This is a discussion on 1911 model opinions within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by Schwebel Check out http://www.1911forum.com/ . I am too in the market for a 1911 and have found alot of useful info on ...
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I've used Springfields, Colts and Para's and the only ones I had an issue with were the Colts. I'd still to this day comfortably carry any of them if properly modified.
Of the ones you listed, my first choice would be the Springfield- Loaded Full Size Lightweight Bi-tone w/ night sights (PX9104LP). I've had one before and regret selling it.
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I've owned and carried both Para's and SA's as duty weapons for the past 11 or 12 years and have had very good luck with both. The Para I carried is a "double stack" (16.40 LDA) and the SA's are a "Loaded" ss, full size, and a "GI" Champion as a back-up(and "off-duty" carry). I retired the Para simply because I like the "single stack" more. The Para has approximately 15K rounds through it and the SA's both have considerably less, but all are accurate and reliable. Never owned a Colt so I can't speak for them. I also have a Para "LTC" that is a "single stack" and is a "tack driver" and very reliable. I would not have any reservations with buying any of these gun again.
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If I wanted to choose one of the guns that doesn't have Tritium sights but wanted to add that after the fact, about how much would that set me back?
Ok from what I have read on 1911forum.com I have kicked the Para out of the running so we are left with:
Springfield- Loaded Full Size Lightweight Bi-tone w/ night sights (PX9104LP)
Springfield- Loaded Full Size Stainless Steel .45 (PX9151LP) -
Smith & Wesson SW1911 108303 45ACP 5IN MATTE (Tactical Rail with plastic grips)
Have you looked into the Kimbers? I love all of mine.
I thought about Kimber, but for some reason I have just gravitated more to other brands. I think Kimbers are a little overpriced based on what I have read.
Not overpriced at all. The Custom II, Custom II TLE and Stainless II are all within the prices of the ones you have listed. You should seriously go look, feel and compare them all side by side.
I'll give them a look.
Ok, I gave them a look and reviewed comments on this site and others and I am not interested in Kimber. I am sure they are great guns, but it seems like people have more problems with them than SA or S&W. Maybe later on down the road I will take a look at them, but for my first 1911 I think I am moving towards SA or S&W.
Of those choices I would def. go with one of the Springers. Light weight if mostly carried but use Wilson mags with the plastic folower on any Aluminum framed 1911. If range mostle go with the steel one.
Yeah I guess I should specify that I am looking for more of a Range/Home Defense gun. I may carry it occasionally, but I primarily carry my snubbie.
Take a look at the Dan Wesson 1911Bobtail Commander....very reasonable priced - you can find if for 800'ish online (with Tritium Sights std) and VERY reliable. I LOVE mine....
Are the Dan Wessons made in the US or Czechoslovakia?
From Dan Wesson's site:
The Dan Wesson name and logo are synonymous with quality, finish, and accuracy. Our new state of the art manufacturing facility located in Norwich, New York is today producing some of the finest most reliable Revolvers and Semi Automatic Pistols offered by any firearms manufacture - anywhere.
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