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Old 07-03-2012, 22:26   #1
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Colt 1911

Why can't I find a colt 1911 every lgs I go to tells me colt 1911's have to be special order. Well how do I know what I want to order if I can't see it or touch it.

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Old 07-03-2012, 22:31   #2
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I know what you mean. A fellow up in Shasta is selling off his gun collection. He has an 03 Springfield that looks good in the pictures he sent. I would like to buy it but hesitate spending that much money without being able to look it over in person. It's too far to drive just to look at it.
As to the Colt 1911, I've never seen a new one that I wouldn't mind owning.
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Old 07-03-2012, 22:40   #3
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Yeah I just think it is ridiculous for a gun store to expect you to pay that kind of cabbage for something you can't even look at. Its like saying you I'm going to sell you a new car but you don't get to pick the make model or color and no test drive.

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Old 07-03-2012, 23:49   #4
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Don't know where you are at, but try to find a better funshop. My local shop has a plethora of Wilson, Baer, Nighthawk, Brown, Springfield, and Colt 1911s in stock.
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Old 07-03-2012, 23:56   #5
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I'm in houston tx there are only a couple I have not looked at that I know of but I will keep looking I assure you.

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Old 07-03-2012, 23:58   #6
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can't seem to find them here, or they are overpriced. - you know a place is crazy when asking above MSRP. oh well someday a new colt will be mine.
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Old 07-04-2012, 06:35   #7
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My LGS has lots of 1911s on display. You could probably find lots in person at a gun show.

This was on display at the right time and came home with me:

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ps I added the grips. The synthetic ones felt like holding on to a cheese grater. Besides, I think these are prettier.
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Old 07-04-2012, 06:45   #8
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Give these guys a call. They always seem to have Colt 1911's in stock.

http://www.tomballpawn.com/
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Old 07-04-2012, 07:00   #9
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Why can't I find a colt 1911 every lgs I go to tells me colt 1911's have to be special order. Well how do I know what I want to order if I can't see it or touch it.

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Lower cost high quality 1911's have greatly affected the availability of COLT 1911's. RIA, Springfield, etc., produce pistols that are force down the price of basic 1911 pistols. These pistols have great appeal to those who are not concerned with the history of COLT, etc.

The problem the poses for those who want to handle a handgun before purchase is the same for anyone who wants to purchase a particular revolver/handgun.
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Old 07-04-2012, 07:14   #10
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Sorry ted...all of my local shops always have Colts in stock.

One, the other day, got around 8 or 9 Colts in.....on the same say!

sorry to rub in in.
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Old 07-04-2012, 08:41   #11
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My local shop has numerous ones in stock new and used.

Last time I was there he had a delta elite in the case

Find a better shop been dealing with mine for almost 30 years
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Old 07-04-2012, 08:56   #12
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For a long time colt has treated the civilian gun market as a secondary. I hope they lose military contracts they may have to focus on making something for the civilian market again.

My dealer said he can get new agents, defenders, and the tiny ones like that easily, and govt style takes a long time.
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My LGS has lots of 1911s on display. You could probably find lots in person at a gun show.

This was on display at the right time and came home with me:

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ps I added the grips. The synthetic ones felt like holding on to a cheese grater. Besides, I think these are prettier.
I recently aquired a TRP (center) and a Colt Combat Elite (top).
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Old 07-04-2012, 12:04   #14
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Colt does nopt produce a great number of guns and they only have a limited number of distributers who will allot the guns based on whothehellknowswhat. If a LGS does not do a lot of business with one of these distributers, they are out of luck when they try to order a particular model.

Since there are more 1911s that have a higher profit margin, many dealers will not bother with Colt. Then they make up a story to explain why they have none.
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Old 07-05-2012, 07:57   #15
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I recently aquired a TRP (center) and a Colt Combat Elite (top).
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Cool. Nice looking guns. My TRP has become my new favorite gun to shoot. I even carry it some but it is heavy. Most of the time I still carry my G23.
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Old 07-05-2012, 10:46   #16
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Why can't I find a colt 1911 every lgs I go to tells me colt 1911's have to be special order. Well how do I know what I want to order if I can't see it or touch it.

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Old 07-05-2012, 11:09   #17
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The smaller gun shops can't get Colts because the bigger ones get dibs from the distributors.
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Old 07-05-2012, 12:35   #18
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The gun shop in my area gets them but the sporting goods stores don't. The Colt armorer instructors I have had said Colt's attitude is "we sell all the ones we make, why make more?"
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The Colt armorer instructors I have had said Colt's attitude is "we sell all the ones we make, why make more?"
Maybe that's how they got their quality control up from the last thirty years too. Stop pumping out junks by the thousands, but focus on making good ones.
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Old 07-05-2012, 14:03   #20
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After the last Colt 1911 I shot, two weeks ago, I'll stick to Kimber and Springfield.
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