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spenceyadigg
06-04-2012, 7:41 PM
I'm looking to buy my first 1911 in the $1000 to $1500 range. Prefer black but open to stainless steel as well. I'm looking for a full size and am willing to do SSE. It doesn't matter if it has a rail or not, just that it is reliable and accurate. Also, it will be just a range gun so do you guys recommend the fixed or adjustable sights?

InGrAM
06-04-2012, 8:10 PM
I like my SigArms GSR/SIG-Sauer 1911. It is worth a look, IMO. Mine has been 100% reliable since I bought it in 2008.

http://sigsauer.com/CatalogProductDetails/1911-target-nitron.aspx

erik_26
06-04-2012, 8:18 PM
Kimber or Sig come to mind.

Snoopy47
06-04-2012, 8:27 PM
Knowing what I know now I will always seek the following features in a 1911:

Front strap checkering
Aggressive grips
Beaver tail
Extended safety
Quality sights

The above are useful features that actually improve shooting endurance, positive control of the gun, and sight acquisition, everything else is personal preference.

The Right to Bear Arms
06-04-2012, 8:31 PM
Well not surprisingly there hasn't been much of response to this thread. I say that because 1911's are a hot topic that inspires passion in fans of each of the major manufacturers not to mention the genre, as a whole.

That said, not sure you can find it in your stated price range but I like S.A.

RBA

twoyellowlabs
06-04-2012, 8:39 PM
Take a good look at the Springfield Armory MC Operator. I have a SA Loaded Stainless, had a Colt and of the 3, the MCO is the best gun of the 3. After I got all of my guns, I sent them to my gunsmith for tuning and when he got the MCO, he took it apart and said nothing needed to be done. Very tight, excellent accuracy right out of the box and it has the half rail just in case you want to put a surefire light on it. Best 1200 bucks I have spent on any of my guns.

cindynles
06-04-2012, 8:45 PM
I've been really happy with my Springfield Loaded (PX9109LP). $850 and its on the rouster. It comes with most of the major options (beaver tail, novak cut night sights, ambi safety) already installed. I added VZ grips and an Ed Brown Maxi-Well and I have been happily blasting away.

http://i557.photobucket.com/albums/ss20/cindynles/IMG_1166.jpg

Spdjunkie
06-04-2012, 8:48 PM
imho:

Approx. $1500 = Used Les Baer

hefedehefe
06-04-2012, 8:49 PM
Desert Eagle :hide:

oneway
06-04-2012, 8:55 PM
Take a good look at the Springfield Armory MC Operator. I have a SA Loaded Stainless, had a Colt and of the 3, the MCO is the best gun of the 3. After I got all of my guns, I sent them to my gunsmith for tuning and when he got the MCO, he took it apart and said nothing needed to be done. Very tight, excellent accuracy right out of the box and it has the half rail just in case you want to put a surefire light on it. Best 1200 bucks I have spent on any of my guns.

Going to have to second this. The MC Operator is very nicely put together for 1200. It was my first 1911 as well, and although I have acquired a few Les Baer examples and have owned other Springfields in the past, the MCO stacks up quite nicely in terms of fit and finish. Accuracy and feel in the hand is great.

cwin
06-04-2012, 9:01 PM
I'm partial to Springfields. I'd recommend either the Loaded, MC operator, or TRP. All of them within your price range. Very reliable, great fit and finish, comes with a lifetime warranty.

Striker
06-04-2012, 9:06 PM
Springfield TRP, Colt XSE/Rail Gun or you might be able to find a stainless Dan Wesson Valor. All at the top of your price range and all nice guns.

Press Check
06-04-2012, 9:07 PM
If you have $1,500, spend a few bucks more and get a Springfield Tactical Response Pistol. You'll thank me later.

Press Check
06-04-2012, 9:08 PM
Desert Eagle :hide:

What the fizzle? :confused:

spenceyadigg
06-04-2012, 9:29 PM
has anyone had any experience with the smith and wesson 1911 e series? i love the look of railed versionhttp://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb154/spencerjew/108409_01_lg.jpg

Bastard
06-05-2012, 8:24 AM
I'm looking to buy my first 1911 in the $1000 to $1500 range. your first 1911 or your first 1911 that you are willing to spend that much on?
do you have anything else in .45acp?
do you reload?
I ask because one thing to consider with getting in to the 1911 platform is the cost of ammo, as you will likely fall in love with the platform and subsequently shoot the crap out of it.

so as a first I say get a RIA and a few cases of ammo, or if you want something a bit nicer with a SA loaded you might still be able to squeeze out a couple of cases. plus you can always build off of what ever you get later if you choose to.

