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Glockphobia
06-14-2011, 04:20
hey guys,

title says it all, this will be my first 1911, dont know squat about them. just feels like i need one in my collection. from reading, sounds like springfield is gtg. i was on their website looking and based PURELY on looks i like the "loaded" model, stainless/blk serrations? how do their models go from cheapest to expensive. what really got me wanting one is rugers new sr1911,the rep of ruger and cost sounds like it would be up my ally.

thanks in advance:wavey:

rsxr22
06-14-2011, 05:33
I'd say a STI Spartan or Springfield RO. From what I hear the SR1911 is pretty good, but the reputation or ruger? Their reputation is that everything they put out is re-called! Hopefully the SR1911 will change that, but to date, that is their track record.

Psychman
06-14-2011, 05:55
No recall on the SR1911 yet. Even if there is a recall Ruger will make it right. You should be able to pick one up for around $625.00 with money left over for a few extra mags or some ammo.

brisk21
06-14-2011, 05:57
There is nothing wrong with a Springfield loaded model. It is an enhanced 1911 with the beavertail grip safety, large thumb safety, ect, at a low price. It seems to be more or less the same quality/fit at their GI and Mil-spec guns but with different parts. Id grab one at $700.

craig19
06-14-2011, 06:09
I really like the looks of the Ruger, myself. I know they have had recalls with their plastic guns, but their all metal guns in the past were pretty good.

If you want Springfield, I have heard great things about the RO. Some people seem to really like the loaded, others have said the fit and finish are not great. I don't think you can go wrong with any of the three.

Hokie1911
06-14-2011, 07:24
1911s are really subjective based on personal want/need. Everyone's tastes are different. Do you want more of a GI setup? Enhanced? 5"? Commander? Is it for carry? HD? Range use?

If you like the Loaded, let's stick with enhanced 5" for giggles.

STI Spartan $625
Springfield RO $750
DE 1911G $650
Ruger SR1911 $650
RIA Tactical $425

FLIPPER 348
06-14-2011, 07:27
Ruger SR1911 $650






Made in USA

jens5
06-14-2011, 09:01
Made in USA


Ditto!

Hokie1911
06-14-2011, 09:02
Made in USA

...and MIM free!!! No wait, that rumor didn't pan out. :yawn:

craig19
06-14-2011, 09:36
...and MIM free!!! No wait, that rumor didn't pan out. :yawn:


:rofl:

Nakanokalronin
06-14-2011, 10:27
I'd say SR1911. They do have some MIM however they also use barstock on certain parts like the firing pin stop and mag catch which is above the norm even on more expensive guns. Everyone likes to poke fun about some recall but the fact is Ruger has been making 1911 parts for some time now, for other companies. You would do well to get one.

http://img585.imageshack.us/img585/5454/sr19113.jpg

Rman 585
06-14-2011, 10:28
MIM=Metal injection Molded??

tango44
06-14-2011, 10:33
STI Spartan for me! $690 out the door!

SamRudolph
06-14-2011, 12:08
I would say to get a Rock Island government model in .45.

Then shoot it a lot and decide what features you actually want on your next 1911 and go from there.

Hokie1911
06-14-2011, 12:36
I would say to get a Rock Island government model in .45.

Then shoot it a lot and decide what features you actually want on your next 1911 and go from there.

Not so sure I would recommend a GI model for a first 1911 experience. He could shoot it, get hammer bite, and come away with a less than positive experience, not even realizing that a beavertail would alleviate that issue. Just one man's opinion.

furioso2112
06-14-2011, 12:38
MIM=Metal injection Molded??

Made in Mexico

CMG
06-14-2011, 12:46
I like the Loaded models, but I'd look for one with an "NM" serial number prefix, as they have the majority of their completion done here in the states, and seem to be a bit better fit.

The Range Officer is another low-end Springfield that I like. It's parkerized, and only available with adjustable sights, but mine is well fit and accurate.

Springfield Loaded Target 9mm & .45
http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b175/pb9x19/SALTs.jpg

Springfield Range Officer .45
http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b175/pb9x19/SARO.jpg

okie
06-14-2011, 13:23
Another vote for Range Officer:thumbsup:
http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p64/okie1911/100_0001.jpg

craig19
06-14-2011, 13:33
Made in Mexico


:rofl:

Willard
06-14-2011, 14:24
Another vote for Range Officer:thumbsup:
http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p64/okie1911/100_0001.jpg

Okie, what are the details on the knife with 1911 grips? I've thought about making one for a while, but haven't gotten a round tuit.

Nakanokalronin
06-14-2011, 14:54
Okie, what are the details on the knife with 1911 grips? I've thought about making one for a while, but haven't gotten a round tuit.

Okie can tell you details but here is the site that sells them: http://ultimate-equipmentstore.com/

up1911fan
06-14-2011, 14:54
Range Officer is my vote as well.

tx787
06-14-2011, 14:57
I think the STI Spartan, Magnum Research 1911 and Ruger SR1911 are all excellent choices for under $700. They are all enhanced 1911s which I think is the way to go for a first 1911.

FLSlim
06-14-2011, 15:49
At that price range, the only one I have experience with is the STI Spartan-excellent 1911 IMO and STI is a great little TX company. You should be able to get one for $630. Others named are probably just fine, but I haven't owned them. Also, consider a used Colt.

Ruggles
06-14-2011, 16:54
Kimber Classic II would a good bet as well. I would opt for that over the Spartan (I have owned both) as it performed better for me. The Spartan was well made overall but the thumb safety snapped in half on me and the brushing /barrel fit was ridiculous thight. That 1911 was too tight, beyond the Les Baer I owned which was also too tight.

