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Lehman
07-22-2009, 20:22
Hello all,

I'm looking for a basic/entry level 1911 pistol...something in the $500 range. This would be my first 1911 pistol and would strictly be a range toy (assuming I can find some ammo). I've narrowed it down to 3 choices and would like your opinions on them, esp. if you own any of them.

1) Para Ordnance GI Expert - http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/21_53/products_id/56531
2) Norinco 1911 A1
3) Springfield GI - http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=32588

At this point I'm leaning towards the Para. The Norinco looks like a good pistol from what I've read but I can't seem to find one. And the Springfield...I am still reading up on it.

Eyescream
07-22-2009, 20:40
If you're willing to spend a little more (I think they go around $650 now, maybe less if you get lucky), you can get a lot more gun with an STI Spartan.

I've heard good things about all three of the guns you've listed but, as you've said, they're very basic.

bac1023
07-22-2009, 20:45
Hello all,

I'm looking for a basic/entry level 1911 pistol...something in the $500 range. This would be my first 1911 pistol and would strictly be a range toy (assuming I can find some ammo). I've narrowed it down to 3 choices and would like your opinions on them, esp. if you own any of them.

1) Para Ordnance GI Expert - http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/21_53/products_id/56531
2) Norinco 1911 A1
3) Springfield GI - http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=32588

At this point I'm leaning towards the Para. The Norinco looks like a good pistol from what I've read but I can't seem to find one. And the Springfield...I am still reading up on it.

I'm not a Para fan, but do think the GI Expert is one of their best. I don't like the fancy Paras with all the stupid color combos and styling gimmicks.

The Springfield GI doesn't have a lowered ejection port, but if you're only shooting ball ammo at the range, it shouldn't be an issue. I'd probably go with the Springfield.

http://i660.photobucket.com/albums/uu324/cutillo_2009/000_2017-1.jpg

http://i660.photobucket.com/albums/uu324/cutillo_2009/000_2488.jpg

http://i660.photobucket.com/albums/uu324/cutillo_2009/000_2282.jpg

bac1023
07-22-2009, 20:46
If you go a little higher, the STI Spartan is the best entry level 1911, in my opinion.

They're in the $650 range.

http://i660.photobucket.com/albums/uu324/cutillo_2009/000_2021.jpg

custom2
07-22-2009, 20:55
Hello all,

I'm looking for a basic/entry level 1911 pistol...something in the $500 range. This would be my first 1911 pistol and would strictly be a range toy (assuming I can find some ammo). I've narrowed it down to 3 choices and would like your opinions on them, esp. if you own any of them.

1) Para Ordnance GI Expert - http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/21_53/products_id/56531
2) Norinco 1911 A1
3) Springfield GI - http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=32588

At this point I'm leaning towards the Para. The Norinco looks like a good pistol from what I've read but I can't seem to find one. And the Springfield...I am still reading up on it.


Good luck finding a Norinco if you live in the U.S.A. Isn't there some sort of trade embargo that prohibits the sale of them in the U.S. ?

bac1023
07-22-2009, 20:59
Good luck finding a Norinco if you live in the U.S.A. Isn't there some sort of trade embargo that prohibits the sale of them in the U.S. ?

Yeah, they haven't been sold new here in years.

Gunbroker is your friend. ;)

Eyescream
07-22-2009, 21:05
If you go a little higher, the STI Spartan is the best entry level 1911, in my opinion.

They're in the $650 range.

I lucked up and paid $560 NIB for mine. :supergrin:

bac1023
07-22-2009, 21:12
I lucked up and paid $560 NIB for mine. :supergrin:

I remember.

That was an awesome price. Mine was $595, but that was at least a year ago.

srothman
07-22-2009, 21:49
Of the ones you listed, I would go with the Springfield.

If you can spend a little extra, I think the STI Spartan is the best entry level 1911 on the market. In my opinion, it is worth the extra money for the Spartan.

netmage2112
03-18-2010, 14:17
If you go a little higher, the STI Spartan is the best entry level 1911, in my opinion.

They're in the $650 range.

http://i660.photobucket.com/albums/uu324/cutillo_2009/000_2021.jpg

If you're willing to spend a little more (I think they go around $650 now, maybe less if you get lucky), you can get a lot more gun with an STI Spartan.

I've heard good things about all three of the guns you've listed but, as you've said, they're very basic.

Of the ones you listed, I would go with the Springfield.

If you can spend a little extra, I think the STI Spartan is the best entry level 1911 on the market. In my opinion, it is worth the extra money for the Spartan.

Apologies to resurrect... I'm fairly ignorant on differentiators/upgrades to 1911's...

Could you elaborate on differences between the Para GI Expert ESP and the STI Spartan...?

-Tim

11bdad
03-18-2010, 15:11
Add a few more dollars to your budget and get a Springfield Mil Spec. Same as a GI but with a few additional features. I picked up a LNIB one for $525 shipped.

Brian Brazier
03-18-2010, 17:24
You may also want to look at a Springfield Mil Spec. It sounds like you want a Gi model, Buds has the Regent (which is somehow associated with, but the Norinco is better) http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/60770 or a Rock Island http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/411539079 If you would be interested in a 1911 with FCS, Beavertail, and some of the more standard enhancements Citidadel is a great choice http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/590/products_id/56897 as is the Spartan bac suggested, the Firestorm DLX, and American Classic II are good (same gun) http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/49736

Rinspeed
03-18-2010, 17:55
Add a few more dollars to your budget and find a series I Kimber Classic Custom. :thumbsup:

11bdad
03-18-2010, 18:15
or this
http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r204/lbvpics/Kimber.jpg

netmage2112
03-18-2010, 18:32
that sure is purty......
I'm certainly not looking for a 'safe queen'.... something value to use at the range along w/ my glocks...
Tho I am partial to models w/ the beavertail...

Thanks for the links...

RonS
03-18-2010, 19:10
The Spartan is a great gun if you can find one. I couldn't. The Springfield GI would be my next choice in the lower cost guns. In fact, it was and remains my choice.

Rinspeed
03-18-2010, 19:14
Of the ones you listed, I would go with the Springfield.

If you can spend a little extra, I think the STI Spartan is the best entry level 1911 on the market. In my opinion, it is worth the extra money for the Spartan.


Where the hell you been. :dunno:

MacG22
03-18-2010, 20:26
I'd go with a kimber so you can do the strap checkering yourself. File works great. If you mess us, they'll replace it for FREE! :wavey: