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Old 01-10-2010, 19:37   #1
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Ready to buy another 1911

I had a bad experience with my previous 1911 but I'm ready to try it again. I went looking at them yesterday but am trying to figure out which way to go. Should I buy a more expensive (tuned) gun or buy a cheap one and try it myself. I am mechanically inclined and know I can do it but have never done it before and not sure on what all the mods would be. Is there a guide available to guys like me who want to mod their own guns or am I stuck taking it to a gun smith?

BTW I am looking at the following:
colt gold cup for 900
kimber for 700
springfied for 640
citadel or rock island 350+
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Old 01-10-2010, 19:42   #2
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The Gold Cup is nice, but for $900, I'd start looking for a Dan Wesson.
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Old 01-10-2010, 19:56   #3
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I have looked at them before, just not comfortable spending that much on a gun. At least not all at one time.
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Old 01-10-2010, 19:57   #4
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The Kuhnhausen manuals are what you need. Be aware though, if you fix up a cheap gun, you have a cheap fixed up gun.
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Old 01-10-2010, 20:11   #5
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what's a ball park figure to tune a 1911? Say I bought a stock colt or springfield and wanted to mod it.
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Old 01-10-2010, 20:31   #6
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depends on what you want done and who does it.
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Old 01-10-2010, 20:41   #7
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depends on what you want done and who does it.
I like the kimber custom models. Hammer,trigger, tail ect.. but I want to order the parts and do it myself.
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Old 01-10-2010, 20:43   #8
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if you are military or LE, Brownell's offers discounts.
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Old 01-10-2010, 20:53   #9
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I am neither.
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Old 01-10-2010, 20:54   #10
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Colt Gold Cup all the way (I am a Colt fan, of course).
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Old 01-10-2010, 21:35   #11
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I still think the Springfield Mil Spec is the best value in 1911's, and it leaves plenty of money for changes
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Old 01-11-2010, 15:46   #12
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I still think the Springfield Mil Spec is the best value in 1911's, and it leaves plenty of money for changes
I looked at one of those as well. I can get one for $620 but I'm not sure what it would cost to do the trigger, hammer, grips, and polish. If I'm going to have $900+ in one I might as well go with the colt
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Old 01-11-2010, 16:04   #13
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should I concider an alloy frame or stick with steel?
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Old 01-11-2010, 16:36   #14
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Personally I would stick with steel, as for the upgrades, girps are easy, if you get a drop in hammer sear and dissconnector kit from EGW or Cylinder and Slide that is a pretty simple job as well. I bought all the parts from Brownells along with the trigger track stone, and hammer slot stone, they made cleaning up the interior of the frame a snap. There are many great how to sections over at 1911 forum, as well as internet pages, just do a search for fitting a trigger, and installing a hammer.
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Old 01-11-2010, 16:48   #15
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Personally I would stick with steel, as for the upgrades, girps are easy, if you get a drop in hammer sear and dissconnector kit from EGW or Cylinder and Slide that is a pretty simple job as well. I bought all the parts from Brownells along with the trigger track stone, and hammer slot stone, they made cleaning up the interior of the frame a snap. There are many great how to sections over at 1911 forum, as well as internet pages, just do a search for fitting a trigger, and installing a hammer.
Thanks, I figured the alloy frame would not last as long. I've been doing some searching and it does not seem like it would be that hard. just a little time consuming
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Old 01-11-2010, 16:59   #16
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Iam by no means a Gunsmith, but I did feel after reading a bunch of stuff on the net and picking up Kuhnhausen's Colt 1911 book that I could perform these tasks.
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Old 01-11-2010, 17:20   #17
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Of those you list, I would take the Colt or Kimber. I also believe these are also the only U.S.-made ones on your list if that's important to you.
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just to give you a idea, i am currently spending over 600 on gunsmith work and im not going all crazy with the custom work

if i were you, i would buy one that has the work already done to it. the last thing you want is to mess up or get frustrated with a gun ESPECIALLY when you already had a dissappointing experience with 1911's. get a nice factory one and then work on one later

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Old 01-11-2010, 19:13   #19
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From everything I've read, Colt and Springfield are the pistols you want to get if you want to have a gun built to your specs. If you're not interested in tinkering yourself or sending a pistol back and forth to out-of-state gunsmiths, then spend the extra money and get a factory pistol that alreay has all the bells n whistles you want...Kimber, S&W, DW, etc.
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Old 01-11-2010, 19:24   #20
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Skip the Gold Cup, they aren't what they used to be. I would get a Colt Series 70 and then the Khunhausen books. Fantastic bathroom reading.
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Old 01-11-2010, 19:43   #21
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Skip the Gold Cup, they aren't what they used to be. I would get a Colt Series 70 and then the Khunhausen books. Fantastic bathroom reading.

Can you elaberate a little? Quality go down?
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Old 01-12-2010, 10:42   #22
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In that group I would get the Kimber. Colt is over rated. I know I will take some abuse for that but I'm ok with it. For what colt charges you can get alot better 1911 from another manufacturer. As for buying a Springer or Colt for a base gun to me is nuts. I would get a Caspian slide and frame to build my custom gun. If your going to install and hand fit all new parts why not start with a hand fit slide and frame. Just my 2 cents.
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Old 01-15-2010, 17:05   #23
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Had a friend of mine suggest STI today. He said he bought one and loves it and FWIW he has bought and sold 2 kimbers. He only sells the guns that don't shoot well. Anyone else agree with the STI?
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Old 01-15-2010, 20:47   #24
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I totally agree with STI. My STI Trojan has a ton of rnds through it. For the money I think STI is an excellent choice.
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Old 01-15-2010, 21:05   #25
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Iam by no means a Gunsmith, but I did feel after reading a bunch of stuff on the net and picking up Kuhnhausen's Colt 1911 book that I could perform these tasks.
Absolutely. About a year ago I was considering a DIY 1911 build and believe these would be invaluable reference.


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