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Posted: 12/23/2003 4:04:18 PM EDT
I am looking getting my first 1911. What brands and models do you guys suggest. Price range is around 500 but if I need to spend more to get a decent gun then I'll do so. If possible I want to get something I won't have to mess with since this will be my first 1911. Something I can get decent groups with. Any help??

Thanks!
Link Posted: 12/23/2003 4:20:34 PM EDT
My 1st 1911 was a Springfield. It was a great gun, I had no problems with it at all. Sold it to finance another project , wish I had kept it. Now I'll thinking of getting a Kimber Custom II. In fact, I'll probably go get it after Christmas. Merry Christmas to me!

Jamie
Link Posted: 12/23/2003 4:26:43 PM EDT
Have you thought about saving up a few more $$$, and building a nice custom yourself?
Link Posted: 12/23/2003 4:32:30 PM EDT
The Springfield is a good choice. Though I would suggest looking at the S&W 1911 for $600 to $650. In comaprison to the lower end SA 1911s it is a better product. The Kimber would be my next choice however you start spending even more and what you get in the "lower" end Kimber may not be any better a product than the S&W 1911.
Link Posted: 12/23/2003 4:57:41 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/23/2003 5:02:58 PM EDT by hapjack]
I'm old school, make your first a Colt

You should be able to get a 1991-A1 for about $560
Link Posted: 12/23/2003 6:24:45 PM EDT
I suggest a basic Kimber, which you can modify in the future to suit your needs and budget.
Link Posted: 12/23/2003 6:34:13 PM EDT

Link Posted: 12/23/2003 6:36:02 PM EDT

Originally Posted By star2323:
I am looking getting my first 1911. What brands and models do you guys suggest. Price range is around 500 but if I need to spend more to get a decent gun then I'll do so. If possible I want to get something I won't have to mess with since this will be my first 1911. Something I can get decent groups with. Any help??

Thanks!



Try a Dan Wesson-Great value for the buck.
Link Posted: 12/23/2003 7:29:41 PM EDT

Originally Posted By NODDAH:
The Springfield is a good choice. Though I would suggest looking at the S&W 1911 for $600 to $650.



The S&W's are nice but they have a horrible grip safety. The one that I played with at the store took twice as much pressure to push in than any other. To me, you shouldn't have to push the safety in, it should just be natural with your grip. Most others ARE this way.

As for Springfields, great pistols. I have a stainless mil-spec and it shoots as well as any pistol I've owned and I've owned high end ones like Sig and HK. Completely reliable as well.
Link Posted: 12/23/2003 11:46:42 PM EDT
While I'm sure the grip safety will wear in and loosen with use, I don't like the S&W, the new kimbers, or any other 1911 with an external ejector or additional and unnecesarry internal safeties. I'm a traditionaliost when it comes to 1911s. Get a Colt (series 70) or a Springfield Milspec for your first 1911.
Link Posted: 12/24/2003 4:17:31 AM EDT
I've got a S&W1911 and I really like it. I'm not a traditionalist and like the external extractor for reliability. Maybe I got lucky and got a good one. It does have the firing pin safety plunger. It is activated by the grip safety and not the trigger as in the Colt Series 80 (?) pistols. Mine is smooth as silk. More opinions than guns out there huh. Good luck with whatever you get!

Shabo
Link Posted: 12/24/2003 4:24:16 AM EDT
Kimber or Springfield.
Link Posted: 12/24/2003 6:41:21 AM EDT
Thanks everyone. I am going to look at the Springfield mil-specs and the Colt 70 series. Both sound like good guns to start with. I'll prolly get a Kimber later on.

How much do the Colt 70 series run brand new??

The Springfield mil-specs are between $400 and $500 right?

Thanks
Link Posted: 12/25/2003 7:33:07 PM EDT
I think I paid $530 for my stainless Springy mil-spec so a blued one should be in your price range. I really don't think any 'name brand' manufacturer puts out crap. 'Name brand' meaning Colt, Springfield, S&W, Kimber etc. Of course there are always a few lemons out there. And the thing about the S&W's is more of a preferance than anything. That could have been just that one gun as well.
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