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Old 01-14-2013, 5:31 AM
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Default Colt XSE... should I wait for one?

Hello!

First of all, very excited to be able to make this post

I promised myself that if I got a good review and bonus this year I would treat myself to my first 1911. And I did so here I am!

But I want a Colt XSE. And they are nowhere to be found.

I'm getting this with the idea that it will be my first and only 1911 so it has to be a good one. And I like the idea of getting one that's good enough to keep for a long time and pass down to my son. And I'm aiming for a stainless Colt to match up with the nickel plated Colt Trooper my dad gave to me.

Does anyone know of a place in the LA area that might have one?

I will admit that I have not handled or shot one. I have however rented a Springfield Loaded so if the Loaded is easier to find I might just go for that.

Haven't seen any Loaded's either so that brings me to the next option... Sig. Was at Martin Retting this Friday and they had several Sig's. Knowing that I could actually go out and buy a Sig right now is tempting.

What do you guys think?

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Old 01-14-2013, 6:06 AM
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I'd personally buy the Loaded over the XSE, but that's just me. I feel that the Springfields have better build quality than the Colts these days, but you're also going to have Brazil stamped on the size of the Springfield. Something to not rule out are Kimbers. I'm a big fan of the TLE series, and it's the only American-made pistol that'll have 30 lpi frontstrap checkering at that price range.

I'd take all of these over the Sig though. I just don't like how they Europeanized the lines, the older model that I've handled never really worked right (the firing pin retainer broke in half, for crying out loud), and the beavertail was uncomfortable for me.

If you're looking to match a nickel plated pistol, it'd be better to buy a carbon steel (usually blued if coming from Colt, or parkerized if coming from Springfield) and get it hard chromed. The look will be closer.

Generally speaking, until you start looking at really customized pistols, similar M1911s will feel pretty similar. Almost everyone uses S&A beavertails nowadays, which will contribute significantly to the feel. I prefer Ed Brown's beavertail, but you only find those standard on Ed Browns, or you have to modify your frame to install one.

If you don't mind saving more, I'd recommend one of the semi-customs (Ed Brown, Les Baer, etc) if you want a great pistol to pass down, made in the USA, built to the Series-70 pattern.

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Old 01-14-2013, 7:47 AM
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You probably won't find one around this area. They are in such demand they disappear the minute one comes in.
I think people have put deposits on them and are waiting for them.
You might try calling or online purchase from Olde English Outfitters in Ohio.
They usually have a good stock.
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I bought a SA Loaded in SS last summer and I like it; seems very well put together IMO and it shoots great. Some are made in Brazil but mine was assembled and fitted in the US (NM series). If I had found a Colt XSE I might have bought it but any Colt pistol around here is a very rare thing to find. In fact, I can't remember the last time I saw a Colt pistol new at a gun shop. Might have better luck buying online (Gunbroker, Bud's) but given the current situation in the market I would predict your chances are slim to none. I wouldn't overlook the Kimber, S&W or the Sig 1911's. S&W has a great warranty, the other two not so sure. Good luck.
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Old 01-14-2013, 2:29 PM
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So I've spent the day looking around and yeah, they're tough to find. Springfield's are easier. But I think I've just convinced myself even more that I really want the Colt.

The search will be fun

Apart from Gunbroker, what other online place should I be looking at?

If anyone happens upon a stainless XSE (Commander preferred) in the LA area somewhere, let me know.

Thanks for the advice.
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I saw this one in the for sale forum...http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/s...d.php?t=677058
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Thanks!

Sent that guy a PM.
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dan wesson is also another option
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Thanks!

Sent that guy a PM.
You're welcome! Looks like a nice pistol...I hope it's a good one for you.
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I have an XSE and it is a great shooter. I couldn't find one locally so I went to the web and located one in a retail shop in AZ. Had it shipped to EBR -- no problems.
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Just wait for the Colt. Sure Kimbers and Springers are fine shooters, but a Colt is a Colt and will always be more desirable, IMO.
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Just wait for the Colt. Sure Kimbers and Springers are fine shooters, but a Colt is a Colt and will always be more desirable, IMO.
I like your thinking
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See my avatar...SA is a dime a dozen...Wait for the Colt. Waited 5 months for XSE 100yrs in service roll mark.
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YES. or the CCG, which should be coming out later this year. You'd have to SSE the CCG though.

It sounds like you're looking at this for an heirloom type gun, in that case, I don't think you should compromise, or settle for second best.

Be patient.
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Another +1 for waiting on the XSE. I have one and it is a great gun and is my favorite out of my collection. The thing I don't like about the springfield stainless guns is they dont use stainless parts for the slide stop, hammer, plunger tube, ect. Instead they use carbon and hard chrome them so if you ever want to sandblast the gun to restore it, you can't blast the hard chromed parts because they will turn black. The Colt also has very few MIM parts compared to other 1911's in their price range.
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The thing about some of the other brands besides Colt is that when you buy them, the price that you pay at the LGS is probably the MOST they will ever be worth. This is not the case with Colt. I am lucky enough to have a few Colt 1911's, and one is a Delta Gold Cup that I paid about 800 bucks for about 15 years ago, the last one I saw on gunbroker was going for 2300.00!
Just some food for thought; go for the Colt!
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Wow, those Colts have sure gone up in value since I last looked in December for my first 1911. Here's to hoping those prices settle back down to Earth...
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Back it 2011, I decided to purchase an XSE earlyer in the year. I didn't get my hands on one until October.

Good luck with your search.
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'OP are you hooked on the XSE? The government models can be had for less. I think I'm going to start kicking myself on passing on those...
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'OP are you hooked on the XSE? The government models can be had for less. I think I'm going to start kicking myself on passing on those...
The O1991 TALO edition is also very nice. Looks just like an XSE except straight cerrations instead of angled.

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You just have to find a FFL somewhere with what you want that's willing to ship to Cali. Took me a couple months to find my 1991 Commander.
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wow lots more replies....

I actually found a brand new 1991 Commander in stainless at a local store that I bought. 10 days were up yesterday though I haven't had a chance to go get it.

I got a little nervous about Colt availability so I jumped on this one.

Thanks for looking out for me.
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Love my XSE. I've had to replace a safety that broke, but otherwise a very fine gun. Probably my favorite pistol in my collection. A joy to handle, look at and shoot. Most guns cover only one or two of these qualifications.
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The O1991 TALO edition is also very nice. Looks just like an XSE except straight cerrations instead of angled.
I know, right? I like the fiber optic sights too. In a way, I'm glad I didn't get the standard 1991 Government model back in December while the panic was happening...
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A joy to handle, look at and shoot. Most guns cover only one or two of these qualifications.
So true. Congrats OP on your new Colt!
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Any word on that store? did they have any more?
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I know, right? I like the fiber optic sights too. In a way, I'm glad I didn't get the standard 1991 Government model back in December while the panic was happening...


Great gun for the money but I'm out of funds.

Im gonna just stop looking at gunbroker. Ill check back once people stop panicking.
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Also in Downey area OP, any other leads on stainless XSE 4.25 in barrel

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hey.... no leads unfortunately. If I had I would've bought it

I was lucky enough to find my 1911 at Alamo Jewelry and Loan in West Covina. It was new so I took it.

Picked up my 1911 yesterday afternoon. Took it home and traded the black rubber grips on it for some rosewood with gold Colt medallion.

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