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Old 01-28-2012, 22:37   #1
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Colt or Springfield?

So I own a Glock 23c (my edc) and a S&W AR 15. Im wanting to get a 1911 but am stuck between Colt and Springfield. What do you have? (Pics?) And what do you reccommend?
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Old 01-28-2012, 22:50   #2
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Well, google for pics.

As for the Brand, I mainly go with Colt. I own 5 Colt made 1911's right now. Mfg dates vary from the 70's, 80's and so forth. I've not had a single major problem out of any of them. But mind you they are all government length. I don't fool with any barrel length under that.

Anyways, Until they start falling apart on me and such, I'm not going to switch over any time soon. I am a bit of a sinner though....I got a Sig GSR, and want another Sig 1911. :O
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Old 01-28-2012, 23:06   #3
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What price range are you looking at?
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Old 01-29-2012, 00:22   #4
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Colt Combat Elite and Commander models
Springfield EMP 40, TRP, Loaded, and PRO models

Each has been well made, accurate and dependable.
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Old 01-29-2012, 01:37   #5
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Equal price? Go with Colt.

Beaucoupe bucks? Go with Springfield Custom Shop offerings.
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Old 01-29-2012, 01:52   #6
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Colt has a higher quality product, that commands a significant resale premium over Springfield Armory pistols. Nonetheless, both can be quite excellent, I strongly recomend that you not purchase either over the internet, but instead locate them locally so that you can personally inspect their quality!

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Old 01-29-2012, 06:21   #7
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Colt has a higher quality product, that commands a significant resale premium over Springfield Armory pistols.
Really......

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I'd take a Colt all things being equal. However, I'd have to examine it first either with detailed pics or in person.
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Old 01-29-2012, 06:41   #8
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Either brand will serve you well.

In my experience, it is more about the specific pistol than the brand.

I have owned pistols from most of the factory makers out there and have only had a few minor problems.

Brands I have owned include, Colt, Springfield, STI, Para Ordnance, RIA, Bul Transmark, and Kimber.
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Old 01-29-2012, 07:07   #9
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Springfield Loaded Parkerized and Milspec SS (was my 1st) and they both have been 100% from day one.

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Old 01-29-2012, 07:58   #10
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Personally, I'd take a TRP over anything Colt makes. A SACS gun is in a whole new relm. Colt does make a great base gun, but that's about it.
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Old 01-29-2012, 08:19   #11
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Personally, I'd take a TRP over anything Colt makes. A SACS gun is in a whole new relm. Colt does make a great base gun, but that's about it.
I'm with you, Joe. The TRP is probably better than anything Colt currently builds. I have the Special Combat Government, which is Colt's flagship model these days.

It costs more than the TRP, but the TRP is a better 1911. The only thing I prefer about the Colt is it's looks.


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I do wish that the TRP was offered without FCS and with a single side safety, but that can be taken care of...


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Old 01-29-2012, 08:28   #13
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Very nice Joe.
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Colt isnt what it used to be in the day IMO. They fell off for awhileand other factory companies caught up or down right passed them. The are coming back and some of the newer offerings are very nice guns.

I think with some research you will find they are pretty close to equal depending on the model.

I personally like the availability from SA a little better. You probably wont go wrong with either.
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Colt has a higher quality product, that commands a significant resale premium over Springfield Armory pistols. Nonetheless, both can be quite excellent, I strongly recomend that you not purchase either over the internet, but instead locate them locally so that you can personally inspect their quality!
Really? Then how is it that every time I read an article about a Colt 1911 the author mentions that Colt is getting better in their QC dept? And from what I'm seeing, there's no way in hell would I pay for a Colt at it's current price.

Every time I've handle a Colt, there's the "Colt rattle" that is built into that 1911. Must be a must with the horse stamp.
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Colt has a higher quality product, that commands a significant resale premium over Springfield Armory pistols. Nonetheless, both can be quite excellent, I strongly recomend that you not purchase either over the internet, but instead locate them locally so that you can personally inspect their quality!
There is no way in hell that Colt is higher quality than Springfield. You can say Colts are built in the States while many Springfields aren't. However, dollar for dollar, Springfield builds the better product.

If you look at Springfield Custom, Colt isn't even in the same league.
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There is no way in hell that Colt is higher quality than Springfield. You can say Colts are built in the States while many Springfields aren't. However, dollar for dollar, Springfield builds the better product.

If you look at Springfield Custom, Colt isn't even in the same league.
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What price range are you looking at?
No more than 1000
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Springfield.

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