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WANTED: Reliable 1911 with Easy take-down & Assembly

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by Coffee Dog, Sep 2, 2012.

  1. Coffee Dog

    Coffee Dog

    Feb 12, 2007
    East Coast
    I am willing to spend $1500 on a 1911 -45 caliber handgun!
    This handgun will be at my bedside for home protection!
    I have some experience from the Marines in shooting 1911's!
    Here's what I am hoping to get in a 1911-

    (1) reliability
    (2) both take-down & assembly is fairly easy
    (3) a 4 to 41/4 inch barrel
    (4) will spend up to $1500

    I am strongly against 1911's that are difficult to take apart & assemble!
    I have dreamed of having a 1911 that's both comfortable to shoot and
    a 1911 that's easy to care for and yet in time of crisis you can bet your life
    on it.

    What Brand & Model would fit what I am looking for?

    Thank-you for your recommendation!

  2. The only "difficult" 1911's to disassemble are the full length guiderods and the really tight tolerance guns, which usually are the ones in the $1500.00 and higher price range.
    You can get plenty of good 1911's for less and you can even change out the full length guiderods to a normal G.I. style.
    I like 1911's that do not need tools to take apart.
    I don't care for barrel bushings that need a wrench to remove.
    But, all things can be "fixed" on a 1911 as long as you are handy with tools and know how to do it.
    1911's require a little more learning and hands on know how to get them the way you want them and to keep them that way.
    Unless you have a lot of money and pay someone else to do it for you.
  3. 60Pilot


    Apr 1, 2007
    Dan Wesson CCO.

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  4. MoCop


    Jan 2, 2005
    There are plenty of 1911's that are reliable for that price!
    I'd say a Les Baer Custom Carry.
    Why? That's what I carry off duty and is next to my bedside.
    Great gun!
  5. The new Colts are nice and the Baer or Brown's etc are very good.
  6. PhotoFeller


    Nov 18, 2010
    SW Florida
    I have a Sig 1911 that is easier to field strip than Colts and other traditional designs. I own a Les Baer Thunder Ranch Special that I'm really careful in disassembling because of the potential of putting an 'idiot scratch' on it. Imagine a big ugly scratch on a beautiful $2000 pistol. Check the Sigs.
  7. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

    Nov 24, 2005
    Did some of you miss te $1500 budget? :dunno:
    Show me a 4.25" Baer or Brown for less than $1500 new.
  8. MoCop


    Jan 2, 2005
    Well, I figure if the budget was $1,500, he might want to splurge a bit more and put that out there for him.
    Last edited: Sep 3, 2012
  9. Brucev


    Jul 19, 2009
    This is not a hard question to answer. Buy a Rock Island Armory commander sized 1911. Buy good ammo. Be happy. Take the money saved and use it to buy ammo, etc. There are other 1911's that are more fancy, etc. There are other 1911's that will have more tactic-cool features. But, if you simply want a commander sized 1911 that is reliable and easy to disassemble/assemble, the RIA 1911 will more than meet your requirements. So will the SA -GI 1911 or Mil-Spec 1911, the various Colt 1911's, etc.
  10. Gary1911A1


    Jun 14, 2005
    Ohio for now
    Given the above I'd say a Colt Combat Commander. Shoot it with your ammo of choice to make sure it's reliable and use the factory warranty if needed and you should be good to go.
  11. kirgi08

    kirgi08 Watcher. Silver Member

    Jun 4, 2007
    Acme proving grounds.
  12. FLIPPER 348

    FLIPPER 348 Happy Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    Bend Oregon

    this for being 'Easy take-down & Assembly' , us Army folk never had a problem
  13. glockin-45


    Feb 24, 2009
    North Carolina
    Coffee Dog, It's seems preaty easy to me. #4, should get you #1. #2 what Jim S, said. They basicaly are the same.
    As for #3 you have narrowed your search, so check out the makers such as, Colt, SA, Kimber, etc. And get the one " YOU " like the best. If it's only for home and bedside
    than why not a full size 1911? Have fun with your search and an early, Congrats!
  14. PlasticGuy


    Jul 10, 2000
    It's hard to beat a Dan Wesson CCO in that price range. It's significantly better than most production 1911's, and costs significantly less than the custom guns. It's in that middle ground where few 1911's thrive, and it does well there.
  15. AKRover

    AKRover 10MM Fanatic

    Jun 22, 2012
    Kenai, Alaska
    If Army folk can do it, anybody can. Lol
  16. PhotoFeller


    Nov 18, 2010
    SW Florida
    The Rock Island is a great way to get into 1911 pistols for learning the mechanics and disassembly/reassembly. For about $500 (or less) you get a good basic gun that works well and looks just fine. I bought mine to learn with and trade up after a while. I bought other 1911s, but the Rock Island is still with me.
  17. F106 Fan

    F106 Fan

    Oct 19, 2011
    And take the $1000 you save and go shopping at Dillon. I would recommend an XL650 in .45 ACP (should cost right at $1000 from, add a decent scale ($80 for beam scale, $150 for digital (and DON'T SPEND LESS THAN $100 for a digital scale) and you should be good to go.

    I load .45 ACP 230 gr lead round nose for about $120/1000. If you want 230 gr FMJ, Precision Delta is the place to get bullets and your cost to load will be about $170/1000.

    The whole point of having a decent .45 is to go shooting!