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Thread: Which 1911?

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    Which 1911?

    I have a S&W M&P Shield 45acp. But itís not a 1911. I want a 1911. Never owned one but I NEED one! So my question is; with a lack of funds and desire for a quality firearm, what is the best 1911 variant I should sets my sights on? Quality, cost, functionality, and looks all need to be considered.

    On a side note; has anyone used a FNX-45? The 15 round mag sounds nice! But again, itís not a 1911.
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    Rock Island. I've fired 2 and both were more accurate than my Colt GI out of the box.
    The price is hundreds below a Colt as well.

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    Rather than read the menu from right to left, and get whatever is cheapest:
    Save up and get what ya really want.
    A Kimber, Les Baer, Colt, whatever.

    Ya won't ever have buyer's remorse- and the pride of ownership will last forever.

    Back in the 80's I was in the same spot.
    I resisted the urge for some clone, saved up another few weeks and got a new Cold Gold Cup.
    In almost 40 years, I've never had a single regret for doing that.
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    Either an midrange(price) RIA or a lower end Springfield. I have experience with both and the products are good.

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    1. Decide on the sights you want.
    2. Decide on the grip safety style you want.

    To change either of those usually requires machining of the slide or frame. Get what you want when you buy it to save money later on.
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    I have 2 Ruger SR1911s: the .45 is the full sized & the 9mm is the Officer Model. The sights & trigger on both were great out of the box. I have no desire to change (update) anything on either. The 9mm has a throated bbl. as a standard feature. They were not cheap, but they were reasonable.

    I don't regret buying either.

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    I get crud every time I say this, but i love my Taurus 1911. I would put it up against ANY 1911. $500 out the door.
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    Ohhhh.......so many 1911s, so little time. Don't forget to look at some used ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snow ninja View Post
    I get crud every time I say this, but i love my Taurus 1911. I would put it up against ANY 1911. $500 out the door.
    Taurus has improved their firearms a lot in the past few years , I have two , a 45 acp revolver and a 9mm semi-auto , not one complaint and would look long and hard at the Taurus 1911 .

    You will get no crud or badmouthing from me...based on my experiences .
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    I have a Ruger 1911 Commander, won't part with it ever.
    I've owned:
    70 series Colt - very good gun.
    Springfield Armory GI - good gun.
    80 series Colt - ok to good.
    The Ruger is the best so far in fit, finish and accuracy. And never a malfunction.
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    Also don’t overlook Remington R1. I bought an R1S off for under $600.00 less than a year ago and have loved it. It is my go to for carry and fun shooting auto. Since the 1911 and the revolvers have joined the stable my plastical guns are getting a lot of leisure time.

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    I have 2 Rugers 1911 9mm and 45 will not part with ether of them both shot spot on
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    Dan Wesson. If you can swing it. A solid platform which you can have extras added to when funds allow.

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    I own several 1911's.
    Kimber, Springfield, & Ruger.

    One feature I totally prefer is adjustable sights. Different loads & such CAN make a big difference in the POI.
    And out of the many good offerings out there,, I really like the fact that the Ruger has the Safety/slide stop plunger tube as a cast part of the frame,, & not a staked in part.
    Shooting USPSA for over 20 years,, I have seen almost ALL brands of 1911's,, and have had experiences with lots of them. If you really want to get a good one,, buy one that has a reputation of holding up for 10's of thousands of rounds. Buy quality,, buy once!

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    Had a Taurus 1911 , shot so far to the left you couldn't sight it in. Their "life time warranty " is a estimated time for repairs. Slide stop quit at 300 rounds, replaced it with an Ed Brown stop. Traded the gun to a dealer who had stung me once for a real Colt 1991A1.
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    I’ve got 8 1911s from ww1 colts to 10mm Kimber, Remington, les Baer. But I’ll be honest my $350 metro arms shoots just as good as my 3k 1911s

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    I own some Taurus handguns and think highly of them. I owned one Taurus 1911 bought new a couple of years ago. Worst piece of crap I have ever owned. Even my gunsmith, who was a military armorer, couldn't get it to work. It went down the road.

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    ive got a colt ngc,springfield,taurus and 2 customs, the 2 cheap guns shoot very good after very few rounds down the pipe and get better with use or very little polishing

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    Springfield defender milspecs are great for the price, as low as $400 otd
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    The 1911, like so many other guns, have many clones to the original.
    I have had (still have) several 1911 'clones'. I do not have any original Colt 1911.
    Like all cloned guns, you 'might' get one that doesn't run right.
    I had a Thompson that didnt run right, changed out the slide stop and all was fine.
    A friend had a Remington that wouldnt run.
    I have a Norinco, ballistor-molina, and a pawn-shop generic, and they all run fine.
    If you tight on money, then get a cheap one, if it don't run right, trade/sell it off to get your money back out of it, and try again.
    IF you GOT the money, then get the $1,000 example and be all done with shopping.
    I had a Rock Island that wouldn't run. I got my money out of it, and moved on.
    Bottom line is that clones can be a 'hit or miss' proposition.
    Do not be scared, but only be aware.

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