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Looking for a 1911, Newb Needs Help

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by dscottw88, Dec 2, 2010.

  1. dscottw88

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    I'm new to 1911s. But I'm looking to purchase one. I do know a couple of things I'd like to have in my 1911. I want a Commander size model because I like the size of the 4.25" model. I know I want the 1911 to be parkerized because I'm going to want to refinish the pistol. And I know I want the pistol to have 3-dot Night Sights. I also don't want a junk pistol. Springfield has a decent contender with the loaded Champion Model, But I don't know If I want to settle with a 4" Model. Is it possible to find the pistol I'm looking for for around $700-$800? Thanks for the Help.
     
  2. Cochese

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    I think you should "settle" for the loaded Champ or a lightweight champ/op.
     


  3. bac1023

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    You really don't need it to be parked to have it refinished.
     
  4. dsa1115

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    Find a Colt Commander and have nightsights installed. You can't go wrong with a Colt.
     
  5. Other than over pay for the Colt name...no thanks. I rather sPent the money on another branded 1911.
     
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  6. jrs93accord

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    Sometimes you can find a nice slightly used Colt Commander for as little as $600.

    [​IMG]
     
  7. bac1023

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    Very nice James :)
     
  8. RonS

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    Just get a Colt Commander.

    Nothing against the Champion, but I wish I had spent the money for a true Commander, with a regular barrel bushing and original design recoil spring mechanism.

    Since you say you want it parkerized for refinishing I assume you want it painted? Most refinishers can beadblast it and park it for adhesion for a reasonable cost prior to coating it if that is what you want.
     
  9. dscottw88

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    I can apply GunKote, I just know that parkerizing takes it rather well. I'm unfamiliar with blasting, And Would like to keep this project at home.

    Upon Further research... I guess its not all that bad if I went with the Stainless Steel. The look has really begun to wear on me. Is the Colt Commander worth looking at or is it really overpriced?

    http://www.topgunsupply.com/colt-combat-commander-stainless-steel-.45acp-xse.html
     
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  10. Hokie1911

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    If was my cash...I'd spend $100 more and get a STI Ranger2.
     
  11. Check out the fitting on that grip safety...looked like a blind smith did that job. :shocked:

    +1 on this. Better sight options. Parts fit pretty darn tight.
     
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  12. Yeah, not bad. Worth it.
     
  13. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

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