Want a 1911 that won't break the bank

Discussion in 'Handguns' started by sammm, Feb 21, 2018.

  1. easy rider

    easy rider Allotropic Transformer TGT Supporter

    Jun 10, 2015
    Odessa, Tx
    Old Colts are nice. Colt's handgun manufacturing has really dropped off the past couple decades. Too many designers dying off.


    OLDVET Well-Known

    Sep 14, 2010
    Richardson, Texas
    I agree.
    If you look at the Colt history you will see that Colt made some very fine firearms up until the '70s.
    Their quality started to decline around that time. Wilson Combat and Kimber came along to take up the slack. Colt was almost run out of business in the years to follow.
    A few years ago Colt announced they were returning to the manufacturing procedures they used in their glory years. They made some very fine firearm for a couple of years.
    Right after Colt made their announcement, I bought a Series 70 Gold Cup National Match pistol that Colt had reissued. It is almost perfect, Accurate and beautiful.
    Last fall, I bought one of Colt's new Competition 1911s with the blue G-10 grip panels. Man am I sorry.
    What a POS.
  3. topduarte

    topduarte Active Member

    Feb 27, 2017
    I have had 3 rock islands and they are great reliable 1911's
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  4. Treetop

    Treetop New Member

    Jul 5, 2014
    Another vote here for Rock Island Armory 1911s. I bought 2 of them back around 2010-2012, both full size tactical models. One in .45 Auto and one in 9mm.
    I have my own range about 100 yards from my front door and shoot these pistols quite a bit. When the grand kids come up to visit, I make sure that I have plenty of .45 and 9mm loaded up because these are 2 of their favorite pistols to shoot.
    Thousands and thousands of trouble free rounds have been fired through them.
    I have many other 1911s, mostly Colts and my EDC is a 5" Colt, but the RIAs give up nothing to them other than in the looks department, IMO.

    One last thing that I would like to add. Over a life time of owning, carrying and competing with 1911s, I have found that it's "Achilles Heel" are magazines! So, since the 90s, I have used nothing but Wilson 7 round model 47 magazines in all of my 1911s. There are several high quality aftermarket magazines out there, Wilson just happens to be my favorite. Semper Fi, Treetop
  5. equin

    equin Member

    Jul 18, 2010
    Waxahachie, TX
    Just out of curiosity, what went wrong with your Colt Competition? I was in the same boat as the OP last year wanting to buy an affordable 1911. Back then I knew close to nothing about them other than I really wanted one. I’ve learned a teeny bit more since then after I bought a Colt Competition in .45ACP after I found a great deal on it at a LGS.

    All I can say is “Wow!” I love it! It has the best trigger I’ve ever felt, but I admit I’m still a noob and haven’t had a chance yet to experience many triggers. It is by far the most enjoyable handgun I’ve ever shot and is way more accurate than I am. So far no problems with it after about 500 rounds at the range. If it had been within OP’s budget, I would have recommended it. But I’m curious to know what troubles you’ve had with yours just so I know what to look out for in mine.
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  6. TxStetson

    TxStetson Well-Known

    May 9, 2013
    Odessa, TX
    I have nothing against RIA, but my vote is for the Springfield. My Range Officer Champion is not only my EDC, but it is the best non-custom 1911 I have ever had the pleasure of shooting or fondling. I had lunch with another forum member yesterday, and while were drooling over each others weapons, he tried my trigger. He was surprised when I said it was straight out of the box, and nothing about it was customized.
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  7. robertc1024

    robertc1024 Not That Guy TGT Supporter

    Jan 22, 2013
    San Marcos
    I agree with you, but the OP said $400-$700, I don't think you can get a Range Officer in that range. I've got a Range officer and people are surprised by the trigger too. In that price range though, I still don't think you can beat an RIA.
  8. TxStetson

    TxStetson Well-Known

    May 9, 2013
    Odessa, TX
    I paid $800 for mine, and I definitely feel the little extra money is more than worth it.
  9. sammm

    sammm Member

    Jul 14, 2015
    DFW, TX
    I'm weighing my options. Will be checking them out tomorrow.
  10. topduarte

    topduarte Active Member

    Feb 27, 2017
    Never hadva failure with Rock Island

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