GUN 1911 opinions

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  1. RyeLou

    RyeLou OT Supporter

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    I've been waiting on an STI Spartan for a little over a week. It was supposed to be in today, but the place I ordered through just called me and said it will be at least another two weeks now before it even ships.

    I'm going to run to the shop after work to see what they have in stock. I didn't even bother looking before, I just called and placed an order for the Spartan. Is there anything I should consider that will fall in the $600 - $850 range? They have the standard Springfield, Colt, Kimber, Dan Wesson, Wilson, etc. line up. I'm not overly fond of Kimber. I like Springfield. Colt is nice but seems a little pricey for what they are. Dan Wesson and Wilson I'm guessing will be a bit more than I'd like to spend.

    So I guess in the Springfield 1911 line up, what would be comparable?

    Any help is apprecaited. :sadwavey:
     
  2. phrozenlikwid

    phrozenlikwid New Member

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    I've liked the Springers that I've had, FWIW. Only shot a Spartan, never owned one, so can't really say too much about it. Seems to be reaaaally popular with game guys, and I liked the one I shot.

    If you weren't in a hurry, you could probably source something used, and get some smith work done for the upper end of your range. Buying new.. I'd stick with the Spartan, or look at finding a Springer.
     
  3. kellyclan

    kellyclan She only loves you when she's drunk.

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    The Springfield Mil-spec (PB9108LP) is a great base to build up with minor-smithing or drop-in parts. At the high end of your budget, the Loaded parked (PX9109LP) doesn't need too much.
     
  4. RyeLou

    RyeLou OT Supporter

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    Whats the difference between the Loaded and the Operator?
     
  5. kellyclan

    kellyclan She only loves you when she's drunk.

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    Basically, the frame rail and some slide milling. You don't start getting into the tight hand fitting (which you may or may not want) until you move up to the TRP line.
     
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    What's 2 weeks if you get what you truly want? I've had guns sit at the gunsmith for months. I could get it done somewhere else faster, and cheaper, but this gun should last you a while, what's the rush? We all know what a Spartan looks like.

    I think I've been with MG for most of the lead that's come out of his Spartan, it's run like a raped ape. I don't think I can remember him having a true mechanical error.

    Do your home work, be patient, and know exactly what you want. If that's what you want, which if you are looking for a good 1911 in that price range, I would agree. Then just wait.
     
  7. Every problem I have had has been related to me being in a hurry and not seating the new magazine completely, causing the slide not to strip a new round off the fresh mag.
     
  8. GlobeGuy

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    If I were to describe STI Spartan as an ugly 1911 with super tight tolerances that run well, would that be an accurate description?
     
  9. I don't think it's ugly. :wtc:

    And yeah, it's built to real close tolerances. The lockup on mine is rock solid.
     
  10. AustinL911

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    Me either. In fact, I'd go as far as to say that Springers tweaked version looks strictly business (which is a good thing, IMO).

    If I ever get the time and drive to get into gaming, I'll most likely pick up the Springer Spartan as a starter gun. Shit's baller.

    BTW, MG, don't those go for around $1k?
     
  11. RyeLou

    RyeLou OT Supporter

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    I was going with the spartan based off reviews more than anything. I like the looks but the sewif sold me. I asked for opinions on the others to see if there was something that was close in price but just as good. I have no problem waiting. Just making sure its worth the two weeks
     
  12. He doesn't have a price listed on his site now. They were listed at $1250 before. I got mine while he was having a sale. I paid $1k.
     
  13. Dumbstixlars

    Dumbstixlars Ron Paul/AR-15/Glock/old car/Scooby/R/C croo OT Supporter

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    Whats a Spartan going for now?
     
  14. RyeLou

    RyeLou OT Supporter

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    Id be paying 665 and tax. Just under retail.
     
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    I just did a quick reading on Spartan...tempted. :o

    MSRP when it was introduced was $660.
     
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    Wait for the Spartan, it's worth it. I like my Springer GI, but for the little extra money the STI is in another league.
     
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    Meh..I'm going to wait. I was tempted by a Sig (not a 1911, I know) but I'm always tempted by Sig. I'm going to wait for the Spartan after looking around.
     
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    I think the Spartan is your best bet in that price range. Very good quality for a gun in that price range.
     
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    I don't think you can beat the spartan for the price. :dunno:
     
  20. Ford4Life

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    It's a nice gun for the cost, the only issue I have with it is I'm not fond of the giant "Spartan" written across the entire friggin slide.
     
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    what are the spartans going for?

    i'd get a trojan if they sell it without the fucking billboard on the slide :o
     
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    Whats a decent military style 1911? Anything other than Springfield GI?
     
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    I wish I could get a Spartan here :wtc:
     
  24. amill94

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    I like my Springfield Marine Operator.
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