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bobbss
11-28-2012, 12:31
I'm thinking about buying my first 1911.I want a 5" stainless and would like to be under $1,000.00 if I can find one in that price range that will make me happy.The S.A. Loaded is one of the front runners,it already has the ambidextrous safety,wich would be nice since I'm a lefty.I'm not big on mods but you never know,would this be an ok platform to start with?As long as it shoots good,I wouldn't want to do much.Is there any real reason you wouldn't want one?I've looked a Ruger SR1911 and it looked ok but I didn't think it looked as good as the S.A. Loaded.Is there any 5" stainless under a $1,000.00 that would be better?Thanks!

hooligan74
11-28-2012, 12:37
Colt makes an all SS XSE model. Based on what I paid for my Combat Elite, it should certainly come in at under a grand. No ambi safety, though.

Lethaltxn
11-28-2012, 12:39
I have the SA loaded. Love it! I would highly recommend it. Has everything I want and need.

http://imageshack.us/a/img6/5451/img1127l.jpg

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

sawgrass
11-28-2012, 21:01
I have a Loaded in 9mm that has been very fun to play with. I've only shot my Ruger about three times but for less than $700 bucks it would be very hard to beat.

This am there was a Springfield Mil-Spec that has been worked on by SACS on 1911addicts.com. It's beautiful and in your price range. If it were stainless I would buy it.

bac1023
11-28-2012, 21:18
I'd take the Ruger over the Loaded any day, especially for the price.

Any reason you need stainless?

bobbss
11-29-2012, 08:27
Colt makes an all SS XSE model. Based on what I paid for my Combat Elite, it should certainly come in at under a grand. No ambi safety, though.

Thanks,Colt is on my list but bac1023 (which seems to know his stuff) didn't give it the best review on his buyer guide,so I lowered it in the standings.I will take a look if I can find one.

bobbss
11-29-2012, 08:39
I'd take the Ruger over the Loaded any day, especially for the price.

Any reason you need stainless?

I just like the looks of the stainless,this gun will be mostly just for the fun of it.So you would take the Ruger over the Loaded even if they was the same price?What do you like about the Ruger over the Loaded?What do you not like about the Loaded?Thanks!

bac1023
11-29-2012, 09:26
I just like the looks of the stainless,this gun will be mostly just for the fun of it.So you would take the Ruger over the Loaded even if they was the same price?What do you like about the Ruger over the Loaded?What do you not like about the Loaded?Thanks!
I was never really impressed with the fitting of the Loaded for the money, but many feel differently.

I'm not real big on stainless guns to begin with, but I prefer the looks of the Ruger as well.

bac1023
11-29-2012, 09:28
Thanks,Colt is on my list but bac1023 (which seems to know his stuff) didn't give it the best review on his buyer guide,so I lowered it in the standings.I will take a look if I can find one.


I'm not a huge Colt 1911 fan as compared to some others, but would take an XSE over a Loaded.

carloglock19
11-29-2012, 11:13
Here is my loaded. Has been 100% from day one. I held a Ruger at my LGS it was nice as well, can't go wrong with either.
http://i1217.photobucket.com/albums/dd393/carlobal01/2011-12-13_14-13-43_663.jpg?t=1323804394

KennyFSU
11-29-2012, 11:21
I love my Loaded, has been flawless since day 1 as well.

If you find a good deal then go for it.

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b41/LSntegra/Guns/72aaf8cf.jpg

fnfalman
11-29-2012, 11:41
Colt makes an all SS XSE model. Based on what I paid for my Combat Elite, it should certainly come in at under a grand. No ambi safety, though.

I bought an XSE Lightweight Commander late last year for $925. My XSE and the other XSEs I've seen do come with the ambi safety.

bobbss
11-29-2012, 13:25
I was never really impressed with the fitting of the Loaded for the money, but many feel differently.

I'm not real big on stainless guns to begin with, but I prefer the looks of the Ruger as well.

