Any 1911 owners?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Forum' started by shortydoowop138, Oct 11, 2012.

  1. shortydoowop138

    shortydoowop138 Active Member

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    I'm interested in buying a 1911.. Dont have a specific manufacturer in mind but want to hear everyone's opinions on who makes a good entry level 1911 that I can build on.. I like the Taurus PT1911 as well as the Ruger..
     
  2. bhale187

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    Rock Island makes a great entry level 1911. I've shot a few and I was impressed with them for the price; the guys I know that own one swear by them.

    I've heard good and bad about the Taurus, I've had great luck with Taurus revolves, and terrible luck with their semi autos.

    I don't have any 1911s any more, had a Kimber Warrior and Kimber Eclipse II, sold them both when $ got tight. Found an old pic of the warrior, can't find any of the Eclipse. In fact I've sold all 3 pistols in this pic :eek:
     

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  3. David

    David Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I don't own a 1911 yet, but I will one day. I PROMISE I will one day!
     
  4. shortydoowop138

    shortydoowop138 Active Member

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    I know what you mean about selling a toy when $$$ gets tight.. Sound my M500 to pay rent & go Christmas shopping a few yrs back.. Ammo costs too much to do any real shooting so it became a conversation piece anyway.. Kimber used to be on my wish list but I'd rather buy an entry level & build it up.. If I bought 1 out the box with all the bells & whistles, I'd want a STI Edge in .40 cal. What's not to love about 22+1?
     
  5. bhale187

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    That STI has to be a heavy mofo when loaded. Its 37oz unloaded and 10 rds of 40 weight about 8oz; so that 53+oz or 3.3lbs. Thats a whole lot of pistol to me carrying on the hip :D

    Still, it would be awesome to have 23 rds of 40cal without a stick mag thats down to your knees :p
     
  6. Pancho_Villa

    Pancho_Villa Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    As someone mentioned, Rock Island Armory has a quality .1911 at a fair price. I usually don't buy new guns. I have been waiting for one to turn up used at a gunshow. Nothing yet. I would assume the guns work. Otherwise people would be coming into gunshows to dump them.

    Picked up a Taurus 1911 last yearr in a swap at a gunshow from a "salk in." The pistol itself was perfectly reliable. Thw owner was looking to swap it for a deer rifle and I had a suitable gun for trade. The Taurus had all the bells and whistles cause the guy said it was not moditied. It has an ambi-safety, long trigger, tall and visible 3 dot compat sights (suppose to be by Hiene), beavertail grip safety which I don;t dare for, a couple of 8 round mags, and a rund hammer. The gun worked perfectly well. however, it had the same ailment as other Taurus autos have had. It shot like 8 inches below the point of aim which is not what I like. I have found this problem with a PT145 I had, a 24/7 I have now, and a couple of PT 638s I had recently.. All of them shot from 6-8" low. Suppose to be o.k. for a combat weapon which is the primary use of these guns. It is just not what I find useful or really what I am use to. All of these guns have worked perfectly well, just had to hold a bit higher than what I am use to to hit where I want to. I still have the 24/7 mostly cause it was a gift. Only Taurus that I was happy with was a PT99AF. (Beretta 92 clone). It shoots to the POA cause it has an adjustable rear sight and I don't have to compensate for it to do so. And I just don't see the need to buy expensive replacement sights for these guns if they can just make their rear sights high enough. Ya might wanna check the Taurus forum for reports on the PT1911s and the sight ailment compaints on the guns in general.

    Here is a pic of the PT1911. Wish it had not shot so. Low. I did not want to spend $ on more sights. So, I just sold it. Got 5 and a half and was real happy.

    http://s100.photobucket.com/albums/m3/PanchoVilla_2/?action=view&current=004-5.jpg

    I have owned several Colts. They were good shooters. Never a problem with any. Some more accurate that ohters. All stock 1911 or A1s and few Commanders.

    Never had a Springfield or Kimber. Good guns if ya want to pay the bucks.

    All I have now is an Auto Ordnance 1911. I got it used about 15 years ago. Great gun. Super accurate. Stock 1911A1. Fixed sights and it shoots to the point of aim like it's suppose to.

    There is a pic of it in the Auto Ordnance thread.
     
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  7. shortydoowop138

    shortydoowop138 Active Member

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    I don't believe in too heavy of a gun.. After spending 12 yrs in the Marines & in he NG for almost 6, you either grow stronger or go sit down & let da grown ups play.. Besides, just cause it holds 22+1, you dont have to load it to capacity.. 10~15 FMJ/hollowpoint/hydrashocks in a magazine is enough to get your point across & make an idiot STHU..
     
  8. SHOOTER13

    SHOOTER13 RETIRED MODERATOR Lifetime Supporter

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    Well... I own quite a few 1911a1's, from entry level to top of the line.

    The choice is all about the mission criteria for the weapon...

    #1...Will it be a concealed carry piece or a range gun...?!
     
  9. shortydoowop138

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    Shooter my budget doesnt allow to me to have different guns for specific reasons.. Gun better multitask til it's an extension of my hand.. My choice of clothing & small frame can allow me to CC a full size 1911.. Considering I do security, I'm abt to apply for my firearms endorsement so it'll be my duty weapon as well as EDC..
     
  10. SHOOTER13

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    OK then Marine...criteria is as a duty and carry weapon.
     
  11. bersastud

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    American Classic Commander I find a Commander to have a better balance than the Govt . That 3/4" of barrel less makes a difference.

    The taurus seem to have a lot of parts breakage safety seens worst. Also its not really all 1911 compatabile on parts.
    If carry and compact Colt Defender gets the nod Mine has been trouble free.

    In entry price I would look at
    American Classic
    RIA
    Mid price range I don't think you can beat Colt Hold value and well made.
    More expensive

    Dan Wesson
    Ed brown
    Wilson

    Their are others but these the most known.

    I left out Kimber Their not the pistols they were few years back. Lots of MIM parts and no proper made 1911 should need you to spend money on 500 rounds to break in before being returned for warrenty work.
    My Dan Wesson cost more than a Kimber , I lubed it up right out of box and went to shooting trouble free and has remained that way. Kimber didn't make my 50 round out of box test . I no longer have it.
     
  12. bmarg711

    bmarg711 Gold Member

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    Ruger SR1911 is the best you can buy for the money right now IMO.....

    That is if you can find it.
     
  13. rjgnwdc

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    here are mine

    Well I would highly recommend Colt, Remington and for custom built Caspian here are 4 of mine 2 Colts, 1 Remington and 1 Caspian
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  14. Pancho_Villa

    Pancho_Villa Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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  15. SHOOTER13

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    shortydoowop138 Active Member

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    I love how the Remington looks.. Almost as sexy as my Type~T..
     
  17. shortydoowop138

    shortydoowop138 Active Member

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    Still interested in buying a 1911.. My local gun store closed but that's OK because there's 1 a mile from my job.. Going to stop by & see if they have the Rock Island Tactial.. I like the 13+1 .45 but can only do 10+1 in CA..
     
  18. SHOOTER13

    SHOOTER13 RETIRED MODERATOR Lifetime Supporter

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    Looking forward to pics and a range report of the new 1911a1...!!
     
  19. grihn

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    As of now I've got a Springfield Armory 1911-A1 loaded. I absolutely love it. There are tons of brands of 1911's out there, and for the most part, you won't regret it no matter what you get. I'm preparing to buy a cheaper (entry level) 1911 in Blued finish to play around with customizing...gonna possibly get the Rowland 460 kit for it (http://www.clarkcustomguns.com/rowland.htm). I've got my eye on the High Standard brand as it's cheap (especially if you can find one used) and they get nearly universal good reviews.
     

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  20. SHOOTER13

    SHOOTER13 RETIRED MODERATOR Lifetime Supporter

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    Very nice grihn...!!