JackRydden224
06-05-2012, 9:01 AM
OP unless you are loaded or stinky rich then I urge you to shoot them all before spending your money. You can get a RIA tactical for about $600 OTD and I am not sure if some of those guns in the $1000-1500 range are twice as nice. With the money you save you can easily buy ammo as well as reloading tools, brass and such.

If you are dead set on that price range though, get yourself a nice Sig.

NYRangerfan2
06-05-2012, 1:54 PM
love my springfield trp ..... but spending 1-1.5 grand on a first new 1911is pretty good!

Press Check
06-05-2012, 2:58 PM
I don't understand why anyone would discourage the OP from buying a high-end production pistol. :confused:

spenceyadigg
06-05-2012, 3:17 PM
That is exactly why I'm in this price range Press Check. Every time I buy a cheaper model, I end up buying the higher end ones in the future and sell off the cheaper ones. I minus well save up a little longer and buy the more expensive model as I will probably end up buying it anyways

Press Check
06-05-2012, 3:19 PM
That is exactly why I'm in this price range Press Check. Every time I buy a cheaper model, I end up buying the higher end ones in the future and sell off the cheaper ones. I minus well save up a little longer and buy the more expensive model as I will probably end up buying it anyways

Precisely! :)

JackRydden224
06-05-2012, 3:25 PM
That is exactly why I'm in this price range Press Check. Every time I buy a cheaper model, I end up buying the higher end ones in the future and sell off the cheaper ones. I minus well save up a little longer and buy the more expensive model as I will probably end up buying it anyways

I can totally understand how you feel. There is no point in buying something that you want to upgrade out of as soon as you get it. Some of us, myself included, are just making sure that you know all your option before you buy.

I'm actually in a similar situation. I want a nice 1911 but I don't plan on overkilling it with a $2000 Springfield or Les Baer. From what I have read, Sig1911s are very good for that price range. Once I sell my guns I'll probably go for a Sig Nitron Rail

spenceyadigg
06-05-2012, 3:38 PM
I do appreciate everyone's opinions. From my research and the help of my fellow calgunners, I will probably end up buying a Springfield, sti, or sig. I really like the look of the Smith and Wesson 1911TA though and it got good reviews. It may not be one of the best so just like every other caliber I buy, one will never satisfy my needs.

Thecommittedfew
06-05-2012, 4:49 PM
I just picked up a kimber tactical pro II, my first 1911 and I love it.

den888
06-05-2012, 6:00 PM
Colt, SA, or Kimber

PandaLuv
06-05-2012, 6:04 PM
I'm looking to buy my first 1911 in the $1000 to $1500 range. Prefer black but open to stainless steel as well. I'm looking for a full size and am willing to do SSE. It doesn't matter if it has a rail or not, just that it is reliable and accurate. Also, it will be just a range gun so do you guys recommend the fixed or adjustable sights?

if you have that much money to spend, TRP or colt XSE no doubt about it.

I got myself a sig cause I didn't wanna spend more than 1k.

jayfarley3
06-05-2012, 6:08 PM
if you have that much money to spend, TRP or colt XSE no doubt about it.

I got myself a sig cause I didn't wanna spend more than 1k.

I have a commander size Colt XSE and I love it! And I'm really leaning towards a TRP for my next one.

fullspeed1
06-05-2012, 6:10 PM
Les Baer, Disregard all of that other nonsense.....Do it right the first time.

PandaLuv
06-05-2012, 6:12 PM
Les Baer, Disregard all of that other nonsense.....Do it right the first time.

Les baer and Wilson combat :drool5:

arent they more than 1500?

fullspeed1
06-05-2012, 6:13 PM
If you have $1,500, spend a few bucks more and get a Springfield Tactical Response Pistol. You'll thank me later.

A little more will get you a Baer...

cebuvfr
06-05-2012, 6:14 PM
Kimber or SA.

fullspeed1
06-05-2012, 6:15 PM
Les baer and Wilson combat :drool5:

arent they more than 1500?

Les Baer TRS can be had for a couple hundred more, Depending on your find....Blow the production crap doors off a SA.

fullspeed1
06-05-2012, 6:18 PM
Kimber or SA.

A grand or more on a Kimber and you just lost out, Kimber's best bang for the buck is the Custom II . Hands down, Anymore and you are taking it in the rear.

PandaLuv
06-05-2012, 6:19 PM
Les Baer TRS can be had for a couple hundred more, Depending on your find....Blow the production crap doors off a SA.

less baers are ****ing solid, but out of the budget for OP.