The Ruger I looked at wasn't near as tight as the Loaded or a Sig I looked at,not sure if thats what you mean by fitting?Thanks for the replys and help everyone!

bac1023
11-29-2012, 16:28
The Ruger I looked at wasn't near as tight as the Loaded or a Sig I looked at,not sure if thats what you mean by fitting?Thanks for the replys and help everyone!

I wouldn't say the Ruger is overly tight either. The Loaded models just never did it for me for whatever reason. I just prefer other 1911s in the same price range or even a little less.

Jim S.
11-29-2012, 19:01
I bought a stainless Loaded after I saw one in my favorite shop.
I wasn't looking for it, but it was for a really good price and so I thought why not check it out.
I've heard the negatives and the comparisons so I really didn't expect much.
I have other Springfield 1911's and everyone of them is an excellent gun.
I don't know if I just found a good one or not but it was the tightest fit gun (1911) that I've ever had and it was just a well made nice looking gun.
I bought it and I really liked it after I shot it.
Great shooter.
Now my advice is to look at 1911's in a few gun stores and then decide what you want.
The Loadeds have some nice features but so do other guns.
Shop around and then decide what you want.

Jason D
11-29-2012, 19:26
I have two loaded pistols that I don't really care for. It's small things really. Like a walking link pin and rear sight on the stainless model, and the parked gun choking on lead wad-cutters. I don't like the grip safety on either and that is really what keeps me from shooting them.

Though I really don't care enough to even sell them.
I probably wouldn't buy them again though.



I do have a stainless GI that I love though.
I'd be more inclined to look for a Colt or perhaps save a few more bucks and get a Dan Wesson.

hooligan74
11-30-2012, 08:26
I bought an XSE Lightweight Commander late last year for $925. My XSE and the other XSEs I've seen do come with the ambi safety.

Yep, sorry for the bad intel! They do, indeed, have ambi safeties.

:embarassed:

faawrenchbndr
11-30-2012, 08:58
My Loaded,.....:cool:

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c341/faawrenchbndr/439e3c8f642993343256f03f486741ef.jpg

bac1023
11-30-2012, 09:48
That's a nice looking gun , Greg.

faawrenchbndr
11-30-2012, 10:30
Thanks Brian,.......very little is left of the Loaded.
Mainly just frame, slide & barrel.

MajorD
11-30-2012, 12:02
SA has a good reputation but I prefer an American made 1911 for a gun in the 1k range I would go colt Xse or rail gun

bobbss
11-30-2012, 12:09
I stopped by another LGS last night and did get to look at a Colt,wasn't bad either,I think it was $1025.00 but might have been alittle more.The guy behind the counter must of been having a bad day and pizzed me off soon as I asked to look at it,so I was having a hard time staying focused,I had to keep fighting the urge to tell him to Fxxk himself.lol!I also looked at the Ruger alitte more,I think what I don't like about it is the disscharge opening looks bigger (not sure if I said that right or not).Is it bigger?

faawrenchbndr
11-30-2012, 12:18
SA has a good reputation but I prefer an American made 1911 for a gun in the 1k range I would go colt Xse or rail gun

Picked up my Loaded, bone stock, for $650

bobbss
11-30-2012, 12:22
Picked up my Loaded, bone stock, for $650

My LGS wants $900.00 for a stainless Loaded,Is that good or bad?

faawrenchbndr
11-30-2012, 12:47
Seems a tad high,.......but they can be a bit hard to find

TxGlock9
11-30-2012, 19:01
My LGS wants $900.00 for a stainless Loaded,Is that good or bad?

barf.. no

http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/21_24/products_id/43757/Springfield+SRVC+45SS+Package

I'm not a huge fan of Sig Sauer 1911's but have you checked them out?

bobbss
11-30-2012, 21:03
barf.. no

http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/21_24/products_id/43757/Springfield+SRVC+45SS+Package

I'm not a huge fan of Sig Sauer 1911's but have you checked them out?

