Which one should I

Discussion in 'The 1911 Forum' started by Marlin T, May 24, 2006.

  1. Marlin T

    Marlin T Well-Known Member

    Jul 8, 2005
    New Mexico
    I'm almost in the market for getting another weapon and I want to get some sort of a 1911 style sidearm.

    But there are so many differant brands and styles out there it almost impossible to make a good choice. Let me rephrase that, the best choice.

    I would like to hear some input on what all you all would advise.

    Under a grand,
    Full frame is good,
    Got to have glow in the dark sights
  2. cec

    cec New Member

    Feb 19, 2005
    New Hampshire
    From what I have heard and shot, I would say that most Kimber and Springfield models will fit the bill.

    New or used you should be able to find one you want for under a grand.

    The model depends on the intended use but both Companies have a wide range of products.

  3. I'm gonna have to go with CEC on this one Kimber and Springfield but I also like the Olympic Matchmaster
  4. Country101

    Country101 Well-Known Member

    Feb 28, 2004
    NW AR
    As always, I highly recommend Kimber. I've been thouroughly impressed by mine and haven't heard any complaints about them(except of course from glockies.... :D :D :D ).
  5. Marlin

    Marlin *TFF Admin Staff Chief Counselor*

    I have a Springfield that is second to none.

    I guess its more like the old Ford, Chevy, Plymouth argument. Depends on whichever one you like or your parents drove!!!:D :D
  6. MRMIKE08075

    MRMIKE08075 Active Member

    Aug 26, 2005
    New Jersey
    take the plunge...

    build your own.


    best regards, mike.
  7. cpt.bales

    cpt.bales Former Guest

    May 14, 2006
    phoenix, arizona
    springfield G.I model 1911. i have one and love it .
  8. Marlin T

    Marlin T Well-Known Member

    Jul 8, 2005
    New Mexico
    Now this wasn't quite the answer that I was expecting, but you have peaked my interest. Could you give me some more information on this idea?

    Kimber and Springfield was the answer I thought I was going to get. I'll have to look at the CEC and look again at the Dan Wesson. Olympic? Never heard of it, but I'll check it out.

    Thanks for all the input so far! This site is one of the best I have run across.
  9. 45Smashemflat

    45Smashemflat Active Member

    Oct 6, 2003
    For under a grand, I must vote Kimber, as I've owned 2 and they both were great guns. The top is a custom classic, basic 1911, paid ~$600 for it back a few years. The bobbed off one is a Eclipse Ultra II Custom Shop piece, paid right at $900 for it about 4 years ago. Just got a Nighthawk Predator recently, she was about 3x the price, not sure it was 3x the gun, but it is really nice!

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  10. stetson

    stetson New Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Springfield offers good bang for the buck.I like mine.
  11. Roymund

    Roymund New Member

    May 30, 2006


    I'm new to the forum but I saw your question so I'll chip in with and answer along with pics of my 1st and only 1911... for the moment. It's a Double Star Frame around $120 or $130 and a sarco build kit(not a good move but it worked and is cheap, if you go with sarco for parts just go ahead and grab your dremel) then I got the scope rail, it's integrated into the right side grip, and a regular BSA 30mm red dot. approximate total cost about $500 to $550 that includes the wraparound hogue grips that'll have to go on my next 1911. it's not the most reliable and no one to complain to if something jams or goes wrong, but 1911 owners who have built their own are always up to help and when people say "sweet 1911 who made it?" You get to smile and say "ME"

    Make the right choice. after youve built one wourself you will know every part to a 1911 and what it does and how it's supposed to fit. Makes you better with others.

    If you take on the project, I hope you have as much fun as I did. and watch out for flying springs.


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  12. Marlin T

    Marlin T Well-Known Member

    Jul 8, 2005
    New Mexico
    Excellant post Roymund, thanks for your experiance and the pics. You made me laugh, "Watch out for flying springs."

    I call those springs OH SHI springs cause I say oh shoot, where did it go! hehehe

    Welcome to the board and nice looking peice you have there!
  13. punchie

    punchie Member

    Apr 27, 2004
    Chesterfield, VA
    Notice anything missing? None of them say Kimber!
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