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Posted: 1/27/2006 8:08:50 AM EDT
Why the hell does putting a rail on a 1911 increase the price so much?

I am really jonesing for a 1911, and want one with a rail, but $1200-1600 is ridiculous when I can get a mil-spec one for $500-700.

Does the railed version have that many upgraded parts to account for the $700-900 price difference? That almost seems impossible.

Or are they just charging for the "bling"?
Link Posted: 1/27/2006 8:15:08 AM EDT

Originally Posted By millsusaf:
Why the hell does putting a rail on a 1911 increase the price so much?

I am really jonesing for a 1911, and want one with a rail, but $1200-1600 is ridiculous when I can get a mil-spec one for $500-700.

Does the railed version have that many upgraded parts to account for the $700-900 price difference? That almost seems impossible.

Or are they just charging for the "bling"?



sure smells like its for the "bling"

but they hooked me, I just broke down and got me a SA Operator...
Link Posted: 1/27/2006 10:50:07 AM EDT
Both Kimber and SA have railed 1911s under $1000. However, comparing a $1200 railed pistol (I assume you're talking about the TRP Operator) to a Mil-Spec doesn't make sense.
Link Posted: 1/27/2006 11:13:10 AM EDT
The prices I stated were MSRP. I realize that most items go for less than MSRP, but since I haven't had time to find out actual prices that is all I have to compare.

Kimber Warrior MSRP $1263

SA Operator A1 MSRP $1254

SA Mil-Spec MSRP $660

Why isn't it a fair compairson between a SA Operator A1 and a SA Mil-Spec? Beside the rail, does the Operator have $594 (total difference) worth of upgraded parts? Granted I am a noob to 1911's but it seems almost impossible that they do. Maybe I am wrong. Am I?

Link Posted: 1/27/2006 11:23:15 AM EDT
Both the Warrior and MC Operator retail for around $930. A Mil-Spec 1911 is around $500. In addition to the rail, the upgrades include better finish, better barrel, better sights, better trigger, better grip-safety, better thumb safety, better hammer and better grips. If you step up to the TRP Operator ($1200-$1300) you can add adjustable sights, even better barrel, better fit, a mag-well funnel and front-strap checkering.
Link Posted: 1/27/2006 12:01:13 PM EDT
I think the rail requires a different casting with more metal, both excuses for raising the price.
Link Posted: 1/27/2006 12:06:03 PM EDT
I have seen SA MC Operators at gun shows for $899 NIB and I just picked up a Para Nite Tac (LDA w/ rail) for $695 from Impact Guns.
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