Colt has always struck me as the Cadillac of 1911s while Springfield seems like the Chevrolet.
I can't deny that Cadillacs are what I would have if I could afford it. I can't deny they're just better and nicer and fancier. I can't deny they're a social symbol and a lot of the price is paying for the image, brand name, and red carpet treatment and not so much the product itself. I'd have to have a lot of money before I ever considered buying one though, because I'd be afraid to damage it in any way because they're expensive to keep up. And while they do what they do very well, they just don't make some things that I have interest in. That's how I see Colt.
Now Chevrolet on the other hand makes a variety of products I find more pragmatic and affordable. Sure no one's going to be impressed you drive a Chevrolet, but I quite like the nameplate. Granted Chevy makes a lot of real high end things I can't afford, but I feel better knowing that my truck and the expensive truck are built by the same people on the same chassis. A new Chevrolet is not an investment I take lightly, but it's realistic and I can afford it. I can put a little ding in my Chevrolet and not have a heart attack over it either. That's how I see Springfield.
I love my Springfield. Next to no problems, and most of them are ammo related. (I have one magazine it's a little finicky with.) The way I see it for a Colt, you're paying for the name. Realistically, I'd probably be afraid to tinker with a Colt. I love playing with my Springfield. The Colt will probably have a higher resale value, but from what I've heard Springfield customer support is top notch. Just my two cents.
I have a Springfield and couldn't be happier with it. It's the low end model - but is still a good performer despite no bells or whistles. My Dad has a Colt Series 70 Gold Cup and it's a great shooter. If you can find an old Series 70 I would definitely take it.
My favorite 1911 so far is my grandfather's. Made in 1914 - based on the serial number. It rattles when you shake it and won't win any accuracy matches, but is a blast to shoot.
The micro is a fussy weapon. I've seen the same gun come back to the store 3 times within a year.
Colts usually don't return, unless the customer is trtading up to another Colt.
I've had the Ultra Compact V10 and it was a great shooter.
Have the Colt Defender as well, and it works flawlessly.
How bout a Kimber Ultra CDP? Just a thought on my part :biggrin:
Ive got a XSE Commander instainless and I love it. Its one of my main carry guns.
At the moment I own a Thompson,Norinco,Springfield Government and the Colt.It seems like I'm always grabbing the Colt first,even when I bring them all to the range together. When Ive got them all layed out on the bench it seems as everyone is more interested in the Colt than any other.
I like the Springfield guns and have owned several and never had an issue with them.They are good guns.
I looked at a bunch befoer I decided on the Colt. The upper end models were within the same price range as the XSE, so I figured I may as well get the one with the best reasale value, and although I have no plans to ever sell it, one can never tell what the future holds.
HPH, Your wrong ref. the Kimbers sir. All the CDP's have ambi safety's. (I have a Ultra CDP II) Also I would
highly reccommend a Kimber WITH the INTERNAL EXTRACTOR.------- I don't own a SA but I do own several Colts. If my only two choices were the SA and Colt,I would go with the Colt.-----
Remember also,the Kimber CDP line is(IMO) extremely melted. Very smooth,rounded,edges,night sights,etc.,etc. I've seen the older(Gen 1) CDP's(which will have the internal extractor like Colt) for sale for $680 to $740 used in excellent cond. Do a in house "fluff and buff" on it(as you should do with any new or used weapon) and your good to go.-------
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