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Ready to buy another 1911

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by flynlead, Jan 10, 2010.

  1. flynlead

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    I had a bad experience with my previous 1911 but I'm ready to try it again. I went looking at them yesterday but am trying to figure out which way to go. Should I buy a more expensive (tuned) gun or buy a cheap one and try it myself. I am mechanically inclined and know I can do it but have never done it before and not sure on what all the mods would be. Is there a guide available to guys like me who want to mod their own guns or am I stuck taking it to a gun smith?

    BTW I am looking at the following:
    colt gold cup for 900
    kimber for 700
    springfied for 640
    citadel or rock island 350+
     
  2. bac1023

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    The Gold Cup is nice, but for $900, I'd start looking for a Dan Wesson.
     


  3. flynlead

    flynlead

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    I have looked at them before, just not comfortable spending that much on a gun. At least not all at one time.
     
  4. AZ Husker

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    The Kuhnhausen manuals are what you need. Be aware though, if you fix up a cheap gun, you have a cheap fixed up gun.
     
  5. flynlead

    flynlead

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    what's a ball park figure to tune a 1911? Say I bought a stock colt or springfield and wanted to mod it.
     
  6. Quack

    Quack Rent this space

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    depends on what you want done and who does it.
     
  7. flynlead

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    I like the kimber custom models. Hammer,trigger, tail ect.. but I want to order the parts and do it myself.
     
  8. Quack

    Quack Rent this space

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    if you are military or LE, Brownell's offers discounts.
     
  9. den888

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    Colt Gold Cup all the way (I am a Colt fan, of course).:supergrin:
     
  10. Brian Brazier

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    I still think the Springfield Mil Spec is the best value in 1911's, and it leaves plenty of money for changes
     
  11. flynlead

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    I looked at one of those as well. I can get one for $620 but I'm not sure what it would cost to do the trigger, hammer, grips, and polish. If I'm going to have $900+ in one I might as well go with the colt
     
  12. flynlead

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    should I concider an alloy frame or stick with steel?
     
  13. Brian Brazier

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    Personally I would stick with steel, as for the upgrades, girps are easy, if you get a drop in hammer sear and dissconnector kit from EGW or Cylinder and Slide that is a pretty simple job as well. I bought all the parts from Brownells along with the trigger track stone, and hammer slot stone, they made cleaning up the interior of the frame a snap. There are many great how to sections over at 1911 forum, as well as internet pages, just do a search for fitting a trigger, and installing a hammer.
     
  14. flynlead

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    Thanks, I figured the alloy frame would not last as long. I've been doing some searching and it does not seem like it would be that hard. just a little time consuming
     
  15. Brian Brazier

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    Iam by no means a Gunsmith, but I did feel after reading a bunch of stuff on the net and picking up Kuhnhausen's Colt 1911 book that I could perform these tasks.
     
  16. Navitimer

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    Of those you list, I would take the Colt or Kimber. I also believe these are also the only U.S.-made ones on your list if that's important to you.
     
  17. jeremy stanke

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    just to give you a idea, i am currently spending over 600 on gunsmith work and im not going all crazy with the custom work

    if i were you, i would buy one that has the work already done to it. the last thing you want is to mess up or get frustrated with a gun ESPECIALLY when you already had a dissappointing experience with 1911's. get a nice factory one and then work on one later
     
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2010
  18. walkin' trails

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    From everything I've read, Colt and Springfield are the pistols you want to get if you want to have a gun built to your specs. If you're not interested in tinkering yourself or sending a pistol back and forth to out-of-state gunsmiths, then spend the extra money and get a factory pistol that alreay has all the bells n whistles you want...Kimber, S&W, DW, etc.
     
  19. RonS

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    Skip the Gold Cup, they aren't what they used to be. I would get a Colt Series 70 and then the Khunhausen books. Fantastic bathroom reading.