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Posted: 3/22/2006 1:30:34 PM EDT
I want to buy a commander-style 1911 here in the next couple of weeks - this would include any pistols with a 3.5 to 4.25 barrel and regular frame - but I can't decide.

I've been looking at Colt 80 series Commander to Kimber Pro Carry to Les Baer Monolith Commanche to Springfield Champion to STI Duty CT to Ed Brown Kobra Commander. I need opinions as to the best of these for the money? I can spend up to $2K but I don't want to if I can get something just as good for half the price.

Thank you for your time.

John
Link Posted: 3/22/2006 1:36:22 PM EDT
I would also take a close look at the Dan Wessons and the S&Ws. Otherwise I am aligned with your direction, and would probably select Colt given a choice.
Link Posted: 3/22/2006 1:39:36 PM EDT
I like the Colt. My friend and I both have new roll mark Commanders. They have been absolutely 100% reliable. If you shoot a lot the lack of a "beavertail" (I hate that term) grip safety could get annoying.

My second choice in the affordable category would be the Springfield Lightweight Champion.

In the semi-custom category you should also consider the Wilson Professional.
Link Posted: 3/22/2006 1:41:20 PM EDT
If you found a Les Baer in your price range then you need look no further.

Link Posted: 3/22/2006 2:28:23 PM EDT
Just remember that the more you spend (generally) the better the weapon you recieve is.

I would have Yost-Bonitz build me a gun if I was looking to spend that kind of scratch. Probably off a Colt, or a Caspian if I wanted to save some money.
Link Posted: 3/22/2006 2:49:53 PM EDT

The Dan Wesson Bobtail Commander is an outstanding value and a great shooter. Yost-Bonitz will build you a piece that you will likely always be proud to own...

Knowing what I do now, having gone through a number of 1911's - I'd have Yo-Bo build another...just the way I want it...and I just might do that...
Link Posted: 3/22/2006 3:16:42 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/22/2006 6:17:26 PM EDT by V-Rod]

Originally Posted By ken_mays:
I would also take a close look at the Dan Wessons .



John you may want to consider DW, they have a bobtail chamber in a 10mm & 45ACP. I had Dave Severns perform the work, its a very nice weapon. Here are photos for the drool effect and a list of the work performed I have under 1500 for the complete setup, including the custom holster and belt.

Dan Wesson 10mm CBOB

Cylinder & Slide Inc, Tactical II hammer
STI S-7 Sear
Briley disconnector
Wilson blue hammer strut pin
EB hammer strut
EB SS grip saftey
EB tactical SS thumb safety
EB mag release
EB Slide stop
EGW o/s firing pin stop
Davidson Horned Lizard G-10 grips
Trigger job set@ 3.75
Reliability tune
Frame undercut




Andrew Custom crossdraw holster, weapon fits like a glove, no break in needed, hugs really tight and feels great. Quaility holster DO make a difference
Link Posted: 3/22/2006 3:42:47 PM EDT
Ya know , I just realized Dan Wesson is only about 30 miles away from where I work.

Wonder if they give Tours ?
Link Posted: 3/22/2006 6:44:54 PM EDT
Vrod,

BeeUteeful gun. I may have to consider a Dan Wesson Bobtail.

Also, I had never heard of Yost-Bonitz and they are located about 20 miles from my house. Lots to think about.

John
Link Posted: 3/22/2006 7:20:17 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/22/2006 7:21:15 PM EDT by V-Rod]

Originally Posted By Levallois:
Vrod,

BeeUteeful gun. I may have to consider a Dan Wesson Bobtail.

Also, I had never heard of Yost-Bonitz and they are located about 20 miles from my house. Lots to think about.

John



are you old enough to own a 1911 YoBo is a household name

Spend some time HERE then check back with us


ETA thanks for your kind words, as much as I hate to admit, its just a tool. but a very effective one
Link Posted: 3/22/2006 10:20:49 PM EDT
The BEST for the money IMO is the Ed Brown Kobra carry.
Link Posted: 3/23/2006 3:01:10 AM EDT
Used 70 S Colt commander w/ steel frame. You have a Shi* load of money left over to play with.
Link Posted: 3/23/2006 3:24:00 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/23/2006 3:25:31 AM EDT by in_burrito]
I carry a Kimber Compact Aluminum every day and really like the weight savings and 1" of missing barrel for a daily carry piece. I got mine used for $550. Changed out the springs, the grips, and gave it a dose of Norrell's and it's all good. They don't make them anymore, and even if they did you'd have to deal with that stupid schwartz safety, so used is the way to go.


