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Warhorse
05-28-2011, 06:18
I had a Colt Series '70 Government Model .45ACP for over 25 years. It was an okay shooter, nothing spectacular, I sold it 5 or 6 years ago to help fund another purchase at the time.

With all the hype out there now with the 100 year anniversary and all, I find myself wanting a 1911 again. Whats the best deals out there for under $800 on a .45ACP 1911?

craig19
05-28-2011, 06:29
Everyone seems big on the Springfield Range Officer, I haven't had a chance to shoot one yet. I'm sure a few of the guys will be along in a minute to give you some better advice. I know Okie picked one up recently, he seems pretty happy with it.

okie
05-28-2011, 06:40
The Range officer or the SR 1911:thumbsup:
http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p64/okie1911/100_0135.jpg
http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p64/okie1911/100_0136.jpg

RUT
05-28-2011, 06:52
http://www.ruger.com/products/sr1911/models.html

Tallahassee
05-28-2011, 07:04
You've gotten some great advice here. If the various enhancements of those models aren't a big deal to you, I'd also suggest a Springfield Mil-Spec.

Hokie1911
05-28-2011, 07:45
Lot's of good choices < $800.

Springfield RO (what I'd go with)
Springfield Mil-Spec
Ruger SR1911
Desert Eagle 1911G
STI Spartan
Remington R1
RIA Tactical (and other Filipino clones)

Quack
05-28-2011, 08:00
Range Officer
Remington R1
mil-spec (NM marked)
STI Spartan
Ruger
Springfield Loaded

what are your intended use and needs for the 1911?

FLSlim
05-28-2011, 08:14
Quack's list is good. I went through the same process for another 1911 not that long ago and ended up with the Spartan. No regrets on that purchase-build quality and accurate. Have fun shopping, take your time, shoot what you are interested in if possible, buy and don't look back.

Warhorse
05-28-2011, 08:23
what are your intended use and needs for the 1911?
Range, HD, and sometimes carry as I still have a couple holsters for a 1911.

Tallahassee
05-28-2011, 09:06
Range, HD, and sometimes carry as I still have a couple holsters for a 1911.

Any of the guns Quack listed are capable of that (depending on how you feel about either carrying a RO with the stock sights, or changing them out like some have). I'd suggest renting as many of those as you can and figuring out what suits your fancy.

Or just pick one. If you're anything like me, you're going to end up with multiple 1911s, anyway.

woodrowNC
05-28-2011, 09:13
how about the colt 70 series repro or 1991a1. colt's making good guns these days. (says the lifelong colt fan) lol.

HotRoderX
05-28-2011, 09:16
I agree with what quack said also.

You could get a RIA 1911 Tactical or GI and a 1911 Officer model and still possible stay under your budget. If you did go over it wouldn't be by much. That way you could have your compact for carry and your full size for range/sd.

Fedor
05-28-2011, 09:18
After a lot of thought and research I am close to ordering a RIA Tactical or ATI GI in .45ACP

knedrgr
05-28-2011, 09:28
I would definitely go RO over Mil-Spec.

Change our the rear sight for a Harrison fixed, and if you want, change out the front for tritium or gold bead. YMMV. With the Mil-Spec, you'll have to get the front milled, if you want decent sigh options.

Spartan wouldn't make the list, cause I'm not a fan of the STI look and sight options.

MajorD
05-28-2011, 09:53
I am a Colt fan, and you CAN find excellent used older Colts or even a few new basic Colts in your price range. In 1911's it goes sort of like this:
good
cheap
American made
pick any two

craig19
05-28-2011, 12:00
Spartan wouldn't make the list, cause I'm not a fan of the STI look and sight options.


What's with sight options? Is it a pain to swap them out, or is it just not possible?

knedrgr
05-28-2011, 16:06
What's with sight options? Is it a pain to swap them out, or is it just not possible?

Just not a fan of target rear sight and FO front blade. I like all of my guns to have the same/similar sights. So I would need to replace them, if I had bought a Spartan.

bac1023
05-28-2011, 17:53
As shown above, there are many great choices in that price range. :)

G27RR
05-28-2011, 18:12
Just not a fan of target rear sight and FO front blade. I like all of my guns to have the same/similar sights. So I would need to replace them, if I had bought a Spartan.

You can order most STIs with different sights right from the factory, although possibly not the Spartan since it's not made in Georgetown.

To the other poster, replacing them is not difficult if you have a sight pusher, or a steady hand with a punch like the one Dawson includes with their sights. I've swapped front sights on both my Ranger IIs for tritium models.

