WANTED: Reliable 1911 with Easy take-down & Assembly

WANTED: Reliable 1911 with Easy take-down & Assembly

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    WANTED: Reliable 1911 with Easy take-down & Assembly

    Gentlemen:
    I am willing to spend $1500 on a 1911 -45 caliber handgun!
    This handgun will be at my bedside for home protection!
    I have some experience from the Marines in shooting 1911's!
    Here's what I am hoping to get in a 1911-

    (1) reliability
    (2) both take-down & assembly is fairly easy
    (3) a 4 to 41/4 inch barrel
    (4) will spend up to $1500


    I am strongly against 1911's that are difficult to take apart & assemble!
    I have dreamed of having a 1911 that's both comfortable to shoot and
    a 1911 that's easy to care for and yet in time of crisis you can bet your life
    on it.

    What Brand & Model would fit what I am looking for?

    Thank-you for your recommendation!
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    I have a Colt LWT Commander XSE and a Kimber Tactical II. Both are very accurate and the take down is identical and rather easy. I would recommend either.
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    Maybe a Kimber Pro model?

    I also like 1911s and have owned about a dozen of them. I still have quite a few of those. I've had pretty good luck with the reliability of the ones I've had, which have been mainly Colts with a couple of Kimbers, and have trusted them enough to use them for carry or home defense in the past. From your specifications it sounds like you're angling for a Commander length model.

    As for takedown, I don't think any 1911 is as easy to take down as some of the more modern handguns, such as Sigs, Glocks or H&Ks. But 1911s are not too hard to take down, once you've practiced it for awhile.

    I tend to like the 4 inch Kimbers ("Pro" models) because of the lack of a barrel bushing. The barrel is tapered and seats on the hole in the slide, and the recoil assembly operates as one unit which you pin together before separating the parts for cleaning. This seems fairly simple to me, and I would recommend you take a look at Kimber Pro models. Here is my 4 inch Kimber Pro CDP:

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    I'd grab a COLT WW II Replica Reissue.
    Not sure what they are selling for these days though.
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    Like my Kimber Pro Raptor (4") But in order to keep it running I took out all the crap MIM parts that had anything to do with the fire control system & replaced 'em with Ed Brown tool steel parts, Yeah the Kimber stock hammer broke in half after only a couple thousand rounds!

    So the bucks I spent for the Kimber plus what I spent for "real" parts had to come to over 1500 bucks.
    Runs great now though.

    If I were in your postion I would look for a Springfield Champion or (my first choice!) a Colt Combat Commander.

    Both can be hard to find.

    P.S.

    I have a series 70 Colt & a series 80 Colt that are 38 & 28 years old(both bought new) that between the two have broke one slide stop, & yes I still shoot them often & carry them often!

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    Here are a few that I rotate in my carry.
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    About the only thing that confounds takedown and disassembly is the doggone full-length guide rod, which seems so fashionable these days in spite of its questionable merit. I'd just make sure whichever 1911 you get can be easily retrofit with the standard plug and spring parts (about $20 from Brownells, should you need them).
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    Quote Originally Posted by QKShooter View Post
    I'd grab a COLT WW II Replica Reissue.
    Not sure what they are selling for these days though.
    They've been bringing $1200-1400+, they keep going up like they are, I'd be tempted to sell mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OD* View Post
    They've been bringing $1200-1400+, they keep going up like they are, I'd be tempted to sell mine.

    The classic one's sure are pretty though, and you would miss it.

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    A Dan Wesson Concealed Carry Officer Bobtail has a 4.25" barrel, has an excellent reputation for quality, and with a 10% discount off the MSRP should be under your price target -- if you can find one. It comes with night sights.
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    For $1,500 you could get a stainless Dan Wesson Valor ; it has a 5'' barrel, but I don't see that as a drawback.
    The Valor has: night sights, checkering on front strap, metal MSH and tool steel small parts (not MIM).
    Mine has never jammed in about 200 rounds of ball, 100 rounds 185 XTP HP handload and 100 rounds 230 Ranger T
    I use Tripp (Cobra) 7 round magazines.

    Dang it! The Valor requires a bushing wrench to field strip eliminating it from consideration.

    Oh well, the are other 1911's with a plastic MSH and MIM small parts that are easier to take apart.
    No internal lock or magazine disconnect on my pistols!

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    Sig 1911 Carry Nightmare with 4.2in barrel lenght (8 Rounds).
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    I really like my Colt Commander Series 80 Stainless. After some issues I sent it to Wilson Combat for a series 80 reliability package including replacing firing pin, firing pin block & firing pin spring with their highest end parts. NOW I trust it.

    If I knew then what I know now I would have bought a S&W Pro series and saved the frustrations I had with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skookum View Post
    A Dan Wesson Concealed Carry Officer Bobtail has a 4.25" barrel, has an excellent reputation for quality, and with a 10% discount off the MSRP should be under your price target -- if you can find one. It comes with night sights.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    For that money, I don't think you will beat anything By DW.

    Dan Wesson 1911 45 ECO Night Sights 01969 - NIB : Semi Auto Pistols at GunBroker.com

    Or for a few hundred less, the Sig Scorpion carry,
    Sig Sauer 1911 Scorpion Carry 45 ACP Night Sights : Semi Auto Pistols at GunBroker.com
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