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Just don't understand why they have to cost sooooo much?!

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by B_RAD, Mar 15, 2010.

  1. B_RAD

    B_RAD

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    Ok. I know why. Because people buy them and they cost more to make but I just get mad when I look at the $2000+ 1911's. I've had a Nitghthawk and loved it. Wish I hadn't traded it. I've gone a Glock kick lately. I know a Glock is and will never be a top shelf 1911 but for around $500 it's kind of hard to beat. Anyone else think that the prices are getting a little crazy?
     
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    About as crazy as spending damn near $600 (after taxes and fees) for a Glock.....There is a whole lot more that goes into building a nice 1911 than building a Glock. I own a bunch of both, and they are a total apples to oranges comparison.
     

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    I wasn't trying to compare them. I should have said that. I love 1911's I have 2 and have had lots more. I had a Dan Wesson that I bought for $620 NEW about 3 yrs ago. Talk about kicking my self. I sold it and wish I hadn't! Anyways, the 1911 is my favorite pistol design! I'm just saying that the prices have gone through the roof in the last 5 or so years! They're almost pricing them out of range. For me at least.
     
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    and you are correct- people are willing to pay that price, so if the market will bear it- there you are! Same way with cars, etc.

    Being an older guy, it's painful to "remember" when things were a tad more reasonable. Still, cost of living goes up and I suppose if one did a market analysis on COL then and now, the disparity would not seem as great. My first new car in 74 or 75 (that's 1974 or 75 ;>0) cost me about $4300.00 (nicely appointed Chev. Nova) and I was making about $9k a year. So if a person is making say $50K a year today, and a decently appointed car is $25-$27K...seems about on par, I guess ;>)

    Glocks are a tremendous value, or "bang for the buck" handguns. Come with a "full melt" package, widened mag well, high capacity, nice combat trigger pull, easy to operate and field strip. Reliable to the max! Can't beat 'em- especially in the used market! You are right- they won't ever be a "high end" 1911, but they ain't intended to be. And nowadays Glock is updating and servicing their handguns to subsequent owners like other companies do ONLY for original owners- they truly are an excellent value.

    Brian
     
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    They do not have to cost thousands upon thousands to get a decent 1911.

    After a certain price point you are paying for an artisan and his work.
     
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    I do wish they didn't cost so much too, but agree with Hail Ceasar that you don't have to spend thousands to get a good 1911. I think that they are pretty good in the just under $1000 range.
     
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    I know they all don't cost $2000+ but to get the bells and whistles you'll have to pay that. I know you can get a Dan Wesson or Springfield for around the $1000 range that are great pistols. I had a Nighthawk and a Dan Wesson and the price difference was about $1500. The DW was very accurate and I mead really good but NH was little better in the accuracy department and it was even a competition as far as looks or bells and whistles. Whish I still had both. I've also had several Kimbers and while I like them I think they are the most overpriced. I'm just going to have to get another Dan Wesson. I just can't see my self paying $2000+ for a gun again.
     
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    I agree--Have a hard time justifying the $2K also..understand what you get but parting with the $ is another story.
     
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    What he said! Most of your mid priced 1911' run just as reliably and are plenty accurate. I don't need all the bells and whistles.
     
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    Both my latest 1911's have been >$2k. The latest is by far my favorite and the best for the money of any I've had as far as I'm concerned.
     
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    If you want to date a super model you have to shell out some ¨Jack¨. Unless of course you´re a a six pack/Rosie O´Donnell type of fella. :whistling:



    :supergrin::rofl:
     
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    Most recent was a Baer Super Tac. Prior one a Brown Kobra Carry.
     
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    I remember my first 1911 was a nice Colt Combat Government Model series 70 and I paid somewhere around 400 bucks for it.
    At that time I think that was close if not more than a weeks wages.
     
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    Ahh, the good old days........

    I wish I made as much as I do now way back then, I'd be soaked in Colt's.
     
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    The problem I see are the companies that try to emulate the $2K guns with cheap parts and poor workmanship, then push them as "as good as" or "the working man's gun". Cheap is as cheap does. You can decorate a Bic lighter as much as you want, but it's still disposable.
     
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    I like them all!

    Having said that, I'd like to own a bunch of full-on customs, but instead (due to my personal allowance) I tend to settle for the high-end production guns or an occasional (used) semi-custom.

    Of course, sometimes a Colt catches my eye and having owned them in one form or another since the 70s, I have a bit of a soft-spot for them too. :supergrin:
     
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    You might be a tad surprised at the 2010 Dan Wesson price list......:whistling:
     
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    There are also $500 1911's that are hard to beat, such as RIA Tactical, Para GI Expert, Springer GI, ..... The Glock isn't a custom gun, and neither are these 1911's, the more involved you want to be with the building of the 1911, the more it will cost
     
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    Why is a Lexus more money than a Toyota?