First 1911 suggestions

Discussion in 'The 1911 Forum' started by smlranger, Apr 10, 2011.

  1. I am lusting for a 1911 45. I have a 9mm, 40sw, and a couple of 380's but really want to shoot the big gun. I will be target shooting at my local range mostly. I realize there are many options but I am willing to spend up to $1K to get a good, accurate, reliable and good looking pistol.

    Catching my eye is the Kimber Custom II in stainless. What others should I consider?
  2. Helix_FR

    Helix_FR Active Member

    Apr 14, 2009
    Imperial, MO
    STI Spartan and you'll still have money in your pocket. Kimber TLE and Raptor are also a good option for that price. I'd still go for the spartan:D

  3. hogger129

    hogger129 Well-Known Member

    Nov 29, 2009
    STI Spartan is a great one as Helix said. Kimbers are nice. I had the pleasure to try out a Tactical Custom II out at the range and I really liked it.

    I've got the Loaded Springfield. Good gun.
  4. Juker

    Juker New Member

    Feb 8, 2011
    Land of Lincoln
    Colt. Everything else is just a xerox. :D

    (see avatar)
  5. Helix_FR

    Helix_FR Active Member

    Apr 14, 2009
    Imperial, MO
    True Colts are great but Lately they have just been a name. Give me a old colt any day though.:rolleyes:;)
  6. Shooter45

    Shooter45 *Administrator* Staff Member Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2001
    Here at TFF

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  7. Campbell

    Campbell New Member

    Mar 22, 2011
    I know I may get flamed for this, but believe it or not I was given a Rock island 1911 and was very impressed with it.
    I think it make a great first 1911 to learn on and if you like it, you can always upgrade at a later date.

    I still shoot it on a regular basis, but have since upgraded to a Fusion 1911 that I built myself, which is also a fine firearm.
    It's just my opinion and everyone is different.
  8. redwing carson

    redwing carson Former Guest

    Dec 11, 2010
    western wyoming
    What Jugar said. Get an older Colt commander and a .380 Colt Govt. or Mustange 2.:)Good luck

  9. Double D

    Double D Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2009
    North Florida
    Nothing wrong with a rock island.
  10. Helix_FR

    Helix_FR Active Member

    Apr 14, 2009
    Imperial, MO
    You won't get flamed for that. The RI 1911's are a good deal and are better then some other more expensive models. Your suggestion is a smart one.
    BTW, Campbell, welcome.
  11. myfriendis410

    myfriendis410 Member

    Mar 30, 2011
    Lompoc California
    We sell a lot of S&W 1911's. They were handgun of the year in 2005 and a very well made gun. Like the Kimber they have the external extractor. Novak sights and all of the bells and whistles.
  12. DGG!

    DGG! New Member

    Apr 6, 2010
    If you want accuracy, reliability, and quality in a .45 acp I'll recommend a different Browning based design from the 100 year old 1911. It is used by many LEO's and military folks. It has a recoil reduction feature that I like, especially in the compact models.

    There are many fine pistols 1911's and their relatives, this one is just my favorite of the bunch. I really like the reliability and accuracy aspects, something I didn't get in my first 1911.
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2011
  13. Thanks for all the suggestions. I've pretty much decided on the S&W E series 1911 if I can get my hands on one. I've reserved the right to change my mind if I find something I like better but I've always been partial to S&W and this one is getting some good reviews.

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  14. hogger129

    hogger129 Well-Known Member

    Nov 29, 2009
    Ranger, how much is the Smith you're lookin at?
  15. Brisk44

    Brisk44 New Member

    Mar 6, 2011
    I've heard some good things about the S&W E series. I'm sure you'll love it.
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