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    Sarco inc had rock islands for like 399 in the shotgun news magazine. Prolly another 30 for shippong and then the transfer, still not to bad.

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    I have a Rock Island 1911A1 I bought several years ago when they were going for $280. It's been a great gun. No issues with it. Very accurate.

    Bellshire has them for $385 on gunbroker - with free shipping.
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    Those RIA seem to have the most stuff for the money. I would also look at springfield.
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    I have not seen a single bad review of a RIA 1911. I am sure if you searched hard enough you would find one, but I think it is probably the best 1911 for the money. My next choice would be the SA mil spec.


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    Thumbs up best 1911 under $500.00

    Just my .02 worth. I own a Taurus PT1911 and have had it for 1 1/2 year. Have used it in IDPA plus just plinking around. Have had zero problems, is very accurate and seems to have smoothed up a little with use. Also have a colt full size, Para lda single stack full size and compact lda single stack. Like all of them. IMHO I do not think you can go wrong with the Taurus, Springfield, Para or RIA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by diverdown247 View Post
    Stay away from the Taurus 1911's, their quality is in the toilet.
    Uh, whatever.

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    Another recommendation for Rock Island Armory.

    I'm very happy with my Tactical; they can be found for under $500 easily, and have pretty much everything you'd want (OK, maybe night sights, but since the Tactical's slide is cut for Novaks, it's a pretty easy replacement).
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    Quote Originally Posted by cz2075bd View Post

    Nice find! A few little upgrades from a Milspec or GI.

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    Legacy Sports

    You could try looking into Legacy Sports. They have a model, the Citadel, that runs around $400 to $500. They're manufactured by RIA and they're the RIA Tactical clones. They're cheap right now because they're not a well known name, so you might want to consider hopping on that before RIA/Armscor starts raising their prices.

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    I lucked out a few years ago and found a Colt 1991 Commander(slightly used) for $500 and have RIA full size and compact Tacticals, each costing well under $500. All have been fine with several thousand rds thru each. The RIAs have been as reliable/accurate for me as the Colt. Had a RIA GI for a couple years and it was fine too but old eyes couldn't see sights so traded it for Tactical. No regrets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Censored View Post
    If you can find an American Classic, do it! made in the Philippines by Metroarms. 1000 rounds so far, 0 FTF or FTE. See my avatar for a pic. I have ordered some new grips and will be adding night sights. This pistol is smooth and swallows anything I've fed it. that's all I'm going to do to it as that is all it needs. They sell for around $450.

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    One of the few things we can have that you guys can't are good 1911's under $500, here is my Norinco Commander, I will upgrade to a 2 tone Commander with novak style sights when the arrive here.

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    Another Vote for the american classic 2

    I have had mine for about 6 months now, about 400 rounds thru it and its very smooth. It was 395 out the door.

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