Wow!I've never bought a gun online before,but that sure would have me thinking.Yes I've looked at the Sigs and their not bad either.Thanks!

TxGlock9
11-30-2012, 21:42
Wow!I've never bought a gun online before,but that sure would have me thinking.Yes I've looked at the Sigs and their not bad either.Thanks!

Of course the only problem I see with them is the lack of holster availability. I would go with the loaded if you want stainless. My personal suggestion, if you're going to spend $1000, mind as well fork out the extra few hundred and buy a stainless trp...

Is this your first 1911. Forgive me if it's been mentioned already.

glock2740
11-30-2012, 22:07
I was never really impressed with the fitting of the Loaded for the money...
Ditto. And I'm a huge fan of SA 1911's. I own 5 of them, but just can't make myself like the Loaded model. To me, it goes straight from Mil-Spec to TRP.

TxGlock9
11-30-2012, 22:26
Ditto. And I'm a huge fan of SA 1911's. I own 5 of them, but just can't make myself like the Loaded model. To me, it goes straight from Mil-Spec to TRP.

What about the MC Operator?

faawrenchbndr
12-01-2012, 06:39
The MC Operator is a Loaded with a rail & two tone finish

bobbss
12-01-2012, 10:38
Of course the only problem I see with them is the lack of holster availability. I would go with the loaded if you want stainless. My personal suggestion, if you're going to spend $1000, mind as well fork out the extra few hundred and buy a stainless trp...

Is this your first 1911. Forgive me if it's been mentioned already.

This will be my first 1911.The Sig is way lower on my list,I do have a Sig P938 I like.I haven't found a TRP at any LGSs,and aren't they more like $1,400.00 or more?I've got to draw a line somewhere.

faawrenchbndr
12-01-2012, 10:46
That is a bit much for a TRP.......find a new shop!

okie
12-01-2012, 10:52
The SA Loaded is awesome for sure my friend:thumbsup:

bobbss
12-01-2012, 11:13
That is a bit much for a TRP.......find a new shop!

How much have you seen them for?Bac1023 has $1,400.00 for the average price on his buyers guide.

sawgrass
12-01-2012, 11:21
This will be my first 1911.The Sig is way lower on my list,I do have a Sig P938 I like.I haven't found a TRP at any LGSs,and aren't they more like $1,400.00 or more?I've got to draw a line somewhere.

The lowest price that I found on a new SS TRP was $1447.
IMO it's worth every cent.

I saw a new TRP Operator (rail) this am and it was $1569.

You can probably find a used TRP in the neighborhood of $1200 and maybe less.

You're on the right track, asking questions and doing your homework. As I recall I bought a NIB S&W for my first 1911 because $1000 was my limit. It was enough for the bug to bite but I sold it after about six months. I was an absolute PEST to Bac. Thankfully he is a patient man.

If you really want to stay under a $1000 you should look at the Ruger. There's a new thread here with a link to a store that had at least 20 of them earlier today.

Good luck.

faawrenchbndr
12-01-2012, 11:30
Holy crap........guess I am a bit behind on pricing. :faint:

mattneil190
12-02-2012, 01:32
I love my loaded an I got it for under a grand an ima lefty also so it's awsome an it the tightest 1911 I've owned an ill take it over the colt, kimber, an Rimington I own they are really good 1911 s for the money


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bobbss
12-02-2012, 19:04
barf.. no

http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/21_24/products_id/43757/Springfield+SRVC+45SS+Package

I'm not a huge fan of Sig Sauer 1911's but have you checked them out?

This was gone yesterday,and they want almost $1,500.00 for a TRP.Thank agin for all the replys.

Lethaltxn
12-02-2012, 20:03
This was gone yesterday,and they want almost $1,500.00 for a TRP.Thank agin for all the replys.

