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Old 10-31-2009, 2:06 PM
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Default my first time with a 1911...

and i loved it. it was only a RIA 1911 but i had a hard time deciding between the cz75 and RIA 1911 until i got to shoot both side by side, and now know where my money will be spent and i know why people love 1911s. i have a really bad feeling this can be expensive.
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nice.... im saving up for one too =)
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and i loved it. it was only a RIA 1911 but i had a hard time deciding between the cz75 and RIA 1911 until i got to shoot both side by side, and now know where my money will be spent and i know why people love 1911s. i have a really bad feeling this can be expensive.
The reason why you're having a hard time is because RIA 1911s kinda stink in my opinion. Shoot a better model 1911, and you'll definitly like the feel. There is no way that a single action trigger pull should feel even remotely close to a SA/DA. The SA should always be far more crisp, and consistent. I have both a kimber 1911, a springfield operator 1911, and a Cz 75 sp-01.

That being said I like the trigger pulls on both 1911s far better than the Single action pull or double action pull on the CZ. Now the reason why I have the CZ is the reliability wise, and because its my USPSA gun. But the CZ is the closest thing you're gonna get to the 1911. So you have to see whether you're picking it because you're plinking, or you want it to be more reliable? Also think about ammo cost... u can get a 1911 in 9mm which is what my kimber is.
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Old 10-31-2009, 3:09 PM
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well I never shot the 1911 or cz75 but wanted metal alloy gun. from just guessing I thought I wouldn't like the 1911 but I was wrong. I wouldn't mind the 1911 in 9mm but I have a budget and found a killer deal on a RIA.
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How killer? A GI runs about 400ish these days I think, with the Tactical going about 500.
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The 1911 is awesome.. I am hooked on them.. Now i have a total of 4 built, 2 in the works and 3 frames i haven't touched yet... they are truely a beautiful Firearm.. one is with me 99% of the places i go.... Out of the box, i think I would reccomend My Kimber LAPD Swat, Its also known as the Kimber TLE II... No Rail...
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Get a Kimber.
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Grats your hooked, find what you like and what you can afford. There will always be time later down the road for better. Some brands you pay for a name some you get alot for the money. Also 1911s can be finicky as far as ammo goes while breaking in. I own a Smith and Wesson 1911 and a Para LTC alloy 1911. Both guns are great, the Smith was my first and I thought there was something wrong with it because it would half feed on occasion. Once it was broken in I can put any kind of ammo through it with no issues. I am very happy with both guns. Enjoy.
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I have two 1911's and one CZ75...Love them all.
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I own a RIA Tactical.

I've shot my buddies $1200 Kimber. For the two of us there is very little difference shooting wise (as in I can't shoot the Kimber any better than the Rock nor can he). Down the road maybe the Kimber will hold up better but I don't shoot thousands of rounds a year. it will take me 10+ years to get 10k rounds through a weapon.

What I do have is an accurate, affordable 1911 that is going to ruin some BG's day should they decide to invade my domicile. And I spent about half what I would have on a Kimber. To each his own. I am more than willing to trust my RIA.
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Just started my ten day wait for my springfield loaded... cant wait. super stoked
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I also was/am on budget constraints and had to choose on one handgun and decided on Springfield 1911. A great gun. It feels great, very accurate, and looks great. I looked at some RIA 1911s but decided to spend a little more and get the gun I want. If a RIA is the one you want then go for it but if you're just settling on it due to price, I would just wait the extra whatever months to save up for the one you want.
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I have two 1911's and one CZ75...Love them all.
Same here. Great minds think alike.

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I also was/am on budget constraints and had to choose on one handgun and decided on Springfield 1911. A great gun. It feels great, very accurate, and looks great. I looked at some RIA 1911s but decided to spend a little more and get the gun I want. If a RIA is the one you want then go for it but if you're just settling on it due to price, I would just wait the extra whatever months to save up for the one you want.
i checked out an RIA first too... it was less than 500 bucks... but between all of the 1911s i was checkin out the springfield felt nice.. plus it already had the skeleton trigger, night sights, front and rear grooves on slide, and just felt real nice... but hell 4 something for a 1911.... that was pretty sweet too haha
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I'm also a fan of the 1911.

While picking up my new shotgun on Friday, one of the guys working the counter said he had a new shipment of Colt Series 70s in. I haven't followed the Colt news too closely and was surprised and curious that they brought back the Series 70. Supposedly, the trigger block issue has been resolved.

I could care less -- I was too busy handling the gun out of the box, racking it, and squeezing the trigger. My husband tried really hard not to roll his eyes because I was squealing like a girl and admiring the slide -- nothing like a pristine finish in blue to appeal to the old school in me.

Not a bad price at $900 because it's only money -- and I'm telling my bosses to give me a mega raise at my next evaluation - lol
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My RIA 1911 does exactly what it is supposed to do, puts the holes in the targets every time the trigger is pulled.

Shoot what you are comfortable with and you'll be happy.

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I have a Springfield Milspec I bought used a couple of years ago and it is a flawless weapon. It does have an upgraded TRP barrel because the original owner said the original barrel was defective. When he sent it to SA, they decided to upgrade him to a TRP barrel for his trouble.

