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What am I missing if I buy a Colt 70 series and not a fancy Custom gun?

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by Swatieson, Mar 17, 2011.

  1. Swatieson

    Swatieson

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    Hello,

    I want to buy the Colt 1911 70 series but I am worried about what I could be missing if I pass on 2000-3000ish custom versions like STI, Infinity, etc.

    Are custom builds a noticeable improvement over the classic 1911?

    Kind regards.
     
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  2. R0CKETMAN

    R0CKETMAN NRA MEMBER

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    SECONUS in HARD TARGET
    a few
    -lowered and flared
    -beavertail
    -polished feed ramp
    -decent sights
    -hit or miss trigger
     

  3. Goldendog Redux

    Goldendog Redux Shut your mouth

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    I carry a Wilson Combat rail gun at work. When I am not at work I carry a 1970's Colt Lightweight commander. I swapped the grip safety but otherwise it is stock. I like it just fine. Would I like to carry a Baer stinger? Yup. A Brown bobtail? Yup. Is it important enough for me to drop that much coin on a different gun that does effectively the same thing? Nope.

    MF
     
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  4. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr CLM

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    Think of it this way........would you rather drive a Buick or a Mercedes? :dunno:

    If ya got the money & can justify it, the Mercedes is 10x better!
     
  5. Hokie1911

    Hokie1911 >

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    ...or have the best of both worlds without breaking the bank...well, sort of.

    [​IMG]
     
  6. polizei1

    polizei1 It WAS Quack

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    Or send it to someone who can do this....


     
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  7. Swatieson

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    What do you mean by lowered and flared?

    I guess you can upgrade afterwards, can't you?
     
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    R0CKETMAN NRA MEMBER

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  9. MD357

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    He means the ejection port is lowered and flared.

    Honestly, just go out and get a basic 1911. Spending $2-3K on a 1911 isn't smart untill you know for sure what you want exactly. Only YOU can make that decision after you get some experience shooting them.
     
  10. akapennypincher

    akapennypincher Glock-O-Holic

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    You can spend CRAZY Amount of Money Tweeking a Colt Series 70, or maybe think about a Model with a Few Tweeks from Colt, that I like the Model # O1980XSE best as it is Blue, and a lot of Bang for YEE BUCK!
     
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    akapennypincher Glock-O-Holic

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    Would you like to share what you have in that BABY. Dollar & Cents.:wow:
     
  12. Hokie1911

    Hokie1911 >

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    This is a wise man. He speaks the truth. :wavey:
     
  13. HexHead

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    1" guarantee at 25 yards.
     
  14. thecableguy

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    :agree:
     
  15. Swatieson

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    Show off. :tongueout:
     
  16. polizei1

    polizei1 It WAS Quack

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    That's not mine, but John does have my EMP right now. :tongueout:

    John's builds start at $1,250 and go to $3,810, not including the base gun. www.harrisoncustom.com

    Considering what he had to do, I'm assuming that gun in particular is somewhere in the $2,000-3,000 range, not including the gun itself.
     
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  17. PlasticGuy

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    Like anything else in the world, you get what you pay for, but there is a point of diminishing returns. I want all forged/machined parts. Good hand fitting is necessary. More is better. I consider my hard chrome Baer TRS to be that point. I have a Yost Signature that is "better", but I paid a lot more for the increase in quality. Likewise, I have a Series 1 Kimber that would be infinitely better with $400 worth of small parts and hand fitting. Find the balance, and learn to live with it.
     
  18. MannyA

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    You will be saving $$$$$$
     
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    Its all about parts quality and fitting.

    By the way, I wouldn't put STI even remotely close to Infinity.
     
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    Yeah, but you get what you pay for.

    If you just want to save dollars, buy a RIA or Metro.