Looking for 1911 advice from the brain trust...

Looking for 1911 advice from the brain trust...

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    Looking for 1911 advice from the brain trust...

    Well, I've pretty much made up my mind that my next purchase is going to be a 1911. Now, I've got to choose which one I want. This will be a range gun, and probably not one that I'll carry concealed much/at all. I'd really like to keep the tab under $1K. There are just SO MANY 1911 makers to choose from. What would your recommendations be, and why? I'm kinda thinking along the lines of a Para Elite. Thanks!


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    My preference would be any Colt or one of the offerings from Springfield armory. But there are many other offerings from a multitude of manufacturers.

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    Love my Ruger SR1911 5". At $700, it left money for ammo.

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    I don't believe in range guns, if I own it, I should be able to carry it. If I carry it my life may depend on it so I carry either an Ed Brown Special Forces or a Wilson Professional. Now that my wrists are getting bad enough that even a .45 is starting to hurt I've dropped down to a M&P 9. I only have about 450 rounds through it this week but I seem to be shooting it better than my .45's. Growing old really sucks - BUT it beats the alternative.

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    I'm far from a guru, but I'd be leaning towards an RIA with the extra cash spent on ammo to acquaint myself with it. I am however a bit biased since I own one and it's been excellent for me.
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    I have to agree with Colts or the best clone probably being a Springfield.

    For a carry, I use a Colt Defender .45 that is built around the 3 inch bbl. Other short barreled models are 'chops' and develop problems sooner.
    Personally, I have been shooting Colts for 4 decades and they are best, for me. For the range, I would use a 5 inch barrel.

    For most, a Kodak (point & shoot) type sidearm is best as it takes years of practice to get the muscle memory to operate a safety or any other additional step, especially if you are under extreme life/death stress. However, for an off-duty sidearm, I have always been comfortable with 5 very good rounds Duty-Grade +P ammo.

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    My EDC is a KIMBER desert warrior, but the ruger sr1911 will hold it's own to my kimbers .

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    Quote Originally Posted by jjhmachine View Post
    Love my Ruger SR1911 5". At $700, it left money for ammo.

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    Didn’t even think of the Rugers and I have both models great guns and at under the OPs $1,000 limit will leave enough for practice ammo.
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    I bought a Kimber Pro Carry II used for under a thousand dollars and I really like it. See avatar. And I do carry it sometimes.

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    I bought my Remington R1 1911 for around $625 or so. I like it, no complaints...but I just feel... unsure. I think I would rather have gotten a Ruger (maybe) or saved up for a Colt/Springfield.

    Again...nothing wrong with it... Fit and finish is great. (For the price point.) Just something makes me with I got something better.

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    I have an S&W E-Series. Cost me between 8-9 Hun. And the E doesn't stand for economy. It is a fine, fine weapon.
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    I have 1911s from several manufacturers. Some have pluses. Some have minuses. If I had to choose 1, it would be a plain Jane, no nonsense Colt.
    A wise man once said: "Bugout bag?..What's that? Is that all the junk you sidewalk commandos plan on humping when the SHTF...I'll grab a Nylon 66, a box of 22s and a poncho liner and in less than a week I will have all of your stuff and everything else that I need for the duration."

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    Sorry, Last pics looked blurry.
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    My Springfield Mil-Spec runs like a clock and cost about $600. I strongly recommend it, although if you want a beavertail maybe look at some of their other variants.
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    Colt Gold Cups are running $1200 new. They hold their value and make good heirloom guns.
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