NorCal1911Fan
06-05-2012, 6:21 PM
I would look for a used Les Baer or 70 series colt. Occasionally you can find a gently used Wilson or Nighthawk for a couple hundred more and they are definitely worth it.

fullspeed1
06-05-2012, 6:29 PM
I would look for a used Les Baer or 70 series colt. Occasionally you can find a gently used Wilson or Nighthawk for a couple hundred more and they are definitely worth it.

+1;)

fullspeed1
06-05-2012, 6:51 PM
less baers are ****ing solid, but out of the budget for OP.

When you are spending $1500, What difference is another $200?? Seriously.

PandaLuv
06-05-2012, 6:53 PM
When you are spending $1500, What difference is another $200?? Seriously.

if you're spending 1700, what's the difference in 1900?

I can keep on going, when I set the max high, it's there for a reason. If OP has $1500 and he wants a gun now, there is nothing wrong with buying a $1500 gun.

fullspeed1
06-05-2012, 7:08 PM
if you're spending 1700, what's the difference in 1900?

I can keep on going, when I set the max high, it's there for a reason. If OP has $1500 and he wants a gun now, there is nothing wrong with buying a $1500 gun.

You sure can keep on going. But, The difference between a SA TRP and a Les Baer TRS is worth the minimal expense. After that the margin gets higher with other semi customs and is probably not worth the extra expense. After all, It's better to buy once, Cry once;)

WnP
06-05-2012, 7:17 PM
Get a series 70 Colt.

ZX-10R
06-05-2012, 7:33 PM
Get a series 70 Colt.

Exactly...Your first should be the original...COLT.

My buddy is in the same position as you...COLT only for him...Now he needs to find one.

FUBAR
06-05-2012, 8:32 PM
has anyone had any experience with the smith and wesson 1911 e series? i love the look of railed versionhttp://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb154/spencerjew/108409_01_lg.jpg

I ordered one and the distributer said it would take a year to get one. I cancelled the order and picked up a Sig TacOps. Like it very much. I also took a look at the SA MC Operator but the Sig had more features for less money.

SDmtnbkr
06-06-2012, 9:36 AM
OP, I just bought my first pistol as well, and I went for the SA TRP!!! ...still waiting to pick it up.

I was in the same boat as you. I was going to get a slightly less expensive gun, like a Kimber TLE or SA Loaded, but decided that if this was a gun I was going to have for life, I was going to buy it right the first time.

The quality and the warranty/customer service is what drew me toward the TRP. I probably could have gotten a used custom gun, but I wanted my own, brand new gun, that I could pass on to my kids that I know will work forever.

missiontrails
06-06-2012, 9:40 AM
9mm like this one, so you can afford to shoot it:)

http://i1220.photobucket.com/albums/dd451/dehlers1/5b2732bf.jpg

t0kie
06-06-2012, 9:42 AM
Go with SA TRP or used Les Baer.

As many have said before, "Buy once, cry once!" :)

Z28
06-06-2012, 9:56 AM
less baers are ****ing solid, but out of the budget for OP.

Not if he calls crazy john and gets a good deal on one :D

duc748bip
06-06-2012, 10:53 AM
5" government model in .45Acp. From a manufacture
that holds resale value, in case it's not your cup of tea.

supermanuf
06-06-2012, 10:59 AM
Sig Scorpion 1911. (drool)

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7167/6810482153_06699eeb38_b.jpg

P Funk
06-06-2012, 11:08 AM
Are you including tax, DROS in your price range? If so, you are really looking at a gun in the $800 - $1200 (or so) price range.

You can't go wrong with a Les Baer or TRP. But if you have not accounted for the fees, taxes on top of it, be prepared to go well outside your price range.

I agree that $200 isn't much if you are already committed to spending $1500. But the range you set may be firm. In that case, there are still some really good options for you.
As many have said the Kimber Custom is good bang for the buck (but it is not feature heavy). Neither is the SA Loaded (though more so than the Kimber).

Last time I was looking for a 1911, I had a firm high end of $1150. I picked up this SA Loaded for $924 OTD (tax, DROS, FFL transfer included) and couldn't be happier. It shoots like a champ, eats anything, looks clean and is solid as a rock. I set the range firm b/c I was also picking up a Les Paul 2008 at the same time :).

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/attachment.php?attachmentid=120072&d=1319674089
http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/attachment.php?attachmentid=153331&d=1339009224

Evo
06-06-2012, 11:15 AM
imho:

Approx. $1500 = Used Les Baer

+1000

Sunday
06-07-2012, 7:06 AM
Kimber NO! save up and buy a nice 1911.

fullspeed1
06-07-2012, 7:30 AM
Not if he calls crazy john and gets a good deal on one :D

Enough said!!

fullspeed1
06-07-2012, 7:31 AM
Go with SA TRP or used Les Baer.

As many have said before, "Buy once, cry once!" :)

+1;)