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need help/suggestions on a 1911

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by Lehman, Jul 22, 2009.

  1. Lehman

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    Hello all,

    I'm looking for a basic/entry level 1911 pistol...something in the $500 range. This would be my first 1911 pistol and would strictly be a range toy (assuming I can find some ammo). I've narrowed it down to 3 choices and would like your opinions on them, esp. if you own any of them.

    1) Para Ordnance GI Expert - http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/21_53/products_id/56531
    2) Norinco 1911 A1
    3) Springfield GI - http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=32588

    At this point I'm leaning towards the Para. The Norinco looks like a good pistol from what I've read but I can't seem to find one. And the Springfield...I am still reading up on it.
     
  2. Eyescream

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    If you're willing to spend a little more (I think they go around $650 now, maybe less if you get lucky), you can get a lot more gun with an STI Spartan.

    I've heard good things about all three of the guns you've listed but, as you've said, they're very basic.
     

  3. bac1023

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    I'm not a Para fan, but do think the GI Expert is one of their best. I don't like the fancy Paras with all the stupid color combos and styling gimmicks.

    The Springfield GI doesn't have a lowered ejection port, but if you're only shooting ball ammo at the range, it shouldn't be an issue. I'd probably go with the Springfield.

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  4. bac1023

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    If you go a little higher, the STI Spartan is the best entry level 1911, in my opinion.

    They're in the $650 range.

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  5. custom2

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    Good luck finding a Norinco if you live in the U.S.A. Isn't there some sort of trade embargo that prohibits the sale of them in the U.S. ?
     
  6. bac1023

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    Yeah, they haven't been sold new here in years.

    Gunbroker is your friend. ;)
     
  7. Eyescream

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    I lucked up and paid $560 NIB for mine. :supergrin:
     
  8. bac1023

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    I remember.

    That was an awesome price. Mine was $595, but that was at least a year ago.
     
  9. srothman

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    Of the ones you listed, I would go with the Springfield.

    If you can spend a little extra, I think the STI Spartan is the best entry level 1911 on the market. In my opinion, it is worth the extra money for the Spartan.
     
  10. netmage2112

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    Apologies to resurrect... I'm fairly ignorant on differentiators/upgrades to 1911's...

    Could you elaborate on differences between the Para GI Expert ESP and the STI Spartan...?

    -Tim
     
  11. 11bdad

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    Add a few more dollars to your budget and get a Springfield Mil Spec. Same as a GI but with a few additional features. I picked up a LNIB one for $525 shipped.
     
  12. Brian Brazier

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    You may also want to look at a Springfield Mil Spec. It sounds like you want a Gi model, Buds has the Regent (which is somehow associated with, but the Norinco is better) http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/60770 or a Rock Island http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/411539079 If you would be interested in a 1911 with FCS, Beavertail, and some of the more standard enhancements Citidadel is a great choice http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/590/products_id/56897 as is the Spartan bac suggested, the Firestorm DLX, and American Classic II are good (same gun) http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/49736
     
  13. Rinspeed

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    Add a few more dollars to your budget and find a series I Kimber Classic Custom. :thumbsup:
     
  14. 11bdad

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    that sure is purty......
    I'm certainly not looking for a 'safe queen'.... something value to use at the range along w/ my glocks...
    Tho I am partial to models w/ the beavertail...

    Thanks for the links...
     
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  16. RonS

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    The Spartan is a great gun if you can find one. I couldn't. The Springfield GI would be my next choice in the lower cost guns. In fact, it was and remains my choice.
     
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    Where the hell you been. :dunno:
     
  18. MacG22

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    I'd go with a kimber so you can do the strap checkering yourself. File works great. If you mess us, they'll replace it for FREE! :wavey: