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frogger42
01-09-2011, 12:44
Over the years, quite a few 1911's have passed through my collection, but all have been traded or sold for one reason or another. The last one... a Dan Wesson CBOB I liked VERY much, but I got laid off from work and had to sell it to pay bills. The work situation is fine again and I've replaced all the guns I had to sell during the unemployment period except the CBOB. Since the CBOB is no longer made (other than for CA) I am a bit lost on what to buy. Here are my criteria...

1. Street price of $1000 (I can be a little flexible on this, but the higher I go the less likely I am to make it to the mark before something else tempts me and I spend what I've saved and have to keep starting over).

2. All stainless steel (I want this because down the road I may want to customize it and having no finish seems to simplify things for certain modifications... like checkering for example).

3. Forged, stainless steel frame.

4. Either a 5" or 4.25" slide and barrel.

5. No ambi safety or FLGR (not a deal breaker, but if it had those features it would be the first thing I had changed).

6. Little or no MIM.

7. Series 70 style trigger system.

The purpose of this gun will be range fun, occasional IDPA matches and possibly a project gun to do a full custom build down the road. Also, I just though it would be fun to buy a 1911 in 2011 during the 100 year anniversary. Right now, my main contenders are a Dan Wesson RZ-45 Heritage or a Colt Series 70 Reproduction. I'm leaning toward the Dan Wesson since it is more shootable out of the box and I'm not really sure if I will ever take the next step to have it turned into a custom, but it seems like the Colt would be more fun as a the base gun for a project. The Colt also seems more appropriate for a gun I'm buying to mark the 100 year anniversary.

Other guns are my radar are a Series 1 Kimber, Springfield Loaded or a Springfield Mil-Spec but all have a lot of MIM.

What suggestions to do guys (and gals) have on this?

IANative
01-09-2011, 12:52
In the DW or the Colt 70, you've already arrived at what my suggestion would be.

WideAwake
01-09-2011, 12:58
Buy a used cbob?

bluelineman
01-09-2011, 13:03
Used CBOB? I found one here.

frogger42
01-09-2011, 13:05
Buy a used cbob?

Certainly an option if I can find one priced right, but I bought my last CBOB just before a big price increase and only paid $850 NIB. In today's market, it is hard to find a used one for under $1000. For that price, I can get very close to the Heritage which has a forged frame instead of the cast frame of the CBOB.

bac1023
01-09-2011, 13:44
I agree, you want a used CBOB.

I like carbon steel 1911s much better than stainless, to be honest.

SwampRat12
01-09-2011, 20:21
Being a big Kimber fan, I would recommend that direction, but I know what's like reasoning with Colt people! Doesn't sound like you can go wrong - diddo last post.

AZ Husker
01-09-2011, 20:36
I'm a stainless original series Kimber fan. Easily in your price range. On the other hand, I just picked up a stainless Colt Delta Elite like new for $700. Series 80 though. She's up in Chuck Rogers' capable hands right now.

TN.Frank
01-09-2011, 20:41
IF I can't find something used in the $400 range then I'm going to go for a ATI in either the Commander size or Full Size, not sure which quite yet.
http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/21_859/products_id/411541884
http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/21_859/products_id/411542726
From all I've read they're pretty decent for the price.

Hokie1911
01-09-2011, 21:17
IF I can't find something used in the $400 range then I'm going to go for a ATI in either the Commander size or Full Size, not sure which quite yet.
http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/21_859/products_id/411541884
http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/21_859/products_id/411542726
From all I've read they're pretty decent for the price.

I handled a few ATIs today at a show and they were nice guns for the $400ish asking price.

AZ Husker
01-09-2011, 21:52
In your price range you can easily find American made forged guns.

stukibuilt
01-09-2011, 23:07
Maybe find a used NM Springfield milspec and send it out for a basic de-mim with parts you like? If it isn't for self defense, I would just shoot it and collect the parts you like and choose a gunsmith you would like to work with. I know you said you would like work done at some point, but it doesn't mean it can't be done in increments... Would i love to just throw a credit card or check down and take care of it all at once? Sure, it would save me a lot of spent time researching and lusting over parts, but that's half the fun!

1911gobang
01-11-2011, 22:30
IMHO the best bang for the buck (yeah, yeah pun intended) is a Taurus PT1911. I picked one up for less than $500.00, added FO sights for about 90 bucks, and with the left over in your 1K budget, you could buy quite a bit of ammo, Wilson 8 rounders, etc.

If you are looking for a CC 1911, then I'd go with a SA. I handled a SA EMP in .40 and it was SWEET!!!!

If you are wanting a fullsize carry piece, then keep your eyes open for something from the Kimber custom shop on here. I have seen a Pro Stainless II on here for $750.00. I shoulda bought it.....

But for all around plinkin', paper punchin', and still carries really well, the Taurus works exceptionally well, and won't suck out your wallet too bad.

bluelineman
01-11-2011, 23:35
IMHO the best bang for the buck (yeah, yeah pun intended) is a Taurus PT1911. I picked one up for less than $500.00, added FO sights for about 90 bucks, and with the left over in your 1K budget, you could buy quite a bit of ammo, Wilson 8 rounders, etc.


Better get the flame suit on. :supergrin:

Hokie1911
01-12-2011, 06:30
IMHO the best bang for the buck (yeah, yeah pun intended) is a Taurus PT1911. I picked one up for less than $500.00, added FO sights for about 90 bucks, and with the left over in your 1K budget, you could buy quite a bit of ammo, Wilson 8 rounders, etc.

But for all around plinkin', paper punchin', and still carries really well, the Taurus works exceptionally well, and won't suck out your wallet too bad.

Is this a serious post? :dunno:

Quack
01-12-2011, 06:47
fixed or adjustable sights?

TSAX
01-12-2011, 09:44
Is this a serious post? :dunno:

:rofl: