View Full Version : What 1911?

02-27-2010, 1:14 PM
I have been inactive on Calguns for quite some time but I have a question. So I believe it is time to add a 1911 to my collection and I am looking for recommendations. After buying and selling firearms for awhile to compensate for school expenses, I have finally learned how to pay for school and keep a firearm at the same time, SAVE! I am looking for employment once again and would like a solid 1911 to add to my collection in the price range of 500-800 dollars. Would like to stay with Springfield/Kimber but looking for good reviews on a good 1911 platform. I won't be shooting competition with it, at least not in the near future. I will hopefully be able to purchase in about a month in a half to 2 months. Just want to get my ducks in a row before I am subject to the 10 days of hell.

*Edit* I tried searching for info but couldn't find specific information regarding reviews. Calguns has grown so much it is crazy.

02-27-2010, 1:29 PM
At $500 to $800 dollars you're looking at the SA Loaded, Milspec, and GI. Not really sure what Kimber models are in that price range. It depends on what features you're looking for. Do you want a beavertail? Fixed sights? Dehorned? FCS? It'd be most cost effective if you buy the model with the features you want straight off the bat.

02-27-2010, 1:40 PM
For that price, you cant go wrong with a Springer.

02-27-2010, 1:40 PM
A used Dan Wesson (if you can find one).

02-27-2010, 2:40 PM
used Kimber with internal extractor. I really like the TLE II .

02-27-2010, 3:28 PM
I would go Springfield all the way and with the money you save buy ammo.

02-27-2010, 5:08 PM
At that price range, it would be a Springfield. If you look high and low, you should be able to find a used Colt or Kimber.

02-27-2010, 5:56 PM
Yeah, Springfeild is your best choice IMO.

02-27-2010, 6:19 PM
Don't overlook the Armscor Rock Island Tactical. Turner's has them for around $550

In that price range, it's going to be foreign made anyways.

$550, it's comparable to the Springfield Loaded with the rounded hammer, beavertail, longer trigger, ambi safety, Novak (style) sights (no dots), and full length guide rod.

The Pachmayr grips were only $25 from CTD (inside front edge of the safety levers needs to be filed down to clear them).


02-27-2010, 6:42 PM
Another vote for the Rock Island.

I picked up a tactical a while back and absolutely love it. Great gun and a huge value.

02-27-2010, 6:46 PM
For your budget, SA parkerized loaded.

02-27-2010, 7:00 PM
There's a couple of "loaded" very cheap (like the armscor) 45s out there. I can't imagine a Kimber under 800, but I haven't bought one in a while.

02-27-2010, 7:02 PM
This seems like a really good deal -- great reviews on other websites and here --
http://www.shop.countrysidewalk.com/Rock-Island-Armory-1911A1-Tactical-TuTone-51438.htm;jsessionid=AB7571678A289445C598F19671A1A EBA.qscstrfrnt04

02-27-2010, 7:09 PM
This seems like a really good deal -- great reviews on other websites and here --
http://www.shop.countrysidewalk.com/Rock-Island-Armory-1911A1-Tactical-TuTone-51438.htm;jsessionid=AB7571678A289445C598F19671A1A EBA.qscstrfrnt04
Sadly, the 2-tone is not on the roster... only the park'd Milspec and Tactical.

Bang for the buck, you can't go wrong. The only other way to get anything close to it in a better quality gun is to go used... but even the used market it not cheap with Colt 70s going for a grand.
The Kimber Kool-Aid tends to keep their resale values up as well.

You can generally get into a Springfield Milspec for $600-$650... but there's a reason the GI and the Milspec show up used so frequently.
Miniscule sights on the GI, and both models lack the beavertail, so hammer bite is an issue.

02-27-2010, 8:14 PM
Go with Kimber check out gun broker and buds gunshop. I just picked up a kimber ultra carry2 form buds for 750 NIB , and have 7 more days of hell left.:mad:

02-27-2010, 8:26 PM
A used Dan Wesson (if you can find one).

I agree, or a used Kimber with an internal extractor. Used Colts can be found in this price range too. Watch the for sale forum while you are saving and that will give you an idea as to what guns are selling for. Money is tight for many of us and great deals can be found fairly easy. No question your dollar will go much further buying used in this market.

02-27-2010, 10:46 PM
A Springfield Loaded if you can find one for that price, and if not then a stainless Mil-Spec. Stainless because it makes it easier to match up upgrades later. Also consider a S&W SW1911.

03-01-2010, 7:09 PM
Thanks for all the info everyone! It seems like there are alot solid 1911 for a lower price, but part of me is guessing that I should fork out the other three hundred.

I will definitely look on Gunbroker, Gunsamerica, and Buds. My last revolver was purchased from Gunsamerica. Easy process as long as you know your stuff.

03-01-2010, 9:12 PM
I think for about $100 more you can get this beauty, 28 oz, now if I could only get a CCW.



03-01-2010, 10:29 PM
COLT 45 GOLD CUP :D if $$ isn't an issue

03-01-2010, 10:48 PM
SA - but careful of the blade triggers - they're sharp! :)

Black Majik
03-02-2010, 7:32 AM
Just to go away from the grain here, $500-$800 will pick up a sweet NRM Colt Government too. I also prefer the blue compared to the parkerized of the SA and black oxide of the Kimber Custom II, even though it'll be plain jane.