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Help me pick my new 1911

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by gwalchmai, Mar 15, 2012.

  1. gwalchmai

    gwalchmai Lucky Member

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    I came into a bit of money and have decided to pick up a new 1911. I was thinking (and still am) of an Ed Brown but I want to also consider lesser 1911s. I'll be checking LGSs the weekend to get a feel for S&W's E Series and others.

    Any recommendations are welcome. ;)
     
  2. okie

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    Ed Brown makes an awesome 1911 for sure. I sure do like my Springfield Armory, Range Officer. You could buy an RO and a butt load of ammo, or get the Ed Brown:thumbsup:

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  3. BigDog[RE]

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    Another vote for Springfield. I shot out the barrel on mine, sent it in and they replaced everything on the gun except the frame under warranty. Awesome customer service!
     
  4. Rumbler_G20

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    I can't make a conscientious recommendation without knowing the intended use of the pistol :crying:


    I've got Wilsons, Browns, Baers. All three with different intended uses right from the "factory".
     
  5. gwalchmai

    gwalchmai Lucky Member

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  6. Rumbler_G20

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    I urge you to consider:

    http://www.clarkcustomguns.com

    Clark Custom Guns.

    I'm unaware of anyone who does a better job than Jim (Jr. or Sr.) building range guns. They have been at it over 50 years.:wow:

    'hope this helps.
     
  7. HarleyGuy

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    I have several .45's but I'd like to get two more.
    A Colt, a Glock 36 I thinkt.:supergrin:

    In the mix I have a Kimber UltraCDPII, a Sig P-220 and a Springfield V-16 .45 Super,all of which are great shooting (and looking) guns.
     
  8. Mushinto

    Mushinto Master Member

    For factory 1911, I would recommend Colt and then, Springfield Armory. Okie's Range Officer is an awesome value.

    If you are willing to spend more money, Wilson Combat is absolutely the best in terms of quality, reliability and above all the rest in customer service.

    A personal note: Ed Brown does not even know the meaning of customer service, much less offer it.
     
  9. DesertEagle

    DesertEagle OH HELL MY HEAD CLM

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    I picked up a S&W 1911 as both my first .45 and my first 1911 late last year, and I've been nothing but pleased as punch.

    Great looker, great shooter.

    Previous owner polished off all the S&W branding on the slide, but that's fine with me. Honestly makes it a little sleeker, just plain more or less unmarked stainless slide, nice cocobolo grips, and a great trigger.
     
  10. gwalchmai

    gwalchmai Lucky Member

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    Sounds like there may be a story there... ;)
     
  11. gwalchmai

    gwalchmai Lucky Member

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    If you don't mind my asking, where'd you get it?
     
  12. nastytrigger

    nastytrigger Mediocre Member

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    For a first 1911, I recommend the Range Officer for a nice range gun.
     
  13. DesertEagle

    DesertEagle OH HELL MY HEAD CLM

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    Gun store in Kennesaw - right off 575 at barrett pky, GA Firing Line. Nice place, used to hang out there on my lunch breaks and oogle stuff I couldn't afford :D

    Staff tend to be Sig afficianado's.

    The S&W has a few bells and whistles, but won't break the bank. I couldn't drop 2-3 grand on a real nice custom job, so a few of the common tweaks to the 1911 platform were good enough. Better than a bone stock mil spec, but not tweaked and peaked like a Baer or Springfield match or something - but also not as hard a hit in the pocketbook. Besides, I'm more of a "decent accuracy practical pistol that I could slap in Tucker leather and tote around" - the Tucker leather is on order ;)

    If I dropped 3k on a 1911 I'd probably end up safe queening it. But then that also reflects the fact that it would be about 1/10th my gross income for the year.
     
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2012
  14. gwalchmai

    gwalchmai Lucky Member

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    It's not my first, but I like that gun.
     
  15. gwalchmai

    gwalchmai Lucky Member

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    Thanks. I have seen it.
     
  16. Roering

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    Go to the 1911 forum. There you will find a gentleman who goes by BAC 1023 or something like that. At the bottom of his post is a "buyer's guide"

    He is a great resource of 1911 info.

    Good luck.
     
  17. ET.

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    Yet another vote for an SA Range Officer. I bought mine last year and simply love it for range use.