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**What 1911 is best**

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  1. 7771

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    I am looking to buy a 1911 it doesnt have to be fancy or expensive i just want a good sold shooter old, new or used. If anyone can give me any input on what brand is best or if anyone has one they are willing to sell it would be appreciated.
    Thanks!
     
  2. RENOSTEVE

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    Careful TK you can get bit by the .45 bug! You may want to check with Forbes as you never know what he has in the case. Take care, Steve.
     
  3. 7771

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    Steve i will check with tom one day when im down there i know he is always getting stuff in there. Ive always wanted a good 45.
     
  4. gsw7880

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    Kimber.... One of the best if not the best 1911 you can buy.
     
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    For a production .45 I like Kimber. Very accurate and reliable.
     
  6. Jim R

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    I have a Kimber, a mid 1960's Colt and a cheap Taurus "PT-1911" and I shoot the Taurus the most. I'll never be a good shot with a hand gun and I would rather wear out a cheap on than The Colt or the Kimber.


    By the way I shoot the PT-1911 as well as the other two

    Jim R
     
  7. concordefamily

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    Kimber. Maybe a better question would be "What 1911 should I not buy?"
     
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    You will never regret buying a Colt......as all of the others depreciate. If your going to go the cheap route....buy cheap, as theres no sense in a high priced retro- non-Colt. Are the Colts better??....the used market says they are. If you are only looking at price, then theres a lot to chose from.
     
  9. JerryP

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    You generally get what you pay for, except when you buy a Colt. Les Baer makes a premium gun, Kimber is not in the same class.
     
  10. cnsane

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    If'n you wants a pretty gun, buy a Kimber. If you want a pretty good gun, buy a Colt and then have it 'smithed for a set of tritium sights and a trigger and feed job.
     
  11. JerryP

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    And you can also use the Colt for a baby rattle.
     
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    Wilson Combat

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  13. Oscar Ray

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    Kimber is probably the best production .45 on the market, yet in its basic version, the Custom Classic, it is gonna be near $800. You can get a Sprinfield Armory for less and it is a good shooter. For just a BASIC 1911, its hard to bead the Rock Island guns and they are less than $450, but it is a very basic 1911.

    Oscar
     
  14. stokinpls

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    Think John Browning would have ever thought his design would end up with a plastic mainspring housing in it?
     
  15. short shucker

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    My favorite 1911's under $1500 Are the Springfield Range Officer, and the S&W "E" Series 1911's. These guns really accel in the bang for the buck meter. They shoot very well and have the right balance of features.

    In the $1500 and up range, Ed Brown hands down.

    Honerable mention, I have a Rock Island Match that'll outshoot my RO and it cost a couple of hundred dollars less. The fit and finish is just as good as, if not better than, most of my other 1911's.

    Mind you, these are just my views.

    ss
     
  16. Garry

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    **What 1911 is best**

    Les Baer and Wilson Combat
     
  17. mcneeley5

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    What about the new Ruger 1911?
     
  18. Jerry944t

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    Actually I would avoid Kimber unless you can find a used Series 1 model. The Series 2 guns have an overly complicated safety (Swartz safety) and customer service has deteriorated. Lots of people love them though and they are pretty.

    If I was looking for a decent quality 1911, with adjustable sights, that was under $1000 I would go for a Springfield RO (Range Officer) or the new Ruger 1911 which has gotten excellent reviews but is presently hard to find.

    You could buy a RIA but they are rough out of the box and not nearly as nice as the two I mentioned. They are inexpensive and they do function.

    BTW there is a fellow, user name "eric" selling a nice Kimber at a fair price in the "for sale" section of this forum.
     
  19. WZsembik

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    I've had good luck with my Springfield "Loaded" (similar to the RO except with fixed night sights and an ambidextrous safety)

    Bill
     
  20. oskerspap12

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    The best is.....like stated earlier.....a Les Baer,or a Wilson Combat.I can't afford them,so I'll just shoot my Kimber Gold Match,and be happy.....very,very happy.But,I don't think that is what this gentelman is asking.......again,as stated before........Springfield Armory can't be beat for the money.Plus,you can slick,and dick a Springfield into a really nice shooting handgun.There again,that also takes money.Ya can't take it with you,now can ya?Buy the best you can afford,and start stockin' up on brass......45s are a addictive,much like trap shooting.Shoot 'em up my friend................

    D.P.Reynolds
     
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