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Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by JimVol, Jan 12, 2012.

  1. JimVol

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    Several years ago I bought a Charles Daly 1911. It was stainless steel, had a beaver tail grip safety, ambi safety, but I couldn't get the darn thing to feed. So I field stripped it and found it loaded with cosmoline or something similar. I figured this was the problem and I cleaned it as best I could and went back to the range. I still couldn't get the thing to feed.

    This experience severely skewed my perception of the 1911. So I traded the thing off.

    Since then I have been perfectly happy with my simple Khar P9 9mm. I have about 1000 rounds through it and it has never had a failure to feed.

    Well, I have an itch for a full size and I was pretty settled on a Glock 17... Until I helped my buddy clean his Colt 1911 Mk IV the other day.

    Now I want a Glock and a 1911. However I do not want a repeat experience with the 1911, but I feel like I didn't give the Charles Daly a fair shake. Maybe it was something simple that I should have changed?

    Oh well. I guess I am having very delayed sellers remorse.

    I'm going to have a budget around 600-700$

    I know I can get a rock island or a Charles Daly for 400-500$... Would it be stupid to buy another import .45?

    I would like to have a colt, but I can't pay the Colt tax right now.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Breadman03

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    The Ruger SR1911 should be near your price range. They can be tough to find, though.
     

  3. M&P Shooter

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    Your CD could have had a dinged feed ramp, worn recoil spring, bad mag spring or mag lip or a number of other quick, cheap DIY fixes. The 1911 is a awesome platform and dam pretty. Take a look at Remington R1 or Ruger SR1911:wavey:

    Here's my Remington 1911 R1, I added a Wilson match trigger & Wilson hammer for $55
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  4. rbsoto8

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    In that price range i would look for a springer loaded or a kimber custom II....They can be had for in the 650 range used in my area if you are patient....The ruger is sweet but like everyone else you are gunna pay over $800 for it when it should me mid $600's....
     
  5. emopunker2004

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    Ruger SR1911, Remington R1E, Amercian Classic II, Taurus PT1911. I have an American Classic II. It's built in the Philippines by Metro Arms. Could not be happier.
     
  6. fnfalman

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    I know that the Charles Daly pistols were made in the Phillipines but I don't know which Filipino gun maker turned them out for Charles Daly. I remembered seeing and handling them and just the looks alone turned me off plus a bunch of bad reports. However, nowadays the Filipino guns are pretty damn nice and still cheap as hell.

    For around $400, I'd suggest something from American Tactical. They have several variations: Government type, Commander type, Officer type, railed Government type and a Commander type with clone Novak sights.
     
  7. J.R. Bob Dobbs

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    My Rock Island Armory ($400 range new) was the first Reliable 1911 I owned. It's Philipine. I just might buy another ......
     
  8. JimVol

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    After I started this thread last night I went to YouTube and started watching a bunch of 1911 videos. I am now convinced that I should have detail stripped the Charles Daly and cleaned more. I probably should have invested in some Chip McCormick or Wilson combat mags.

    Looks like I am going to be on the hunt for a 1911 real soon. Since handling my buddy's Colt I have got an itch that has to be scratched. I will consider one of the new phillipino 1911's since I have been hearing a lot of good things about the new ones.

    Maybe I will find an affordable Colt! Now that would make my day!

    Thanks!
     
  9. scattershot

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    I recently bought a Rock Island Armory Tactical model, and have been very pleased with it.
     
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    The RIA 2011 Tactical model above is $500 on centerfire. I put a fiber optic on mine for $18 but you can get the model with Meprolight NS for $600. It's a great gun; on par with the SR1911 and PT1911 I've owned which are rivals in the entry level 1911 market.
     
  11. emopunker2004

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    Armscor made the Charles Daly 1911. RIA is the same as the CD
     
  12. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    Just keep an eye out for them at your local gun shops. And then negotiate, negotiate, negotiate.
     
  13. mr.scott

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    the pt1911 is garbage. I've broken them just handling them in the store. My buddy that runs a gun shop wont even sell them because he gets so many back that broke after a few hundred rounds. the most common failures are the safety breaking, and slide stops snapping.

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  14. Islander1

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    I doubt that! I have probably 10,000 trouble free rounds through my Taurus PT1911. It's the best inexpensive 1911 out there.
     
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    This is an American Classic .45 cal Commander (sans the grips). As tight as my Kimber at 1/2 the price. Replaced the OEM magazine and tuned the extractor and now it is my main carry piece.

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  16. Islander1

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    Thats a fine looking AC 1911!
     
  17. bac1023

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    RIA and Charles Daly are the same. Both are built by Armscor in the Philippines.

    The CD name isn't used anymore. Citadel took its place.

    Take a look at my guide for some other suggestions in that price range. :)
     
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    ARMSCOR must have done something after Charles Daly because I remembered looking at some of those CD guns and told myself how junky looking they were.
     
  19. emopunker2004

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    Gr nvm. It wont post my pictures right using flickr.
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  20. JK-linux

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    For less than $600 you can get a cherry Norinco which are generally regarded pretty well amongst many 1911 shooters.