Used 1911 price?

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  1. fg17

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    have the opportunity to buy a Smith&Wesson 1911. Standard stainless .45. Was made probably between 2003-2006. Won't be able to look at it for a couple months. If it's in good to real good condition what would be a fair offer and a good deal for me. Thanks for any replies.
     
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    If it's just a standard SW1911 from 10 years back, I'd say $500-$600, at most.
     

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    Thanks bac, yes its probably 10 years old. should I have any concerns or did S&W make any major changes since then. I do shoot quite a bit. mostly standard hardball, but also a small amount of hotter ammo due to the fact that I usually carry when I'm hunting or hiking in the backcountry. I carried a 1911 for six years when I was in the service but have never owned one. I have followed your posts for many years an respect your opinion when it comes to all things related to handguns so your reply is much appreciated.
     
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    While I have great respect for Bac, I don't think it's worth near that. $600 was near the new retail price of that gun. Then you add in that they are not standard spec 1911's, and most had external extractors, and you have a gun that has virtually no true value in the 1911 market. If it's what you want, go for it. But you can buy a new Kimber for only a couple hundred dollars more, or a Colt for less.
     
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    You won't be able to look at it for months? Perhaps you'll stumble across some other options before that.

    I'm not a big fan of the Smith 1911s. I sold mine some time back.
     
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    They sold for about $650-$700 new back then.. Like I said, if its in great condition with the box, $500 to $600 is tops, but it could certainly be less.

    Here's a couple on GB right now. One has live bids at over $450 with five days to go, so I think my price estimate was correct.

    http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=505436967

    http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=506182511

    They aren't worth it to me either, but I was just commenting on the gun's value.
     
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    I don't know much about the Smith version, and my memory is spotty...

    I seem to recall some very early ones that they built or had built that were all nearly hand fit. I seem to recall perhaps they had a JRD serial. I think there was a tie in with Jardine. Not sure if this is one or not.
     
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    Remember the early ones had a mechanical firing pin block based on the grip safety but it is not similar to a Swartz, like a Kimber. Also, supposedly the ones that have JRD and JRE as a prefix are the earlier ones and were built with help from the Performance Center training other workers and some people think are better. I have a JRE Commander size I bought back around 2005 new. It was about $850 then. The fit and finish is very nice and they all had external extractors. Oh yes and then there is the billboard.

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    When I see used ones they are in the $600 area in gun stores if in very good shape. Even to people who like the S&W 1911s I think the E Series sort of hurt their value.
     
  10. Nakanokalronin

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    Since you carried one and are familiar with it, then a standard 1911 configuration is what I'd buy. There are some pretty good brand new options out there in many configurations. It really depends on what your price range is.
     
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    Thanks for the replies. I could buy whatever I want as far as 1911s go. Always wanted to own one after carrying one in the service but could not really justify buying one. I mostly shoot glock and compete in gssf matches. I just figured if it's in great condition and I could get it for around 450-500 I would be saving around 400 from buying anything else new. Unless It's bare bones off brand I do not see many 1911s under 800.00 not counting tax and form fees ect..
     
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    Is there anything that makes the early ones less safe or durable than the e- series. It would mostly be uses as a range gun with some back country use. Shooting mostly standard 230 grain ball with some hotter plus p stuff for the backcountry. Thanks
     
  13. Nakanokalronin

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    What do you consider an off brand? Technically everything but Colt is an off brand. There are actually quite a few good 1911s at $800 or less. Best thing would be to buy online.
     
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    The only thing that would make the gun less safe, would be someone dicking with it that had no idea what they were doing.

    If the gun is box stock and in good condition, there is no reason not to buy. S&W's are very good 1911's.
     
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    Thanks
     
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    Off brand was probably the wrong word. companies like Auto ord. Charles daly, Rock island, Norinco... What new 1911 would you buy under 800. before buying a used S&W 1911 in excellent condition for around 500. thanks
     
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    Under 800 but close to 500? In excellent condition?
    Might get lucky online. That's a hard bill to fill.
    Range officer should be around $700 new.
    You could get a SA Loaded for around $700-$750 lightly used, excellent condition.