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Old 06-07-2011, 08:58   #1
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Which SA 1911 to buy?

I'm looking to buy my first 1911 here soon. I can't figure out what the huge differences are between the SA loaded, mil-spec and the range officer? Which one is the best choice for a first 1911? It will be used as a range gun, home defense and I might start to carry it. I'm a lefty, but I'm not too concerned about having an ambidextrous safety.
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Old 06-07-2011, 09:05   #2
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I bought the loaded over the mil spec and range officer. I liked the night sights, ambi saftey, and extended beavertail. The range officer has adjustable sights that i didn't want to get snagged on clothing if I had to use it in a SD situation.
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Old 06-07-2011, 09:09   #3
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I'd go RO, switch out the rear to a Harrison fixed rear. Around $800ish.
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Old 06-07-2011, 10:46   #4
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I'd go RO, switch out the rear to a Harrison fixed rear. Around $800ish.
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Old 06-07-2011, 11:54   #5
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I have a (NM) Loaded Target and the Range Officer, and I've found the RO to be better fit and more accurate in my hands.
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Old 06-07-2011, 12:56   #6
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Old 06-07-2011, 16:19   #7
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That's a good problem to have, no matter which one you end up getting, you will be happy.

I'm an advocate of buying a GI style 1911 (the Mil Spec, in this case), shooting it for a while, and then deciding which features you'd like to change, if any. But really, I would say the most important decision in this case is fixed vs adjustable sights.
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Old 06-07-2011, 16:32   #9
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Biggest difference from the Loaded to RO is hype, IMO. I remember the stories comparing the RO to a TRP without the frills, . The saving grace of the RO is it doesn't have a questionable 2-piece barrel.


For your quandary, keep it simple is the best advice. As mentioned, start with something basic and figure out what you want with time. I would NOT jump into the deep end with a high $$$ one, but I'm coming from a non kool-aid POV.
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Biggest difference from the Loaded to RO is hype, IMO. I remember the stories comparing the RO to a TRP without the frills, . The saving grace of the RO is it doesn't have a questionable 2-piece barrel.


For your quandary, keep it simple is the best advice. As mentioned, start with something basic and figure out what you want with time. I would NOT jump into the deep end with a high $$$ one, but I'm coming from a non kool-aid POV.
More from a Hater-aid POV.
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More from a Hater-aid POV.


Sorry, I guess real experience from multiple examples doesn't matter or shouldn't be the basis for an honest suggestion.

Maybe I'll turn my SA's into safequeens, I know they fit that roll perfectly. Off to take some pics .
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Old 06-07-2011, 16:39   #12
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I'm looking to buy my first 1911 here soon. I can't figure out what the huge differences are between the SA loaded, mil-spec and the range officer? Which one is the best choice for a first 1911? It will be used as a range gun, home defense and I might start to carry it. I'm a lefty, but I'm not too concerned about having an ambidextrous safety.

Out of those, the RO for sure.
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Biggest difference from the Loaded to RO is hype, IMO. I remember the stories comparing the RO to a TRP without the frills, . The saving grace of the RO is it doesn't have a questionable 2-piece barrel.

The two ROs I handled seem a heck of a lot better fitted than any Loaded models I've seen.

I'm not a fan of the Loaded.
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The two ROs I handled seem a heck of a lot better fitted than any Loaded models I've seen.

I'm not a fan of the Loaded.
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The two ROs I handled seem a heck of a lot better fitted than any Loaded models I've seen.
What areas?

Every low end SA I've handled felt too similar to tell, including the RO. I didn't feel any difference in barrel lock-up, bushing fit, or small parts. I might say the RO seemed to have a more consistent trigger, but all I felt had some creep. No different than the Loadeds, but my sample size was 3 RO's.
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Gary, after what you've gone through, "hater" wouldn't be a strong enough word for me. I don't blame you one bit for your take on SACS.

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Gary, after what you've gone through, "hater" wouldn't be a strong enough word for me. I don't blame you one bit for your take on SACS.
I have my days, though I was trying to tone it down I looked at my checkbook and it all came back to me. I dropped over $300 (shipping included) to get my Pro able to run without a FTF and have to find someone to work my CC over. I want to carry my CC but with the piss poor barrel fit I'm questioning when it's going to break a lug, or worse yet, trash the slide. Even with a new slide stop and tuning, I can't trust it. I want to keep it, I just have to find a smith to fix it. Unfortunately, the one I wanted can't handle the work since he has a class coming up to prep for (hint-hint).

I'm seriously thinking about sending my last CC straight to GB and not dealing with it...that is if they ever built it. Only closing in on 18 months. I'll stop the hate, for the most part, when it's FINALLY delivered AND works, should I decide to keep it.
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