GUN Talk to me about 1911's

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  1. Aviator

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    So as much as i'd love to throw down $1000 or more on a sweet custom Kimber 1911, I just can't justify spending that much. But I'm very interested in getting a 1911. I was at Cabella's today and saw a very plain-jane 1911 for ~$550...don't remember the brand though. Are there any reasons not to go for one of these plainer, cheaper ones? What are the major differences/upgrades put into the more expensive custom ones like Kimber? Are they worth it? Can I buy parts and upgrade it myself for cheaper?
     
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    You get what you pay for. The high end 1911s have nicer triggers, less MIM parts, better sights, forged vs cast, the fit and finish is much higher. Sure, you can upgrade parts but you will end up spending tons of money on a cheap gun that will still be a cheap gun at the end of the day.
     
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    I wasnt aware there were any DA 1911s. What would be an example of a good "SA loaded minimum"?
     
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    Dumbstixlars Ron Paul/AR-15/Glock/old car/Scooby/R/C croo OT Supporter

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    +1

    Dan Wessons seem to be well built pistols also.
     
  5. Dumbstixlars

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

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    SA = Springfield Armory

    www.springfieldarmory.com
     
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    IHAVECRABS Diversity is our strength. LOLOL

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    maybe he meant springfield armory... :hsugh:
     
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    :rofl: Beat me to it. I was definitely laughing at the one though.
     
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    :o Gotcha. When I see SA when talking about guns...
     
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    I've also read that STI Spartan is a good starter 1911 for the price, MSRP is $660 so its prolly about $550-$600
     
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    There are actually DA 1911's, btw. Para Ordnance, but I wouldn't recommend them.
     
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    Nice, that's more my range.
     
  12. Ford4Life

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    Buy the best you can possibly afford, most cheaper 1911's are going to money pits. For your price range, I'd stick with Springfield. You can get a basic milspec for around $500 and upgrade later if you wish. +1 to the SA Loaded that was mentioned, it's a nice 1911 for the money. Kimber is still living off the name they built for themselves with the Series I guns, but make no mistake, a new Kimber isn't worth what they are asking for them.

    You can also check out Colt, but it might be hard if you are on a limited budget.
     
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    I'll definately look into the SA. Thanks.
     
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    JaimeZX Formerly of :Sep 2001: fame - Also: Sprout Crew OT Supporter

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    For the money, here are my preferences, FWIW:

    El-Cheapo you can upgrade later: RIA - someone sold one for $250 a few months ago on here I think
    Best for out-of-the-box-goodness-at-a-reasonable-price: STI Spartan (mentioned above)
    Sweet goodness from a factory under $1k: Gently-used Colt Gunsite
    Slick entry-level custom: Les Baer Thunder Ranch - $1500ish
    Spendy awesomeness: Wilson Combat - $2200ish
    Then you can get all kinds of crazy custom shit from there.
     
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    Also add Taurus to the list
     
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    To the bottom of the list maybe. Under "I guess if someone gave it to me I'd keep it until I could pawn it off or trade it for a few cases of ammo."
     
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    dan wessons are also a value under 1k. little to no mim parts and tight fitting as well.
     
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    SA makes a damn good 1911. Accurate as hell with no work at all.
     
  20. AustinL911

    AustinL911 Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator

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    What are this 'MIM' parts I keep seeing being posted? Not completely 1911 savy.
     
  21. texchef

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    Molded injected metal. From what i read it is aprocess where they take powdered metal and press it under 11ty billion tons of pressure to form the part. Not as good as CNCd or cast parts.
     
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    MIM is good for "mold and sell" parts. They come out pretty close to intended size, thus not requiring secondary process thus saving $$.

    I would guess it could be better than cast, but not as good as billet cnc'd parts?

    anybody use this process at their job?
     
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    Ah. MIM = Powdered metal. Gotcha. Thanks.
     
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    Sarge21 Frau am Steuer Ungeheuer!

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    that depends entirely on the sintering process post-compaction.

    If done properly, the part will be near-forged like strength. Much stronger than cast.
     
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    I shot a Taurus and it's wasn't the nice 1911 I've ever held but it wasn't complete junk and it is a lot better then a RIA.
     
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