In the next month or so, I intend to buy a higher line 1911 ($1000 to $1800) 1911, just to have one with some of the special features. Have not decided on a brand or model yet.
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Dan Wesson. yes!!!
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good to see more replies. if I could put more than 500 down I would but after finishing my OLL I can't throw down just as much as it cost to build. I figure I get a RIA 1911 now, maybe in a year or however long I can attempt to save I'll get a Springfield loaded. maybe my wife will want a 1911 after she gets tired of 9mm.
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good to see more replies. if I could put more than 500 down I would but after finishing my OLL I can't throw down just as much as it cost to build. I figure I get a RIA 1911 now, maybe in a year or however long I can attempt to save I'll get a Springfield loaded. maybe my wife will want a 1911 after she gets tired of 9mm.
Smart move -- convince her she needs an upgrade!

In my case, I tell my husband that I need a 1911 for each hand, hence the "buy in pairs" saga. It's the back up for my back up
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Something to consider with 1911s is ergonomics.

While the construction of the majority of 1911s is identical, there's a fair amount of ergonomic decisions that vary between all the brands. For example, the Springfield Loaded's grip safety really hurts my hands. The nub on it sticks out too far. The Sig's forward checkering tears up my fingers. The S&W has a slide safety.

When I put the RIA Tactical in my hand it felt better than any gun I ever picked up. It was just perfect(minus those fugly grips). So, while I love my RIA, I do think it's important to buy the one that's genuinely best for you.
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I have CZ and RIA... Both good guns for the money.
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Welcome. I caught 1911 fever a little while back and ended up with a couple before I knew what happened. It's quite fun.
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"My first time with a 1911" ......to a JMB disciple that reads like Porn.

So........did you call her in the morning??

1911's there is nothing else, Welcome to the JMB Brotherhood.
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good to see more replies. if I could put more than 500 down I would but after finishing my OLL I can't throw down just as much as it cost to build. I figure I get a RIA 1911 now, maybe in a year or however long I can attempt to save I'll get a Springfield loaded. maybe my wife will want a 1911 after she gets tired of 9mm.
Werd.

I cant believe people suggesting other brands for you. RIA is a GREAT BASE model 1911. Check out the 1911 forum and they get rave reviews. Not that they are the best, but for a base model, you really cant beat it and it is in the same league as say the SAI GI45. Their customer service is just as good as SAI as well. And as Rekrab has mentioned, there are small difference between manufactures...these small differences effect the feel when shooting.

As with any gun, you should try it out...and you found you loved it. Thats the best thing in the world, dont listen to others telling you to start off with something else. Of course a Kimber, Sig, Colt is better...someone will always tell you which is better. If you came in here loving and ready to buy a Kimber Custom, everyone would be telling you to get a Dan Wesson, base model Les Baer, SA TRP, etc... If you came in here ready to buy a base model Les Baer, people would be telling you about the $ 3kWilson Tactical and the Nighthawks! It never stops. Be happy you found a gun you know you love...cause I see too many dam people buying guns just because everyone else influences their decision(as if this were jr high school).

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"My first time with a 1911" ......to a JMB disciple that reads like Porn.

So........did you call her in the morning??

1911's there is nothing else, Welcome to the JMB Brotherhood.
i thought of just putting the title as " i experience my first last night" but changed it

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As with any gun, you should try it out...and you found you loved it. Thats the best thing in the world, dont listen to others telling you to start off with something else..
Agreed, when i went into the store looking for 1911s locally i wanted an entry level 1911 but people will try to sell me onto something different such as the dan wesson, wilson combat, etc. if i didnt have to pay another car note i would have 3 1911s by now.

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Smart move -- convince her she needs an upgrade!

In my case, I tell my husband that I need a 1911 for each hand, hence the "buy in pairs" saga. It's the back up for my back up
its only a matter of time. i grew tired of my glock 19 after a good year of actually going to the range to shoot. i only bought it because i wanted a handgun and people said it was reliable. i grew weary from the grip after a while and have been wanting something new with alloy frame.
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Something to consider with 1911s is ergonomics.

While the construction of the majority of 1911s is identical, there's a fair amount of ergonomic decisions that vary between all the brands. For example, the Springfield Loaded's grip safety really hurts my hands. The nub on it sticks out too far. The Sig's forward checkering tears up my fingers. The S&W has a slide safety.

When I put the RIA Tactical in my hand it felt better than any gun I ever picked up. It was just perfect(minus those fugly grips). So, while I love my RIA, I do think it's important to buy the one that's genuinely best for you.
Very, very true.
My Kimber just feels right, I handled a RIA the other day, and I personally did not like the feel, the safety is not even close to the kimber, which is more confidence inspiring, yet far easier to actuate. not to mention, my allow 4" Kimber feels like it weighs half as much (even though i know it does not).

My wife has a Springfield Loaded on the way, we shall see how it compares.
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i should also add, between shooting the full size GI and the tactical there wasnt much of a difference. im not sure if its just me shooting but i noticed a huge difference when shooting different sized frame glocks.

or maybe it was because i was exited shooting a 1911..

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ive got 5 1911's and my 4" ria is just as accurate as any of them and my kimber is a real tack driver

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ive got 5 1911's and my 4" ria is just as accurate as any of them and my kimber is a real tack driver

im sold. haha

the only dislike that i had with the full size GI was i cant reach the slide release with one hand in a fluid motion, i know thats where guns smiths come in play but i might get the commander sized.
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