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Old 12-02-2012, 15:59   #21
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I've owned Rugers for over 50 years..sent exactly ONE[1] back for service to date. They build good stuff based on my experience, stand behind their products and represent good value for their price point.

Here are a couple of SR1911 s;

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The one with the green dot is a Christmas present for my son.

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Old 12-02-2012, 16:09   #22
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I vote STI Trojan.
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Old 12-02-2012, 16:27   #23
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Old 12-02-2012, 20:34   #24
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Personally, I'm surprised at your response.

Experience shows there's nothing wrong with cast frames, in fact I don't think you can provide any overwhelming evidence that Ruger or someone like Caspian, have had significant problems with them.

Dunno what you mean by "cast parts" on your hands relative to Colt and Springfield.

I'm not knocking a Colt or Springfield, but Rugers are really well built no BS 1911s for the money.

Ruger uses an investment casting process for their manufacturing of slide and frame. Colt, Springfield and some others use a forgings for the same parts. While investment castings are far better than long ago I am not convinced they are as strong as a forged piece of steel. Call me old fashioned.

For the record I have owned a few Rugers and found them to be excellent firearms for the price. Like it or not a Colt 1911 will hold its resale value better than Ruger.
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Old 12-03-2012, 04:52   #25
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^^^^^ that's because of the NAME " COLT" but I do agree with the fact that I don't put as much trust in a cast gun


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Old 12-03-2012, 08:32   #26
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Ruger uses an investment casting process for their manufacturing of slide and frame. Colt, Springfield and some others use a forgings for the same parts. While investment castings are far better than long ago I am not convinced they are as strong as a forged piece of steel. Call me old fashioned.
Again, experience with 1911 shows it's a moot point. How long has Caspian been around with their cast frames? Competition boys have been using them for YEARS with round counts higher than several here will probably ever see. The Pine Tree plant has been doing this for years, again I offer anyone to provide that there are widespread problems with cast frames under hard use. Also, to clarify your error.....the frame is cast.....the slide is CNC'ed.

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Like it or not a Colt 1911 will hold its resale value better than Ruger.
If the OP had said "I'm only buying this to sell this later" then you'd have a point. Problem is that he said he's looking for a gun to shoot. A comparably priced Colt will be at least $350 more. Nonethelss, it's been my experience and I've bought and sold a LOT of guns over the years, that a $300 Ruger will hold it's value pretty darn well.

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Old 12-03-2012, 08:41   #27
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Old 12-03-2012, 09:01   #28
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Kimber raptor or tle, ati thunderbolt enhanced. Let us know what you pick! Anything that fits your hands will be a good purchase.
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Old 12-03-2012, 09:45   #29
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I vote STI Trojan.
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:31   #30
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STI Either a trojan or a Spartan and use the extra money to tweek it
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Old 12-03-2012, 11:16   #31
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Colt Combat Elite - I like the 2 tone look and you can't really go wrong with a Colt.
Where can a person find a Colt Combat Elite for $1000?
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Old 12-03-2012, 16:03   #32
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Between two Ruger SR1911s I bought, which would be a very good buy if you find one, I would suggest a Colt I bought because you said "range gun". It is a Colt Gold Cup National Match. One of the new ones with the round top. It was $1.1K, so a little over your budget. Just a thought. I did change the rubber wrap around grips to some from the old Ajax company. Grips are easy to change.


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Old 12-03-2012, 18:22   #33
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Colt Combat Elite got mine for $869 plus tax a couple of years ago.
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Old 12-03-2012, 23:24   #34
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Springfield Armory 1911 EMP9 NIB $1048.00.
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:12   #35
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Springfield Armory Range Officer. Well under budget ($850) and a solid platform if you decide to modify. Desirable gun if you decide to sell it later.
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:52   #36
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I've owned Rugers for over 50 years..sent exactly ONE[1] back for service to date. They build good stuff based on my experience, stand behind their products and represent good value for their price point.

Here are a couple of SR1911 s;

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The one with the green dot is a Christmas present for my son.

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Old 12-05-2012, 11:24   #37
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Where can a person find a Colt Combat Elite for $1000?
I sold this one a month ago for $900. Paid $650 for it from a guy who took it in partial trade on a truck.
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IMO the quality wasn't there, it was extremely sloppy and poorly fit. I'd recommend a used TRP or Valor.
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Old 12-05-2012, 11:26   #38
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STI Either a trojan or a Spartan and use the extra money to tweek it
The Trojan would be a great choice. The Spartan is not a true STI, it's Filipino.
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Old 12-05-2012, 19:33   #39
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Old 12-05-2012, 20:12   #40
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Skip the Rugers.... You'll be much happier with the STI Trojan. You get what you pay for.
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Springfield Armory Range Officer. Well under budget ($850) and a solid platform if you decide to modify. Desirable gun if you decide to sell it later.
Definitely a solid piece. I loved the RO's stock trigger for sure.
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