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Restless28
09-30-2012, 15:44
I'm not shooting my rifles anymore, and I'm bored with plastic guns.

I want to give the 1911 a try. I have my Walther PPS 9MM up for sale or trade and my AMD65 as well, locally.

I know Bac has a kickass sticky, as I've read it many times. If I'm offered up a trade, what should I stay away from?

dakrat
09-30-2012, 16:49
Taurus and Para comes to mind

Quack
09-30-2012, 17:07
Kimber

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faawrenchbndr
09-30-2012, 17:17
The above posts are good advice.

glock2740
09-30-2012, 17:43
I've had great luck with my Kimber's, but the other two are not the way to go for sure.

faawrenchbndr
09-30-2012, 17:49
Knew you would be along shortly! :rofl:

Kimber is good to go,.......as is Springfield & Colt, my favorites.

bac1023
09-30-2012, 17:50
Stay away from Taurus and Para.

Nestor
09-30-2012, 17:58
1911 is not for everyone.
I like it a lot, but for some reason those pistols are functioning around me usually as the project-guns :)
They are quite easy to work with and the parts are everywhere.
If I may suggest something - go fairly inexpensive first.
If You won't like it, You won't loose too much money and if You will like it, You may learn the platform, work on it and don't be afraid to screw something up risking all the money that You invested in the gun.
Those 1911s are fun, but again...not for everyone.
Good luck!
First 1911 ideas:
RIA
Norinco

tsmo1066
09-30-2012, 18:07
For a good "starter" 1911, stick with any of the recommended models under $800 on bac1023's guide and you can't go wrong.

brianfede
09-30-2012, 18:21
Instead of talking abt what to stay away from, how about what you might want to look for. I think new or used Springfield Armory Range Officer is a great gun to start with. 1. They are reasonably priced, under $800 for a new one. 2. if you buy or trade for a used one, and you didn't like the 1911 platform you should be able to recoup your investment 3. SA has great customer service


just my 2 cents

Restless28
10-01-2012, 16:27
I like the looks of the Remington R1 and the R1 enhanced. I also like the pricing on the Phillipino guns. Thoughts?

Quack
10-01-2012, 16:40
I like the looks of the Remington R1 and the R1 enhanced. I also like the pricing on the Phillipino guns. Thoughts?

I have a basic R1 and it's a good gun. I would suggest seeing a couple sample's before deciding on one. This was the 3rd one that I looked at and was the best of the 3.

http://photosbydon.smugmug.com/photos/i-9mfzjH2/0/L/i-9mfzjH2-L.jpg

Quack
10-01-2012, 16:42
I've had great luck with my Kimber's, but the other two are not the way to go for sure.

and your Kimber's were sent to Chuck Rogers, so those don't count. :tongueout:

BOOSTED12A
10-01-2012, 17:04
AMT are hit or miss. but in the futur if you want a 1911 to work on you can usually get them cheep due to malfunctions

jstanfield103
10-01-2012, 17:16
I have a Taurus that is perfect never any problems, also have a Remington R1 and a Rock Island Armory all are very well made and shoot with no problem. Only difference is the warranty. Remington 2 years, Taurus and Rock Island Armory is lifetime warranty.

G19Paul
10-01-2012, 17:22
Please go "American Made", and hopefully you are wishing for a 5" barrel and .45acp.

Restless28
10-01-2012, 17:35
Please go "American Made", and hopefully you are wishing for a 5" barrel and .45acp.

All of the above.

countrygun
10-01-2012, 18:00
Please go "American Made", and hopefully you are wishing for a 5" barrel and .45acp.

that narrows the field down hugely and I don't see a great advantage to the shooter

Nestor
10-01-2012, 18:25
that narrows the field down hugely and I don't see a great advantage to the shooter

Sums it up pretty nicely IMO. First 1911 is to learn the platform, play with it, scratch it and don't stress up to much.
Later on, while one is reacher with all the experienced gained on the first, cheap pistol he can always upgrade to the good quality American made firearm. Probably the less expensive American made 1911 would be Ruger or Auto Ordnance (I'm not sure if that one is actually produced in the USA).

