Live in the south, turn up the A/C, live in the cold turn up the heat. But....
I spent a while looking at some options. I do have a couple wants concerning how the gun should look. I haven't gone in search of how easy it would be to get a gun and change what I didn't like about it.
With that said, I have to admit I work on all my own guns. I am not a gunsmith and since I'm not I don't alter triggers or the corresponding mechanisms. But I am not afraid to disassemble a complicated firearm. I take my CZ82 down to pieces (32 of them actually) and never had any problems getting it back together and working correctly. However, I do a lot of research beforehand and if I think it's simply too complicated I won't. If special tools are required and they are not easily available or just too expensive, again, I won't.
Be that as it may, I narrowed my likes down to various manufacturers of the Commander model. 4.25" barrel, drilled trigger, and night sites. The problem I'm finding is the trigger on some of the ones I really like is solid. I've begun to see that there are some good guns at much less money than I was willing to spend. And that a drilled trigger seems to appear on guns of nearly the same model with a much higher price. If that extra money gains more than just a drilled trigger then it's likely worth the extra cash, if not, the trigger isn't worth it, so getting an aftermarket trigger (which I haven't checked into to see if it's even possible) would be the way to go.
Lots more searching to be done on those subjects.
If all that is stopping you from buying a gun you like is the trigger, buy that gun and swap the trigger out. You've said you're not afraid to tear them apart. Triggers are pretty easy to install.
1911's in general are pretty simple to tear down and reassemble.
Good luck to you in your search!
Oh, and post pics when you do get one [emoji16]
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As with many things, there are wants and there are needs, this is a want right now. I already bought seven guns in the last two months. My wife said to slow down some. All my purchases were inexpensive and cheap (4 Heritage rough riders, 2 CPX2's, and a Classic Firearms SKS type 56). I'm learning as I go, so I didn't want expensive guns to work on.
I've also got 6 AR's in various stages of completion, a black powder pistol that needs more in-letting, and last but not least a 1978 vintage, CVA double barrel 12 gauge, (black powder shotgun kit) that's completely finished but waiting to be browned. Those are just what I'm working on currently.
Nothing I do gets done quickly. The shotgun has been three or four years in the making. The AR's I started a few years year ago, one is totally operational at this point. I buy a part every now and again when something catches my eye. And since I already had a Yugo SKS I tried to not take the bait but I couldn't resist getting a Chinese version for my Christmas present to me. Turns out it came as an all matching numbers gun, including the stock. Bummer! I was hoping to get a frankengun so I could modify it the way I wanted to. But I'm not messing with all matching numbers. I just hope it shoots good. When the temps go above the freezing point of a witches bosom I'll go out and test it.
2K is really out of the question. Sub 1k or slightly more is doable, but less is always better in my book. I'm well aware that I'll get what I pay for. Except here in Iowa, where I generally get much less than I pay for.
These guys are in Vinton.
Better get it before I do!
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I payed roughly 800 a piece for the Colts after tax because I bought them lightly used. I purchased the Springfield Defender series Gov model for 505 out da door.
So for 2100 bucks I have 3 very functional working class guns to choose from as I desire, and a back up for a back up if something breaks, and has to be fixed in one.....I believe in this protocol wholeheartedly.
Since July, I have spent about 1400.00 bucks in ammo, which is about 4000 rounds of ammo, not counting handloads that I have ran thru them....I have done a hell of a lot practice, sweat time, and bloody palms from blood blisters where I kept pinching my hands when being overzealous with slamming the reload home, in an attempt to totally become as good as I can with these guns.
My advice is to pick something, get a back up to it, and then spend money on ammo and training time. There are a lot of good quality guns out there, and you donít need to spend big money to get decent quality for the level the average person will do with it.
I hope to Hell I have the opportunity to run any of these guns hard enough, and often enough to break something.
I don't have to have a "NEW" gun. "NEW TO ME" works just as well. The two hundred I saved buying the Colt Comp Series with two boxes of ammo through it paid for a thousand rounds of ammo.
Don't get caught up in the mindset that "PRE-OWNED GUNS ARE JUNK", they're usually not. There are some very good deals to be had, if you are patient and keep your eyes open.