Thinking of a 1911

Thinking of a 1911

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    Thinking of a 1911

    I am considering getting my first 1911 in a commander size. I am looking to stay under a $600 price tag, what are some good dependable guns in my price range?

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    In that price range, I'd be looking at a Rock Island Armory.

    You might be able to find a well-used Springfield Champion...but it would take some looking.
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    A Springfield Mil-spec is a great choice in that price range, but it's full-size. Got one on my hip right now, very reliable. Until this past weekend never a malfunction, and so far no actual stoppages while shooting. Seems my recoil spring is getting worn and I have a chip in the extractor. New parts on the way.
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    I second the choice of a Rock Island Armory compact 1911. They are vastly under-rated. People tend to be suspicious of them because of the price (around 500). But they are well made, reliable, and Armscor is second to none in customer support and service.

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    I hAve been eyeballing different makers and have the rock island arms to be very well made. I currently have a first production Springfield GI commander.... The rock island arms guns are very smooth and solid. I have my eye in a 9mm tactical . The springer mil specs are nice but he sights are lacking. The stock sights on the Rita guns are much better


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    Have you looked at the American Classic Commander? I too am considering a 1911 and I have seen very good reviews for them and the price is reasonable.

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    I've heard quite a few people say that the pistols from the Philipeans are quite good. There are several Iver Johnson's at my LGS, and I've been considering one for a drop-in threaded barrel (that I already bought). Like the Rock Islands everything is not billet milled, but every stress part is. From what I've heard they are using old Colt machines with cheaper Philipino labor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coondogger View Post
    I second the choice of a Rock Island Armory compact 1911. They are vastly under-rated. People tend to be suspicious of them because of the price (around 500). But they are well made, reliable, and Armscor is second to none in customer support and service.
    Exactly! Life time warranty and they mean it ! I own two (GI and Compact) and could not be more happy if they were $1K pistols , many times you get what you pay for with RIA you get so much more!

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    Quote Originally Posted by brocktice View Post
    A Springfield Mil-spec is a great choice in that price range, but it's full-size. Got one on my hip right now, very reliable. Until this past weekend never a malfunction, and so far no actual stoppages while shooting. Seems my recoil spring is getting worn and I have a chip in the extractor. New parts on the way.

    Springers are nice,just got one a few weeks ago love it but they only make full size now

    Ruger IMO has the best 600 dollar 1911 you can buy today.....MADE IN USA !
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    Quote Originally Posted by sonnycrocket View Post
    Springers are nice,just got one a few weeks ago love it but they only make full size now

    Ruger IMO has the best 600 dollar 1911 you can buy today.....MADE IN USA !
    This here.... But in my area the sr1911 is running $799 plus tax .... If I had to spend extra this is what I would get


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaeger View Post
    I've heard quite a few people say that the pistols from the Philipeans are quite good. There are several Iver Johnson's at my LGS, and I've been considering one for a drop-in threaded barrel (that I already bought). Like the Rock Islands everything is not billet milled, but every stress part is. From what I've heard they are using old Colt machines with cheaper Philipino labor.
    Colt's Bridgeport milling machines are still in West Hartford, Connecticut.
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    Another vote for Rock Island. I couldn't be happier with mine and you could still end up with some money left for ammo. I got mine used with CT Lasergrips on it for about $500.
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    Love my Regent By Umarex. $525.00, and has a rail to boot. Jim
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    RIA only makes the Commander in a GI version: non-adjustable serrated GI trigger, GI sights, spur hammer, no beaver tail grip safety. 38 oz.
    https://us.armscor.com/products/

    American Classic makes 3 Commander models: Blue, Chrome, Two tone: Novak Style Rear Sight, Dovetail Front Sight, Flared & Lowered Ejection Port, Extended Slide Stop, Beavertail Grip Safety, Combat Hammer, Combat Trigger, Extended Thumb Safety. 35 oz.
    Commander Model

    ATI makes a GI Commander with GI sights, GI non adjustable trigger, beaver tail safety, combat hammer. Site says all steel parts, no MIM parts. 32 oz.
    American Tactical Imports
    Enhanced Commander: dove tailed sights front and rear, beaver tail safety, round combat hammer. All steel parts, no MIM. 32 oz.
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    IAC makes a 4" model (which basically means that you won't be able to get some aftermarket parts - like solid recoil guides, maybe springs).
    Regent Arms 1911 Handgun | - R350CR

    T?SA? - TRABZON GUN INDUSTRY CORP. Looks nice, may be hard to get. 34 oz.
    GI version: TISAS ZIG 1911 A1 .45 ACP Review/Modifications - 1911Forum
    Looks a lot like the Regent 350CR, doesn't it?

    Buy 1911s at BudsGunShop is usually where you want to start.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonnycrocket View Post
    Springers are nice,just got one a few weeks ago love it but they only make full size now
    Mostly true, but not entirely. They currently catalog a Lightweight Operator in 4". My guess is that they're cranking out the full-size ones as fast as they can and backed off on the 4-inchers until they can catch up.
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