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PopandGlock
08-11-2012, 18:53
Budget will be around 1200 or so. If I can find one of quality for a cheaper price, then so be it.

I've had my eyes on a couple of Kimbers and the such. But if you were to invest, what brand would you select?

Ruggles
08-11-2012, 19:01
Can Of Worms Is Now Officially Open!

Really can't go wrong with:

Kimber
Smith & Wesson
Sig Sauer
Springfield
Ruger
Colt
STI

All in that price range, some well below it. The issue is not so much brand but model, and then the choices get even greater.

What are you looking to do with the 1911 in general, range, home defense, concealed carry? That will help narrow it down.

countrygun
08-11-2012, 19:39
Being a heretic, and yet owning some high$$$ (at least to my budget) 1911s I still go back a few decades to my first 1911 and have to suggest, for a first 1911, that you start out in the lower price range until you get an idea of what YOU want and what you want to change.

Later, if it isn't a matter of a few simple mods to the basic one, you can sell it and put the money towards a higer-end model that has what YOU want based on your own experience.

Seems like a better plan, to me, than taking a +$1,000 "shot in the dark" as it were.

ArmoryDoc
08-11-2012, 19:51
Colt
Springfield Armory
Ruger
Dan Wesson
STI
Remington
Smith and Wesson
Sig

bac1023
08-11-2012, 19:53
:welcome:

Interesting first post...

Please check out the link in my signature. :)

simotek
08-11-2012, 20:12
I'd get one of the brands already listed. Get something basic and within your budget. Don't worry too much about it because it won't be your last.

okie
08-11-2012, 20:28
Springfield Armory Range Officer:thumbsup:

mikesull415
08-11-2012, 20:44
From what I've found, Sig, though not a traditional 1911 (unless you buy a traditional model) gives you the most features/bang/quality for the buck. Depends on what you want though. I carry a sig XO daily. It's their base model but still comes with a match grade barrel and is fitted exceptionally well.

bwvan
08-11-2012, 20:53
Colt, Springfield or Sig. Really can't go wrong statistically with any brands mentioned. As mentioned, the Springfield Range Officer is a great base .45 which you can upgrade later. You don't even have to spend $1200 to get a lot of gun.

simotek
08-11-2012, 21:01
The RO is my first 1911. Great package for around $750.

98LS-WON
08-11-2012, 21:31
Rock Island makes a decent intro gun that you can work on yourself. If you totally screw it up, you can buy another one and still be under budget. Seriously though, they shoot great and operate very smooth after you go in and do some sanding/polishing. Use the money you save for good magazines, night sites and a holster because you need to budget for that too.

Lethaltxn
08-11-2012, 21:58
I've been really happy with my Springfield loaded.

http://img232.imageshack.us/img232/9255/img1125r.jpg

mikesull415
08-11-2012, 22:46
Since we're doing show and tell.......

http://i443.photobucket.com/albums/qq160/mikesull415/04365831.jpg

http://i443.photobucket.com/albums/qq160/mikesull415/c19c5fd3.jpg

okie
08-11-2012, 23:35
http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p64/okie1911/001.jpg

Roering
08-11-2012, 23:45
http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p64/okie1911/001.jpg

Okie,

This is off topic but what blade have you got there?

98LS-WON
08-12-2012, 09:35
Someone said Show'n Tell. My most recent addition.

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b345/cmoliver/ronnie/RIA.jpg

Ruggles
08-12-2012, 09:56
Okie,

This is off topic but what blade have you got there?

http://www.ultimate-equipment.com/

I think anyways.

Lethaltxn
08-12-2012, 11:51
Someone said Show'n Tell. My most recent addition.

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b345/cmoliver/ronnie/RIA.jpg

Very nice. :thumbsup:

Glock_en_speil
08-12-2012, 12:57
The RO is my first 1911. Great package for around $750.
+1 The RO is a fantastic value with the current offerings. Springfield markets it as an entry level competition pistol but this package goes well beyond that and can easily be used to nightstand or range use. It's very accurate and made in the USA which is a big plus as many of Springfield's other 1911's are made in Brazil.

Snaps
08-12-2012, 13:48
I currently own

Kimbers
Colt
Sig
Auto Ord
Rock Island

previously owned
2 Springfields


ONLY Brand i Have had any trouble with was Springfield, that was a micro compact. Went back to springer and came back working perfect.

Right now best bang for the buck going if you shop around seems to be Sigs. And despite what you'll read on some internet sites, I have had nothing but great results with Kimber, and I don't personally know anybody who's had issues.


EDIT: I'd also like to say dont go for the budget models because it'll cost you more money later on. Find what you want features wise, and buy that first.

Unk
08-12-2012, 14:22
MA Classic Commander
Ruger SR1911
21SF

http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii228/Schemer2/45Goodness2012002.jpg

ALL good.

