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What 1911's to avoid?

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by themighty9mm, Mar 8, 2010.

  1. themighty9mm

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    What manufacturers should I avoid, and if not a specific manufacturer what models and why? Specifically production guns? in the under 1200 range
     
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  3. SouthpawShootr

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    That didn't take long.

    I can't really think of any I would say "don't buy." Maybe any of the AMTs. The Llama guns, but they're not really 1911s. I wouldn't recommend the Taurus. Some of the groundwork is done, but the "features" are poorly executed.
     
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    I second the Taurus.

    I'm not a huge fan of the higher end Paras either. I just don't think they're a good value.
     
  5. themighty9mm

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    Bac in my price rang whats available? Kimber Custom 2, springfeild milspec and loaded, sti trojan. Is para ordance any good? I dont think the TRP or DW valor will be an option
     
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  7. HexHead

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    Don't overlook getting a Colt.
     
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    That really depends on your expectations... if you want a basic gun that feeds FMJ and goes bang every time, most all 1911s on the market will satisfy such basic demands.

    If you want a finely finished, nicely fit, reliable with any ammo and quite accurate, the list starts to shrink a good bit.

    I think any of those would treat you right... but as was already posted... don't overlook the Colt.
     
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    I'm a big fan of the Kimber TLE. Mine has been excellent.

    I'm not wild about Para-Ord. I have 3 of them and each has required just a bit of tweaking to run well, but if you're willing to risk a little troubleshooting, it might be ok.

    I like Rock Island.

    You might try to stretch your budget a bit and get a Springfield TRP.
     
  10. FM12

    FM12 I need AMMO!

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    Get a springer and be done with it!!
     
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    All of them. Once you get a hold of one, they start to multiply.

    Seriously, I’ll say any thing from Springfield, or Colt. You can even find some semi customs in great shape used in that price range.
     
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    Saw an almost brand new Colt Gold Cup at a local shop here in Central FL for $699
     
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    Don't limit your search so much. The $1200 price point opens up many options. You should be able to score a like new TRP or Valor in that range. I know there are several used TRP's in the sale section here all the time for around $1100. The Valors aren't as common but they are out there.
    One member posted about a nice used semi-custom(Baer I think) for like $1200 recently.
     
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    I'd go with an STI Trojan.


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    The problem I see with the OPs question is the answers are so subjective. I like Colts, but the OP might completely dislike all Colts.

    The OP might buy the hated Taurus and have a 100%, reliable, accurate 1911.

    He might buy a STI Trojan and have nothing but problems.

    I would think the OP should rent as many different 1911s as he can in his area and go from there.
     
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    I have seen crap from just about every manufacturer. Ya pays yer money and ya takes yer chances. -Goodspeed
     
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    Someone mentioned AMT as one to avoid. Most of the time this is a true statement.
    However, a friend in Georgia picked up a stainless 10mm AMT longslide at a small
    gunshot for $200. He was having feed issues with it, I told him first thing replace the
    unknown manufacturer magazine. He replaced it with a Colt Delta and MecGar mags.

    He's got just over 5k flawless rounds fired.
     
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    They need some trigger work too.

    I swear the trigger on these things has got to be at least 10 lbs. :rofl:


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    Taurus, they are only made to look good in the store, it goes down hill from there.

    For me, if we are talking about value, I stay away from colt too. Nothing wrong with the guns, but they need to lob off the $100-200 premium they charge for their name compared to comperably equipted (or illequipted) guns.

    You can't really go wrong with Springfield, Smith &Wesson, or Kimber IMO