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Old 08-20-2012, 20:45   #1
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New 1911 advice.

Ok everyone. As many of you are aware, I'm not exactly a 1911 gal. However, I do have a appreciation for good high end factory 1911's and custom 1911's alike.

Next year, I'm thinking on purchasing another 1911. I will be wanting to stay at the $2,000 and up mark. I already had a Ed Brown Executive Target that I loved.

I have a few guns in mind but I would like your input before I reveal which brands and models I'm looking at to get a more unbiased opinion from all of you.

Make a recommendation on a new semi-custom/custom 1911 and why.

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Old 08-20-2012, 20:50   #2
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I truly believe that Guncrafter is building the best dollar for gun semi-custom 1911 out there right now. I have quite a few upper end 1911's from several different makers and the Guncrafter No Name is among the best there is IMO.

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Old 08-20-2012, 22:43   #3
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Les Baer TRS or ultimate tactical carry without the front cocking serrations (devils claw marks). Why is easy.... I have yet to find any type of ammo that it wont feed 100% even using a stock springfield or kimber mag it just works and will feed/extract anything including empty cases.

I have owned 4 Kimber TLE's, a Springfield TRP, colts, and a number of others with nothing that even comes close. The Wilsons and Browns look a little better around the edges but I have never had a 1911 that has been this reliable. 7,000 rounds plus without a hickup.
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Old 08-20-2012, 23:02   #4
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As an Executive Elite owner I have to ask: What other 1911 is there?

Wilson CQB Elite maybe (higher than target price)?
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Old 08-20-2012, 23:04   #5
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I say Guncrafter or Springfield Custom.
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Old 08-20-2012, 23:04   #6
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Les baer. Nuff said. Or Dw.

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Ill be ordering a Wilson CQB as soon as I can afford it, you may want to look into wilson.
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Old 08-21-2012, 02:54   #9
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I truly believe that Guncrafter is building the best dollar for gun semi-custom 1911 out there right now. I have quite a few upper end 1911's from several different makers and the Guncrafter No Name is among the best there is IMO.
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I say Guncrafter or Springfield Custom.
I agree 100% with both of these fine Gentlemen.
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Old 08-21-2012, 05:31   #10
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Les Baer TRS or ultimate tactical carry without the front cocking serrations (devils claw marks). Why is easy.... I have yet to find any type of ammo that it wont feed 100% even using a stock springfield or kimber mag it just works and will feed/extract anything including empty cases.
The Baer TRS is definately a great choice. Especially without FCS/DCM's I like mine alot.
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Old 08-21-2012, 07:07   #11
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I don't really know enough to offer much of an opinion but
of the eight 1911's that I own I like my Les Baer SRP the best. It has shot anything that I've put in it accurately without any issues.

My Springfield TRP is taking some time to break in and has been picky with reloads. I finally have that worked out.

I have a Colt that spent some time at Novak and it's smooth and crisp.

I have an older Kimber Eclipse that has been smithed a little and it shoots almost as well as the LB. It's my second favorite.

What I am pretty sure of though, is that when you find the 'one', you might become a 1911 girl for real. They seem to be fairly addictive.

Bac's buying guide is full of useful information. You can find it on his posts. I talked with CJ at 1911heaven yesterday for about an hour. He asked me a lot of questions and made me feel that he is far more than a salesman. You might get some good info to assist with your decision from him.

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Old 08-22-2012, 02:29   #12
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In the semi-custom category, I've been looking at Guncrafter.

In the custom category, I've been looking hard at the Les Baer guns.

I'm not too sure on a exact model yet. Wilson isn't out of the question. I'm also thinking this 1911 will be a commander.

Any model suggestions?

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While I'm at it, any thoughts on Colt's custom shop?
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In the semi-custom category, I've been looking at Guncrafter.

In the custom category, I've been looking hard at the Les Baer guns.

FYI... Guncrafter is closer to being a custom piece than Les Baer. Both are excellent firearms and semi custom with Guncrafter arguably at the top.
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Old 08-22-2012, 06:47   #15
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While I'm at it, any thoughts on Colt's custom shop?
I dont have any personal experience with colt's custom shop, but the manager, Brent is a member of 1911forum and seems to go out of his way to make customers happy.
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Old 08-22-2012, 07:10   #16
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For the sake of clarity is custom considered "one smith" and semi-custom is more than one smith?

I watched a couple of videos on LB and everything was hand fitted and hand filed but each station was a different smith. It was impressive to me that some of them had worked there for many many years. When I called them to find out the age of the SRP they could not have been any nicer.

Do you guys who have custom and semi-custom believe that you can feel and see a difference between the two?
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Old 08-22-2012, 07:25   #17
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my first 1911 was a stainless.Trp. it was nice but just a little.rough around the edges. traded up for a
Les Baer premier II. NO COMPARISON. the LB is super accurate, smooth, and eats everything.

Only downside, the blueing, while very attractive, is not very durable. if you do much holster work, it will show wear.

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Old 08-22-2012, 15:06   #18
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my first 1911 was a stainless.Trp. it was nice but just a little.rough around the edges. traded up for a
Les Baer premier II. NO COMPARISON. the LB is super accurate, smooth, and eats everything.

Only downside, the blueing, while very attractive, is not very durable. if you do much holster work, it will show wear.

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The other day when I spoke with CJ at 1911heaven we talked about that. I'm under the impression that LB offers a couple of black coatings. My SRP is black. It isn't blued.
That might be an option for the OP if she decides to go LB.

I was thinking about the fact that if one person fits one part of a gun he is likely to be very good at it. I don't think, but it might be ignorance at this point that it wouldn't make much difference to me how many people worked on it, if it is properly executed and meets my expectations.

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Old 08-22-2012, 16:17   #19
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I really like my Wilson CQB Elite but would like to try a Guncrafter.

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Old 08-23-2012, 09:28   #20
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Nighthawk Talon II

I don't own one, nor have I fired it, but I had an opportunity to put hands on one the other day at my LGS and it just felt right.
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