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Ferdinandd
12-01-2012, 19:21
I did a search and looked into a few recommendations already, but it really seems like there's a lack of options until one's budget get's into the $1400 range - like a TRP.

Anyway, for my budget, it looks like STI Trojan and Sig TTT/other variants might provide the best value in a new pistol. Let me know of any other suggestions in this price range. The application is primarily a range gun. Thanks in advance.

copo9560
12-01-2012, 20:11
Colt Combat Elite - I like the 2 tone look and you can't really go wrong with a Colt.

bac1023
12-01-2012, 20:17
I vote STI Trojan.

pineappleshooter
12-01-2012, 20:48
The Ruger 1911's are pretty nice guns for the money. Haven't heard anything bad about them.

mad220860
12-01-2012, 20:52
Colt Combat Elite - I like the 2 tone look and you can't really go wrong with a Colt.

X 2! Or a colt xse!

bac1023
12-01-2012, 20:54
The Ruger 1911's are pretty nice guns for the money. Haven't heard anything bad about them.

I think they're definitely one of the best in their price range.

DaneA
12-01-2012, 20:54
http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/medium/IMG_05628.JPG

Cost me just under 1k out the door with a box of ammo.

Big Bird
12-01-2012, 20:57
Under $1,000 look at the Sig line of 1911's. I've heard nothing but good things and went and bought one for myself about 2 months ago. Its pushing 800 rounds today and has been flawless--even with my reloads, VERY accurate, and has most of the features most anyone could want.

fnfalman
12-01-2012, 21:22
How can there be a lack of options for M1911s under $1400?

The Filipino guns alone are probably three dozen different models between the three manufacturers. Not to mention the Ruger, Remington, cheaper SWs, Colts, Springfields.

sna0403
12-01-2012, 21:24
BAC1023 1911 buyer's guide. Nuff info there for a great choice

Rinspeed
12-01-2012, 23:28
New STI Trojan, used TRP or used Valor.

mattneil190
12-02-2012, 02:24
I have a springfeild loaded SS an I will take it over a kimber or colt the action an just the whole gun is smooth an i got it for under a 1000$ down here in south Louisiana. Actually was at the range yesterday afternoon an the range officer didn't believe it was a out the box 1911 he thought I got the action an trigger polished because it was to smooth. Good luck finding one buddy


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willieH
12-02-2012, 06:04
You can't go wrong with either one, Springfield TRP or Sig. The true cost of your purchase, when viewed over the expected lifetime of the firearm, is very little.

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

glock2740
12-02-2012, 06:35
Used TRP if you like FCS or Valor if you don't. :thumbsup:

Three-Five-Seven
12-02-2012, 06:47
Wow, I'm surprised at the responses.

For 1K$ you can get a series 70 Colt's or a Springfield RO.

Roooooogers need a lot of work out of the box to be usable. After the time and money to get one running correctly, you've got a cast frame with cast parts on your hands.

Start with a forged gun that is better fitted and more durable. Colt's or Springfield.

GlockinNJ
12-02-2012, 12:19
Tagged.

MD357
12-02-2012, 12:30
Wow, I'm surprised at the responses.

For 1K$ you can get a series 70 Colt's or a Springfield RO.

Roooooogers need a lot of work out of the box to be usable. After the time and money to get one running correctly, you've got a cast frame with cast parts on your hands.

Start with a forged gun that is better fitted and more durable. Colt's or Springfield.

Personally, I'm surprised at your response.

Experience shows there's nothing wrong with cast frames, in fact I don't think you can provide any overwhelming evidence that Ruger or someone like Caspian, have had significant problems with them.

Dunno what you mean by "cast parts" on your hands relative to Colt and Springfield.

I'm not knocking a Colt or Springfield, but Rugers are really well built no BS 1911s for the money.

glock2740
12-02-2012, 12:58
Kimber TLE would be a good choice in the 1K price range and comes with the options that are usually most sought out on a 1911 (night sights, front strap checkering, single side safety)

glock2740
12-02-2012, 13:00
but Rugers are really well built no BS 1911s for the money.
I agree. Pretty much anything Ruger makes is put together well and reasonably priced.

