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I Need Your Help - Looking to Buy a 1911 But Unsure of What Brand

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by PopandGlock, Aug 11, 2012.

  1. PopandGlock

    PopandGlock

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    Budget will be around 1200 or so. If I can find one of quality for a cheaper price, then so be it.

    I've had my eyes on a couple of Kimbers and the such. But if you were to invest, what brand would you select?
     
  2. Ruggles

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    Can Of Worms Is Now Officially Open!

    Really can't go wrong with:

    Kimber
    Smith & Wesson
    Sig Sauer
    Springfield
    Ruger
    Colt
    STI

    All in that price range, some well below it. The issue is not so much brand but model, and then the choices get even greater.

    What are you looking to do with the 1911 in general, range, home defense, concealed carry? That will help narrow it down.
     

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    Being a heretic, and yet owning some high$$$ (at least to my budget) 1911s I still go back a few decades to my first 1911 and have to suggest, for a first 1911, that you start out in the lower price range until you get an idea of what YOU want and what you want to change.

    Later, if it isn't a matter of a few simple mods to the basic one, you can sell it and put the money towards a higer-end model that has what YOU want based on your own experience.

    Seems like a better plan, to me, than taking a +$1,000 "shot in the dark" as it were.
     
  4. ArmoryDoc

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    Interesting first post...

    Please check out the link in my signature. :)
     
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    I'd get one of the brands already listed. Get something basic and within your budget. Don't worry too much about it because it won't be your last.
     
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    Springfield Armory Range Officer:thumbsup:
     
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    From what I've found, Sig, though not a traditional 1911 (unless you buy a traditional model) gives you the most features/bang/quality for the buck. Depends on what you want though. I carry a sig XO daily. It's their base model but still comes with a match grade barrel and is fitted exceptionally well.
     
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    Colt, Springfield or Sig. Really can't go wrong statistically with any brands mentioned. As mentioned, the Springfield Range Officer is a great base .45 which you can upgrade later. You don't even have to spend $1200 to get a lot of gun.
     
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    The RO is my first 1911. Great package for around $750.
     
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    Rock Island makes a decent intro gun that you can work on yourself. If you totally screw it up, you can buy another one and still be under budget. Seriously though, they shoot great and operate very smooth after you go in and do some sanding/polishing. Use the money you save for good magazines, night sites and a holster because you need to budget for that too.
     
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    I've been really happy with my Springfield loaded.

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    Since we're doing show and tell.......

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    Okie,

    This is off topic but what blade have you got there?
     
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    Very nice. :thumbsup:
     
  19. Glock_en_speil

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    +1 The RO is a fantastic value with the current offerings. Springfield markets it as an entry level competition pistol but this package goes well beyond that and can easily be used to nightstand or range use. It's very accurate and made in the USA which is a big plus as many of Springfield's other 1911's are made in Brazil.
     
  20. Snaps

    Snaps Hail 2 The King

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    I currently own

    Kimbers
    Colt
    Sig
    Auto Ord
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    previously owned
    2 Springfields


    ONLY Brand i Have had any trouble with was Springfield, that was a micro compact. Went back to springer and came back working perfect.

    Right now best bang for the buck going if you shop around seems to be Sigs. And despite what you'll read on some internet sites, I have had nothing but great results with Kimber, and I don't personally know anybody who's had issues.


    EDIT: I'd also like to say dont go for the budget models because it'll cost you more money later on. Find what you want features wise, and buy that first.
     
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