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Thread: Which 1911?

  1. #41
    Boolit Master

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    Quote Originally Posted by mozeppa View Post
    ed brown
    I understand where you are coming from. BUT! I have been on the EB site to buy magazines for a new Dan Wesson carry 1911 and have looked at Ed Brown in stock guns. The three models in the Carry series ranged from $2995 to $3660. I paid less than half that for the DW. It will probably take over $200 in ammunition to break it in. It is very stiff right now.

    I read an article a few days ago that reviewed a Sig 1911 carry gun. I realize that these types of articles are supposed to be favorable but this one was almost over the top with praise. I almost had buyer's remorse when he quoted the MSRP. It also looked good(sexy). I think it was this one but can't be sure:


  2. #42
    Boolit Master
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    I was in a gun store years ago and bought a used Auto Ordnance 1911, GI sights. I thought to myself "I will plink with this until I can afford a better one".

    Well, thousands of rounds later that gun is still ticking. It is more accurate than I am and very reliable. When I got it the dealer, who is also a gunsmith, recommended that I replace the firing pin stop and extractor. I did and the gun has been flawless.

    It eats a steady diet of Lee 230 gr RN or Lee 200 gr LSWC over 5 gr of Bullseye

    I recently snagged a deal on a Rock Island 1911 in 38 Super. It is an outstanding gun.

    Steve in N CA.

  3. #43
    Boolit Master

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    Well......there's really nothing wrong with this one......!
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  4. #44
    I have 3 1911’s, all Colt’s, because I love Colt’s. A 1911 master once suggested that there is no such thing as a 1911 clone, it’s either a 1911 or it’s not, regardless of who manufactured it. He had a 1911 made in Brazil which all the parts mic’d to Mil Spec, he suggested it was a 1911, not a clone.

    There are lot of good 1911’s today. Mil Spec means all the parts could be interchanged for field cannibalizing, which isn’t important to us in the civilian world.

    One of my Colt’s is a Series 70 steel 5” worked over by Wilson, great gun, I have lots of money into this one. Another 1911 is a 5” lightweight I bought new. Both work flawlessly. Both were carried when I was a law enforcement officer. I shot an active shooter at 80 yards with my lightweight 5”.

    This 1911 master suggested we get one good 5” steel 1911 working well, regardless of its cost or brand. After that, we can mess with other 1911’s. I had a Colt’s Commander which I purchased new and it ran flawlessly however I didn’t like it, I felt the slide snapped when fired so I sold it.

    Sig had .380 micro 1911 at a seminar I attended. They had a case ammo and we could not get this micro 1911 to jam.

    My third 1911 is a high polish nickel Series 70 which I purchased used, it has not been successful in running reliably yet.

  5. #45
    Boolit Man
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    Which 1911?

    For Best Buy, either the Springfield milspec or the range officer. I think they give you the most quality gun for the money. Personally, I am fine with the mil spec. But look at both.

    Both of these are good starting places for future modifications. I believe both the frame and slide are forged. And Springfield barrels are usually pretty good. You can always get a fitted bushing.

    The Colts Series 70 reissue is also very nice. Iím not sure if itís still in production, but Iím sure itís out there. Nicer finish.

    For custom high end, I like Ed Brown. His 1911 replacement parts are also very good.

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  6. #46
    Boolit Master

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    Central Maine
    In relation to price, I'd go Ruger, Springfield Range Officer and then Dan Wesson. Don't be afraid to try used too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tazlaw View Post
    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.
    I found myself not quite flat broke a couple years ago, and thinking if I didn't get some sort of 1911 RFN I might never be able to get one. My favorite pawn shop also sells new guns, and they had a Tisas Zig M1911. Made in Turkey. $350 NIB. Looked at it, shook it. Didn't rattle nearly as much as I remember my dad's old GI 1911. I've actually lived in Turkey, knew both the kinds of quality problems they can have, and the kind of craftsmanship some of their folks also have. Bought it, and a couple of boxes of Winchester .45 acp. It has a Mec-Gar 8 round blued steel magazine, and the old GI-style sights, exactly what I learned to shoot an autoloading large-bore pistol with. Now, I've only fired about a box of the factory loads through it, but I prevailed on my brother to supply a few hundred of his handloads, and I've shot heck out of it. I've also put the old 1961 Colt Exercito Brasiliero slide I got from my dad on it just to test the fit. It fits with no slop. Haven't tried to fire it with that slide, as it's missing some important parts, but the Tisas barrel also fits the Brasilian slide. One of these days, after I collect some more parts, I may give it a try. In the meantime, I love my 1911. You could do worse. Same store was asking $500 for the Rock Island 1911's they had in stock.

  8. #48
    Boolit Buddy
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    Snow melted enough to fire my Tesas with cast reload. Ran like a clock. Mine has a excellent military style parkerized finish, including the barrel. The shooter has 1911a1 sights and thumb safety, as well as lanyard loop and wide checkered hammer. Some difference from the military 1911a1 is a lowered ejection port, the mag well is beveled. The trigger is not too bad, better than a series 70 I bought in the 1970s. The OP couldn't choose a better 1911 with no bells or whistles. Mine was less than $400 after taxes and shipping.

  9. #49
    Boolit Buddy
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    Just purchased what may be one of the last few Turkish 1911's on the market A Tisas Zig M45, Commander 1911!!! I've always wanted some variety and knew no matter how much I saved I could never put $$$k on one. I narrowed it down to this a Taurus or RIA's. This was the least expensive of the three but by only $60. I choose it b.c. it has better sights, 3 mags instead of 1, and it had out of all the reviews I only found one very negative. My FFL who also is more educated in 1911's than I was on the Taurus wagon, but is very excited to get his hands on this.

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