Ferdinandd
12-02-2012, 15:01
Thanks for the suggestions and helping me find other options. I'm going to start checking around to see if any shops have one or more of my prospects to look at and handle.

I'm also adding P220 stainless to my list.

Unk
12-02-2012, 15:59
I've owned Rugers for over 50 years..sent exactly ONE[1] back for service to date. They build good stuff based on my experience, stand behind their products and represent good value for their price point.

Here are a couple of SR1911 s;

http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii228/Schemer2/SR1911Pair003.jpg

The one with the green dot is a Christmas present for my son.

Best.

MrVvrroomm
12-02-2012, 16:09
I vote STI Trojan.
^^^^ this

fallenangelhim
12-02-2012, 16:27
Ruger if you can find it.


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copo9560
12-02-2012, 20:34
Personally, I'm surprised at your response.

Experience shows there's nothing wrong with cast frames, in fact I don't think you can provide any overwhelming evidence that Ruger or someone like Caspian, have had significant problems with them.

Dunno what you mean by "cast parts" on your hands relative to Colt and Springfield.

I'm not knocking a Colt or Springfield, but Rugers are really well built no BS 1911s for the money.


Ruger uses an investment casting process for their manufacturing of slide and frame. Colt, Springfield and some others use a forgings for the same parts. While investment castings are far better than long ago I am not convinced they are as strong as a forged piece of steel. Call me old fashioned.

For the record I have owned a few Rugers and found them to be excellent firearms for the price. Like it or not a Colt 1911 will hold its resale value better than Ruger.

mattneil190
12-03-2012, 04:52
^^^^^ that's because of the NAME " COLT" but I do agree with the fact that I don't put as much trust in a cast gun


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MD357
12-03-2012, 08:32
Ruger uses an investment casting process for their manufacturing of slide and frame. Colt, Springfield and some others use a forgings for the same parts. While investment castings are far better than long ago I am not convinced they are as strong as a forged piece of steel. Call me old fashioned.

Again, experience with 1911 shows it's a moot point. How long has Caspian been around with their cast frames? Competition boys have been using them for YEARS with round counts higher than several here will probably ever see. The Pine Tree plant has been doing this for years, again I offer anyone to provide that there are widespread problems with cast frames under hard use. Also, to clarify your error.....the frame is cast.....the slide is CNC'ed.

Like it or not a Colt 1911 will hold its resale value better than Ruger.

If the OP had said "I'm only buying this to sell this later" then you'd have a point. Problem is that he said he's looking for a gun to shoot. A comparably priced Colt will be at least $350 more. Nonethelss, it's been my experience and I've bought and sold a LOT of guns over the years, that a $300 Ruger will hold it's value pretty darn well.

tango44
12-03-2012, 08:41
Sig Scorpion Carry.

boarderboy217
12-03-2012, 09:01
Kimber raptor or tle, ati thunderbolt enhanced. Let us know what you pick! Anything that fits your hands will be a good purchase.

20South
12-03-2012, 09:45
I vote STI Trojan.

+1 for this

EKUJustice
12-03-2012, 10:31
STI Either a trojan or a Spartan and use the extra money to tweek it

fnfalman
12-03-2012, 11:16
Colt Combat Elite - I like the 2 tone look and you can't really go wrong with a Colt.

Where can a person find a Colt Combat Elite for $1000?

dakota1911
12-03-2012, 16:03
Between two Ruger SR1911s I bought, which would be a very good buy if you find one, I would suggest a Colt I bought because you said "range gun". It is a Colt Gold Cup National Match. One of the new ones with the round top. It was $1.1K, so a little over your budget. Just a thought. I did change the rubber wrap around grips to some from the old Ajax company. Grips are easy to change.


http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e193/dakota1911/gcnm2.jpg

skynyrd1911
12-03-2012, 18:22
Colt Combat Elite got mine for $869 plus tax a couple of years ago.