Honestly, go with the loaded. It's a great first 1911 and you don't really need to do much to it. I have both the standard and the champion and I really like both. You're just going to have to really knuckle down and try to find one.

You may also think about the range officer as well.


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TxGlock9
12-02-2012, 22:12
This was gone yesterday,and they want almost $1,500.00 for a TRP.Thank agin for all the replys.

Do you want me to call around to see if I can find you a Loaded?

CanIhaveGasCash
12-03-2012, 02:02
As a Springfield fanboy and owner of a Milspec, EMP and two TRP's, I don't think that the Loaded is the best value in the Springfield line up. I owned a Loaded black stainless target and while it looked great, the trigger was heavy and the fitting was not the best.

You should be able to find a TRP for 1350-1400 if you want to save a little more money, it will definitely be worth it. Or take a step down to the Mil Spec and have an Ambi Safety installed. Don't be afraid to keep an eye out for a used TRP, you can find them in good condition at reasonable prices, and stainless versions always seem to be a little cheaper. Springfield's warranty is the best in the business.

willieH
12-03-2012, 03:49
Having both Springfield TRP and Sig, the Sig stainless rail is very nice and has excellent specs for a 1911 within your budget range. I'd suggest that you put one in your hand and give it a closer look. BTW-the magwell and grips were added to the Sig.

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y66/wlhutch/22/TRPandSig1911s.jpg

bobbss
12-03-2012, 20:04
Do you want me to call around to see if I can find you a Loaded?

Thanks John,thats a real nice offer but I'm not sure what I want yet,and don't want to put you threw that much trouble until I do.One of my LGS has one (or did) for $900.00 but that seems to be a bit high after seeing what Bud's had it for.

faawrenchbndr
12-03-2012, 20:25
.....

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y66/wlhutch/22/TRPandSig1911s.jpg

I gotta admit,....the Sig looks SWEET!

sawgrass
12-03-2012, 22:00
I gotta admit,....the Sig looks SWEET!

Yes it does. I may have to reconsider my future options.

Soldiernurse
12-05-2012, 05:18
Bought my Sprinfield Armory 1911 EMP9 NIB $1048... have you considered an EMP?

KennyFSU
12-05-2012, 05:23
I was able to fondle a SIG 1911 @ my LGS; very nice gun indeed but I'm just not a fan of railed 1911s.

bobbss
12-05-2012, 11:08
Bought my Sprinfield Armory 1911 EMP9 NIB $1048... have you considered an EMP?

I want a 5" stainless.

bobbss
12-05-2012, 11:34
I was able to fondle a SIG 1911 @ my LGS; very nice gun indeed but I'm just not a fan of railed 1911s.

I'm not sure if I like the rail either.I don't think I want a rail for my first 1911.

carloglock19
12-05-2012, 14:32
Thanks John,thats a real nice offer but I'm not sure what I want yet,and don't want to put you threw that much trouble until I do.One of my LGS has one (or did) for $900.00 but that seems to be a bit high after seeing what Bud's had it for.

That seems a bit high, I paid a little under $700 for mine NIB.

faawrenchbndr
12-05-2012, 16:03
That seems a bit high, I paid a little under $700 for mine NIB.


How long ago,......?

carloglock19
12-05-2012, 17:44
How long ago,......?

Last year around this time I believe.

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faawrenchbndr
12-05-2012, 17:57
Wow,.....great price!

carloglock19
12-05-2012, 18:13
Wow,.....great price!

If my memory serves me right, I think I picked it up right before you posted the thread/pictures of that beautiful Loaded that you customized. I wish I had the knowledge and know how....one day maybe!

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deathpriest
12-05-2012, 19:39
$625 otd for my loaded parkerized.
$925 + tax + check for my target loaded black/stainless.. yes this one was my first one so, lack of experience can cost $$ :-)

faawrenchbndr
12-05-2012, 19:51
If my memory serves me right, I think I picked it up right before you posted the thread/pictures of that beautiful Loaded that you customized. I wish I had the knowledge and know how....one day maybe!

