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0Wraith
09-05-2010, 5:24 PM
So, I'm starting to get into handguns after shooting a few and the 1911 was my favorite so I'm thinking of starting off with one. How much do these usually go for? Just the basic cheapest one. Preferably a Colt.

Joe
09-05-2010, 5:26 PM
cheapest and colt don't go together. The majority of 1911's go from about 400-3000.

Black Majik
09-05-2010, 5:27 PM
Cheapest Colt would be a Series 80 Government model. I've seen them for around $850 - $950 at the moment. If you're in Socal I've seem them for $799 when on sale at Turners.

L-2
09-05-2010, 5:28 PM
First look here for something you'd want:
http://certguns.doj.ca.gov/

Then get an estimate here:
http://www.galleryofguns.com/genie/Default.aspx?item=O1980XSE&mfg=Colt&mdl=All&cat=All&type=Semi-Automatic+Pistol&cal=45AP&fin=All&sit=All&zipcode=95110

or

http://www.gunbroker.com/

if not your local gun store, but I agree with those above, ~$900.

0Wraith
09-05-2010, 5:32 PM
Cool, thanks for the help. I just wanted to know the price range of one. The prices seem reasonable enough. Time to start shopping around.

Astig Boy
09-05-2010, 5:39 PM
Any particular reason it has to be Colt? Now a days your just buying the name. Just cause they were the original doesn't mean they make the greatest quality anymore. Kinda like Ford and the automobile.

doc540
09-05-2010, 5:46 PM
You're on the right track already.

There are many fine Colt 1911's, both 70 and 80 series out there for $700-$1000.

Amidst thousands of new Kimbers, Caspians, Nighthawks, etc, etc, etc, it will be an appreciating asset if you take good care of it.

I just bought one of the finest Colt 1911's ever made for less than $1500, so deals are out there if you take your time and consistently search (especially in this economy).

And good luck!

1978 Gold Cup National Match in the box with all the case candy
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v334/doc540/Guns/1911/Colt%20Gold%20Cup%201978/DSCN2811-1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v334/doc540/Guns/1911/Colt%20Gold%20Cup%201978/DSCN2853-1.jpg

And, good gracious, does it shoot!:eek:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v334/doc540/Guns/1911/Colt%20Gold%20Cup%201978/goldcup3-1.jpg

vta
09-05-2010, 6:16 PM
look for a Colt XSE or 1991 series. they are on the low end of their 1911 pistols. they can be had for around 700.

Vbp6us
09-05-2010, 6:31 PM
I really like the 1911 but the price keeps me away. I'm relatively new to handguns so who knows, I might give in and buy one eventually. :)

benbangui
09-05-2010, 6:37 PM
+1 on the colt xse. and the new one with the rail... dang thats sexy...

that being said. i think colt is original and great quality, but your also paying for the name. you will get same quality or better + more features with other brands for same price.

best priced, high quality in my opinion is SIGs 1911. just make sure you do your research on it. a lotta people will say they have problems, and that was true of the first couple yrs they came out. "GSR" models. you will find the newer ones are not called GSR anymore. i have handled/shot most all "semi-customs" brands and i own 2 Sig 1911s :)

no metal injected molding parts. i have seen some lightly used for as cheep as 700 and new around 900. super high quality for price. straight shooters.

heres one of my favorit set ups :) SIG 1911 commander nitro railed :) im going to bobtail it in the next month or so myself :)
http://i808.photobucket.com/albums/zz1/benbangui/IMG_6771.jpg

doc540
09-05-2010, 7:01 PM
You can buy a brand new Gold Cup for $900, too. ;)

DaveFJ80
09-05-2010, 9:04 PM
The majority of 1911's go from about 400-3000.

Yup, that's pretty much your basic range. I'd say for CA residents, probably more around the $500-$4000 range (even higher sometimes) since after you buy a RIA online and have it transferred and DROS'd, it almost $500 when it's all said & done.

Unless you plan on getting an RIA 1911, which is a good gun, in my opinion you're going to be looking at a minimum of $700 for a decent 1911. Or if you want something that's pretty good out of the box with little to no mods needed, you'll be looking at around $1000-$1200.

benbangui
09-05-2010, 11:00 PM
heres one ;) (http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=339165)

JanG
09-06-2010, 12:11 AM
ria are good guns and probably the closest you can get to the original browning design that's legal for california

0Wraith
09-06-2010, 1:16 AM
Any particular reason it has to be Colt? Now a days your just buying the name. Just cause they were the original doesn't mean they make the greatest quality anymore. Kinda like Ford and the automobile.

I guess I'm a stickler for original stuff. :)
I'm not saying I won't be swayed from getting a Colt, it would just be hard to sway me.

C.W.M.V.
09-06-2010, 1:38 AM
I have a Colt and two RIA 1911's. My colt stays locked up and its great because I can say I have a colt. For actually shooting its my RIA GI. Every bit as good a weapon as the colt for much less. Its a great piece of machinery. Needless to say I don't see myself buying any more colts, but I'm sure ill have many more RIA's.

C.W.M.V.
09-06-2010, 1:41 AM
Oh and for price, a standard GI model 1911 RIA shouldn't cost you more than $460+tax and DROS. Its a great pistol to learn on.