Soldiernurse
12-03-2012, 23:24
Springfield Armory 1911 EMP9 NIB $1048.00.

MStarmer
12-05-2012, 10:12
Springfield Armory Range Officer. Well under budget ($850) and a solid platform if you decide to modify. Desirable gun if you decide to sell it later.

G26AZ
12-05-2012, 10:52
I've owned Rugers for over 50 years..sent exactly ONE[1] back for service to date. They build good stuff based on my experience, stand behind their products and represent good value for their price point.

Here are a couple of SR1911 s;

http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii228/Schemer2/SR1911Pair003.jpg

The one with the green dot is a Christmas present for my son.

Best.


Dad - I finally found you! Just in time for Christmas, too!:supergrin:

Travclem
12-05-2012, 11:24
Where can a person find a Colt Combat Elite for $1000?
I sold this one a month ago for $900. Paid $650 for it from a guy who took it in partial trade on a truck.
http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm252/travclem/e908c38e.jpg

IMO the quality wasn't there, it was extremely sloppy and poorly fit. I'd recommend a used TRP or Valor.
My TRP is the one in the middle
http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm252/travclem/db405634.jpg

Travclem
12-05-2012, 11:26
STI Either a trojan or a Spartan and use the extra money to tweek it
The Trojan would be a great choice. The Spartan is not a true STI, it's Filipino.

NCWalrus
12-05-2012, 19:33
Colt anything


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TxGlock9
12-05-2012, 20:12
Skip the Rugers.... You'll be much happier with the STI Trojan. You get what you pay for.
Springfield Armory Range Officer. Well under budget ($850) and a solid platform if you decide to modify. Desirable gun if you decide to sell it later.

Definitely a solid piece. I loved the RO's stock trigger for sure.

Turtle Dude
12-05-2012, 20:28
I own dozens of 1911s-from the Colt my grandfather carried in France circa 1918 to a US Shooting Team Kimber In 9mm I bought for my son as his 14th birthday present earlier this year. The cheapest one I still have is a RANDALL stainless I bought probably 25 years ago or so. For the money I find the SA's to be the best buys. The Kimbers are a bit smoother but after 500 rounds the SAs smooth out. the earlier Paras were pretty solid buys as well. If I were limited to 1000 bucks and I was going to put the round count through a 1911 like I did in the mid 80s when I was shooting close to a 1000 rounds a week while shooting Pin or IPSC events almost every weekend, I'd go for the SA since the one I kept as a "loaner" range gun (since given to a buddy who works at the same range) showed almost no wear after about 25K rounds

ashecht
12-06-2012, 18:28
Springfield Armory Range Officer. Well under budget ($850) and a solid platform if you decide to modify. Desirable gun if you decide to sell it later.

when searching for my first 1911, I was down to the Ruger, and the RO. While I liked the ss finish on the ruger, it was the fit of the RO which sold me. Load both, and shake the two of them. Tell which one is silent, and which sounds like a can with rocks in it. Im sure it doesnt affect the performance of the Ruger, since some of my glocks make the same rattling noise. But the RO was DEAD silent. That thing is tightly fit. Even reassembling it is a challenge. I love it and I got it for $745 out the door at my lgs, cash money. It is taking me a while to get used to the target sights though as I am so used to the 3 dot arrangement, but damn that thing is accurate, nice smooth trigger, and we all know that SA customer service is great. Doubt you can go wrong with either

gunsmoke92
12-06-2012, 23:52
Take a look at the Magnum Research Desert Eagle 1911. All the bells and whistles, good trigger, and at about $700, you'll have plenty of money to buy lots of ammo for the range.

greatwun
12-07-2012, 08:04
I really think you should just save a bit more and go for a new TRP. You won't regret it.


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GaryC
12-07-2012, 22:01
For a range gun, Colt Gold Cup all the way. I have two of them (a National Match and a Trophy) and they are awesome.