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Which 1911????

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by scotchflyer, Jul 7, 2010.

  1. scotchflyer

    scotchflyer

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    I am looking for a 1911 to do some entry level competition shooting with and am curious where to start? I know you can spend a little and you can spend alot, but MY debate centers around bang for my buck(Pun intentional). I will say my absolute price ceiling is $750 for a full size (5") gun. That rules out Kimber, Baer, Wilson, Sig, etc. so I suspect am left with Para, Auto Ordanance, Taurus, STI, Rock Island and maybe Colt or Springfield?

    Of those options, which is better for reliability, fit and finish, accuracy, inculded options, and overall quality, etc? I dont want to spend alot to make a bad gun good. I would prefer to get the most gun for the money; extended thumb release and beavertail, rounded hammer, serated slide, stipled grip, trigger job, match barrel, etc. I realize I can't get all that, but some of those brands listed above are pretty loaded. What I don't want is to pay big bucks just to be in "the club" and find out its too expensive just to have fun.

    Can I get into a 1911 and be somewhat succesful or do you have to pay big money for a complete gun or one heavily modified to be competitive?

    Thanks for the responses. I am sure this will be fun.
     
  2. bac1023

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    How about an STI Spartan?


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  3. Tactical black

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    I would go with the STI I believe the spartan is under that price range.


    Edit: Bac beat me too it. :)
     
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  4. Hokie1911

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    Remington has a new 1911 out. They call it 1911 R1. I don't know the out the door price, but retail is $699.

    http://www.1911r1.com/
     
  6. bac1023

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    I paid $600 for mine.


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    The problem is the OP is looking to compete with his, so I suggest he goes with an enhanced model.
     
  7. bac1023

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    You should be able to grab a Kimber Custom II for $750 or under.


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  8. flynlead

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    :agree:
     
  9. THEPOPE

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    I own an STI, different model, a long-slide....but I like the STI line, and it could be the best out-of-box accurate-wise....

    Honestly, I have no experience with the Rem...

    Bac, how is the accuracy with it ?

    I am Out......:cool:
     
  10. Quack

    Quack Rent this space

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    STI Spartan
    they also have a contingency program.
     
  11. bac1023

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    The Spartan is actually built in the Philippines on an Armscor frame and slide and fitted with some STI small parts.

    Its a great shooter.
     
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  13. BuckyP

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    For competition shooting, the STI or Kimber would be a better choice because of the beavertail, extended safety and commander style hammer.
     
  14. Rinspeed

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    Spartan or Custom II.
     
  15. bac1023

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    :agree:

    I think that's the way to go.

    You can also get a good deal on a plain jane Smith SW1911.


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  16. Trey83

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    I can only recommend this based on my research since I don't have any of the models mentioned. I would go with the Spartan. I was planning to stay around the same price point and had it narrowed down to the Spartan and the Kimber Custom II. In the end I ended up spending a little more to get the Trojan and Have been thrilled with it. I have yet to hear a bad word about STI other than their roll marks.
     
  17. bac1023

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    Trey, that Trojan was a great choice. They're awesome 1911s. :)
     
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    go for the colt. hard to beat the best.
     
  19. Trey83

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    I've had it to the range twice now and just can't get enough of it. It was funny when I took my little brother to the range it was all he wnated to shoot out of the four guns I brought that day :supergrin: I had to tell him to save me some ammo :rofl:
     
  20. bac1023

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    Cool.

    I knew you would like it. :cool: