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1911 Recommendations

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by MikeInNPR, Dec 24, 2011.

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  1. MikeInNPR

    MikeInNPR Member

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    I am looking for a 1911 .45acp and wanting to hear opinions on the different offering out there. I do not want to go full custom. The gun will be used as a shooter and ccw piece but needs to be nice enough to show off.

    I've heard many opinions on the Taurus, RIA, PARA etc.. lower end pistols and it seems that these guns are very high value. But, how do they compare to the next price point.. say Springfield or even moving up to the Kimber's and Sig or even purchasing an older used Colt?

    Qualities I'm looking for are.. great trigger, nice slide to frame fit (not something that feels like 60 grit paper when you pull the slide back) and trust your life reliability.
     
  2. joe90t

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    SS Taurus 1911 A1. Nuff Said!!!! Joe W.
     
  3. Auctioneer

    Auctioneer Well-Known Member

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    STAY AWAY FROM TAURUS. Bad and I mean bad resale. You get what you pay for.

    Spend the money and get a proper gun. 1911 Colt, Springfield, Kimber. If your going to have it for CCW what is your life worth? My life is worth a Colt, Kimber or Springfield.
     
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    Drop a line to Ross Carter (ccw1911 on this site).

    He will give you the 'skinny' you are seeking - for instance the newer Kimbers are no where near the pistols the old ones were.

    He might even have one for sale...
     
  5. hmb

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    Have Springfield Armory build you one, you won't be disappointed. HMB
     
  6. billyboy07208

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    just buy a sig220 and forget about this 100 year old clunker.

    but if you must, buy a STI TROJAN
     
  7. twoatloweight

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    Taurus PT 1911 is a heck of a gun for the money.I also have and shoot several others so I have a point of comparison:STI,Fusion T-Comm,Sprfld,Para&SWGunsite.
     
  8. Auctioneer

    Auctioneer Well-Known Member

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    I forgot about the Sig. Great gun and I would put it with the others.
     
  9. g7777777

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    The thing about a Tarrus is that they are value priced with a lot of features and have a lifetime warranty

    I know a lot of people that shoot them and like them- but they will need a trigger job- and they might not be a match pistol

    Colt gold cups are a great value also- but you will hear people bad mouth them

    Regards from Iowa

    Gene
     
  10. shooter99

    shooter99 Well-Known Member

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    I shoot a S&W 1911 E series in Stainless (model 108482)it is tricked out over standard. It does very well for me.
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  11. Old Cowboy

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    Not to hi-jack the thread here but;

    What do y'all think of the Sig Sauer 1911-22.........mostly in terms of accuracy and general quality?

    John C. Saubak
     
  12. billyboy07208

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    If JM Browning was still alive,I`m sure even he would select something different than his old design.You want something close to what could have been,namely a 45acp highpower pistol,and that gun would be a CZ75 in 45.
     
  13. short shucker

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    STI makes a great 1911 at several price points. The S&W "E" series is way under priced for what you get. The Springfield TRP is the Gold standard for a carry 1911.

    Stay away from the modern day Kimbers. The old ones are a work of art though.

    ss
     
  14. Gary Waalkes

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    the big .45 is a lot of gun to conceal - consider the officers model
     
  15. Norsky

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    I have the Taurus in SS. Shooting it and my son's Kimber (at twice the price) I don't see/feel any differance. I would buy the same gun again. When researching before buying, I found most of the negative comments were from those who did not own a Taurus but were going on hearsay. Apparently Taurus had problems with some guns when they first began production.

    Merry Christmas to all.

    Regards,
    Ray
     
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    Could buy a Rock Island and send it to Ross Carter for a trigger job....and a new barrel if needed, and still have less than $1,000 in it.
     
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    Para is not a low end gun. However, I'd buy the Springfield 1911, about $700, and take it to a good gunsmith with about $300 and get it tricked out. New spring, sights etc. I shoot a Kimber 1922 Custom and have a Wilson Tactical. However, my Springfield with Wilson spring, Timiney trigger and adjustable sight shoots just as good.

    blade819
     
  18. TOOLMAKER 251

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    Someone mentioned a Sig 220, this is a comparison of the Sig and a 1911. The Sig is almost 1/2" shorter then a 5" 1911
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  19. short shucker

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    Toolmaker',

    Do you use BP or smokeless in those two guns?

    ss
     
  20. WGB

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    If my life needed to depend on it I would personally skip the low end pistols but that's your choice.

    Colt, Kimber Sig, STI to name a few proper 1911's in the mid range prices.

    Rock Island, Taurus.........your money and your life.
     
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