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Thanks for the kind words,......I am shipping it off to Chambers Customs
tomorrow morning for a few "tweaks" and a matte blue refinish. :supergrin:

greatwun
12-05-2012, 19:56
I love my Springfield Range Officer. Next step up for me would be a TRP which I will be in the market for next tax season.


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Soldiernurse
12-05-2012, 22:55
I want a 5" stainless.
EMP S/S 3" barrel... a 1911 easily a CCW. Oh well, suit yourself.

:wavey:

bobbss
12-07-2012, 09:13
EMP S/S 3" barrel... a 1911 easily a CCW. Oh well, suit yourself.

:wavey:

Thanks,but I don't want this gun for CCW,I already have that covered a few times.:supergrin:I just want it for the fun of shooting it.

Travclem
12-07-2012, 09:59
My Loaded and TRP.
http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm252/travclem/0416c8eb.jpg

Both are Deadnuts reliable. The TRP is better fit and more accurate.

faawrenchbndr
12-07-2012, 10:12
My Loaded and TRP.
Both are Deadnuts reliable. The TRP is better fit and more accurate.

As it should be,.....more hand work, more money.

bobbss
12-12-2012, 19:31
I've been giving it some thought,and I think I might hold out alittle longer and get a TRP.

Disregarded9-side
12-17-2012, 23:51
Here's my Loaded in its current and final state, after a couple changes:

http://img818.imageshack.us/img818/1750/img1049ap.jpg

They're great out of the box 1911s, despite mine having some initial issues. SA CS is great to deal with if you ever have to. I picked mine up from my LGS new for $801 (they can do it for you too, PM me for their contact info if you're interested) and for that price I'm very happy. If I were going anywhere north of a grand, I would step up to a Dan Wesson.

Fordtough25
12-18-2012, 13:13
Wow lots of great looking 1911's in here! :wow: My LGS had a used blued/parkarized for $515 6 months ago and I kick myself in the butt for not picking it up. I've been pondering getting a Loaded, Range Officer, or SR1911. Time will tell but the only one in stock around here is the RO. Lol

bobbss
12-20-2012, 11:38
Thanks for all the help!I bought a new TRP on GunBroker this morning.All I have to do now is wait.I learned that no matter what I bought,I could always buy something better.lol!

AustinTx
12-20-2012, 17:10
The Springfield will have a forged frame and slide.

The Ruger will be cast, if that makes any difference.

I have a SS Springfield loaded, almost too tight to field strip. It also has an excellent trigger, right out of the box. I haven't picked up a Ruger, but they have the little channel that holds the link pin and safety detent ball, cast as part of the frame. So a magazine article said.

I think Colt is overpriced, for what you get now. I'd buy a Rock Island Arsenal over the current Colt.

cciman
12-20-2012, 18:13
My Springfield loaded was made in Imbel, Brazil. Blackened stainless just like in the pics earlier.

Trigger was not right out of the box, heavy. Much heavier and notchier than my Sig 1911, Taurus PT1911, or Colt.

Sent back to CS, they would not give me a return shipping label-- fixed it, smoothed the "hammer hooks", "tuned to 5 1/2"

Bill Lumberg
12-21-2012, 13:56
I like my stainless loaded. Excellent gun, excellent function, looking for a parkerized one as I liked the first one so much. I'm thinking about buying my first 1911.I want a 5" stainless and would like to be under $1,000.00 if I can find one in that price range that will make me happy.The S.A. Loaded is one of the front runners,it already has the ambidextrous safety,wich would be nice since I'm a lefty.I'm not big on mods but you never know,would this be an ok platform to start with?As long as it shoots good,I wouldn't want to do much.Is there any real reason you wouldn't want one?I've looked a Ruger SR1911 and it looked ok but I didn't think it looked as good as the S.A. Loaded.Is there any 5" stainless under a $1,000.00 that would be better?Thanks!