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1911 opinions

This is a discussion on 1911 opinions within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I know a lot of folks here like the 1911 platform. Kimber is considered by many as the gold standard for 1911s. What would you ...

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    1911 opinions

    I know a lot of folks here like the 1911 platform.

    Kimber is considered by many as the gold standard for 1911s. What would you consider the next best option?

    What would be the best value for a 1911?

    I don't see myself being able to afford a premium model 1911 in the near future. So I am going to keep my eye open for something a just bit lower priced.

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    Re: 1911 opinions

    Kimber is a great gun no doubt, but I wouldn't consider them 'gold standard '. I personally think Wilson combat is top of the line when it comes to 1911's.
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    Re: 1911 opinions

    Oh and as far as next best to kimber, Springfield.
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    "Kimber is considered by many as the gold standard for 1911s."

    That's news to me. Possibly Kimber thinks so. The new Colt Firearms Colt 1911s are looking and functioning great these days if you can somehow manage to locate one on a dealer shelf somewhere...and they keep their value extremely well should you ever decide to sell it.
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    I have a Kimber and Colt. I prefer the Colt!
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    I just bought a Kimber compact CDP II. If I had more to choose from I might have bought a Colt or Springfield. I have 500 flawless rounds of FMJ and 100 HP through it. Once I hit 1000 rounds it will be added to the carry rotation and I'd trust my life with it.

    I now want a full size and have settled on the Springfield TRP at about $1600. Now just to locate one. Good luck with your 1911 journey.

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    I have always liked the Colts. What about something like a Les Baer?
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    I like the Kimbers on the range. No problems with mine ever. I will get a Colt 1911 some day just have not found it yet. but I changed over a year ago and carry a Glock or Ruger LC9.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FLMOPE View Post
    I know a lot of folks here like the 1911 platform.

    Kimber is considered by many as the gold standard for 1911s. What would you consider the next best option?

    What would be the best value for a 1911?

    I don't see myself being able to afford a premium model 1911 in the near future. So I am going to keep my eye open for something a just bit lower priced.

    Thanks
    I love these opinion threads, no wrong answers. :)
    IMHO, The Colt .45 1911 is the "standard" and the new Gold standard is made by Cabot Arms.
    There is no other 1911 manufacturer who guarantees that every part is a "drop-in" replacement.
    Colts are priced pretty good too and the new Ruger is a good value also.

    But remember - Opinions here are worth every you pay for them. :)
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    I want a nice 1911 but I do not want to pay for a nice 1911...

    I'm not even sure why I want one, I just do.
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    1911's are great, they are like an extension of the arm. If you want value without spending $2,000 plus I would look at Springfield and the Sigs.
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    Top Tier: Wilson Combat, Ed Brown, Nighthawk Custom, Les Baer, Springfield Custom shop, Smith & Wesson Custom shop, Colt custom shop, Guncrafter Industries
    Upper-Mid tier: Dan Wesson, Springfield Loaded and TRP, Colt, Smith & Wesson, Sig Sauer
    Mid Tier: Kimber, Springfield GI, Rugar, Remington
    low tier: Taurus and others

    This is not all inclusive and is just my opinion on the quality of each brand of 1911 taken as a whole. Custom guns are noticeably better in fit, finish, trigger job, and accuracy that's for sure. If you're looking at Kimber I'd go with Colt, Springfield, Dan Wesson, or Sig first if the choice is available.

    note: I also am not saying any on this list are bad guns but I find the overall quality to be higher on some brands vs another. Some differences can be felt immediately upon handling and inspection, others during firing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RookWV View Post
    I want a nice 1911 but I do not want to pay for a nice 1911...

    I'm not even sure why I want one, I just do.
    Chech out the Metro Arms American Classic. I paid under $500 for a new Commander, excellent quality gun, stands up to my son's $1400 Kimber in all ways and I generally out shoot him.
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    I got the Ruger SR1911 and it is a great gun. I have run anything from brass FMJ to steel case FMJ and hollow points through it flawlessly. An added plus was I got it for $640 new.
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