Best 1911 bang for your buck

Green Rebel

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I am thinking about buying a 1911 .45 that is not too expensive but is still reliable. What should I be looking at?
 

kawi jm

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I'd go with a Spartan over the GP6. IMHO a Colt would be the best, but you will find a lot of support on this board for STI. They seem to make a very nice product and made right here in Tejas.
 

mac79912

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Rock Island Armory.See centerfiresystems.com or check them out on Gunbroker.com.I have five of them and all have been reliable out of the box.They are also affordable and they have a good variety to choose from.
 

mac79912

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I own a Spartan and it is one of my favorite's.The frame's are made by Rock Island and STI make's everything else.Unfortunately STI's are very expensive.
 

JKTex

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I am thinking about buying a 1911 .45 that is not too expensive but is still reliable. What should I be looking at?
Expensive is relative. A $3000 Wilson, Baer or Brown is expensive to me. $700-$900 Kimber, Springfield etc. is not expensive. When you get down to or break the $500 mark, if possible, I think you are in a range of getting what you pay for. It may be perfect for what you want/need though.

Look for older Kimbers (preferably pre-series II which are ones that don't have "II" on the slide). You can come up great guns for $600-$700.


I'd go with a Spartan over the GP6. IMHO a Colt would be the best, but you will find a lot of support on this board for STI. They seem to make a very nice product and made right here in Tejas.
Colt being best, especially for the value, would be argued these days but some of the STI's would be awesome; but not inexpensive compared to others.

Also, The OP isn't from Texas so the STI loyalty would take a different twist. :p
 

GULFPILOT

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I am thinking about buying a 1911 .45 that is not too expensive but is still reliable. What should I be looking at?
I was in your position awhile back and decided to go with the Kimber Warrior. Wife wouldnt let me spring for Nighthawk, so I chose the Kimber. 1k is still expensive for a pistol, but I think you get what you pay for when it comes to 1911's. I see you're from Oxford, nice area especially with Ole Miss there. Spent alot of time in Ms., most of my childhood in and around Meridian.
 

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