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Starter 1911 Recommendations

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by Glocker08, Oct 20, 2010.

  1. Glocker08


    Sep 22, 2008
    I'm completely new to the 1911 platform and know absolutely zero about it. Can someone give me some recommendations for a good starter 1911.

    I'm not looking to spend alot, can't go custom or anything like that right now. Something that is of course reliable, feeds HP ammo without issue, and is accurate. I've seen some of the Springfield 1911s and some of them look really nice.

    Also, I was wondering are all 1911s single stack or are there double stacks out there ?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    All 1911s are single stack.

    Check out my guide in the sticky at the top starting on page 13.



    Last edited: Oct 20, 2010

  3. Tactical black

    Tactical black

    Jan 24, 2008
    So full of such valuable info :rofl:

    What's your price range?
  4. Quack

    Quack Rent this space

    Jan 7, 2002
    NE Ohio
  5. Springfield Mil-Spec would fit your needs nicely. IMO, its a step above the basic G. I. model 1911's out there, but won't break the bank. I bought one as my first semi-auto handgun. I've since put 6000 roudns through it without a problem. Probably the best $525 I ever spend on a gun.
  6. ambluemax


    Feb 6, 2007
    If you want a basic one under $700- Springfield Mil-Spec pretty much is the list IMO

    If you want more of the modern rendition with hammers, beaver tails and whatnot, again Springfield with their Loaded model is a pretty solid choice but you can add Smith and Wesson, Kimber, and Colt to your list of considerations. Many good offerings in the $750-$1100 range.

    There are double stack 1911's, but unless you have aspirations of competitng in USPSA limited or Open division, you're probably better off sticking with single stack.
  7. Hokie1911

    Hokie1911 >

    Dec 26, 2003
    NE Ohio
  8. tango44


    Jun 16, 2005
    Miami Florida
    I can recomend a STI SPARTAN 100% reliable with all kind of ammo, and payed $690 out the door here in FL.
  9. tx787


    Feb 11, 2010
    I'd say go for the Desert Eagle 1911, really nice gun. I started with a Kimber Stainless II but the DE is a little cheaper and probably a little tougher.
  10. Magus

    Magus Deo Vindice

    Jan 24, 2009
    You'll get a lot of varying opinions. I say get something that won't break the bank, but is well made and that you can kinda get used to the platform with to see if you truly like it or not. No sense in going out and dropping a grand or more and find that you don't like 1911's.

    Some good starting choices would be the Springfield GI, Springfield Mil-Spec, the Remington R1, or even something from Rock Island Armory(RIA).
  11. I recently purchased my 1st 1911 a SA Milspec. I didn't want to break the bank either so after a little research and shooting it @ local range 1st I went for it and am happier than a kid at Christmas. I'm still new to the platform but the Milspec is my personal oppinion and recomendation.
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2010
  12. rsxr22


    Feb 25, 2009
    Youngstown, OH
    Bac's stickie is by far the best read and not much more needs added. The only bit of advice i would like to recommend is: To save and buy quality the first time. If you do, you will have an extremely good experience and fall in love with 1911's like many of us have. If not, you may purchase something not that good and then think that the platform is crap and unreliable when it was just one pistol that was bad. My personal recommendations would be to look towards STI's line. I am always recommending them but i feel that that the Spartan and Trojan are the best introductory and medium range production guns out there. The Trojan is a medium range priced 1911, but quality easily places it into the high end production region. At $999, you are getting one heck of an american made gun. For $628, you can get the Spartan and it is a great gun as well. Things that affect the price difference is that the barrel, slide, and frame on the Spartan are made in the Phillipines, it has a parkerized finish(which is very weak and nowhere near as nice as the Trojan), and the Spartan does not have front strap checkering which i consider vital when purchasing a 1911. It did not stop me from buying the Spartan because i threw some grip tape on it to remedy the situation, but its not as nice as the FSC. I know 1k sounds like a ton of money, but after the gun is in your possession and you shoot it, you will know exactly where your money went.
    After reading your post, i saw you mentioned you like Springfields. They also make amazing guns, however, the only models that i feel are contenders with the Trojan are the TRP and Trophy Match, and each of them carry a considerably higher price tag.
  13. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004