Looking for an accurate 1911

Discussion in 'The 1911 Forum' started by jkunig, Apr 29, 2007.

  1. The advice from STASH is right on target. Over the years I have been tempted to get involved in an IMPULSE BUY. This hasn't happened but you have to recognise it for what it is. I have shot 1911's for quite awhile and just recently purchased a TAURUS 1911. I haven't shot it much but it does come from the factory with a lot of the extras without the higher cost. Check out the options and what YOUR EXPECTATIONS ARE. Opinions are great and reliable information is a must. Research before you put down hard earned cash.
  2. stash247

    stash247 New Member

    Oct 18, 2003
    Central Texas
    Texas, I didn't say that!
    Impulse buys, if the price and condition are 'right', may well be the best deals at any given gunshow, BUT YOU MUST KNOW THE SUBJECT!
    My comment about cash was directed toward that end, as well as an 'intended' purchase.
    I am weak for 3" J-frame Smith revolvers, and buy every one I see, if it's nice, and 'right'; Shame on me if ther's one on the table for $250, and I only have $200!
    The last Winchester Model 52-D I bought, clean as a pin, at a gun show, for 500 dollars, with sights, exactly what the man asked for it. The International Mk 8 sights are worth $200, which makes a fine rifle, really cheap!
    I was not, and am not, looking for a small bore target rifle; I already have too many (not really!), but to turn that deal down would have been a sin.
    Impulse buy, absolutely! But, in an area I am very knowledgeable of, having shot these rifles for over forty years, so, am not likely to get burned
    So was the intent of my post
    As an aside, "gun money", for me, is the proceeds of guns sold, plus whatever 'extra cash' exists from my household budget, and "found money", like lottery winnings, etc.; I keep it in cash, large bills, and stored securely, and often, I will go to a gun show with several thousnd dollars, not necessarily intending to spend it, but against the chance of a deal like that 52!
    And again, timing is everything. At the crack o' dawn, as the show opens, nobody has done any business, but all are anxious, or end o'the line, Sunday night, especially if the show has been slow, where folks set up are trying to 'cover expenses', have always been my most productive hours.

  3. sierra308

    sierra308 New Member

    Nov 20, 2006
    I've owned Colt Series 70s,AMTs,Springfields and one Colt U.S. Govt. 1911.I have to say I like my S&W Performance Center 1911 the best.It's kinda pricey but I like it.Real accurate.
  4. jkunig

    jkunig New Member

    Mar 8, 2007
    Eastern Pennsylvania
    I won't make an impulse buy on an 1911. I do not know enough about them yet. I'm sure all of us got burned on purchasing something that we knew little about. It usually costs us more in the long run. That's why I'm asking for advice and opinions now. You talk to people that have experience, read reviews and articles, do research, go to gun shows and shops, etc. I sure when I'm out at the range again, someone will let me look at and shoot their 1911. I had a great time out there last week, but that was only 1 brand. That's part of the research. I appreciate all the advice on this forum.

    Last edited: May 5, 2007
  5. NRA-Life-Member

    NRA-Life-Member New Member

    May 4, 2007
    My Choice is the Sig Revolution XO Pistol. No Frills.. A functioning 1911 that will eat anything you feed it!

    Good Luck!! The 1911 is a LARGE Family to choose from :D
  6. patrol

    patrol Member

    May 19, 2007
    Any 1911 you get will probably out shoot your Blackhawk. Question is how much can you spend? If you want an awesome 1911 out of the box for under $600 new that new Taurus 1911 is great. But if you dont mind spending a little more or the same the Smith 1911's and any Kimber are hard to beat. I own 5 1911 style 45's:Springfield 1911Milspec with tons of upgrades put into it. A Colt 70 series gov model. A Para CCW LDA. A Kimber Procarry and finally a Smith and Wesson 1911 "Scandium" with the just under 5inch barrell. Out of all of those. The Smith and the Kimber shoot the best. I couldn't imagine how good the heavier model smiths shoot out of the box since usually the heavier ones have less felt recoil I imagine they would be a dream to shoot. I think the Smith's are really Kimbers though since they hired one of the Kimber designers to start their 1911 line.
  7. patrol