Some will say that the aluminum is going to wear out faster than steel, and they're right. But then again this isn't the gun I shoot every week either. I shoot it once or twice a year to make sure it's till functioning and keep my regular weekly range visits confined to my fullsize steel frame gun.
Link Posted: 3/23/2006 5:30:17 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/23/2006 5:38:42 AM EDT

Originally Posted By GoingIncognito:
www.goingincognito.com/images/1911/kobracarry.jpg


Way to post a monster pic and jack up the whole thread.

If you don't know how to resize, at least post it as a link instead.
Link Posted: 3/23/2006 6:12:52 AM EDT
I know how to resize and didn't bother doing it.
Link Posted: 3/23/2006 6:21:49 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/23/2006 6:30:06 AM EDT by in_burrito]

Originally Posted By GoingIncognito:
I know how to resize and didn't bother doing it.


oh, ok. So you're not an idiot you're just inconsiderate. Gotcha.
Link Posted: 3/23/2006 7:43:33 AM EDT
I love my Springfield Champion Loaded....
Link Posted: 3/23/2006 7:45:46 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/23/2006 7:46:12 AM EDT by GoingIncognito]

Originally Posted By in_burrito:

Originally Posted By GoingIncognito:
I know how to resize and didn't bother doing it.


oh, ok. So you're not an idiot you're just inconsiderate. Gotcha.





Nope, but you are. At least I don't resort to pompous name-calling. Silly me figured we were all adults here.

Edit: What I am sorry for is this thread getting hijacked. As such, I'm done posting here. My opinion is get an Ed Brown.
Link Posted: 3/23/2006 7:53:57 AM EDT
I plan to take a chance on the Taurus PT-1911 just as soon as it's in wholesaler's hands.

Linky to PT-1911

Link Posted: 3/23/2006 8:43:41 AM EDT
i shot alot of commander sized guns before buying. Probably took 2.5 months to decide.

Springfield, Baer, Colt, Wilson, Kimber and so on over many range sessions..

I went with a Kobra Carry. If you have get a chance to shoot AND to carry a bobtailed 1911, it is something unique.
Link Posted: 3/23/2006 9:10:52 AM EDT
I'm simply in love with my S&W 1911PD. Doubt I'll ever own a steel framed commander - check one out, I'm glad I did!

FWIW, I NEVER planned to buy a S&W 1911 until I picked up the 1911PD - balance and pointability (for me anyways) are unsurpassed.
Link Posted: 3/23/2006 4:53:42 PM EDT
You asked for Best 1911 Commander Size Pistol for the Money? Hands down, the SW1911 Sc Commander is the one to beat.

http://www.lenaburgs.net/images/SmithWesson/1911Sc_1st640.jpg

You will not be disappointed.

James
Link Posted: 3/23/2006 5:11:17 PM EDT
I also have and carry a S&W 1911 Sc. Excellent gun for the money. Reliable, accurate and light. It is very nice for all day carry.
Link Posted: 3/23/2006 6:20:54 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/23/2006 6:25:34 PM EDT by dsg2003gt]
im getting the SW1911sc for carry, I have had two Sw1911s so far and with over 1000 rds through them(even in the break in period) I have had NO, repeat ZERO malfunctions of any kind. I am using wilson combat and act mags.
eta:this was using winchester 185/230, remington 230, blazer 230 and speer lawman 230.
sexy picture time:


Link Posted: 3/25/2006 7:01:33 AM EDT
If money is not an object, the Ed Brown is the way to go. If you live on this planet, however, I recommend the Colt XSE Commander. Great shooter, good upgrade features, reliable as hell. You even have a choice of steel or lightweight frame.
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 9:10:45 AM EDT

Originally Posted By extremist_59:
You asked for Best 1911 Commander Size Pistol for the Money? Hands down, the SW1911 Sc Commander is the one to beat.

www.lenaburgs.net/images/SmithWesson/1911Sc_1st640.jpg

You will not be disappointed.

James



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Link Posted: 3/25/2006 9:47:10 AM EDT
Dan Wesson 1911's are definitely worth checking out. I really like the one I owned. Sold it to finance something else because I didn't carry it much.
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 2:33:22 PM EDT

Originally Posted By ALPHAGHOST:

Originally Posted By extremist_59:
You asked for Best 1911 Commander Size Pistol for the Money? Hands down, the SW1911 Sc Commander is the one to beat.

www.lenaburgs.net/images/SmithWesson/1911Sc_1st640.jpg

You will not be disappointed.

James



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