Help me choose a new 1911

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    Question Help me choose a new 1911

    As a long time Springfield 1911-A1 owner that I have been extremely happy with, I am looking to add to my collection.

    I have narrowed down the possibilities and am now considering three 1911's:

    Springfield TRP
    Springfield Trophy Match
    Para-Ordnance PXT Hi-Capacity Limited Edition (Full Capacity, 14+1)


    Any reviews, feedback, and/or opinions will be greatly appreciated.
    Wilson Combat Tactical Elite
    Springfield Champion, Springfield Mil Spec, Beretta 92FS
    Smith & Wesson 642, Smith & Wesson 640
    Smith & Wesson 627 Pro Series, Smith & Wesson 629 Classic
    Remington 1100 Competition Master, Tikka T3 Hunter Stainless 300 WSM

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    Les Baer... that's all,... just buy a Les Baer.
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    What is your budget? In other words, how much money are you willing to spend at the upper limit?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cmdrdredd View Post
    What is your budget? In other words, how much money are you willing to spend at the upper limit?
    I'd rather not go over $1200 or so. Best case scenario would be to give them all a try, but is proving to be difficult. I like the high capacity of the Para, but don't know much about them.
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    Springfield Champion, Springfield Mil Spec, Beretta 92FS
    Smith & Wesson 642, Smith & Wesson 640
    Smith & Wesson 627 Pro Series, Smith & Wesson 629 Classic
    Remington 1100 Competition Master, Tikka T3 Hunter Stainless 300 WSM

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    My vote is for the TRP. Although I don't have any personal experience with one, everything I've read has for the most part been very positive and it has all the features I prefer.
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    High cap and 1911 is a sin IMO. As is anything except an internal extractor and single action with a thumb safety. That's just me.

    For $1200 and under I'd look at a Springfield Loaded or Kimber of some type, maybe even a Colt(although I'm not a fan there's many satisfied owners). Above $1200 you can go for the TRP (retails around $1300+ NIB as far as I see in a quick search), some of the higher end kimbers, or a Dan Wesson which is going to be a couple hundred more. Above that you're looking at $1800+ and that's Les Baer and then $2k+ will bring you to some of the better Les Baer pistols. Once you get to $2500 or so you run into Ed Brown, Nighthawk and Wilson combat. After $3k you're basically building a gun to your specs(more or less).

    The only flaw if you want to call it that, for the TRP is a glued ejector. You can have a smith pin it to the frame for you or just use it as is. Some people have had them come off, others say it won't happen.
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    Any Springer will do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cmdrdredd View Post
    Above that you're looking at $1800+ and that's Les Baer and then $2k+ will bring you to some of the better Les Baer pistols.
    You can get Les Baer pistols considerably cheaper than MSRP from John Koppel@Pro Load Distributors.
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    So, are we *cough* Dan Wesson *cough* limited to the choices you listed? *cough* Dan *cough* Wesson*
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    Here's my advice. Run, do not walk, away from Para products. And seriously take a look at Dan Wesson 1911 products.

    I've never owned an SA, but my friends who do like them. Some of those friends shoot the living crap out of them and swear by them.

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    Go for a Dan Wesson....I'm looking for one myself
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    from your choices: one of the two springers
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    I would take the TRP. Also this is in the price range.
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    I'm pretty happy with my tarus pt1911. Liked it a lot over the springfield

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