First 1911 suggestions

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  1. smlranger

    smlranger New Member

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    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?
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    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
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    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.
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    Colt. Everything else is just a xerox. :D

    (see avatar)
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    True Colts are great but Lately they have just been a name. Give me a old colt any day though.:rolleyes:;)
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  7. Campbell

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    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.
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    What Jugar said. Get an older Colt commander and a .380 Colt Govt. or Mustange 2.:)Good luck

    RC
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    Nothing wrong with a rock island.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HK_USP

    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.
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  13. smlranger

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    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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    Ranger, how much is the Smith you're lookin at?
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    I've heard some good things about the S&W E series. I'm sure you'll love it.
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    My local guy tells me the final price will depend on which of his distributors gets it first. Overall, he thinks he will be selling it to me for $750 - $760. MSRP is a little over $900.
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    Great looking pistol!
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    OK, I did say I reserved the right to change my mind ;). I stopped by a favorite local GS today and saw a Kimber Eclipse Custom II. Wow, it is a great looking gun. It fits and feels really good in my hand. This gun will run near $1K but I am giving it serious consideration.

    The way it looks, it will likely be some time (weeks at least) before I could get my hands on the series E S&W. So....get the Kimber or wait :confused:.

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  19. dls56

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    So many really nice 1911's to be had. Don't discount the Sig models I've got a C3 that is about as accurate as any 1911 I've ever shot.
    Best wishes, 1911's rock!
  20. American Leader

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    I have Springfield and Taurus, likem both ranger. You can:
    1.) Keep lookin
    2.) Buy one of each
    3.) Or start a collection by buying a new one every time you get a chance

    1911's are one of my favorites as they are for many others here!
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