good luck and let us know what you get.
  5. Do a search on this site and other 191A1 forums to be sure that you want to spend $400 on a RIA or save up more and buy a mil spec Springfield or some other brand of 1911A1.

    RIA would make a good starter gun, but I wouldn't put any money in it on customizing.
  6. bubbaskyjacker


    Jan 4, 2010
    very true, no offense to any one that owns a entry level 1911 but in my book it is the Ferrari of pistols. so i was not going to buy a fiero with a Ferrari body kit on it.

    a SA milspec or GI which i really like, are only a little more $$ and you will hve a better pistol. plus you can also search for used ones as you save up.

    HAIL CAESAR Senior Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    In my shop
    Look hard and you can find a used Springfield Mil Spec for around 4 bills and will be a much better gun than a RIA for later upgrades and customization if you chose. Not that there is really anything wrong with a RIA for a shooter.


    Mar 13, 2007
    I just bought a RIA GI 1911 and it's great. and right after i bought it, i came across a Springfield GI 1911 for $400 shipped...looks like i'll have that too.
  9. PlasticGuy


    Jul 10, 2000
    If you absolutely have to buy a 1911 for $400 right now, the RIA is a solid choice. If you can save up another $50-$100, a base model Springfield would be a better choice. There's really nothing significantly better than that until you get into the $600 range, in my opinion.
  10. Brucev


    Jul 19, 2009
    Do not get in a hurry. Take your time and look. You will find a nice 1911 without spending a fourtune. I looked for 6 months finding pistols in the $500 range. I found a RIA for $480 OTD. I went to the same gunshop a few weeks later and found a virtually unfired SA 1911 Mil-Spec for $373 finally paying $400 OTD with a box of 230 FMJ ammo. If you can buy a new RIA for $400, you might be able to find a used RIA for less money which would leave you more money for ammunition! Nevertheless, do not get in a hurry. Take your time and look. You will find a nice 1911... probably for the price you want to pay. JMHO. Sincerely. Brucev.
  11. joepa150


    Nov 2, 2009
    I think I am going to keep my eye out for a used one in great condition.
  12. If you go with the RIA, save a few more duckies and get the Tactical. Definitely worth the extra cost. Mine has been extremely reliable and surprisingly accurate.
  13. rottboy_8


    Feb 13, 2010
    You can do it and definitely end up with something great to start off with. Just be patient and keep on with your search. It took some time in my case, but persistence paid off. Here's what I found 2 weeks ago. Norinco 1911 Police Model. Asked the seller how he got it and all he said was, do I want to buy it or not. Bought it. Claims he's fired only 200 rnds since new.
    Know this model is available in other countries but not here (new retail). For the listed price of $340 shipped, I couldn't resist - even if it was made in China. Googled it and its not a bad gun for the price w/ standard features: full length guide rod, ambi safety, Videki style trigger, Commander hammer, steel so hard - may not be the cheapy gun to have worked on by a smith (they'll charge extra for tool-wear factor - LOL).
    Having other 1911's, this one is definitely on the rougher side, although being 1/2 the cost of my other guns, she feels tight enough (for now). Should be at the range next week and will render some type of report if anyone is interested on how a sub-$500 1911 performs!!! BTW, I mentioned sub-$500, cause this includes upgrades which are on the way - magwell, sear spring, Wolff recoil spring, STI sear, disconnector.
    Looks like my 1911 armory started in the mid-range and is progressively going downwards. Sorry guys, its the hole in my wallet (plus the wife who may banish me - doesn't know I bought it, yet!!!) In the meantime, here's a pic.
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2010
  14. Disregarded9-side

    Disregarded9-side Armchair IPSCer

    Oct 18, 2008
    North Carolina
    Used SA GI 1911s can be had for five-honda and less.
    Don't buy a cheap gun.
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  15. huntall50


    May 7, 2009
    This same ole conversation....Some of those that have no experience with RIA have low opinions of them and Most of those that own them love them and will admit that they shoot just as well if not better than their higher end 1911's.

    Much like Glocks I would not call them CHEAP but they are relatively inexpensive.