Sell me on a new 1911.

Sell me on a new 1911.

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    Sell me on a new 1911.

    Presently I don't have a 1911, I had a Para Ordnance Tac-Four until fairly recently but let it go after a few ongoing 'issues', I was lucky that my gunstore gave me a trade-in value for what I had paid when I got it from them.
    Anyway, that leaves me 1911-less.
    So, all things being equal and assuming I had $1000 to drop on it what would you recommend?
    It won't be a primary carry gun, it will mainly be a range queen, possibly working up at a later date (after some mods) to competition shooting.
    I don't want to have to spend a whole lot on a pretty gun that doesn't like going bang, I would much rather get a ugly sister who runs 24/7.
    I was thinking the STI entry level model (forget the name - it's the cheapest one) or maybe a Colt Gold Cup.

    Any suggestions.

    Anyone saying 'Get a Glock' will be thrown in the moat.


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    Well, If I had $1000 for a new 1911 my choices would probably be a Kimber TLE 2 or Springfield Armory Loaded in the Black Stainless.

    OR if you know you will be doing a bunch of mods, I would just buy a basic level 1911, Like SA's GI model, and spend the rest on parts and ammo and build it up.

    EDIT: I don't really know much about STI, I'm gonna assume that the Base model is the Spartan, which their websites MSRP for is $660, so if oyu want a STI you could probably go a level or two up.
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    Yes it was the Spartan, and I thought they were more than that. I could afford to up a model or two.
    I saw a TV special on STI and was very impressed with their manufacturing process.

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    The Trojan has a MSRP of just over $1000, so that might be one for you to look at.

    Do you have any preference as far as barrel length, frame size, frame materials, or caliber? (I kind of assume people talk about 5 inch steel .45's, but not everybody has the same tastes as me).
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    5"/steel/.45 .

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    Have you considered the Dan Wesson Pointman 7?

    http://www.cz-usa.com/product_detail.php?id=65

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    Well, since its most gonna be a range queen asthetics must be taken into consideration.

    Any preference on finish, things like front serrations, traditional or beavertail safety, hammer type?

    As I am sure you know, one of the great things about the 1911 is that you can customize it and make it completely your own, so some of those things are no issue, since you can swap a grip safety out (but you might as well get it as close as to what you want before you buy it anyways), but things like front serrations tend to be something that if you don't like, you can't remove very easily.
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    I hadn't seen the Dan Wesson before, thanks. That's a good example of what I want.

    I'm afraid I disagree that to be my range queen it will need to look good, far from it. I want a 1911 to shoot ragged holes, not wear at the next BBQ. My current range queen is a Glock 34, not pretty.

    I don't like unnecessary design considerations, I do like the look of the Gold Cup. that's the aesthetic I'm happy with most I guess.

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    That Dan Wesson is nice, I think you should add it to your list of considerations.

    I tend to think of Kimber's as being accurate 1911's (for production companies at least, obviously Ed Brown can put out a better one).

    Or try to find a Gold Cup at a price you like.
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    This SW1911 with crimson trace grips intrigues me...you can get one for just under $1000. Anybody had any experiences?
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    colt

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    Or Dan Wesson

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    Dan Wesson is popping out some incredible .45s and the price is very right.
    Of all the ones mentioned above I would go with the Dan Wesson.
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    Kimber Compact CDP II...

    I have the Ultra and Pro CDP II...the 4" bbl with the shorter grip would be my next purchase...

    Stay armed...stay safe!

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    Gold Cup

    I personally like Colt Gold Cups and would recommend them. I have 5 of them - 3 that I shoot and 2 unfired safe queens. I got my first one about 16 years ago. They are strong guns and hold up well over time. The one I shoot the most is the stainless Series 80 shown below, but I would recommend one of the new Gold Cup Trophy models in stainless with the Millett sights, which are more durable than the traditional Elliason sights on most Gold Cups. They generally cost just under $1000 new.


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    I'd have to go with the Gold Cup as first choice, with a Loaded Springfiled in close second.

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