Interested in a 1911...

Discussion in 'The 1911 Forum' started by Nolaphoto1, Jan 7, 2010.

  1. Nolaphoto1

    Nolaphoto1 New Member

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    I'm sure I am opening Pandora's Box here, but I will ask anyway. :) I am interested in getting a 1911. It has been the gun I've wanted for years but have never bought. I always talked myself out of one...."ohhh it's crazy to spend that kind of money on something you don't really need." "Get the 9mm because it's more affordable to shoot." "The .45 is going to be punishing to shoot." You name it and I've found a way to talk myself out of it.

    So, here's my question. IS there any one manufacturer that clearly outranks another when it comes to the 1911? My list of requirements include a 5" match barrel, decent trigger, adjustable sights, and enlarged ejection port. My list of desired (but not required) features include beveled mag well and picatinny rail. Finish is not an issue.

    So, is their any one manufacturer that clearly pulls ahead of the rest? Kimber? Springfield Armory? I'm not looking for a $2000 gun but I would be willing to venture into the $1300-1400 neighborhood.
  2. Buford Allen

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    Personally, I would look for a Springfield or a (Kahr) Auto Ordnance. Please no-one take offense, but IMO you are paying for the name on a Colt. If I had a triple digit yearly income I would probably buy a Colt or a Kimber with all the bells and whistles, but on a reality basis I myself stay with the clones.
  3. parputt

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    Based on your requirements and price limit I would suggest looking at a Springfield loaded.
  4. sweetokole

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    If you want the best gun for the amount you are willing to spend, I would take a serious look at the Dan Wesson Valor. You will not be sorry, and you will almost always get most of you $ back when you sell it... the only thing you will not get is the rail... I thought I wanted one too... but after serious consideration... makes little sense... holsters are a problem... adds weight, bulk, etc. If for the purpose of laser sights.. get the CT grips.... if for lighting, flip the light switch. I'm sure you'll get a lot of suggestions... which is good. Hope you throw the "Valor" into the mix.
  5. hogger129

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    Well if you want a 1911 that can do this stuff, I would say get a Colt Gold Cup. Yes, you are paying for the name, but the Gold Cup is a good competition shooter. Otherwise if you want something that nice, get an H&K USP .45. They are a very high quality gun, but they are also in the price range that you posted. And you can't go wrong with a Springfield either. I would personally avoid Kimber. Lots of friends that have had Kimber had rust on their barrels when they got them. I would stick by a Colt.
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  6. SiGfever

    SiGfever New Member

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    The Dan Wesson "Valor" is a really nice pistol that will serve you well. Grab one before they go up in price.
  7. Double D

    Double D Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Respectivly, how many friends is it that have had rusty kimbers?
  8. Shooter45

    Shooter45 *Administrator* Staff Member

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    I was wondering the same thing.
  9. Lotsdragon

    Lotsdragon New Member

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    Springfiled loaded' now if you trade guns then i would go with a kimber. Myself I dont trade or sell' once I get them they are mine.
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    One of my favorites.

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  11. hogger129

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    Three or four. They were expensive guns too. I believe they were able to send them in and get them fixed though. I would agree that Kimber is a quality gun, just saying, for a gun that costs that much, I would be a little upset over rust on the barrel. Even my RIA, which costed $500 had zero rust or defects on it.
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  12. hogger129

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    SWEEET!!!! Tell me a little bit about the gun? How much did it cost?
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  14. sweetokole

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    Siggy.... right on! you know your guns. Now if the sky were the limit.... there are some pretty nice makers out there... Nighthawk, Wilson, on and on. Problem I have with most of the current production stuff... and it's just me... to many MIM parts in the new stuff... including S & W, Colt, and especially Kimber.
  15. Kieran McCaig

    Kieran McCaig New Member

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    Buy a para ordanance and you will have money left over to up grade.
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    the picture of springfield is that .45
  17. sweetokole

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    Looks like a 9... to me! LOL
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