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Looking to get a 1911

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by picturethis, Jan 31, 2010.

  1. picturethis

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    I've owned a few G17 and a G22, but never any non-Glocks. I am ready to look into one of them, and don't know the first thing about them. I do know that the price difference between 1911s is huge, though. I don't want to get ripped off, and I want to end up getting a gun that I can own for 50 years and pass on if I so choose. What's a good ballpark price to look for a 1911? I am guessing around $1200, but maybe you can get a nice one for under 1k. I was told that a CZ or a Dan Wesson would be a nice choice. Thanks guys.
     
  2. Quack

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    <$1200
    STI Trojan or Ranger II
    Dan Wesson Cbob, or PM-7
    Springfield TRP, Trophy Match, Loaded.

    for <$700 you could also go with
    STI Spartan
    Rock Island Armory
    Springfield GI or Mil-spec
     


  3. Ruggles

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    Great recommendation.

    I would also add a Kimber TLE to the list, nice basic model 1911 IMO. $850 or so.
     
  4. Eyescream

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    That's such a pretty gun.

    S&W has a few 1911s in the OP's price range, too. What do you think of them, Bac*?



    *I know you have one you like, but I didn't know how you felt about others in the model line.
     
  5. Brian Brazier

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    I wish STI was still making the Legacy (pic please bac), IMO you cant go wrong with a DW Valor
     
  6. bac1023

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    I like both the Performance Center 1911 and the standard SW1911. :supergrin:


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  7. bac1023

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    The Legacy was a winner for sure, though it was over $1200, especially with the PVD finish.


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  8. Eyescream

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    Valors are as pretty a gun as I think I've ever seen. Shame they're rare as hen's teeth, especially with DW tooling up for their new 2010 model line.

    That's good to know. I'm seriously thinking about a 1911PD as my entry into commander-size 1911s.

    PS: Showoff. :tongueout:
     
  9. Jason D

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    Why not just buy a Springfield stainless Milspec?
    You should be able to get one for 600 or so, and can customize it later if you so wish.
     
  10. Eyescream

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    The ones I've shot were great.

    Don't have a snowball's chance in hell of finding one for $600 around here, though. Used to you could; friend of mine bought his for around that. Last time I saw one for sale was around $750 or something stupid like that. I lolled at the guy behind the counter.
     
  11. Brian Brazier

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    I really like those S&W's, I think I will have to pick one up
     
  12. bac1023

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    Which one? :dunno:
     
  13. Jason D

    Jason D INFRINGED Silver Member Millennium Member

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    That's just nuts.

    It's been a long time since I bought a SA though.
    My parked loaded was 599.00, and the stainless loaded was 619.00 NIB.
    That was 10 years ago though.
     
  14. Eyescream

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    Yeah it is. The best part is that there wasn't a hint of irony in the guy's voice when he told me that was the cash price, like he was doing me some kind of favor. To put things in perspective, everything else was equally high. I think the shop-owner was also high.
     
  15. Apprentice

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    I've owned nine 1911's since '82 and shot all of them alot. They were all fine performers but until the last one, they were all "service grade". Basic models. Then I got the TRP. In retrospect, I wish I'd applied all that time and money of the first 8 to just two TRP grade and higher level guns. So figure you're budget amt - add $300 or $400 to that and get a Baer, Wilson, high end SA, Valor etc.
     
  16. picturethis

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    I've never even fired a 1911, but they have more history than anything else, so I am not worried at all about getting one and not liking it. Sounds like they have a lot more accuracy than a Glock, and that's good in my opinion!
     
  17. im a SA guy so far so id recommend a TRP in the 1200 range. there are a few used ones here in the classifieds at decent prices. ive had a Kimber Custom II in the past as well and Kimbers are generally reguarded in a good light. i had the SA SS Mil Spec and it was a great shooter, LE/Mil price is 565 here. my current pistol is a SS TRP and i think its the best pistol ive ever owned.

    if i was looking outside of SA, id go with most anything that Bac recommends. i think he recommended the TRP to me as well in the past but i finally got this one. i also like the Valor and Ed Brown Special Forces pistols.
     
  18. Ruggles

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    S&W makes a very nice 1911. Not alot of bells & whistles but a great 1911 non the less IMO.