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  • Major Kong

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    My next purchase is going to be one of these classic American firearms.

    Should I risk the wrath of wifey and drop almost $1,300 on a Texas made quality STI Trojan knowing full well it will hold it's resale value if the need arises?

    OR

    Should I pick up a basic Rock Island, Tisas, or Auto Ordinance for under $550?

    The primary use will be range time and home defense.

    Does anyone have good or bad things to say about the 3 lower priced brands I have narrowed it down to?

    Thanks as usual for any input you might be able to offer.

    MK

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    Moonpie

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    Gunz are icky.
    Purchased an Auto Ordnance/Kahr made 1911A1.
    Out of the box it was a dog. Many FTE and FTF.
    Replaced the factory mag(junk)right off. This helped.
    Had to tune the extractor.
    Had Vandenburg polish up ramp and internals.
    Gun ran fine with full power 230gr RNFMJ. Would NOT run with HP's.
    Front sight came off. Had to get it replaced.
    Would not buy another.
     

    Jeffrey

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    I've got an Auto Ordnance I bought new 20+ years ago. Has always run perfectly. I abuse the hell out of it. I did polish the feed ramp, though.
     

    SIG_Fiend

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    STI has the best customer service, hands down. With sub $1k, and even some $1k+ 1911's, it's pretty common to get factory parts that are not fitted properly, do not have proper tension, etc. like the extractor, slide stop, mag release, and ejector. So with any sub $1k 1911, it's a gamble whether you get a good one out of the box. If you don't, you might need anywhere from $50-200 in good quality parts as well as some fitment to get it running properly, provided the frame and slide are not way out of spec and beyond hope. OR, you could buy an STI, and if you have problems like an extractor that isn't properly fitted, doesn't have enough tension, etc. and you start having malfunctions out of the box, send it in and they will fix it.
     

    jrbfishn

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    Rock Island is a very solid pistol for the money. I have not used STI, but heard good things. My first RIA, good to go. My second had a bad ejected. I was told 3 I would get it back 3 weeks after they got it but had it back in my hands in 2 1/2. New ejected, reliability tune up, polished feed ramps, and all new Wolf springs. Shoots anything I put in it more accurately than my full size. Wonderful pistol and fabulous customer service. The others I honestly have no experience with. Hope it helps. Sig does have more experience with more brands than me though.

    from an non-recovering coffeeholic
     

    bino1219

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    +1 for STI, have colt and kimber, STI trojan for around 1200 way better than does two

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    cbigclarke

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    +1 for STI. My next 1911 will be STI. Don't forget about Caspian Arms...

    $1300 was going to be a issue for him. Now you trying to get him put out

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