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Help me pick a 1911 in my budget

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by frogger42, Jan 9, 2011.

  1. frogger42

    frogger42 Don't Panic!!

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    Over the years, quite a few 1911's have passed through my collection, but all have been traded or sold for one reason or another. The last one... a Dan Wesson CBOB I liked VERY much, but I got laid off from work and had to sell it to pay bills. The work situation is fine again and I've replaced all the guns I had to sell during the unemployment period except the CBOB. Since the CBOB is no longer made (other than for CA) I am a bit lost on what to buy. Here are my criteria...

    1. Street price of $1000 (I can be a little flexible on this, but the higher I go the less likely I am to make it to the mark before something else tempts me and I spend what I've saved and have to keep starting over).

    2. All stainless steel (I want this because down the road I may want to customize it and having no finish seems to simplify things for certain modifications... like checkering for example).

    3. Forged, stainless steel frame.

    4. Either a 5" or 4.25" slide and barrel.

    5. No ambi safety or FLGR (not a deal breaker, but if it had those features it would be the first thing I had changed).

    6. Little or no MIM.

    7. Series 70 style trigger system.

    The purpose of this gun will be range fun, occasional IDPA matches and possibly a project gun to do a full custom build down the road. Also, I just though it would be fun to buy a 1911 in 2011 during the 100 year anniversary. Right now, my main contenders are a Dan Wesson RZ-45 Heritage or a Colt Series 70 Reproduction. I'm leaning toward the Dan Wesson since it is more shootable out of the box and I'm not really sure if I will ever take the next step to have it turned into a custom, but it seems like the Colt would be more fun as a the base gun for a project. The Colt also seems more appropriate for a gun I'm buying to mark the 100 year anniversary.

    Other guns are my radar are a Series 1 Kimber, Springfield Loaded or a Springfield Mil-Spec but all have a lot of MIM.

    What suggestions to do guys (and gals) have on this?
     
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2011
  2. IANative

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    In the DW or the Colt 70, you've already arrived at what my suggestion would be.
     


  3. bluelineman

    bluelineman Infidel كافر

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  4. frogger42

    frogger42 Don't Panic!!

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    Certainly an option if I can find one priced right, but I bought my last CBOB just before a big price increase and only paid $850 NIB. In today's market, it is hard to find a used one for under $1000. For that price, I can get very close to the Heritage which has a forged frame instead of the cast frame of the CBOB.
     
  5. bac1023

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    I agree, you want a used CBOB.

    I like carbon steel 1911s much better than stainless, to be honest.
     
  6. SwampRat12

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    Being a big Kimber fan, I would recommend that direction, but I know what's like reasoning with Colt people! Doesn't sound like you can go wrong - diddo last post.
     
  7. AZ Husker

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    I'm a stainless original series Kimber fan. Easily in your price range. On the other hand, I just picked up a stainless Colt Delta Elite like new for $700. Series 80 though. She's up in Chuck Rogers' capable hands right now.
     
  8. TN.Frank

    TN.Frank Glock4Life

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  9. Hokie1911

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    I handled a few ATIs today at a show and they were nice guns for the $400ish asking price.
     
  10. AZ Husker

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    In your price range you can easily find American made forged guns.
     
  11. stukibuilt

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    Maybe find a used NM Springfield milspec and send it out for a basic de-mim with parts you like? If it isn't for self defense, I would just shoot it and collect the parts you like and choose a gunsmith you would like to work with. I know you said you would like work done at some point, but it doesn't mean it can't be done in increments... Would i love to just throw a credit card or check down and take care of it all at once? Sure, it would save me a lot of spent time researching and lusting over parts, but that's half the fun!
     
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  12. IMHO the best bang for the buck (yeah, yeah pun intended) is a Taurus PT1911. I picked one up for less than $500.00, added FO sights for about 90 bucks, and with the left over in your 1K budget, you could buy quite a bit of ammo, Wilson 8 rounders, etc.

    If you are looking for a CC 1911, then I'd go with a SA. I handled a SA EMP in .40 and it was SWEET!!!!

    If you are wanting a fullsize carry piece, then keep your eyes open for something from the Kimber custom shop on here. I have seen a Pro Stainless II on here for $750.00. I shoulda bought it.....

    But for all around plinkin', paper punchin', and still carries really well, the Taurus works exceptionally well, and won't suck out your wallet too bad.
     
  13. bluelineman

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    Better get the flame suit on. :supergrin:
     
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  14. Hokie1911

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    Is this a serious post? :dunno:
     
  15. Quack

    Quack Rent this space

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  16. TSAX

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    :rofl: