What breed of 1911?

What breed of 1911?

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    What breed of 1911?

    I have had a couple of Springfield Mil Specs, a (God forbid) Charles Daly ($400 PAPERWEIGHT!!!), and a Kimber Custom II. I like the idea of a Kimber, but we all know how affordable they are. Springfield shows promise, but what do you guys think of the Smith 1911 series? I know nothing of them.


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    I have a Custom II and I love it. It is ugly, but's that's ok. How much are you looking to spend? I think the Ruger is alot of 1911 for the money. Rock Islands are very solid, but again not real pretty. I think if I were going to but new 1911 today for a grand or less, I would look at a Colt.

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    FWIW I've never handled a Smith 1911 that didn't seem "rough" in some manner.

    In the past I have been apt to recommend Rock Island for a lower cost gun and the Springfield Loaded as a mid-tier choice, but with the introduction of the SR1911 that may change as it falls kind of in the middle of the RIA and Springer in price and has some nice features.
    My choices by price would probably be:

    Ruger SR1911
    Springfield Loaded
    Colt XSE / Combat Elite
    Springfield TRP
    Offerings from Les Baer

    Kimber's showing signs of improving their processes, but I'm not ready to recommend them yet after the experiences I had with some problem guns.

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    I believe the best breed would be of the equestrian type for you sir..... COLT
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    What breed of 1911? I like Colts; I like Colts a lot
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    I love my Kimber's. If I was looking for something else I would look at Colt and Springfield Armory.

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    I spent quite a bit of time looking into my last 1911 purchase, I had owned two SAs, Two Kimbers, a Colt, and a Wilson. I finally decided on a Colt Combat Elite and couldn't be happier. The one thing I've noticed about Colt's 1911 is it has sharper edges than all the other's. While I applaud the classic lines and find them much more attractive than a pistol that has met heavy belt sanding, I have gotten a couple of good cuts doing rapid manipulation drills.

    I purchased the Combat Elite with the intent of having it worked over to my specifications. I chose that model because it had features I found desirable already included and would save me money at the gunsmith; Novak Sights, NM barrel, S&A grip safety, forward cocking serrations.

    Small issue's I've noticed including the sharp edges are the GS needs to be fitted slightly better and I prefer to change out a few parts like the full length guide rod, trigger and the MSH. I want to add FS checkering, gold bead to the front sight, and I can't get used to the stainless frame; I'll have the whole gun refinished in Ion Bond, Cerakoat, or some other durable coating.

    Accuracy is good, reliability is 100% right from the box, (still low round count), but has functioned with several different variations of HPs and of course with FMjs, including mixing various rounds per mag with notorious Speer Flying Ashtrays. Colt still makes a wonderful 1911.

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    Love those models. The grips do it for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mdmorgan View Post
    I would look at a Colt.
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    I believe the best breed would be of the equestrian type for you sir..... COLT
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    What breed of 1911? I like Colts; I like Colts a lot
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    Colt still makes a wonderful 1911.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JD View Post
    FWIW I've never handled a Smith 1911 that didn't seem "rough" in some manner.

    In the past I have been apt to recommend Rock Island for a lower cost gun and the Springfield Loaded as a mid-tier choice, but with the introduction of the SR1911 that may change as it falls kind of in the middle of the RIA and Springer in price and has some nice features.
    My choices by price would probably be:

    Ruger SR1911
    Springfield Loaded
    Colt XSE / Combat Elite
    Springfield TRP
    Offerings from Les Baer

    Kimber's showing signs of improving their processes, but I'm not ready to recommend them yet after the experiences I had with some problem guns.
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    Gun test magazine just gave the Defender an "A" over the EMP and Glock 36. Wouldn't mind having the little Colt. I've never bought a gun recommended by a mag but this one looks good.

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    After 3 Kimbers, 1 SA, and a Sig 1911 I bought a S&W "E" series light weight Commander sized and I am very happy with it. I think Kimber makes some fine looking guns and if I wanted to be real careful about ammo especially JHPs I could recommend them.
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    Are you asking about the standard Smith 1911s, or the new "E" series?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CDP2 View Post
    Gun test magazine just gave the Defender an "A" over the EMP and Glock 36. Wouldn't mind having the little Colt. I've never bought a gun recommended by a mag but this one looks good.
    How can anyone compare 45acp compacts to an EMP? Two different calibers and the EMP is not just a "shortened 1911".
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    After owning and shooting Colts for the last 37 years I would be hard pressed to find a reason to try any other. This is my opinion and it is based on carrying for SD reasons only. Always fired when the trigger was squeezed and never had a feed problem once a few crummy after-market magazines were tossed in the dumper. My favorite ammo was the old flying ashtray and never once had a feeding problem even with its huge hollow cavity.

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