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Ocean_glocker
07-01-2012, 20:59
Hey all,
For those who know me I'm a tinkerer and a glock fanboy, but I have always been fascinated with 1911's. I have decided to finally acquire a nice one (had a RIA while ago). I sold one of my glocks and moved some funds around... so my question to you all is....

If you had a ~$1000 budget would you:

a. blow entire budget on purchase (colt?) what would you get?
b. Buy okay 1911 and get work done (Springer,Sig?)
c. Build your own from scratch (but get frame/slide fit smithed)

*Few side notes*
-I am leaning toward the Commander size
-I plan on making this my daily carry (reliability is paramount, I am a glock guy)
-it would be nice to be underbudget to I can pick up a db9 or something cheap...

Thanks!

glock2740
07-01-2012, 21:01
I suggest a Kimber TLE Pro.

Ocean_glocker
07-01-2012, 21:17
that's funny you say that, I posted this same question on another forum and everyone's telling me to avoid Kimbers...

fnfalman
07-01-2012, 21:24
For $950, you can get a Colt Lightweight Commander XSE and call it a day.

Ocean_glocker
07-01-2012, 21:30
For $950, you can get a Colt Lightweight Commander XSE and call it a day.

That's one on my list... but I really didn't want to spend all the budget, but then it is a Colt...

glock2740
07-01-2012, 21:32
that's funny you say that, I posted this same question on another forum and everyone's telling me to avoid Kimbers...
9 Kimbers. 0 problems. Nuff said. :cool:

Veedubklown
07-01-2012, 21:38
I bought a beater 1911 for $400 and made it pretty sweet. I wanted something in double stack though, and just browsing around GB I found my Bul M-5. I knew nothing really about 1911's, and just went with something cheap that I could make combat accurate. I haven't tried to tighten up my barrel or slide fit, because it's good enough. It shoots true to point. The trigger, feed ramp, barrel throat, and safetys I did work on. Also some cosmetic stuff, blah blah. My total investment minus mags is less than $500. I spend about $150 on my 5 mags, but they hold 18.

Ocean_glocker
07-01-2012, 21:39
9 Kimbers. 0 problems. Nuff said. :cool:

9 kimbers and 9 glocks... thats a little greddy no... j/k

I have nothing against kimbers, you can't trust everything you read on the web, which is why I post like this asking for first hand experiences... thanks!!

faawrenchbndr
07-01-2012, 21:53
Save a few more dollars and purchase a lightly used TRP

Ocean_glocker
07-01-2012, 22:06
Save a few more dollars and purchase a lightly used TRP

would like too, but with a kid on the way (my first) we agreed (wife told me) that if I want a new one I have to sell an old one and use that money... sold 2 of my glocks now I have $1k. Don't want to sell anything else... :crying:

but on that note, TRP have gotten STUPID popular and even more STUPIDLY expensive.. I've heard great things, but I think it's out of my league...

faawrenchbndr
07-01-2012, 22:09
Saw a nice one listed today for $1150 shipped!
That's NOT stupid! That's a deal!

Ocean_glocker
07-01-2012, 22:25
Saw a nice one listed today for $1150 shipped!
That's NOT stupid! That's a deal!

wow, must have missed that one.. the only ones i've seen we in excess of $1300

Ocean_glocker
07-01-2012, 22:26
I bought a beater 1911 for $400 and made it pretty sweet. I wanted something in double stack though, and just browsing around GB I found my Bul M-5. I knew nothing really about 1911's, and just went with something cheap that I could make combat accurate. I haven't tried to tighten up my barrel or slide fit, because it's good enough. It shoots true to point. The trigger, feed ramp, barrel throat, and safetys I did work on. Also some cosmetic stuff, blah blah. My total investment minus mags is less than $500. I spend about $150 on my 5 mags, but they hold 18.

I like the idea of an 1911 under $500, that would mean I could use the rest and buy another glock...lol

faawrenchbndr
07-01-2012, 22:52
wow, must have missed that one.. the only ones i've seen we in excess of $1300

Granted this one is a Washington state FTP sale, but just shows
they are out there for that price.

http://www.ar15.com/forums/t_7_88/1012768_WTS__Springfieild_Armory_TRP_1911_45_FTF_in_WA.html

Ocean_glocker
07-01-2012, 22:56
Granted this one is a Washington state FTP sale, but just shows
they are out there for that price.

http://www.ar15.com/forums/t_7_88/1012768_WTS__Springfieild_Armory_TRP_1911_45_FTF_in_WA.html


I guess that's actually the biggest thing in my situation, I need to figure out the one(s) I want and wait for the right deal. I'm way too impulsive, it's exciting when I get to buy a new gun... haha

ArmoryDoc
07-01-2012, 23:08
I would advise against Kimbers. Go with a Colt Combat Commander.

Veedubklown
07-01-2012, 23:27
I like the idea of an 1911 under $500, that would mean I could use the rest and buy another glock...lol
Here's what I ended up with, and the mags were like $35 each, so I'm total about 600. It needs to be refinished, I'm thinking hard chrome on the slide, and controls, but it's gonna be a while. That stuff's pricey, and I'm still tossed about my GI sights. So I have some money yet to put in it, that will probably put me at around a grand. It's part of the fun, I guess. http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e197/veedubklown/Firearms/Bul%20M5/2012-05-14_16-58-08_271.jpg

SLO1911Fan
07-01-2012, 23:27
Kimber, Springfield, Colt... You really can't go wrong with a major manufacturer.

ca survivor
07-02-2012, 06:51
that's funny you say that, I posted this same question on another forum and everyone's telling me to avoid Kimbers...
in that forum the have it right :rofl:

majette
07-02-2012, 10:09
i am not a tinkerer when it comes to guns unless it is something i can drop in and it is an enhancement. i also only carry full size; with a good gun belt, holster, and dressing around the fact i am going to carry a gun makes it easy. it is a system that you choose to field.

for your budget find a NM loaded springfield (preferably full size), get a good belt and holster, spend the rest on ammo and range time.

rem2429
07-02-2012, 12:25
Buy your future son a colt.
If its a girl, you'll need it when she turns 16.

Goldendog Redux
07-02-2012, 12:33
Find a Colt Commander. A run of the mill Kimber wont be worth a squirt upon resale.

MF

R0CKETMAN
07-02-2012, 16:25
Save a few more dollars and purchase a lightly used TRP

Bingo or save a bit more and get a new one.

friends don't let friends buy mimbers

Jason D
07-02-2012, 17:25
Colt Retro Gold Cup

Glockdude1
07-02-2012, 17:30
Springfield Mc Operator.

:cool:

Catch22
07-02-2012, 19:45
If you buy a colt you won't regret it. I like series 80's myself and lightweight model at that. You can pick up used colts cheaper than you think. I have seen brand new stainless steel lightweight commanders in the 850 range thats what I would buy.

mr.scott
07-03-2012, 21:10
I'm building my latest 1911. RIA Frame, Fusion slide and small parts and a colt barrel. I have everything together and have fitted the safety and ensured all safety features work. Hope to test fire it this weekend, then have it cerakoted desert tan to go with the cz ETC Frag Dirty Olive g10 grips.

tim12232
07-03-2012, 22:16
maybe a used Dan Wesson RZ-45 Heritage? Dan Wesson is g2g and well made and down the road can still have some work done if you like?!