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Recommendations on a reasonably priced stainless 1911?

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by tnstaafl, Nov 25, 2010.


  1. tnstaafl

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    Hi - I have a Firestorm 1911 (now sold as American Classic) deluxe model. I really like the gun, and for the money, the fit and finish and performance is great. I think it cost me just under $400 a couple of years ago.

    I've always wanted a full sized stainless 1911 - not looking for a high-end collectable, just a reliable, solid shooter. American Classic came out with a hard chrome model, and I'm sure that they're great guns, but the finish isn't what I'm looking for.

    Any recommendations on a stainless 1911 in the $500 range? I've seen Springfields and Rock Islands in that price range - any specific suggestions?

    Thanks!
     

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  2. Quack

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    are you looking for a matte stainless or brushed stainless?
     

  3. bac1023

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    RIA (Armscor) doesn't make a stainless 1911, as far as I know.
     
  4. bac1023

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    How about the Thompson Custom?

    Its a well done one at that. However, they're a little north of $500.


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  5. tnstaafl

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    Probably looking a brushed stainless - not a nickel plated looking kind of gun, but not the hard chrome finish in the American Classics.
     
  6. bac1023

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    The Springfield GI has a brushed stainless finish.
     
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  8. bac1023

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    He said $500 or under. They run about $900.
     
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    My opinion for what it may be worth.

    Buy USED. You get a nicer gun at a lower price.

    While I do agree with buying the S&W suggested above, I disagree with buying a Springer. I own several brands and find the S&W to be as good as my custom guns.

    Save up, use credit cards or what ever, but a cheap gun just for the purpose of having a full size 1911 will not make you happy and will be difficult to sell when you decide to upgrade.

    Just as the people saying that "money is not everything" are those that have never had money, those that suggest the cheaper guns have never owned the nicer guns. The price of Springers is all over the place. I picked one up at a pawnshop used a while back for $200 in good shape but it fails to come close to the S&W, Remington, Browning or any of the quality makers in performance. I only bought another Springer to have for the investment and will sell it in the future for a small profit.
     
  10. bac1023

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    "Springer" is capable of building 1911s far better than any of those you listed.

    Also, which custom guns do you own that are no better than a standard SW1911? My guess is they aren't very good customs. :whistling:

    Are they something you did in the garage? :dunno:
     
  11. steve4102

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    My son has a Para GI Expert in stainless. I think he paid just under $600 total. It's a nice gun, but the fit and finish is certainly nothing to brag about. It's just a plain old $600 stainless 1911. Runs flawlessly with everything including LSWC and is extremely accurate.
     
  12. bac1023

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    Yeah, I forgot about the GI Expert stainless. I have the original carbon steel version. For a Para, its not a bad gun.
     
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    Does it have to be new or is used acceptable? Pristine or are you willing to do a little buff and fluff? Stainless is extremely easy to restore so you can often save a fortune buying a gun with a few cosmetic defects and repairing it.
     
  14. tnstaafl

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    Used would be accaptable, sure - not sure that I'm the best guy to evaluate a used gun, but I guess I could get a buddy that does a lot of buying and selling of used guns to look it over for me.

    As far as the "buff and fluff" - besides a detail strip and a good cleaning, in general, what's the procedure for refinishing a stainless steel gun?

    Are the same cleaning solutions I use on my Glocks (Gunscrubber, carb cleaner, CLP) OK to use on a stainless steel gun?

    What type of brush to use on the exterior - an old toothbrush?

    And how can I tell with a visual examination what types of flaws in the SS finish are permanent and what'll clean up with a buff and fluff?

    Thanks again.

    Joe
     
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  15. PlayboyPenguin

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    Small nicks and scratches are usually pretty easy to remove on the flats. In non-vital areas larger dings can be repaired. It is all pretty case-by-case. The good thing is that most people do not wear out a gun. If it is only on it's second or third owner a quality gun has usually just started to live it's life. They tend to suffer more from bumps and bruises at that stage of their lives than they do any serious conditions.

    The pics below show some minor repairs I have done and you can click HERE to see a more extensive refinish I did of an old Detonics MC1.

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  16. tnstaafl

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    WOW - what a difference !!! If you're not a professional refinisher, would you care to share some insights into your technique an the matereials you use? If you're a professional, please PM me with an address and contact number. Thanks!
     
  17. PlayboyPenguin

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    I am not a professional. Believe it or not, all you need is some sandpaper and a lot of free time. Hand shaping and refinishing is time consuming but it is pretty easy.
     
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    Very strong statement. Which S&W do you own and which customs are you comparing it to?

    The amount of parts and customizations for 1911's is unmatched. I would recommend the opposite -- buy what you can afford and upgrade later. Your opinion of what is wanted vs needed may change as you use it.


    That's a pretty generic statement and a big assumption.

    Well, of the non-Springer brands you listed S&W is the only one that even makes a pistol that meets the OP's criteria of stainless 1911. :)
     
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    I found that a funny statement too.

    Must be some lousy customs. :whistling:
     
  20. Magus

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    Springfield would probably be your best bet.

    Stainless GI model is pretty good for what it is. Had one and traded it out...wish I hadn't.

    You could step up to the Springfield Mil-Spec in stainless...slightly out of your price range though.
     
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