Best 1911 for the buck.

Discussion in 'Handguns' started by carney, Mar 11, 2008.

  1. carney

    carney Member

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    Alright I'll be buying a 1911 before too long, and the price limit is $1,000. I'm looking for a full size stainless model, and I am open to most any brand. What 1911 would you buy and why?
     


  2. HighVelocity

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    For 1k, get an SS Springfield Armory "loaded" model. It comes with nightsights, beavertail grip safety etc. You'll have enough money left over to buy a fist full of quality 8rd magazines, practice ammo and a holster.

    I personally go back and forth between my SA loaded and my Kimber Pro Carry. The main reason I recommend the SA over the Kimber is that you'll get more features for less money and SA customer service is 2nd to none. As for quality, either SA or Kimber would fill the bill.

    There are less expensive guns like Rock Island Armory, High Standard and others but you get what you pay for in the 1911 world. A cheap one is usually just that, a cheap one.

    My .02
     
  3. Texas1911

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    I guess I'm biased but I would get a Kimber Stainless full size. Kimber's customer service has been excellent from my experience they will answer your questions over the phone and give honest responses. People that have sent in their guns get them in short time from what I've seen on the 1911 forums.

    STI is in Georgetown, might give them a ring to see if they offer any stainless options. I'm sure their guns run good too.
     
  4. JKTex

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    Another vote for Kimber.

    My story with Kimber's CS is a long one, but it's an example of a company that takes care of their product with no regards for some warranty on paper or excuses. Above and beyond doesn't accurately describe what they did for me, the 3rd owner of a low round count pre-series II Pro Carry HD (6-7 years old).

    And the gun shoots like a dream.

    But there are a lot of good suns out there. Look for good pre-owned ones. I found out without realizing it, great deals on great guns pop up when you least expect it.

    If you're looking for new, try www.sportingarms.com. They are in Lewisville, local for me, but do most of their business on-line and are a Kimber Master dealer, as well as many other lines. They got me quotes that were competitive with on-line quotes by small, el cheapo shops even after considering paying tax. Tom and Becky are not only really nice people, they're great to deal with.
     
  5. brainiac

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    In my experience, both Kimber and S&W have oustanding values in that price range.
     
  6. carney

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  7. txbirddog

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    If you are willing to go away from SS, I might go after a KZ45 from Wilson Combat. There is one right now on Gunbroker.com. It is almost new. You would get the service and reliability of Wilson with a few extra rounds. I am looking for a KZ9 myself.

    If you look towards a major brand, Kimber, SA, Colt, etc., look to a slightly used one as you can save hundreds. This is a good time to find some good prices around tax time and with current economical conditions. You can then use the savings for mags, holsters(you will need several:rofl:) and ammo. Best of luck.
     
  8. India0311

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    If I had a $1000 cap on a new 1911, I would argue an STI would be the most bang for the buck. As far as fitting, finish, accuracy, reliability. You're not going to have to get it tuned to be reliable for the most part.

    Sorry but I have to disagree...you don't always get what you pay for in 1911s. Some cheapys are reliable and accurate, some priceys are unreliable. A 1911 that doesn't cycle at least makes one heckuva fistload, however...
     
  9. phatcyclist

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    I'll admit I went out on a limb when I bought my Springer GI in SS. It is by far one of the cheapest name-brand 1911s at $515 sticker. It's been 100% reliable since the magazine springs have been worked in, and it is way more accurate than I am for sure. The fit and finish are not perfect, but what $500 gun is? I had a 1911 buff/gunsmith friend of mine go through and clean up some of the hurried production crud from inside it. That is one of the things you pay for when you spend more though, so a pricier one would look better inside.
     
  10. aerod1

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    Ooooooh, I looove my Springfield Armory loaded model. It is accurate, when I do my part, and is 100% reliable. This gun has never failed to function properly since I bought it about 5 years ago:cool:.
     

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