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HeavyArms
03-14-2009, 6:56 PM
Hello guys. I wish to purchase a 1911 .45 for under a $1000, but being a 1911 noob I pretty much don't know where to start. If anyone can help me out I would appreciate it!

eccvets
03-14-2009, 7:03 PM
RIA 1911 is only 300 bucks.

HeavyArms
03-14-2009, 7:04 PM
RIA 1911 is only 300 bucks.

Really? thats cheap. I will research it, thanks.

Saigon1965
03-14-2009, 7:05 PM
Check out the Dan Wesson line - Well there's only 2 that's CA legal - The PM7 which is a full size and the CBOB which is the commander size - You'll fall in love -

HeavyArms
03-14-2009, 7:10 PM
Check out the Dan Wesson line - Well there's only 2 that's CA legal - The PM7 which is a full size and the CBOB which is the commander size - You'll fall in love -

Ohhh those are sexy. The CBOB is this one... right? http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=150340

what else is out there....

thanks saigon.

The SoCal Gunner
03-14-2009, 7:21 PM
Springfield GI, Mil-Spec, Loaded
Kimber Custom II series
Para Ordnance
Smith & Wesson

Jonathan Doe
03-14-2009, 7:21 PM
I would go with the Springfield 1911A1 series.

SCMA-1
03-14-2009, 7:22 PM
If you want to have it built up, then go with something real basic like the Rock Islands; they're reasonbly priced and decent quality. Great for builds especially since you will be changing practically everything besides the frame and slide.

SCMA-1

jrsportssupply
03-14-2009, 7:26 PM
You can't go wrong with either a Springfield Armory 1911 or a Smith & Wesson 1911. Both are backed by companies with outstanding customer service reputations. That is something that a lot of other mfrs can't say.

HeavyArms
03-14-2009, 7:38 PM
You can't go wrong with either a Springfield Armory 1911 or a Smith & Wesson 1911. Both are backed by companies with outstanding customer service reputations. That is something that a lot of other mfrs can't say.

Definitely... thanks. I am greatly considering a Springfield series 1911. Regarding the Springfield 1911 and the Smith & Wesson, which one is generally a better choice for practical use and lots of range time?

gdr_11
03-14-2009, 7:41 PM
I echo Randy's recommendations. My personal choice would be a Springfield Fully Loaded...around $700 - $750. At that price you will still have enough $ left after taxes and DROS to buy some ammo.

If you want to save a few bucks, check out the Rock Island Tactical. Not as pretty, but a good solid shooter.

Viper49
03-14-2009, 7:51 PM
Kimber Custom II, Dan Wesson Pointman 7 1911, Springfield 1911A1, S&W 1911 then Sig 1911 in that order. You can go to rent one each at the local shooting range and go from there.
Don't forget the Private sale in this forum, you may pick up a good used one for a reasonable price. :thumbsup:

Sam
03-14-2009, 8:06 PM
I'd suggest a Colt Gov't. Mine came in around $850 total and it is put together really well.

Snapping Twig
03-14-2009, 8:33 PM
Keep your eyes on our Sales Forum, lots of nice 1911's pop up at good prices.

Rent a few different types and decide on size and basics, like target or combat sights and so on.

lunde
03-14-2009, 9:03 PM
If I were shopping for a 1911 under $1K, I'd spring for a SW1911, specifically 108282. Bud's Gun Shop has them in stock for $771 shipped. The Dan Wesson CBOB would be another excellent choice.

HeavyArms
03-14-2009, 9:08 PM
If I were shopping for a 1911 under $1K, I'd spring for a SW1911, specifically 108282. Bud's Gun Shop has them in stock for $771 shipped. The Dan Wesson CBOB would be another excellent choice.

Exellent...I like that smith. Nice price as well. I am going to test this if they have it and a few others at the range tommorow.

Thanks for all the replies so far everyone . There are several nice options.

GenLee
03-14-2009, 9:25 PM
H&K USP .45. :hide:

Exiledviking
03-14-2009, 9:38 PM
If I were shopping for a 1911 under $1K, I'd spring for a SW1911, specifically 108282. Bud's Gun Shop has them in stock for $771 shipped. The Dan Wesson CBOB would be another excellent choice.


+1 on the S&W

Sam
03-14-2009, 9:42 PM
H&K USP .45. :hide:

intruder alert! intruder alert! sound the alarm!

ck867
03-14-2009, 10:14 PM
I just had a chance to shoot a new dan wesson pm7 and now I am in love! That gun makes my shooting look way better than I can actually shoot. Extremely accurate from the factory.

Juicymeat
03-14-2009, 10:47 PM
Dan Wesson if you want to be at upper end of your price range. If you want some cash left over, Springfield Loaded's are great and come with one of the best warranties on the market.

yossarian
03-14-2009, 10:52 PM
RIA 1911 is only 300 bucks.

Closer to $500 OTD w/ DROS for the GI m1911a1 model, if you can find one in stock.

wellfedirishman
03-14-2009, 11:11 PM
Any Smith and Wesson 1911 is great. I have a Scandium 1911 S&W in commander size, and it is great. Accurate, well constructed, and lifetime warranty.

Quiet
03-14-2009, 11:13 PM
Rock Island Armory 1911 Tactical = best 1911 currently on the market for under $600.


Closer to $500 OTD w/ DROS for the GI m1911a1 model, if you can find one in stock.
Order online.
For example, if you buy from Sarco (http://www.sarcoinc.com/3-10-09-Ppage.pdf)...
RIA 1911 GI for $329.99 + $30 shipping + $60 out-of-state transfer fee & DROS (fee may vary, depends on which FFL dealer you use, one I use charges $60) = $419.99
RIA 1911 Tactical for $394.99 + $30 shipping + 60 out-of-state transfer fee & DROS (fee may vary, depends on which FFL dealer you use, one I use charges $60) = $484.99

Bongos
03-15-2009, 7:41 AM
RIA is cast, get SA... that said I sold my SA 1911 last week for $595

1064chubbs
03-15-2009, 8:09 AM
If you dont mind used you can find a nice Springfield Loaded in the sale section for ~$700

SCMA-1
03-15-2009, 8:14 AM
RIA is cast, get SA... that said I sold my SA 1911 last week for $595

There is a common misconception that investment cast components are somehow lower in quality or less durable than forged. When the process is done properly, investment cast slides and frames (low stress parts) are just as durable as their forged counterparts. Case in point is the trend towards polymer frames.

SCMA-1

Scooterg55
03-15-2009, 12:11 PM
I would suggest either the Springfield line of loaded pistols or the Dan Wesson Bobtail. Both are great guns. DW is like getting a semi custom gun. the only difference between the two is the Springfield has a lifetime warranty no matter who the owner is and their customer service is legendary. DW's are warranted for 5 years and their customer service is excellent as well. You can't go wrong with either one.

Good luck

HeavyArms
03-15-2009, 12:16 PM
I would suggest either the Springfield line of loaded pistols or the Dan Wesson Bobtail. Both are great guns. DW is like getting a semi custom gun. the only difference between the two is the Springfield has a lifetime warranty no matter who the owner is and their customer service is legendary. DW's are warranted for 5 years and their customer service is excellent as well. You can't go wrong with either one.

Good luck

Thank you sir for your good feedback . I am going to most likely decide on a SA loaded or a DW commander after I go shootin! But the lifetime warranty and customer feedback for SA is unparalleled.

Kid Stanislaus
03-15-2009, 9:03 PM
Find an old beat up Wilson Combat with blood on it!

oldrifle
03-15-2009, 9:08 PM
Got my Kimber Custom II for $799 two weeks ago. I love it.

FlyingDesertEagle
03-15-2009, 9:20 PM
check our for sale section

or buy Rock Island Armoury

andrewj
03-15-2009, 9:22 PM
Buy a pair of Rock Islands :2guns:

noluv4hoes
03-26-2009, 12:38 PM
COLT COMMANDER O4691 i love this gone.

noluv4hoes
03-26-2009, 12:39 PM
if you are going to buy a 1911 why not buy from the original company that made them? colt all the way for me.

noluv4hoes
03-26-2009, 12:39 PM
gun**** duh

epic4444
03-26-2009, 1:23 PM
you could always get a colt commander for about 850...i love mine