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Looking for thoughts on the best .45 1911 for around $500. This will be a home defense gun for the nightstand or for Mrs. Siafu should the need ever arise.
 

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I don't think I've ever heard of a 1911 for < $500.00.

A friend of mine has a Taurus 1911 (fulle size) w/an accessory rail. A real nice gun...

It has a nice trigger break & a good reset point. IDK, but it might be < $500.00 but I doubt it.
 

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If your looking for an outstanding 1911 for less then 5 bills then you should do a search for and look at the Norinco's, They are getting harder to find and price has been going up, but they are built, and are high quality.
 

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You can get a springfield GI 45 in-between $500-600, my friend just got one and loves it. Don't know of any below $500 though.
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It's definitely going to be difficulty to find a 1911 for less than $500. You might be able to find an entry-level Springfield or Rock Island Armory for that money but there's a good chance that they'll require a pretty thorough going through to ensure they're 100% reliable.

I would personally either bump up your budget for a 1911 or look at a Glock or XD instead as they'll be close to your price range.
 

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It's definitely going to be difficulty to find a 1911 for less than $500. You might be able to find an entry-level Springfield or Rock Island Armory for that money but there's a good chance that they'll require a pretty thorough going through to ensure they're 100% reliable.
I purchased a Rock Island Armory for less then $400.00 and it is 100% reliable even feeding empty cases.

I also just purchased a NIB Auto Ordnance 45 Govt model for less then $500 and so far it also has been 100% reliable. It was manufactured in 2003 and has been sitting on the dealer shelf.

There out there.

The Auto Ordnance's still have the Stigma of the old Auto Ordnance problems but since 1999 and a change in ownership the quality has greatly improved. The ones with a West Hurley manufacturing address are a hit or miss in quality.
 

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I think it'll be hard to find a 1911 for $500.00 bucks. I would start with the ones mentioned above.
Even used ones are more than that
 

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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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I recently did some trading for a new RIA 1911 in .38 Super, it was tagged $418. Another dealer at the same show had one in .45 for $417. And there's a dealer a couple hours from here that has a slightly used RIA commander size for $375, if I recall correctly. The guns are available, but you gotta look. I'm happy with mine, it functions 100% and is quite accurate. Also, from what I understand the RIA customer service is second to none.
 

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When I bought my Springfield GI a few years ago with was under $500 dollars, they seem to be a little more expensive these days though. But Springfields are hard to beat.
 

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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.
I argee on the American Classic, also look for a Firestorm DLX. It's the same gun with a different rollmark. They have upgardes found on 1911's that cost twice much.( trigger, hammer, safety and slide release) Mine has been flawless in over 500 rounds.

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Rock Island. The A1 goes for about $400,but get the RIA Tactical model,it has better sights,trigger and a beavertail. Under$500. The best 1911 bargain going,plus the RIA is a well built and rugged 1911 with great warranty service. The tactical will shoot with $1000 rigs.
 

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Rock Island 1911's go for between $400 and $500.

Stay away from the Taurus 1911's, their quality is in the toilet.
I know alot of people that have the Taurus PT1911 (including myself) and have read alot of reviews on them with most having nothing but good to say about them. I think Massad Ayoob even wrote a great review on them. I know people that have several thousand rounds down range without a problem.You can get a lemon from any gun maker. Do you own a PT 1911 or have you ever shot one, or just going by another means of drawing your conclusion on this firearm. I think for around $600 it is a nice choice for thr 1911. IMHO.
 

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I don't and have never owned or shot a Taurus 1911. However, I have had to deal with their customer service personally. I owned a PT145 that had problems. It took almost 3 months to exchange 2 magazines. That is completely unacceptable as far as customer service goes. It took less time to get my carry license from GA and FL, and that had to go through government bureaucracy! I actually turned down a new Taurus 85 because of their ridiculous customer service. It may not matter to some folks, but that's my reason for recommending the Rock Island. I own one, and if I were to get another one, it would be a Tactial or a Compact. Good luck with whatever you get.
 

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I don't and have never owned or shot a Taurus 1911. However, I have had to deal with their customer service personally. I owned a PT145 that had problems. It took almost 3 months to exchange 2 magazines. That is completely unacceptable as far as customer service goes. It took less time to get my carry license from GA and FL, and that had to go through government bureaucracy! I actually turned down a new Taurus 85 because of their ridiculous customer service. It may not matter to some folks, but that's my reason for recommending the Rock Island. I own one, and if I were to get another one, it would be a Tactial or a Compact. Good luck with whatever you get.

+1...I've dealt with Taurus and have had some trouble. I don't know I'll ever buy another one again.
 

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I don't think I've ever heard of a 1911 for < $500.00.
Local shop here has a High Standard GI for $400. On sale. I think his price when I was in there last was $475. Looks like a GI clone -- spur hammer, dinky sights.

Dang. If I'd have known it was going to go down to $400.....
 

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I don't and have never owned or shot a Taurus 1911. However, I have had to deal with their customer service personally. I owned a PT145 that had problems. It took almost 3 months to exchange 2 magazines. That is completely unacceptable as far as customer service goes. It took less time to get my carry license from GA and FL, and that had to go through government bureaucracy! I actually turned down a new Taurus 85 because of their ridiculous customer service. It may not matter to some folks, but that's my reason for recommending the Rock Island. I own one, and if I were to get another one, it would be a Tactial or a Compact. Good luck with whatever you get.
Yes, I do agree I have heard Taurus CC is not very good. I too have a PT 145 and have had a few issues with nose diving myself, but have never had to deal directly with them. If I can't get it worked out I will probably sell it. Like I said any handgun makers can chuck out a few lemons.
 

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I have owned many Taurus pistols through the years and have never had a problem with any of them. I have "heard" that they have had customer service issues; but based on my experience with their products, I'd not hesitate to buy one of their 1911's. In fact if I ever do buy a 1911, it will probably be a Taurus model.
 
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