Best 1911 style compact carry for $500

Best 1911 style compact carry for $500

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    Best 1911 style compact carry for $500

    Whats your alls opinion on the best compact carry 1911 for around $500. This would have to be quality, warranty, looks, and handleing.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Skittle View Post
    Whats your alls opinion on the best compact carry 1911 for around $500. This would have to be quality, warranty, looks, and handleing.
    For a $500 Compact, your choices are Rock Island, Rock Island, and Rock Island, go up another $150 and you can get into used Colts and Kimbers.

    If you can find one, you can probably get a Springfield GI Micro for around that price, but it's poorly equipped.

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    I'm of the opinion that quality costs. I don't think there's something out there that fits your requirements for quality, warranty, looks, and handling. If you're restricted to a budget of $500, then I would focus on a quality polymer piece (like a Glock) or perhaps a DA/SA piece that could also be carried in Condition 1 (like a used HK USP compact).

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    +1 on the Rock Island Armory - esp at that price. Look them up, very positive reviews and comments.

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    I'm all for the Rock Island. Amazing guns for the price. As good as any Springfield I've ever shot.

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    I love mine(RIA Compact Tactical:cost $450). Little heavy but carries well with good holster & belt.

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    Since you only specify 1911 style, and do not specify caliber, you might consider the new SIG P238, 1911 style in .380 ACP (SA, although no grip safety). Prices for these are right around $500.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firkin View Post
    Since you only specify 1911 style, and do not specify caliber, you might consider the new SIG P238, 1911 style in .380 ACP (SA, although no grip safety). Prices for these are right around $500.
    I’m not even a 1911 guy and I know that a .380 1911 is sacrilege!

    To the OP you have about 2 options total and I wouldn't consider a $500 1911 to be the ideal carry gun.

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    THE SIG 238 IS NOT A 1911!!!!

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    How compact is "compact"? IMHO, the 1911 design operates best in barrel-lengths no shorter than 4". As for your quality 1911 on a $500 budget, it may take some pretty serious shopping to combine those two wishes. I have to agree with posts #2 & 3. You're about $150-200 shy of the goal posts. Your results may vary.
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    Wait for it, Wait for it and there it is:

    Quote Originally Posted by JD View Post
    THE SIG 238 IS NOT A 1911!!!!
    JD is without a doubt correct
    The SIG 238 is not a 1911
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    The SIG 238 is not a 1911
    Neither is a Colt Mustang, but it's fans are quick to point to it's more capable kinfolk. Kinda' like being Shaq's short, skinny 3rd cousin.
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    I agree, the SIG P-238 is definitely not a 1911. I'll go even one further and refuse to consider a 9mm 1911 a 1911!

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    Most people don't mention it, but there is the "kit" gun that can be built from parts. Buy a frame thru a FFL and then pick up the remainder of the parts on your own. You could probably build something for $500 if you avoid high end components.
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    Quote Originally Posted by automatic slim View Post
    Most people don't mention it, but there is the "kit" gun that can be built from parts. Buy a frame thru a FFL and then pick up the remainder of the parts on your own. You could probably build something for $500 if you avoid high end components.
    Fitting will be required, even the parts labeled "Drop in" usually take some fitting and then it would have to be finished

    The initial $500 + cost of the tools to make sure everything is fit correctly and refinished, he could by a Loaded Micro from Springfield.

    A matched set of slide and frame from Fusion is $695. A Caspian slide is $235. A Caspian receiver from Brownells ranges from $183-$442 Even a Double Star frame runs $100, after shipping and transfer you could be up to almost $150-$200.

    Further more, most compacts don't won't be drop in parts. Most major manufactures have issues with producing a compact that runs let alone a first time novice builder (assumption on my part).

    Sure if you're looking for an expensive hobby a kit gun might be fun but with an ideal budget of $500, building the best compact carry 1911 for around $500. This would have to be quality, warranty, looks, and handling is out.


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