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I've been researching for over a month...

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by MachineHead155, Jun 10, 2010.

  1. MachineHead155

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    And I still can't decide which 1911 I want. The number of makers out there is just daunting and while I have the money for say a Wilson Combat, I think that would be quite unwise for a first 1911 even though I've already decided that I very much love the platform. Nothing shoots like a 1911. Period.

    I'm looking to get a full-sized model and my two main concerns are durability and reliability. Everything else comes second. Right now I'm taking a close look at the RIA Tactical and everybody who has one seems to be very happy. Would you agree that these are quality made 1911's with a good service-life? They seem to come with every feature I'm looking for although there's no mention of a throated barrel. Does anyone know if the Tactical comes with a throated barrel?
     
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  3. MachineHead155

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    $1000 or less. Obviously not looking for the best 1911 on the market but rather the best VALUE.
     
  4. Quack

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    you have plenty to choose from, what features are you looking for and what are you going to be using the 1911 for?
     
  5. volsbear

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    A Springfield Armory Loaded - about $850-900. It'll do everything you want and more.
     
  6. Cerebrus

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    I am going to guess shooting...:rofl:
     
  7. Quack

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    STI Spartan, Trojan, Ranger II
    Springer Mil-spec, GI, Loaded
    RIA Tactical or GI
    S&W
    Colt
    Remington
     
  8. MachineHead155

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    First of all, thanks for the responses so far. I didn't expect to see this many so quick. lol

    As for your question, features aren't that important to me though I'd have to say the RIA Tactical is the bare minimum in that regard.

    This will mainly be a SD weapon which is why I put durability and reliability ahead of everything else including accuracy.
     
  9. Quack

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    Since the RIA Tactical is the minimum, then you would be looking for something with a beavertail, Novak sights, extended thumb safety.
     
  10. MachineHead155

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    Add a throated barrel to that list. Do you know if RIA barrels are throated?
     
  11. PhoneCop

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    This.

    And, Kimber.
    The Custom II will run $850-ish.
    For a little more than $1k you could get a Crimson Carry.

    Look to STI as well.
    $695 will get you a Spartan.
    For $900 an LS (smaller 9mm)
    $1100 for a Guardian or Ranger II or Trojan 5.0

    In most of these cases your bing the lower end of high quality guns- not a bad place to be. Better than the high end of lower quality firearms.
     
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  12. Hokie1911

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    This is hard to beat for the price.

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  13. Quack

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    for a defensive gun i wouldn't have adjustable or fiber optic sights.
     
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  14. Hokie1911

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    And those can't easily be replaced?


    ...and his original post didn't mention SD, numbnuts.

    "I'm looking to get a full-sized model and my two main concerns are durability and reliability. Everything else comes second."
     
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  15. Quack

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    but that would be adding to the cost of the gun. now a $650 gun just went up to +$750, which would be in the Loaded price range. also the fixed replacement rear sight just doesn't look right.
     
  16. Hokie1911

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    Well, it wouldn't be my choice for SD either, but again....didn't see that post. In that case, I'd go with...

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  17. bac1023

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    :rofl::rofl:
     
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  19. Hokie1911

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    :supergrin:

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