Socks tear
10-03-2012, 18:43
BAC made me buy a Ruger SR1911 and it is great and a good price

Joshhtn
10-03-2012, 18:50
I like the looks of the Remington R1 and the R1 enhanced. I also like the pricing on the Phillipino guns. Thoughts?


I just bought my first 1911 about 7 months back... Got a STI Spartan and LOVE every bit of it. $600 WELL spent.

http://i599.photobucket.com/albums/tt74/joshhtn/SPARTAN.jpg

Big Bird
10-03-2012, 19:52
Under $1,000 the best out of the box 1911 I've ever owned is my SIG 1911 Nitron. Most accurate, Perfectly reliable, great trigger and features from the factory including night sights. Not much I really want to do to it except switch the Novak rear for a Heinie Straight 8 Slant Pro and that's just because...nothing wrong with the Novak

Kimber's don't typically price under $1k but the one's I've owned were all pretty good. I own a SIS pro right now that's had a teeny bit of custom work and its a good shooter.
For some people Kimber has been hit or miss.

I've owned a SA gun for over 20 years that's been worked over by Ted Yost, Novak, and Marc Morganti at various times. Plus its been refinished by Walt Birdsong. Its going off to 10 Ring Precision in the next few days for a new KART barrel and bushing. Great gun--tons of rounds. But when you add up all the work that's been done over the years on the basic GI model it would probably have been cheaper to just buy a Wilson Combat. But of course I spread those gunsmithing costs over more than a decade and now that I'm replacing the barrel into the second decade.

fnfalman
10-03-2012, 19:59
Whatever you choose, start with the .38 Super caliber.

bac1023
10-03-2012, 20:00
I have a basic R1 and it's a good gun. I would suggest seeing a couple sample's before deciding on one. This was the 3rd one that I looked at and was the best of the 3.

http://photosbydon.smugmug.com/photos/i-9mfzjH2/0/L/i-9mfzjH2-L.jpg

I love the new pics, Don. :cool:

Big Bird
10-03-2012, 21:03
Whatever you choose, start with the .38 Super caliber.


Blasphemy...

Maybe if you live in Mexico and can't legally own a .45


Your just stirring the pot anyhow. :wavey:

Restless28
10-04-2012, 04:33
I just bought my first 1911 about 7 months back... Got a STI Spartan and LOVE every bit of it. $600 WELL spent.

http://i599.photobucket.com/albums/tt74/joshhtn/SPARTAN.jpg

I like the looks of this. Very nice.

PhotoFeller
10-04-2012, 06:26
I had never owned a 1911 until a few years back, and I followed someone's advice to start with a very basic, economical pistol. I bought a Rock Island Armory (RIA) to learn how 1911s shoot and to get my arms around the mechanics of this great platform.

Compared to Glocks, 1911s are more complicated mechanically. New users learn that immediately, and preventing the 'idiot scratch' during reassembly is one of the introductory lessons. I didn't worry too much about tearing into my RIA because my investment was less than $500. And, there is a good secondary market for these basic pistols. I decided to keep my RIA even though I've also bought a Sig, a Colt and a Les Baer.

I predict you'll really like the way 1911s shoot, and the rich history made me want to own at least one, forever. The advice offered in prior posts about which one to start with will lead you to a good choice. Just understand that a starter 1911 can be bought for well under $1,000.

Joshhtn
10-04-2012, 07:15
I like the looks of this. Very nice.


Thank you! :wavey:

ca survivor
10-07-2012, 16:16
I have a basic R1 and it's a good gun. I would suggest seeing a couple sample's before deciding on one. This was the 3rd one that I looked at and was the best of the 3.

http://photosbydon.smugmug.com/photos/i-9mfzjH2/0/L/i-9mfzjH2-L.jpg
never seen a basic R1 looking that custom.....:rofl: