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accel
02-02-2016, 9:36 PM
I've recently bought Colt Commander .45 and liked it a lot. Very reliable and convincible. This made me want to get another one, - full size.

But since I paid some fair amount for he Colt I wonder if there's alternative that would be dependable, reliable but also affordable?

JDMIS300
02-02-2016, 9:45 PM
What is affordable to you? Fortunately here are still some great full size 1911 options on the roster.

L-2
02-02-2016, 9:45 PM
Your questions are vague and unclear. For example, I don't quite understand how "convincible" relates to a 1911.
Reliable and affordable can be difficult to determine with a specific 1911, and "affordable" is not defined in the question.

At this point, I'll suggest a Springfield-Armory PC9111 or PC9111LR, if you can even find one. It's still on the roster, too.

tinman1975
02-02-2016, 9:47 PM
You need to define affordable. I think the Springfield TRP is a great gun, and if I was in your shoes, I would be looking for a barely used one in the marketplace. If 1250 or so isn't quite " affordable" , the Springfield loaded model is a great option too for about 850ish. I had a Springfield mil-spec that bit up my hands due to the lack of a beavertail safety, and the sights were pretty small, but it shot well and was reliable. A lot of guys love their Rock Islands too, but I don't have any experience with those

HopetonBrown
02-02-2016, 9:49 PM
Springfield Loaded. Under $900. When you get more coin you can always sent it back to Springfield for upgrades. They can turn a Springfield into a gun that would rival one from the best custom smiths.

I do recommend 2 1911s for any serious shooters. If your 1911 decides to go tits up during a match or class, pulling another one out of a gun rug is a lot easier than trying to fit a new extractor.

Nick Adams
02-02-2016, 9:56 PM
Springfield Loaded.

cannon
02-02-2016, 10:03 PM
Spend the money on ammo instead and go wild!

When I bought my second Colt it was all over. Now I have a bunch of them. It's like eating potato chips. You can't stop after the second one.

accel
02-02-2016, 10:09 PM
Colt Commander is $850 msrp. By affordable I mean something that's less expensive than that. But I do not mean the cheapest possible 1911. I could've figure it out myself.

accel
02-02-2016, 10:10 PM
You have a great 1911, don't burn your money needlessly, shoot the one you have till it's broken and in pieces.

I like this :)

accel
02-02-2016, 10:12 PM
Spend the money on ammo instead and go wild!

When I bought my second Colt it was all over. Now I have a bunch of them. It's like eating potato chips. You can't stop after the second one.

There's only one colt 1911 45 left in the roster, - commander

accel
02-02-2016, 10:21 PM
Your questions are vague and unclear. For example, I don't quite understand how "convincible" relates to a 1911.
Reliable and affordable can be difficult to determine with a specific 1911, and "affordable" is not defined in the question.

At this point, I'll suggest a Springfield-Armory PC9111 or PC9111LR, if you can even find one. It's still on the roster, too.


PC9111 Is 2+ grand...

Litespeeds
02-02-2016, 10:47 PM
Just go on the CalGun Marketplace and do a search for 1911 on find something within your price range. Maybe you should consider a RIA or a Kimber. Let the Kimber hate begin. The haters made me want to sell my Kimber but once I spent a little more time with her, I feel she is a damn good tack driver. No FTF, FTE or rust.

Snoopy47
02-02-2016, 10:48 PM
Springfield Loaded roster date expires 1/1/2017

PX9151L / Stainless Steel
PX9109L / Carbon Steel

JTROKS
02-02-2016, 11:58 PM
Springfield Loaded Target.

GW
02-03-2016, 12:02 AM
Get a Rock Island Tactical
About $650 out the door

SonofWWIIDI
02-03-2016, 12:57 AM
+1 on the Springfield they are great guns, and have great customer service if needed.

And I would also look at the Kimbers. They also make a good product. There is quite a bit of Kimber hate around, but I've never had a problem.

nothingextra
02-03-2016, 1:33 AM
Find a gunsmith whose work you like.
Have him improve your existing Commander.
Then have him fit up a 2nd slide to your frame.

JTROKS
02-03-2016, 2:04 AM
5" slide won't look good with a commander frame.

Baer1911
02-03-2016, 2:06 AM
Save up and find an used Les Baer for under $2000.

HopetonBrown
02-03-2016, 2:07 AM
Find a gunsmith whose work you like.
Have him improve your existing Commander.
Then have him fit up a 2nd slide to your frame.

True Commander frames are actually different than Gov't frames.

Fishslayer
02-03-2016, 7:44 AM
Dan Wesson if that's "affordable."

supermario
02-03-2016, 7:48 AM
I say the RIA Tactical. I just bought one, havent even picked it it up and I Love it already. My next will be the Colt Commander. They are both priced so well with such great reviews.

Rhyyke
02-03-2016, 8:52 AM
Under $850 you're pretty much limited to either a Springfield Mil-Spec or something by RIA. I think you might find a basic Kimber Custom II on sale for around what you're talking about, I bought mine for a hair under $800 but that was a couple years ago.

JDMIS300
02-03-2016, 8:52 AM
Save up and find an used Les Baer for under $2000.

Agree. Save your money for a used Baer. I've seen some used ones in the marketplace for a very reasonable price. You will be happier in the long run as opposed to an everyday TRP or Loaded.

BEE
02-03-2016, 9:00 AM
SA Mil-Spec is nice solid base to customize. SACS has done wonders on Mil-Specs for owners over at 1911forum.

Win231
02-03-2016, 9:11 AM
I've recently bought Colt Commander .45 and liked it a lot. Very reliable and convincible. This made me want to get another one, - full size.

But since I paid some fair amount for he Colt I wonder if there's alternative that would be dependable, reliable but also affordable?

Reliability is only one aspect of quality. Durability is also important. A 1911 (designed in 1905) has twice as many parts as a modern polymer-framed pistol such as a Glock and they have to be fitted properly in order to function. When you get into the cheaper 1911's, the lower price is accomplished by manufacturing them with inferior cast or MIM parts that are not nearly as durable.

81Degrees
02-03-2016, 10:21 AM
Remington makes a 1911 within your budget, it's going to be used but...

NOTABIKER
02-03-2016, 10:27 AM
Get a Rock Island Tactical
About $650 out the door

2nd that. Quality and economy.

HopetonBrown
02-03-2016, 10:37 AM
SA Mil-Spec is nice solid base to customize. SACS has done wonders on Mil-Specs for owners over at 1911forum.

Loadeds come with beavertails and dovetail sight cuts. If you do those two things to a Mil-Spec (which I find necessary) they're more expensive than Loadeds.

Intel0116
02-03-2016, 10:39 AM
You have a great 1911, don't burn your money needlessly, shoot the one you have till it's broken and in pieces.


This

kjv146
02-03-2016, 10:47 AM
Kimber Custom II all the way, at that price point.

NOTABIKER
02-03-2016, 7:37 PM
I only own one 1911, as much as i love it i see no reason to get another one. It will out last me.

Bushwack44
02-03-2016, 7:58 PM
Colt Commander is $850 msrp. By affordable I mean something that's less expensive than that. But I do not mean the cheapest possible 1911. I could've figure it out myself.

I recently purchased both a Ruger SR1911 government and commander model. While off-roster, with patience you should be able to find either one for about $700-$750. The price is a value considering the quality of these 1911s (and comparing them to my Colt, Sig & Springfield 1911s).

General
02-03-2016, 8:34 PM
Save up and find an used Les Baer for under $2000.

Save up longer and get a Guncrafter 50GI over $3300.

https://guncrafterindustries.com/wp-content/gallery/gi-gallery/Engraved-No-Name.jpg

GlockN'Roll
02-03-2016, 8:46 PM
So many great 1911 choices today.

I can't disagree with the excellent choices offered in this thread.

Depending on your final budget there is something in everybody's price range.

Take whatever your initial budget is and add 30% to 50%, you'll often gain in quality, options and resale.

Still not sure what to get, buy two different 1911's.

Again no bad choices here regardless of budget! :oji:

accel
02-04-2016, 10:10 AM
Thanks, guys. I liked the idea of Springfield loaded or RIA.

Will keep using my Colt Commander and keep an eye open at deals on those...

Che762x39
02-04-2016, 3:18 PM
I do recommend 2 1911s for any serious shooters. If your 1911 decides to go tits up during a match or class, pulling another one out of a gun rug is a lot easier than trying to fit a new extractor.

Very good point. I have a Colt Gold Cup but I have a second 1911 I can always go too :oji:

Che762x39
02-04-2016, 3:21 PM
I've recently bought Colt Commander .45 and liked it a lot. Very reliable and convincible. This made me want to get another one, - full size.

But since I paid some fair amount for he Colt I wonder if there's alternative that would be dependable, reliable but also affordable?

Rock Island Full Size GI of course :oji:

nothingextra
02-04-2016, 3:27 PM
accel - Gunbroker is your friend. Find a local ffl that doesn't charge crazy out of state transfer fees.

golfish
02-04-2016, 3:50 PM
I'll take a Springfield over a Colt any day of the week. I think the Mil Spec is about the best looking and shooting 1911 out there, JMO :)

JTROKS
02-04-2016, 4:08 PM
Colt will cost more. I was just looking at an XSE side by side with Springfield Loaded model. I never cared for the 80 series safety and I despise the ILS. The Colt looks better seeing how the back of the slide fit with the frame and rear of the extractor. Both guns seem to have a very decent fit. All the lines on the Colt were straight. I been seeing crooked lines on Springfield slides lately.