Need help with an entry level 1911

Need help with an entry level 1911

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    Need help with an entry level 1911

    Hi everyone,

    I've never owned a 1911 but I have shot them. What is a good entry level 1911 in .45 caliber. I'm thinking $500 or less. It's not for concealed carry or home defense. Just a fun range gun. Any help is appreciated. Thanks!

    Jim
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    I have three words for you......Rock Island Armory!!
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    Rock Island arms is generally considered the starting point for a quality budget 1911. They are not high finish guns, but are very reliable, accurate and affordable. If you can add a some funds, a Ruger Sr1911 ups the game a little. i got my Sr1911 for 600 bucks with three holsters and 100 rounds, used of course.

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    Citadel,RIA, Metro Arms are all very good 1911 for the money.All can be had for around the price you are looking for.
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    I'd say rock island armory I had one was a very fun,reliable gun

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    RIA again
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    I saw today that CDNN has Springfield Mil-Specs for $550, real good price on a solid gun that you can build into anything you want later on if you choose to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jim081523 View Post
    Hi everyone,

    I've never owned a 1911 but I have shot them. What is a good entry level 1911 in .45 caliber. I'm thinking $500 or less. It's not for concealed carry or home defense. Just a fun range gun. Any help is appreciated. Thanks!

    Jim
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    Quote Originally Posted by WC145 View Post
    I saw today that CDNN has Springfield Mil-Specs for $550, real good price on a solid gun that you can build into anything you want later on if you choose to.
    Now that's a good deal.
    That's like when Rocks go for 350.

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    Depends on what you mean by "entry level". There are plenty of inexpensive GI models - GI sights, GI thumb safety, GI "beaver tail" safety, GI trigger. If you want adjustable Novak-like cut sights you will need to upgrade to a more expensive model. Many inexpensive 1911s only come with Parkarized finishes. If you want real bluing, stainless, or chrome you will need to upgrade to a more expensive model. There are no lightweight aluminium framed 1911s. Most inexpensive 1911s weigh about 36 oz., which may not be conducive to Carry. The more inexpensive models may still need the better magazines, like WC, to make it more reliable.
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    My first 1911 was a RIA. Only thing replaced was the recoil spring after about 1000 rds. Still have the gun, and won't ever trade/sell it. Paid $460, and it's the two tone tactical model (skeletonized hammer and trigger, ambi safety).
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    My first (and only) 1911 is a Springfield milspec that I got for just south of $800. It's a great gun and a lot of fun to shoot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigsteve113 View Post
    I have three words for you......Rock Island Armory!!
    Aww Bigsteve, ya stole my thunder! Lol.
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    RIA, Ruger, Remington
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