    patrol Member

    May 19, 2007
    Oh yeah, I forgot to tell you. Which ever 1911 you get stock up at the next gun show on plenty of ChipMccormik 8 round magazines. I have a ton of mags and the stainless ChipMccormiks have been the best. Acumag is good also and I think "Star" mags are Chipmccormik mags in different logo presentations.
  8. patrol

    patrol Member

    May 19, 2007
    If you can afford or are willing to pay over $1K get a Wilson Combat or Ed Brown for best quality best accuracy 1911.
    If you are like me and like to collect but can't see paying a grand for a handgun then out of the box best accuracy and best quality for under $1K get any of the following because they all shoot about 1 to 2inch groups at 15yards or less in 1911 models and cost at or well under $1k: Kimber/Smith/Para Ordinance. Those are three good manufacture's to start with even though Smith and Kimber are really the same because the engineers from Kimber work in the Smith plant now and brought the knowledge with them.
  9. troutwest66

    troutwest66 Member

    Apr 9, 2005
    Post Falls, Idaho
    If you haven't bought your 1911 yet may I recommend the Taurus PT1911. I love mine and out of the box you can expect 2" groups at 20-25 yards, all the features you need in a cary gun at an affordable price. My soon to be eleven year old daughter and one of my wife's friends have shot it and quite comfortably. We have hit bowling pins at 50 yards with it at the range. If I do my part this gun is probably more accurate than I am. At around $500 new you can't go wrong.
  10. tex45acp

    tex45acp New Member

    A Big +1 on a Wilson Combat 1911

    I have 2 and they are both so accurate it is scary!!!

    Here is another resource for 1911 information you might be interested in:


  11. stash247

    stash247 New Member

    Oct 18, 2003
    Central Texas
    Troutwest speaks the truth, but omitted the real 'clincher'; a 'Lifetime Warranty', which you likely will never get to test!
    Sometimes the 'copy' turns out better than the 'model'; Recall the disintegrating Slides that Beretta was selling to the military, in the M-9, early on?
    Ever hear of the Taurus PT-92's, or PT99's with such issues?
    Fine Company, great value, excellent product in all they put their hand to.
    Check out their newest revolver in this month's American Rifleman!!!
  12. Fan45acp

    Fan45acp New Member

    Aug 19, 2007
    I like my Kimber Tac. II Custom.Shoots GREAT,Feeds EVERYTHING,WORKS well.I use this with a Kirkland T-CC hoster for concealed carry.I feel that I'm very well armed.And remember to Practice, Practice, Practice .

    John Henry
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2007
  13. ThunderStick300MAG

    ThunderStick300MAG New Member

    Jul 6, 2007
    Wallburg, NC
    The best I've heard lately is the new PT1911 from taurus. Great handgun for the money. Almost like it came out of a custom shop or something with all of the factory add-ons. Recent field test i read stated that after a 50 rnd. break in that groups tightened up from 3-4" at 25m to around the 1" mark @ 25m. Quite the accuracy for a $600 (called local shop, had one new for $540) handgun. Shoot one if you get the chance before you spend good money on something else...Just my 2 cents
  14. Taurus_9mm

    Taurus_9mm New Member

    I'm quite pleased with my PT1911 and have nothing but praise for it. I did swap out the factory plastic grips the other day however as was my intention even before I purchased it. Now it has a set of Hogues on it which make it feel great. Not that the factory plastic grips were bad, they were fine, just not my cup of tea.

    Other than that, there has been no customizing done to mine, though a few people on the Taurus board have been personalizing their own. It's a solid 1911 for any of those that may be interested.

  15. torpedoman

    torpedoman New Member

    Aug 26, 2007
    chattaroy wa.
    very happy and suprised with the dead on accuracy of my r.i.a.
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