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NEEDING a 1911...

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by gomerpyle, Nov 29, 2010.

  1. gomerpyle

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    This probably comes up regularly, but I have to ask.

    Well like the title says I'm in need of a 1911. Had to sell the majority of my firearms when the economy went down the drain, now I'm fortunately rebuilding my collection. Bought some glocks, a sig, now I'm in need for a 1911. I've had a few cheaper 1911's in the past, to me one of the most pleasurable pistols to shoot. Never had experience with anything over $1,000. I'm not looking for a carry piece, looking for more of a high end 1911. The last few nights I've done countless reading and really having a hard time coming to a conclusion on what to order. My local stores have a weak selection, mostly just the typical Kimber's and Springfields. Since recently seeing some of the amazing collections you guys have (Bac) I figured I'd ask what you would recommend for a 1st time high end 1911 buy. I'm not partial to any of them as long as it doesn't have a rail. Help me spend my long time gathered 1911 gun fund :supergrin:!
     
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  2. GVFlyer

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    Somewhere in the air.

  3. Hokie1911

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    You mention "high end" a number of times. You need to define what "high end" means and what your budget is. "High end" 1911s can hit $5-10k in a blink.

    Need to know size preference, usage, and budget.
     
  4. gomerpyle

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    Sorry should of specified more. I'd be willing to spend +/- $4,000. Looking for a 5" for primarily range duty, occasional carry maybe.
     
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  5. Quack

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    you can have a gun built by SVI
    http://www.sviguns.com/2001.php

    for a little more than 1/2 your budget, you can get a gun built by the Springfield Custom Shop...
     
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  6. polizei1

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    Also you need to realize if you want a semi custom or a custom, as the price and wait time will be vastly different.
     
  7. Hokie1911

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    How much was that Tactical Supergrade that Wilson built for Vickers? That thing was sick.
     
  8. polizei1

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    Website says base price is $4,350, but I'm sure there was extra stuff done.
     
  9. Quack

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    base price is ~$4350
     
  10. 20South

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    Not a 1911 expert by any stretch, but if Vickers chose that Supergrade, then I think you about have to seriously consider starting there.
     
  11. Tactical black

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    With a $4000.00 budget you have a lot of options. I would make a list of features and details you want and go from there.
     
  12. Quack

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    Larry had to go with a Wilson, because the built time to get a gun from Vickers was too long :rofl:
     
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  13. Hokie1911

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  14. Quack

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  15. Hokie1911

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    :rofl:
     
  16. chrisman17

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    This!

    Do you want Custom or Semi Custom?

    Semi Custom, you can't go wrong with Wilson, Brown, NHC(to an extent), Baer, and SA Custom.

    I have at least one of each of the above, and it's really like choosing between a Mercedes and a BMW.

    BTW... You're bank account is going to hate you now that you're venturing into the world of 1911s....
     
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  17. bac1023

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    :rofl:
     
  18. gomerpyle

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    Thanks for the advice guys. I knew it was a good idea to post here. I think for this purchase I'll stick with semi-custom. Maybe on the next round I'll look more into a full custom piece. I really like what Wilson & Ed Brown have to offer, I just wish I could fondle 1 before the purchase. Keep the advice coming!

    Chrisman17, I hear you on the bank account. Fortunately I know what addictions do to bank funds, I design performance parts and build hot rods for a living. I had to choose between cars and my guns due to the automotive downfall. Thankfully things have turned around, this purchase is kind of my celebration of that :supergrin:.
     
  19. Quack

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    so what type a features/parts do you want on your gun?
     
  20. bac1023

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    I'm going to agree with Quack on this. Go with an Infinity. They will build you whatever you want, as they're a full house custom builder. Everything will be done to your exact specs. Brandon Strayer is a great guy to talk shop with and he will personally ensure your gun is everything you want it to be. They're a no-nonsense company and certainly experts in their trade.

    This build cost me just under $4000 a couple years back. Today, you're probably looking at $4500-$5000. That said, if you opt for a different barrel and finish, you could probably stay under $4000. This may be the best shooting 1911 I own and I absolutely love everything about it.


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    Now, I'm not going to recommend a Wilson Super Grade, as some others did. Its, no doubt, a very fine 1911. However, I don't think anything out of the semi-custom shops is worth $4000 or more. I bought mine in like new shape for about $3000. Its great, but for the money of a new model, give me a full custom gun like an Infinity.


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