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Old 09-30-2010, 13:31   #1
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Got a Desert Eagle 1911

First off all, this thread is useless without pics, I know that, and I will get some up within 24 hours.

I have been hearing lots of great things about this particular 1911 from people who really know 1911s, like bac here on GT, the folks over on 1911forum and some of the knowledgeable people at my LGS (yes I have an LGS with knowledgeable people, I live in TX). Anyways, I stopped by the store today and they had a bunch of 1911s, Colts, Springfields, Kimbers, S&Ws, Remington R1, DE1911, and more. I wanted an affordable 1911 since I already have a Kimber Stainless and to move up to the next level would be around $1,200-1,300 and I wasn't ready for that. I narrowed it down to the Remington R1 and the Desert Eagle 1911.

I was surprised at how nice the Remington was, I was really tempted to buy it and would have done so if the DE wasn't there. The problem was the DE offered a lot more gun for about $40 more, and while I like the idea of a mil-spec 1911 I liked the idea of a great shooter more.

The trigger on the DE1911 felt great for a dry fire, I will be taking it to the range on Sunday and will test everyone's praise about it's appetite by bringing a variety of ammo in FMJ and JHP of various levels of quality.

Overall the gun looks great, I like the finish but I think it will show wear fairly soon. The rollmark is huge and it's annoying, however it's not nearly as bad in person as in the photos, primarily becuase it is fairly shallow and doesn't jump out like some do (TRP).

The only thing I'd like to change is the beavertail grip safety, I really don't like the polished finish and want to swap it for one that's matte. How difficult would this be for me to do, I'm not very good at tinkering, the best I've done is swapped the slide stop on my G17. If it's user replaceable, what drop in part would someone recommend?

I'll report back with pics and a range report, but so far I agree with the consensus that this is a lot of gun for the money, and one of the best 1911 values out there. I waived my all American rule for 1911s since we're talking about Isreal here.
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Old 09-30-2010, 13:38   #2
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Oh yeah, its certainly one of the best $650 1911s on the market.

I'm going to do my comparison between the DE and STI Spartan very soon.

Congrats!
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Old 09-30-2010, 13:55   #3
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Thanks! Any advice on the grip safety? I've heard great things about STI as well but ironically even being withing a stone's throw of Georgetown they are almost impossible to find around here.
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Old 09-30-2010, 21:22   #4
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Old 09-30-2010, 23:09   #5
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Congrats! on your DE.


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Old 09-30-2010, 23:56   #6
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Thanks! I emailed Wilson about the grip safety and they said that Kimber is making these for IMI using the BUL frame, anyone know if this is true?
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Old 10-01-2010, 04:14   #7
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Thanks! I emailed Wilson about the grip safety and they said that Kimber is making these for IMI using the BUL frame, anyone know if this is true?
Did not hear that.

I doubt it.
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Old 10-01-2010, 04:39   #8
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Nice pistol, congratulations. Let us know how accuracy is.
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Old 10-01-2010, 05:02   #9
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Honestly I would just take some steel wool to the stock grip safety to make it dull. In order to get one that will still be flush like the stock part you will need to know what kind it is and what cut the frame is for, otherwise you will either have a gap or you'll need material removed from the frame. Thats not something I would really want to do so I use a drop-in beavertail grip safety from Wilson, but there is a noticeable gap which doesn't look all that good but does function which is fine since I believe form over function. Any 1911 I've ever had with a stock beavertail instead of a GI type gets left alone.

Congrats on the 1911 BTW. I would be more interested in these if they didn't insist on putting a large billboard on the slide.

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Old 10-01-2010, 08:25   #10
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congrats! looks very nice
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Old 10-01-2010, 08:26   #11
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man, i gotta gets me anudda 1911.
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Old 10-01-2010, 08:48   #12
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Congrats! I've yet to see one in any of my gun stores. Haven't got to hold one yet. Looks pretty good for $650 though.
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Old 10-01-2010, 20:19   #13
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Congrats! I've yet to see one in any of my gun stores. Haven't got to hold one yet. Looks pretty good for $650 though.
It definitely is, Joe.
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Very nice, but they went overboard with the billboard. One thing's for certain, the 1911 has NEVER been in higher demand and this competition amongst alot of major players continues to put nicer guns with more features into the mainstream.
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Very nice, but they went overboard with the billboard. One thing's for certain, the 1911 has NEVER been in higher demand and this competition amongst alot of major players continues to put nicer guns with more features into the mainstream.
Very true.

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Very nice, but they went overboard with the billboard. One thing's for certain, the 1911 has NEVER been in higher demand and this competition amongst alot of major players continues to put nicer guns with more features into the mainstream.
The 1911 is in demand because it works as well as the best and better than the rest. I have owned at least one 1911 since 1966 and will buy others if I find them at the right price. The day may come when handguns will not be available and I want a supply built up.
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Old 10-02-2010, 16:34   #17
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The billboard is bad but I personally don't think it's as bad as Springfield. It's funny how they don't quite understand the market; I'm sure Magnum Research/Kahr though it would carry over brand equity whereas if there weren't any markings or a discrete marking they would probably sell even more. It seems like there still aren't many of these out yet, my SN is below 1,000 and I think they are sequential.

The 1911 is an incredible design, it's longevity is unquestionable. Now to be fair part of its popularity is due to the fact that there are almost infinite variations since every company makes ones, whereas there's only one Glock 17 and one HK45. It's much more fun to try and build up a collection of different 1911s than stockpiling Glocks.

I think as I continue to develop my preference in handguns I'll focus on 1911s with an occasional Glock.

The Desert Eagle joins the Kimber Stainless II and I think next I'll do a mil-spec like the Remington R1 then something "tactical" like the S&W 1911PD or TLE or TRP, then a commander sized one, and then start saving for the high end stuff, maybe taking a detour in the upper middle for a DW Valor. This is over a period of years but since I now have enough evil imported plastic high capacity 9mms it's 1911 time.

Edit: Finally got it to the range this morning. 100 rounds of WWB, 100 rounds of Federal Walmart special, 2 magazines of Gold Dot, all 230 grain. it was 216/216, no issues whatsoever. I used the ACT mags it came with but brought a Wilson along in-case there were issues, which there weren't. Trigger is excellent and I'm sure it'll only get better over time. Pistol is very accurate and handles very well. Next time I'll shoot it alongside my Kimber so I can make a more direct comparison, but I'm very happy with it so far and look forward to getting it closer to 1,000-2,000 rounds to see how it holds up but paying retail, even walmart prices for 45 will probably make that take a little longer than I'd like.
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Old 12-08-2010, 00:58   #18
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I'm sure it's bad form to resurrect my own thread but I got some new sights on it and I'm really happy. Novak fixed white dot rear and fiber optic red. The turnaround time from when my package was received at Novak to when it was shipped back was 4 days, it arrived at my office 3 days after that, faster than if my local smith did the work! Novak returned my original sights (I did request it so I'm not sure if that's the norm otherwise) and a spare red fiber optic "tube".

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