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Old 10-19-2011, 11:52 PM   #1
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Im gona buy a 1911 around the end of the year, but want to do my research ahead of time, so what brands should I stay clear of? I dont want to break the bank when I buy one so I dont need any special match grade nail driver up to 500yds just a good reliable plain full size model 1911. Any help would be greatly appreciated
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Old 10-19-2011, 11:59 PM   #2
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I've went with tauras pt 1911, had it for about 2 years, put around 1000 rounds through it. Smooth action, no problems so far. Target shoot and carry it hunting and conceal carry in winter at times. around $600
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im still using a old SF1911-A1 i bought back om the 80's. it survived a dbl charge ka-boom.

so im pretty happy with mine

have had
lllama
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all where good but the SF is still here and the rest have gone down the road
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Old 10-20-2011, 12:06 AM   #4
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Kimber, springfield, para, s&w, ruger. Kimber would be my 1st choice if in your price range, springfield and para would be my next tier.
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What is your budget? Do you want a shooter, something beautiful or a something authentic? Are you picky enough to care about MIM parts and cast versus forged frames/slide?

I think the Springfield Armory Loaded at ~$1000 is a great deal for what is offered and SA has great customer support. The SA Mil-Spec is also great for around $700.

I also think the Sig 1911 Tac Ops at around $1000 is a nice value for it's features.

If you got about $1500 then a SA TRP or a Dan Wesson Valor is good to go.

If your really poor then go for a Rock Island Armory at ~$400. This is the cheapest shooting 1911 I know.

I also have a Llama 1911 I'm willing to sell for $300.
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Old 10-20-2011, 12:33 AM   #6
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taurus 1911s look great but are notorious for having failures with the ambi-safety falling out because of the way its made

its better to spend a little more up front and get one that isnt TOO basic, such as the G.I springfield, the MIL-spec is the next level up, it has the flared ejection port that is a must-have if you dont like getting hit in the face with brass
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Old 10-20-2011, 12:54 AM   #7
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Im gona stay under 1000 for sure, I like the Springfield,and have seen some in the past (used) for about 400-500. I just want something basic accurate and reliable. What is every ones opinon of the goverment model vs the commander in any brand.
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If you are going to stay in the sub $1k range the BEST bet is a Rock Isand Tactical and a case (1,000rds) of ammo.

A $400 RIA is just as good as any $750 Kimber or Springer, especially the ones produced today.
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Old 10-20-2011, 01:40 AM   #9
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Stick with the full size government models. Government size 1911s in .45 are the most reliable.

The reason why I like SA is for their quality, excellent customer service and high value. Most other 1911 companies are good to go. The other big name production 1911 companies such as Kimber, Sig, Colt, Taurus, Para Ordnance, Smith and Wesson just don't peak my interest, have minor quirks at times in quality and their customer service may not be great. It really mostly boils down to preference.
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Old 10-20-2011, 01:43 AM   #10
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+1 for RI tactical.. mine is dead on accurate and my daily carry
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