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Graduation gift for BIL: 1911 under $1500

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by CCO, Apr 4, 2012.

  1. CCO

    CCO Wandering CLM

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    I need a graduation 1911 for my brother in law. I had decided on the STI Guardian, but I can't find one anywhere in my time frame, so I'm back to punt.

    Requirements:

    1. Need it in a month
    2. Under $1500
    3. .45 Caliber
    4. Prefers SS or SS Slide

    The SS thing, I think he can live without. I found a government sized Fusion on another board for $1400 and will probably snatch that up if I can't find something with a SS slide that looks like a good deal. I really wanted to get him that Guardian, since we live in TX (STI is TX), and it's a great carry size while being what I'd consider a heirloom piece. I don't want to get him a run of the mill Springer, Kimber, Remington, or Sig. Nothing against those guns, but I want this to be something special.

    This will be his first gun, although he's handled a Beretta plenty during his 3 tours in Iraq and Afganistan. About the BIL: Former marine, Current law student graduating in May. Thoughts?
     
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    Dan Wesson Valor.
     
  4. CCO

    CCO Wandering CLM

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    Man, I don't even buy guns that nice for myself. But I'm an only child, so he's like my own brother.
     
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    jwhite75 Gubmint Worker

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    The TRP fits your criteria and is an absolute top of the line gun he will always remember and cherish.
     
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    CCO Wandering CLM

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    Goldendog Redux Shut your mouth

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    The TRP and Valor are fantastic solutions. I would submit getting him a Commander sized gun like a Dan Wesson V-Bob or Guardian. Maybe you can up your price a little and look into a Les Baer. There is nothing wrong with finding a great Colt 1911 although it might take some searching and probably some tweaking.

    The commander sized guns are every bit as awesome as a 5" 1911 and are easier to carry should he decide to use it in that fashion.

    Keep us in the loop.

    MF
     
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    jwhite75 Gubmint Worker

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    Only thing that keeps me from the Valor...they are fine guns, but I would rather have one made by an American Company. Dan Wesson is owned by CZ.

    A 1911 is an American Icon.

    You wont make a bad choice with either.
     
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    CCO Wandering CLM

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    Hmmmm, maybe I posted too soon. I just got an email that somebody has the Guardian in stock. I think I'll just go that route. Perfect carry size, and a nice pistola to boot, something different than the masses. Thanks though guys!
     
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    Guardian would be an outstanding choice!
     
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    At $1500, its hard to beat a Springfield TRP.
     
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    TN.Frank Liberty or Death

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    If I had $1500 to spend on a 1911(never will but hey, I'll play along.) I'd either go with a Springfield Armory gun(for some reason I really would like one, not sure why.) or maybe this.
    http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/...11534963/Kimber+3200052+SS+Pro+Carry+II+45ACP
    I know Kimber has a mixed reputation from reports and reviews I've read, some folks love em', some can't stand em' but this looks like a pretty decent gun for the money. With what's left over you can get him some extra, quality mags, a holster and some ammo and he'll be set. Lucky guy.:supergrin:
     
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    Dan Wesson Valor, no mim parts. www.covecreekoutfitters.com has them (4 or 5 inch) for $1450.00.

    Bob Serva is the owner of Fusion (sold CZ the rights to Dan Wesson), you can't go wrong with a Fusion either. Bob is a great guy and will build pretty much anything to your liking. I believe the wait is like 14 weeks depending on finish and what you want done.
     
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    Dan Wesson Valor at budsgunshop. around $1300. Valor > TRP all day everyday.
     
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    :faint:Must of got a good one built to your spec's.... I wouldn't trust "Bob the builder" to run a lemonade stand, let alone a gun manufacturer.
     
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    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    The new for 2012 blued Colt Gold Cup National Match. A remake on a classy pistol.
     
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    Dan Wesson Valor for a 1911 under $1500. Easy.
     
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    CCO, you sure must be a nice guy. What a outstanding gift for the BIL!