If you buy a Spartan from Dawson, you can have them swap out the sights before they send it to you.

OP - I like Hokie's and Quack's lists.

knedrgr
05-28-2011, 18:24
You can order most STIs with different sights right from the factory, although possibly not the Spartan since it's not made in Georgetown.

To the other poster, replacing them is not difficult if you have a sight pusher, or a steady hand with a punch like the one Dawson includes with their sights. I've swapped front sights on both my Ranger IIs for tritium models.

If you buy a Spartan from Dawson, you can have them swap out the sights before they send it to you.

OP - I like Hokie's and Quack's lists.

I think the Spartan is a great starter 1911. Just not my style, specifically the sights.

That's cool that STI can change out sights for you. "Custom Shop..." :supergrin:

Fedor
05-28-2011, 18:32
The STI styling is a turn off for me.

craig19
05-28-2011, 18:37
Just not a fan of target rear sight and FO front blade. I like all of my guns to have the same/similar sights. So I would need to replace them, if I had bought a Spartan.

Ah, gotcha.

G27RR
05-28-2011, 19:03
The STI styling is a turn off for me.

Hater.



J/K :supergrin:

40 0'Glock
05-28-2011, 19:08
+1 for the Spartan.

http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f86/importbeater24/stidonut-1.jpg

CMG
05-28-2011, 20:31
My $800 list (I'm not a fan of the GI-style):

Springfield Range Officer
Springfield Loaded (NM serial prefix)
Kimber Custom
Ruger SR1911

CMG
05-28-2011, 20:32
Spartan wouldn't make the list, cause I'm not a fan of the STI look...

Neither am I.

Cobra64
05-30-2011, 02:00
how about the colt 70 series repro or 1991a1. colt's making good guns these days. (says the lifelong colt fan) lol.


This brand new $1k 1918 WWI reproduction made it through 37 rounds of range ammo.

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c2/Davis1950/Weapons/1911/Colt%201911%20WWI%201918/P1040673-PICASSA.jpg


http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c2/Davis1950/Weapons/1911/Colt%201911%20WWI%201918/P1040085.jpg


http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c2/Davis1950/Weapons/1911/Colt%201911%20WWI%201918/P1040091.jpg



http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c2/Davis1950/Weapons/1911/Colt%201911%20WWI%201918/COLTTOILET2.jpg




I'd choose from Hokie's / Quack's suggestions.

Cobra64
05-30-2011, 02:02
I would definitely go RO over Mil-Spec.

Change our the rear sight for a Harrison fixed, and if you want, change out the front for tritium or gold bead. YMMV. With the Mil-Spec, you'll have to get the front milled, if you want decent sigh options.

Spartan wouldn't make the list, cause I'm not a fan of the STI look and sight options.

:agree: on all counts.

Cobra64
05-30-2011, 02:09
The STI styling is a turn off for me.

Yup, about as appealing as a Kimber SIS. :puking:

woodrowNC
05-30-2011, 03:48
This brand new $1k 1918 WWI reproduction made it through 37 rounds of range ammo.

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c2/Davis1950/Weapons/1911/Colt%201911%20WWI%201918/P1040673-PICASSA.jpg


http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c2/Davis1950/Weapons/1911/Colt%201911%20WWI%201918/P1040085.jpg


http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c2/Davis1950/Weapons/1911/Colt%201911%20WWI%201918/P1040091.jpg



http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c2/Davis1950/Weapons/1911/Colt%201911%20WWI%201918/COLTTOILET2.jpg




I'd choose from Hokie's / Quack's suggestions.

sorry you got a bad one. me, i've never had a bad one. QC lets thing slip thru. i don't malign kimber for my bad one. it just happens in mass production. in've never had a bad one. the only reason i don't do kimber is their cs. putting colt in the toilet is a bit drastic. as soon as sacs is paid off, its a 1991a1 for me, or maybe a milspec with some internal tune ups. sorry for your misfortune. the farther you get from the oringal design, the less asthecally pleasing it is to me.

rod727
05-31-2011, 12:58
I had a Colt Series '70 Government Model .45ACP for over 25 years. It was an okay shooter, nothing spectacular, I sold it 5 or 6 years ago to help fund another purchase at the time.

With all the hype out there now with the 100 year anniversary and all, I find myself wanting a 1911 again. Whats the best deals out there for under $800 on a .45ACP 1911?

How about a 25 year old used 70 series? Had to say that! In that price range you will find Springfield loaded parked or Range officer, Ruger if you can find one and Colt 1991 series. All are good guns