GUN 1911 crew recommend me something

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  1. [DWI]

    [DWI] Master of Nothing

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    I'm starting to shop for a new 1911, I already have an old school(1918) colt 1911 as a "working display" 1911. Now I am looking for something that I can take to the range on a regular basis and not worry about wearing down and out or breaking a piece of history. The gun will also most likely get carried in the winter so its going to get the normal wear and tear and I have a thing for simple and utilitarian looking things so no fancy finish needed. I'm also not a big fan of the white dot "night sights". So what brands/models who you guys recommend looking at? I'm looking at buying in the time frame of the next 6 weeks so I have some time to look and shop.

    Right now what I have seen at shops I frequent.

    1) Springfield GI for $475
    2) Springfield Mil-Spec for $700 (I think that is the model 3 dot sight and full length guide rod) *quick question, if a full length guide rod really worth a lick?*
    3) Rock Isle for $389
    4) One I won't buy a used Springfield GI with 3 dot sight added for $350 (it was a trade found under a car seat after years of neglect there is rust on at least the slide lock and safety.)

    What does the crew think of those guns for daily use and carry?
    How about the prices?
    Recommendations for other brands models to look at?

    I really don't need a pistol that will massively exceed my abilities. I don't need fancy finish or fancy sights. I'd like something to be accurate to at least 50 yards if not more, at the very least accurate at the close ranges you would need a carry gun at. I need a model that has a track record of working smoothly (I'll still put 500 rounds through it without a problem before carrying it.) no FTF FTL FTE problems as common issues (my current 1911 had a 5-6% FTL rate at for the first time out, most likely a magazine problem though. I'm trying to keep costs down here I need reliably and decently accurate, I do not need fancy and championship team shooting caliber.
     
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    Alphaeus New Member

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    I know you said you don't need "fancy" sights, but the sights on the springGI really suck. Get a "loaded" version.
     
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    Y2kAccord Everything happens for reasons I just dont know

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    I have a GI model and the sites are fine for me.. its a great gun
     
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    2L Bunny "It's only a Rabbit"

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    For $700 that was probably a Loaded model, a regular Mil Spec should be ~$400. Also I'm not sure where you're at, but those prices seem a bit high, although location can vary that. If you have the cash the Springer Loaded's are great 1911's to start on, they've got most of the custom touches you'd likely end up adding yourself.

    For a basic no frills 1911 the GI and the RIA's are good pistols. I've had an RIA for 2 year now and it's a great gun.
     
  5. Thumper

    Thumper OT Supporter

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    A lot of people seem to like Kimbers. But I don't know a whole lot about 1911s so I am curious to hear some more responses.

    XS sights are outstanding if you don't like 3 dot sights. I can't stand 3 dots and love XS sights.
     
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    [DWI] Master of Nothing

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    XS sights? tell me more please.
     
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    [DWI] Master of Nothing

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    Well the RIA is over in Live Oak, FL and the Sprifields are at a local gun store that runs a little high (and by a little I mean a good bit) I bought a S&W from another Sports Authoirty for 140 dollars less than they wanted, granted it was on sale but still.
     
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    nighthawk>*.*

    Too bad I don't own one. :o
     
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    copperhead035 New Member

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    I love my Rock Island. Only complaint is that it could use better sights, and I'm too broke to do anything about it
     
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    Aequitas If it keeps on raining, levee's going to break.

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    I think Sport's Authority might end up having more gun sales, they're going to stop selling hand guns.
     
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    2L Bunny "It's only a Rabbit"

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    Sure, they also cost more 4-5 times as much as anything else. That's like saying Mercedes >.* Hyundai's.... NO SHIT
     
  12. [DWI]

    [DWI] Master of Nothing

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    damn you for telling me this . . . they have S&W 500 magnum revolvers . . .
     
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    SS109 3100 FPS OT Supporter

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    I like my Springfield 1911 WWII replica for reliability but the sights really do suck. I want to change them out to night sights.

    And your quoted prices suck! Keep looking.
     
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    That Milspec is $700? You can get a Loaded for that price.
     
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    SS109 3100 FPS OT Supporter

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    +1
    The Taurus 1911's are getting a lot of love at my gun shop.
    Great value for the price.
     
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    70Machwon New Member

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    I love springfields, and may end up with one when im 21. BUT


    That new Taurus PT1911 is a hell of a gun, for a hell of a price. I may get that if prices stay where they are.

    So the taurus gets a +1 from me. Of course, the only 1911 Ive shot is a Colt Gold Cup, but WHOO EE those are expensive now.
     
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    [DWI] Master of Nothing

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    What do y'all know about auto-ordnance's 1911? I ran into a guy at the Uniform supply place today who recommended them.
     
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    Do the Taurus 1911 parts interchange with other manufacturer parts? I thought I read that they didn't and that was the big gripe about them. I'm wanting a cheapo 1911 too and want to be able to do SOME customization to it.
     
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    poonmonster OT Supporter

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    If you are looking for something to build off, I like the Rock Islands. They are a good platform to build off and are very cheap.
     
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    They use a vertical line on the rear and a dot front.

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    They are simple to use and quick to aim. They have standard and night versions and two dot sizes up front.
     
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    [DWI] Master of Nothing

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    I've heard some people have some issues getting parts to fit when building unless then file a little bit to get things to spec, have you had any problems like that?
     
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    2L Bunny "It's only a Rabbit"

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    All 1911's are like that, parts are never true "drop in". With that said I've had great luck with interchangability of parts on my RIA.
     
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    I love my Kimber ultra carry...
     
  24. poonmonster

    poonmonster OT Supporter

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    I personally have not had any problems with my RIA and fitting parts. But each situation will be a little different, it not only depends on the base gun you build off but the manufacturer of the aftermarket parts you add. I have had a couple of part that were more difficuly to fit on my springfield loaded then my RIA.
     

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