Re: First 1911 suggestions
Over the past 5 years I've owned about every brand of production 1911 out there. I might be lucky but I've never owned a bad one or one that was ammo picky, but then again I shoot ball ammo primarily. I like Springers as they do not have the extra hardware associated with a firing pin block and are a good value. I've liked the S&W models I've had as well even if they differ from the 1911 standard by using external extractors. I haven't had a chance to test the new Ruger offering yet but it's priced reasonably as I've heard of them going for around $600-$650 when you can find one. As someone else mentioned, Sig makes a very smooth and accurate version as well. I'd stack up my Tac Ops against any other gun in the same price range as it's very well built and a really great shooter...
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