That being said I am in the minority on this as the Spartan is preferred by most over the Kimber. Both are quality choices :)

The Kimber is going to be the easiest to find out of all mentioned so far IMO.

Glockphobia
06-14-2011, 17:43
i appreciate all the responses everyone! i am kinda leaning toward the sr1911 because of it being made here in the US, ive also done some looking and, i like the SA loaded combat(based purely on looks). functionality,fit,bells and whistles etc, i dont know which one to get, like i said, i know NOTHING about the 1911 other than i need to have one.:)

GSSF17
06-14-2011, 17:53
RIA tactical. I got one in 9mm and .45 ACP.

INCREDIBLE value and excellent shooters. Less than 500 bucks each......

FLIPPER 348
06-14-2011, 17:58
...and MIM free!!! No wait, that rumor didn't pan out. :yawn:

Impossible at the pricepoint (duh)

40 0'Glock
06-14-2011, 18:22
Im a big fan of the Spartan myself. Very tightly fitted. The single Act Mag it came with likes to nosedive rounds when feeding from a full mag on occasion. However ive put about 400 rounds through it with my Wilson 47d's and it ran flawless. Accurate, and the trigger has lightened a bit in that time as well. Very well made gun, seemed a lot tighter, smoother, and more well fitted than the Loadeds and lower end Colts ive handled. I keep it cleaned and lubed with CLP.

brianfede
06-14-2011, 18:54
I was looking to add a 1911 to my collection as well. After much thought I decided to go with the Ruger. I paid $625 for it, though I am waiting its arrival. I shot the SA mil spec. GI and Range Officer. Liked the MS and GI but loved the Range Officer, however, it was $200 more than that Ruger. Also, looked around for a used Kimber Custom but could never find one. Good Luck

Hokie1911
06-14-2011, 20:41
Impossible at the pricepoint (duh)

Exactly. Was just referring to everyone busting a chubby at the rumors of a USA made MIM-free 1911 for $700. :supergrin:

Hokie1911
06-14-2011, 20:43
i appreciate all the responses everyone! i am kinda leaning toward the sr1911 because of it being made here in the US, ive also done some looking and, i like the SA loaded combat(based purely on looks). functionality,fit,bells and whistles etc, i dont know which one to get, like i said, i know NOTHING about the 1911 other than i need to have some.:)

Fixed it for you. :thumbsup:

bac1023
06-14-2011, 21:42
i appreciate all the responses everyone! i am kinda leaning toward the sr1911 because of it being made here in the US, ive also done some looking and, i like the SA loaded combat(based purely on looks). functionality,fit,bells and whistles etc, i dont know which one to get, like i said, i know NOTHING about the 1911 other than i need to have one.:)

STI Spartan
Ruger SR911
Desert Eagle

captdreifus
06-18-2011, 13:30
Other than the sights, what is the difference between the RO and Loaded SA models?

knedrgr
06-18-2011, 14:44
Good luck with finding a NIB stainless steel SA Loaded for under $800. So if you're at $700 then it's out of the budget.

knedrgr
06-18-2011, 14:50
Other than the sights, what is the difference between the RO and Loaded SA models?

RO vs Loaded:
no ambi TS on RO
RO has better fitted barrel and bushing
RO and Target Loaded has target rear sight. While the rest of the Loaded has fixed rear sight.
RO doesn't have FCS.

fallenangelhim
06-18-2011, 20:36
Ruger SR1911 is currently OOS at my LGS.

captdreifus
06-18-2011, 21:39
RO vs Loaded:
no ambi TS on RO
RO has better fitted barrel and bushing
RO and Target Loaded has target rear sight. While the rest of the Loaded has fixed rear sight.
RO doesn't have FCS.

Awesome, thanks for the heads up!

doc540
06-19-2011, 09:24
Used colt commander. Plenty out there in that price range. And its a COLT!

limbkiller
06-19-2011, 09:42
Try these guys. Not SS but a good buy.

http://www.gilbertsguns.com/Handguns/Springfield+1911/Springfield+1911+Range+Officer+45+ACP+Pistol+PI9128LP

limbkiller
06-19-2011, 09:57
http://www.gilbertsguns.com/Handguns/Magnum+Research

Or this maybe.

Cobra64
06-19-2011, 20:53
I'd say SR1911. They do have some MIM however they also use barstock on certain parts like the firing pin stop and mag catch which is above the norm even on more expensive guns. Everyone likes to poke fun about some recall but the fact is Ruger has been making 1911 parts for some time now, for other companies. You would do well to get one.

http://img585.imageshack.us/img585/5454/sr19113.jpg

Sweet! Great starter 1911. :cool:

The Springfield Range Officer is another great option.

Cobra64
06-19-2011, 20:56
:rofl:

Made in Mexico

:rofl:

iluv2viddyfilms
06-20-2011, 01:35
There is nothing wrong with a Springfield loaded model. It is an enhanced 1911 with the beavertail grip safety, large thumb safety, ect, at a low price. It seems to be more or less the same quality/fit at their GI and Mil-spec guns but with different parts. Id grab one at $700.

Anecdotal evidence but I was at the range this weekend with a friend who had a new mil spec which was very loose and with the factory mags it failed to stay open on the last shot. The slide stop also got pushed out a bit after being fired. THe loaded model I have seems much nicer. Literally have not had a single malfunction in probably 500-1000 rounds.