This is a discussion on Best 1911 under $1000? within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Colt Commanders are available in black and stainless and retail from $800-$900 and have the 4 inch barrel you are looking for (or 4.25, if ...
Colt Commanders are available in black and stainless and retail from $800-$900 and have the 4 inch barrel you are looking for (or 4.25, if you want to get technical).
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I have the SA Champion, 4" barrel, Stainless, with Night Sights, great looking gun, accuracy: so-so, trigger was about 7 lbs. or so, kinda heavy for carry-but built like a tank, gave $680 for it in mint condition, and lightened the trigger.
Also have a Colt Stainless 1991 Commander, 4.25" barrel, New Roll mark, regular sights, good accuracy, lighter than the Champion, uses a standard barrel and bushing, so I put in an EGW bushing, now very accurate, gave $725 new.
Both GREAT guns! I guess I somewhat prefer the Colt, but it's probably just that "Colt feel". They both run flawlessly with most ammo.
NOTE: if you go for the SA Champion, check the barrel to slide fit. (It uses a bull or tapered barrell) Some like mine are quite loose at the muzzle when in full battery. If you can find one that has a nice tight fit, I figure that should help the accuracy greatly. The tightness varies quite a bit in the several I have seen, with about 1/3 of them being tight, and 2/3rds not so much.
Another opinion I have about 1911's, and the power of promotion, Colt doesn't advertise. With the quality of pistols they are putting out now, and their legendary resale value, if they only spent 1/3rd of the amount on advertising that Kimber does, I think they'd about own the market, because they are very good guns. Not saying SA's aren't, they are great too, I routinely shoot several specimens of both breeds. I swear, if Kimber would cut their advertising budget by 1/2, they could probably knock $150 per gun off the MSRP! 2-3 Ads in EVERY magazine!
I own a springfield 1911A1 stainless 5" loaded version . Love this gun and the last time I checked it wad around 800-900dollars . go to their web and look under the loaded selection to find this firearm. This gun is very accurate.
Another vote for Springer. Check the S/N; if it has a "NM" prefix, it's American-built.
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I have the SA 5" Loaded and have a shooting mate that has the 4". Both have been great guns, fun to shoot and easy to care for. While I would not call either a tack driver, the 4" in particular groups well. Load a mag and take out the "X" on the target in 1 shaggy hole. I like it. He won't sell it. Oh well, I still get to shoot it.
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I can't disagree with the Springfield SS Champion. Very nice gun and very good company with regards to customer service. I had a LW Champion as my EDC, and it was a pleasure to carry, accurate enough and reliable. But I have realized that I much prefer a true Commander (4.25 bushing barrel) 1911, to one made with a bushingless bull barrel. So in your price range, Colt is about the only one that makes a real commander in SS.
BTW: S&W makes true commander 1911 under $1,000, but some people don't like the extractor they use. Other than that, they are awsome 1911s. Now that I think about it, I don't think they have them in SS.
I figure if they're spending that much money trying to convince people to buy it, there's a good chance that it means the product can't stand on its own merits. Case-in-point: Kimber. They do turn out some decent guns, and they sure are purdy , but if they committed their advertising budget to quality control, they could be as good as anything out there!
Colt Defender. After a lot of comparison shopping, and comparison shooting, this ended up an easy choice for me.
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I vote Springfield...never seen a Colt that didn't need work right out of the box (usually polishing ramp, barrel, hood, action). Kimbers have also had their problems, but seem to be doing much better lately. Personally I've owned a few Springfields, including the Champion model and they are totally reliable and super accurate (1/2" or less-think one ragged hole at 25yrds+). I would still polish the feed ramp and inside of barrel.
I would say Colt Commander.
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S&W,Sig or Springfield. I prefer the external extractor so I lean harder toward the S&W and Sig but you can't go wrong with SA either. Stay away from Para, I love their guns but customer service and getting parts are impossible.
colt!!!! can't go wrong!
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