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So what's the best base model for a build?

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  1. Hokie1911

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    Say you were having someone do a build for $2,000-2,500. What would you use for a base model, and what would you have done?
     

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    Colt or Springfield
     

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    What model?
     
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    To me it would make since to start with a G.I. Like the Springfield. Since I would be changing most of it anyways why pay for the extra stuff that I would just get swapped out anyways.
     
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    the one that you want, because the only thing being used would be the frame & slide.
    something with GI sights, then get the slide cut for sights.

    not familiar with Colt model's, but probably the SA mil-spec because of the slanted serrations.
     
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    I would go with the Springfield GI, just because it has the nice vertical cocking serrations in the rear and none in the front...
     
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    S70 Colt or S.A. Mil-Spec. Possiby a Kimber Series I if the price was right.
     
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    Also besides SACS who would you consider for your build?
     
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    It's either going to be SACS or Harrison.
     
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    what are you planning on having done?

    is that $2000-$2500 on top of the cost of the gun?
    if that is the case, the Custom Carry would be a better buy.
    For instance if you wanted to make a TRP out of a GI/Mil-spec it would cost $1600 on top of the cost of the gun.

    another reason i say that is if the slide/frame fit is loose, then they will have to tighten it up, the most common way is peening, but there is also welding up the frame rails.
     
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    Colt for me. I don't have a favorite model, but series 70 for sure. :supergrin:


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    Colt or SA Mil-Spec. Colt if it was gonna be a Commander.
     
  14. Wade-19

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    If it was me, I would start with this
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    and have Chuck turn it into this

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    But that's just me, do what you want with your money :wavey:
     
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    This is a down-the-road thing. Would want to spend $2,500 max, including base gun. Looking at something full size to compliment the Kobra Carry. So SACS base build, a Harrison package, or possibly a Custom Carry or a Kobra. I have a year or two before I can make it happen, so I have time to figure out what I want to do. Beyond that, I don't really see getting any other high(er) end 1911s.
     
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    :faint: I wouldn't mind a twin of that one
     
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    Good call Wade. :thumbsup:
     
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    Exactly. Well, minus the flat trigger.
     
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    I'm not even a "Colt" guy and would say a 70 series then a SA GI/Mil-Spec.

    Colt has some pretty good quality parts from the start, such as the barrel and some of the small parts. This could say you some $ in your build by not having to upgrade.

    It may be a preference thing, but if you look at John's upper packages, they are for Colts.

    Sure, both the SA or Colt will probably have a looser slide/frame fit than a ground up build, but I wouldn't waste the money to have it tightened unless it was an extreme case.
     
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    Yeah, I've always preferred Colts for base guns.