MD357
08-12-2012, 15:41
Budget will be around 1200 or so. If I can find one of quality for a cheaper price, then so be it.

I've had my eyes on a couple of Kimbers and the such. But if you were to invest, what brand would you select?


For $1200 buying a Kimber is a rip off, in which their $1200 guns have no better parts than their $700 guns. It's all lipstick. I'd honestly either get an STI, Sig, Colt, SA TRP. A few more options I strongly suggest is finding a used Baer or Dan Wesson for that price.

glock2740
08-12-2012, 16:03
Being a heretic, and yet owning some high$$$ (at least to my budget) 1911s I still go back a few decades to my first 1911 and have to suggest, for a first 1911, that you start out in the lower price range until you get an idea of what YOU want and what you want to change.

Later, if it isn't a matter of a few simple mods to the basic one, you can sell it and put the money towards a higer-end model that has what YOU want based on your own experience.

Seems like a better plan, to me, than taking a +$1,000 "shot in the dark" as it were.
Good advice. And to the OP...welcome to GT. :wavey:

vikingsoftpaw
08-12-2012, 16:29
Budget will be around 1200 or so. If I can find one of quality for a cheaper price, then so be it.

I've had my eyes on a couple of Kimbers and the such. But if you were to invest, what brand would you select?

Personally, I'd like to get another Kimber. For financial reason I had to part with a Custom Stainless Gold Match 45.

Don't overlook the used market for anything.

Roering
08-12-2012, 19:35
http://www.ultimate-equipment.com/

I think anyways.

Looks like it alright. Good find.

TexasVine
08-12-2012, 19:48
Colt Commander
http://i359.photobucket.com/albums/oo36/Klozures/DSC_0060-1.jpg

glock2740
08-12-2012, 20:25
Colt Commander
http://i359.photobucket.com/albums/oo36/Klozures/DSC_0060-1.jpg
That's nice. :thumbsup:

Line Rider
08-12-2012, 21:11
Colt Elite... Colt if I have to explain it, you won't understand it.

glock2740
08-12-2012, 21:26
Colt Elite... Colt if I have to explain it, you won't understand it.
Oh Lord...I done heard it all now... :upeyes::faint::rofl:

fnfalman
08-12-2012, 22:37
Oh Lord...I done heard it all now... :upeyes::faint::rofl:

It's an American thang.

fnfalman
08-12-2012, 22:37
Colt Elite... Colt if I have to explain it, you won't understand it.

Preach it, brother!!! 101-years of freakin' service.

DaneA
08-13-2012, 08:49
I just picked up my first 1911 a few weeks ago. Decided a Sig RCS was the way to go. I picked it up for less than $1000 out the door from my local shop.

http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/medium/IMG_05628.JPG

PopandGlock
08-13-2012, 11:56
Thanks for all of the awesome suggestions and warm welcome. I'm more than elated with my G22, but I am looking to expand my collection -- and as it stands, this decision is going to be harder than I had first anticipated it to be.

Rinspeed
08-13-2012, 12:14
this decision is going to be harder than I had first anticipated it to be.





$1200 is a tough price point unless you're willing to buy used which is exactly what I would do.

ColdBlooded
08-13-2012, 12:39
Colt's Custom Carry Government is pretty sweet. Very simple, with a few modern refinements. Model 01991CCG.

TexasVine
08-13-2012, 21:07
That's nice. :thumbsup:

Thanks.

Pythonman
08-14-2012, 02:19
There's some real good 1911s out there in your price range today! I've been missing 1911s for a couple of years so two months ago I also purchased the highly touted Springfield Range Officer. It's an exceptionally well made piece. It did have a slight problem where the last round in the magazine would fire but not extract occaisionally, maybe every fifth mag. But it feeds everything. Anyhow, after the first 1000 rounds I took advantage of Springfields awesome Customer Service and they emailed me a call tag to ship the gun back to them on their dime. I had it back 9 days later fixed at no cost to me and now it's just a jam proof tack driving terror. You're getting a match barrel, trigger and match bushing, adjustable sights, beavertail grip safety, extended thumb safety and checkered backstrap. This is really about an $1150 pistol you can snag new for under $800. Take the money you save on it and buy a bunch of ammo because the RO goes through that ammo quickly!

ca survivor
08-15-2012, 07:18
Thanks for all of the awesome suggestions and warm welcome. I'm more than elated with my G22, but I am looking to expand my collection -- and as it stands, this decision is going to be harder than I had first anticipated it to be.
that is why most of us have different and many brands and models, welcome to the addiction

Hokie1911
08-15-2012, 07:29
For $1200 buying a Kimber is a rip off, in which their $1200 guns have no better parts than their $700 guns. It's all lipstick. I'd honestly either get an STI, Sig, Colt, SA TRP. A few more options I strongly suggest is finding a used Baer or Dan Wesson for that price.

Winna winna chicken dinna. :thumbsup: