looking for a new gun

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  1. sorral

    sorral New Member

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    My wife and I are looking for new 1911 guns, my wife wants a stainless compact model, and I would like a comact model or a full sized model.
    We are on a budget, and I have priced all the major makers, springfeild(love them have had one) para, kimber, and have been recently reserching the taurus.....with what I have read in these forums, I am confident that 'yall can help us with some good advise.

    thanx
  2. Shooter45

    Shooter45 *Administrator* Staff Member

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    Welcome to TFF.

    Since you are on a budget, don't overlook the used 1911's in your area. A used Springfield Armory 1911 can be had for less than $400. If you just have to have new, :D , check out the Charles Daly 1911. I've had a few of those and they a good pistol for about the same money. Whatever you purchase, pick up a couple of Wilson Combat mags. Especially for the Charles Daly 1911.

    Good luck and keep us posted on your purchase.
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    I just got a Springfield but haven't got to fire it yet. I had a Kimber
    which was a good gun. Just sold it to get the Springfield because
    it had more of the features I wanted for the best price. Springfields
    are definitely lower priced from what I have seen. I have heard only
    good things about the Taurus 1911 so far. I will probably pick up one in the
    future. They have a good price for the features I hear.
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    Welcome
    I would go with Springfield because they are more affordable and just as good as the rest. And with the price difference between a Springfield and a Kimber you could have Springfields custom shop add on some goodys
    Night sites and so on
    Check out their website
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    I'd suggest you get your hands on all of the pistols you're considering, BEFORE you spend any money. If the pistol doesn't "feel right" to you, you won't like shooting it enough to become proficient with it. I buy hand guns like I buy shoes...... I try 'em on first. The hunt for the "right fit" is fun all by itself. :)
  6. Shooter45

    Shooter45 *Administrator* Staff Member

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    Making a 1911 fit your hand is as easy as changing the trigger and /or mainspring housing.
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    Ok, I stand corrected, and certainly educated....... perhaps it's easier to buy a pistol, then modify, or have it modified to suit you. Obviously, it's a "suit yourself" situation.
  8. Shooter45

    Shooter45 *Administrator* Staff Member

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    Jay, if you have small hands, use a short trigger and a flat mainspring housing. I personally use a long or extra long trigger and an arched mainspring housing. There are many variations in between. It's one of the things that make owning a 1911 so attractive. :)
  9. sorral

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    I have been trying to do some reserch about the Charles Daly 1911 line.
    I have been seeing good reviews and seeing folks that regret the purchase...what I would need is to have a gunsmith give me his/her opinion of one, the fit, the functionality, and overall quality and accuracy...I have been checking on the availability of the taurus, but no one around here says they can get their hands on one for 6mos. to a year
  10. Shooter45

    Shooter45 *Administrator* Staff Member

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    I thought I did in my first post but will again.


    I have owned a few Charles Daly 1911's and found the newer ones to be accurate and reliable. The finish is not that of a Colt or Kimber but is not bad either. The mags that come with the Charles Daly 1911's are, in my opinion, junk and should be replaced with Wilson Combat or Metalform mags. Most of the problems with even the older CD 1911's are mag related.

    The trigger pull was about 4 pounds on the pistols I owned. One broke like glass and one had a little creep which was fixed in a couple of minutes.

    After 300 rounds the pistols were broken in and never gave any problems.
  11. sorral

    sorral New Member

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    no disrespect intended, I was commenting about the quallity of the Phillipino steal used, I have a friend who is a retired gun smith, and he said that would be his main concern about the CD.
  12. Shooter45

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    None taken. I'll bet your retired gunsmith doesn't like Norinco 1911's either. :rolleyes:

    You asked for advise and we gave you our best. Buy what will make you happy and good luck with your purchase. :)
  13. sorral

    sorral New Member

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    Thanx
    I just want to make sure we are getting the most bang for the buck(pun intended).
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  15. sorral

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    I have been calling around to my local gun stores, and we probably will not be able to get Taurus 1911s around here till june.
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