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Old 02-15-2012, 08:54 AM
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My ol truck gun is an old Llama .45---shoots anything, and even though not EXACTLY a clone, is about 97% a 1911 clone. Cheap at pawn shops.
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Old 02-15-2012, 08:57 AM
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+1 for Rock Island. Between my wife, son, and myself we have 4 of em and they are all very dependable. On a side note 3 are 9mm and one is 22lr. I had a 45 4" and it was great too, no idea why I let it go.
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Old 02-17-2012, 02:36 AM
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I'd get something else. 1911's don't run too well after laying in the bottom of a metal tool box or under a truck seat for a couple years...

ouch man. just ouch.
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Old 02-18-2012, 04:10 AM
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I'm leaning toward rock island right now. I got the GF one and after a little break in it works great.

I've got some nicer 1911s, but would love to find some inexpensive ones to keep around as well.
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Old 02-18-2012, 05:43 AM
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i've shot some different 1911's that belonged to club members. one that saw real european combat service during ww2 (i hope to get that gun in a few months), an ria and a taylor's (both armscor made in the phillipines), and an sr1911 (utah). it was a good experience. nothing beats the hands-on approach.

there are always some things to consider. each gun will have at least some uniqueness about it, and it should take any number of mag's run through to get to know 'em better, and the need to figure out the best ammo diet.

the upshot of my 1911 shooting experiences is that finally i'm realizing there is good value in those offshore armscor autos. nope, they're not the best 1911's out there, but they are worthy, serviceable guns for about the least dollars. i've got a good deal on a new taylor and in a week or so it'll be my first 1911. and there's at least two different other 1911's on my list ...
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Old 02-18-2012, 08:04 AM
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Read this thread:

http://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=351510

I got mine for ~ $525 and some places have them for under $500. Plus it's made in the USA.

http://www.woodburyoutfitters.com/Pr...oductCode=1240
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Old 02-22-2012, 09:18 PM
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To answer your question directly (new pistol) in order of quality:

#1 = Rock Island Armory (Phillipines Manufacture)
#2 = IAC (Turkey Manufacture)
#3 = ATI (Phillipines Manufacture)
I have the IAC Regent R100, it's been rock solid after 1500 rounds.
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Old 02-22-2012, 09:34 PM
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for the value and corresponding quality, and as stated b4, anything by armscor - cimarron, taylor, ria, etc. - they're all the same for the very most part.

that gets you a good 1911 to shoot day in and day out. then start saving for that ed brown.
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Old 02-23-2012, 06:48 AM
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I'd get something else. 1911's don't run too well after laying in the bottom of a metal tool box or under a truck seat for a couple years...

I would buy that pistol in a second.
A little cleaning, a new set of springs and some grips. Good to go.
It say's Colt on the side.
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Old 02-23-2012, 10:00 PM
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Had a Hi Point in 40 s&w. It was a good gun. Accurate too. Check out the videos online. A couple of guys pounded a bolt down the barrel in an attempt to blow it up. I'll let you look it up and find out how that went. I would buy another Hi Point without hesitation.

As for cheap, I know centerfiresystems has Turkish 1911s for $350. Toss enough parts into it and I'm sure it would be fine. But how many parts and how much money... don't know for sure.
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Old 02-23-2012, 10:03 PM
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Oh yeah, how did I forget this? http://paraproshop.com/firearms/pist...shed/gi45.html

2 left.
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Old 02-24-2012, 11:50 AM
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Oh yeah, how did I forget this? http://paraproshop.com/firearms/pist...shed/gi45.html

2 left.
whether it matters or not, those 2 paras are "refurbished".
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Old 02-24-2012, 12:10 PM
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ouch man. just ouch.
Damn Man! I'd be ashamed to post that pic... pains me to say it... but you oughtta get yer self a glock.

