View Full Version : 1911's with rails???

04-24-2011, 1:29 PM
My girlfriend really likes 1911's but for HD purposes she'd like a rail to attach a light. What are some of the better options? Price isn't that important.

04-24-2011, 1:31 PM
Cheapest is a Taurus, $750... would have to be single-shot

Next is a Kimber TLE/RLII

04-24-2011, 1:50 PM
Kimber Warrior; Springfield Operator or TRP Operator (mmmmmmm....)

rubber duckie
04-24-2011, 1:51 PM
actually you can find Sigs with rails for around 800 and no single shot conversion needed.

04-24-2011, 1:52 PM
+1 for TRP Operator if price isnt an issue.

04-24-2011, 1:53 PM
If you were considering adding an aftermarket rail to a 1911, I'd personally skip that and find one with an integrated rail on the frame from the factory.

I have a Kimber TLE/RL and a GSG 1911 with an aftermarket rail on it. The aftermarket rail hangs a little lower so the light switch is also lower, and at a weird angle for me to reach. Sure you can get used to it, but it's not natural feeling as with the integrated rail and the switch position on that frame.

04-24-2011, 1:54 PM
Turner had the sig1911 for under 900 at one point...

04-24-2011, 1:59 PM
If Price isn't important, I'd get a second hand Wilson CQB (railed) or a Nighthawk railed GRP.

04-24-2011, 2:56 PM
I just picked up my Kimber Warrior II and pain 1299 for it. My HD requirement was a rail also. I shot the Warrior II and the Sprinfield MC operator ($1250 price tag). Well they had the warrior II in stock and the MC operaTOR WAS 6 MONTHS BACKORDERED. nEEDLESS TO SAY THEY WERE BOTH IDENTICAL AS FAR AS SHOOTING AND FEEL, so I went with the one I could pick up after ten days. Look at my post (Search warrior II) and you can see the accuracy. Love the gun.

04-24-2011, 2:58 PM
Turner had the sig1911 for under 900 at one point...

There are quite a few Sig 1911's with rails that can be found under $900 regularly.

04-24-2011, 4:10 PM
+1 for the Sig with rails. Had mine for years.

04-24-2011, 4:11 PM
I went with a Springfield Professional with rail. Fantastic pistol.

04-24-2011, 4:13 PM
i went with the SW1911pd with rail for myself, and I'm getting the sig sauer nitron with rail for the GF.

Cyc Wid It
04-24-2011, 4:55 PM
If you must add a rail, Dawson is probably the way to go. If you're in the market for a new one, MC Operator is probably the best value ~$1000.

04-24-2011, 5:02 PM
Get a Sig 1911 with a rail or a Kimber TLE/RL Custom II.

If you don't mind shelling out like $1,500.00, a TRP Operator is really nice.

Shawn L
04-24-2011, 6:05 PM
MC Operator

04-24-2011, 8:16 PM
I went with a Springfield Professional with rail. Fantastic pistol.

Ooooo....forgot about that one! I change my mind and throw my hat in with this guy! Definitely gets the cool points along with some of the best quality/performance and customer service!

04-24-2011, 8:21 PM
+1 for Kimber TLE but i'm on the lookout for an SA MC operator (I like green...:D)

04-24-2011, 10:59 PM
MC Operator


04-24-2011, 11:52 PM
SA Operator FTW!!!

04-24-2011, 11:53 PM
I went with a Springfield Professional with rail. Fantastic pistol.

If price not an issue, this is one of the better suggestions. Since you live in the Bay Area, you can also consider off roster railed 1911's and have Valkyrie Arms in Milpitas do a single shot exemption for you.

04-25-2011, 7:07 AM
springfield operators. Either trp or mc. Or buy used. I liked the full rail operators and found one at a great price. Awesome gun

04-25-2011, 9:02 AM
Smith & Wesson has two models with rails. They've introduced a new line and they are not available in California and they may be dropping one or both of the models listed below, so if you are thinking along that line, you may need to jump quickly:

108303 - Stainless frame, wood grips, full length guide rod
108293 - Alloy frame, rubber grips, amibi safety, full length guide rod

The steel model has less muzzle flip due to its weight.

04-25-2011, 4:41 PM
What's the deal with single shots from Valkyrie? I know it's a way to make off roster guns leagal in California but what is a single shot? What kind of modification is it and why is it worth it?