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What makes a "high end" 1911 "high end"

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by faawrenchbndr, Feb 9, 2011.


  1. faawrenchbndr

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    Is it the manufacturer?
    Is it the Pistolsmith that tweaks a base 1911?

    I think a base model Kimber, Springfield or Colt...... can be made into a high end 1911.

    What about a Taurus? Could it EVER be massaged enough to be considered high end? :dunno:
     

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    Well it doesn't matter, my $800 Kimber is just as good. I'll show you right now!!! Let's go to the range and I'll run em round for round!!
     
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    It's the quality of the components and the workmanship that went in to making it. A really good gunsmith can build a high end 1911 out of a basic 1911 but you need to start with a quality frame otherwise it's not happening no matter how much bling and polish you add.
     
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    Pretty much.

    However, not all high dollar 1911s are high end models. An example would be an old Union Switch USGI. High price, but not high end in terms of fitting or features.
     
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    I never heard of a notable custom smith working on a PT. I also never heard of someone wanting a notable smith to work on a PT, but you never know. Once you get rid of all that junk they slopped on there, you do have a forged frame and slide. Personally, I think only an idiot would dump money into a Taurus.

    Also, "garage smithing" even your Kimber, Springfield, or Colt with high end parts is not going to make it worth any more than it was stock. In fact, many times its worth less.
     
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    Maybe they could fix up a Taurus 1911 but if that custom smith messes with the gold accents on my Taurus 1911 I'll have his ass. :steamed:
     
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    Sorry, but if you spend $2500 having a smith do a full house job on a Taurus, then you'll immediatley have $600 full house custom Taurus.
     
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    To me it all depends on if the builder is smart enough to run a Bridgeport or he has to send his machine work out to Pete Single. Afterall if a smith can't run a milling machine he probably doesn't belong on the world's top ten list. :whistling: :rofl:
     
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    And does he admit that he sent it to Pete? Or does he let you think that he did it? Pete is one of the best at what he does for sure.
     
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    I just laughed so hard I think I peed a little. :rofl:
     
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    A high end gun is going to have good parts fit to the best of a good smith's ability and finished in an attractive manner.
     
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    Similar to a high-end production car verses a custom coach builder.
     
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    A high end gun is high end.... if this guy says so!
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    anything that has "Tactical" or "Combat" in the name :animlol:
     
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    Don't you mean "Custom"? :supergrin:
     
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