Man lets his Colt end up like that... GO GET YER OIL CHANGED!!
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Old 02-24-2012, 03:07 PM
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highpoint is my 2cents
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Old 02-13-2014, 08:29 AM
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Check out the Taurus 1911 series. I carried a PT1911AR for a couple of years but it's a full size. I picked it up fur under $600. Great gun. Accurate and reliable for the money. I put about 500 rounds through it with all kinds of different ammo. Flawless. But because of the size I went with the Spartan III from STI. That one was just under $700. 3.25 bulll barrell..A couple of mods....new trigger and sights (not really necessary) and I have an awesome work horse. That gun gets a lot of abuse and works flawless everytime. I wouldn't throw any of my guns under my seat though....
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Old 02-14-2014, 06:37 PM
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fast forward 2 years for me ... i really thought long and hard about those cheaper offshore 1911's, did a lotta online searching and in march of '12 i finally bought a remington r1 from that great dealer in texas. i've got a good 4000+ rounds of my reloads through and it's a tough, very accurate pistol. SO glad i waited and did the research and bought a 100% USA made 1911. highly recommended ....

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Old 02-14-2014, 07:00 PM
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I have a Colt, a Remington, and a Rock Island compact. For the money you are talking about I would not ever hesitate to advise you to go with the RIA. A Rock Island is a solid piece. Mine shoots ANYTHING I feed it. All it does is get smoother. I've had mine out in the rain, the dirt, you name it. I keep it clean. I field strip and clean after each use, and I detail strip after 500 rounds. Have about 3000 rounds through mine. I let my buddies at the range fire it and they all love it. Several have bought their own. I rotate my carry weapons, and this is one of them. The grips on a new Rock Island are hideous, so plan on that being a change you'll want to make. Other than that, buy the weapon and shoot the hell out of it. If you have any problems, the Armscor customer service is TOPS. And--they back you with a lifetime warranty. You cannot beat that. No matter how many 1911's I buy in the future I won't turn loose of my Rock. Good luck and let us know what you get.
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Old 02-14-2014, 07:29 PM
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There are bragging rights with expensive 1911s. My turks go bang each time I pull the trigger. Just like a Ford and a Mercedes they both get you there but the Mercedes gives you bragging rights
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Old 02-14-2014, 09:09 PM
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well, you are going to get a lot of this, but if you are going to carry a gun and have $400 to spend, why not save up and spend $600? As with anything else, you get what you pay for.
+1 atleast buy a name brand one.
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Old 02-14-2014, 10:56 PM
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I'd get something else. 1911's don't run too well after laying in the bottom of a metal tool box or under a truck seat for a couple years...

Whoever did that to that poor Colt needs to be shot with it. In the groin.
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Old 02-15-2014, 07:00 AM
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Whoever did that to that poor Colt needs to be shot with it. In the groin.
Don't go so light on the punishment dsk, they need to be beaten with it first.
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Old 02-15-2014, 07:31 AM
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Another vote for the U.S. made Auto Ordnance.

I just got 1 and its been just fine.

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Old 02-15-2014, 07:54 AM
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I'd agree. If you just want a truck gun that's a .45, get a used Glock 21.

For a nicer gun, a cheapo 1911, get a RIA or a Taurus.

Sounds like you already went for the RIA.

This one. I would get the Glock first for your intended purpose. then after a few months, if you still just got to have that 1911, get the RIA. That is what I did. But then I got addicted and got the Springer. The addiction for 1911s kept going.

So in hindsight, get the Glock and STOP, before it's too late.
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Old 02-15-2014, 08:07 AM
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I am looking for a "truck " type gun.You know just a pistol I could throw under the seat.Something I wouldn't feel bad if it got scratched or dirty.
Get a revolver, if this is your intended use. More reliable, simple to work, doesn't mind being dirty and mistreated.
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Old 02-15-2014, 11:06 AM
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I was going to recommend MetroArms American Classic, but once you held one saw the finish and shot it, you wouldn't want to throw under a seat and forget about. So forget I was going to suggested it.

I've had my Gov't Model is just over 2 years and shot about 2.500 rounds thru it and it has been 100% reliable and the finish still looks brand new (of course I don't keep in my truck either!).
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