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Old 05-17-2009, 12:44 PM
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Alright I know this has been asked more than once in some form or another. But I would like to ask it again like this, If you were going to go buy another 1911 style pistol what would be your top 5 picks. {Number one being the best} All budget minded picks. No Les's, Wilson's, Ed B's..ect
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Old 05-17-2009, 12:48 PM
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This just went for a ride a couple weeks ago.

We discovered:
  1. "Best" depends on opinion of the user as well as the intended purpose
  2. Things get muddy when you start with "$1000 pistol"...soon you are in Baer and Wilson country (they can't help it)
  3. Maybe try to narrow it down (a lot) like at least 5 criteria

Good luck with that.
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Old 05-17-2009, 12:52 PM
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The budget restriction is contrary to the central question of the post.

It's not like we are talking about the difference in price between a Ford and Ferrari; the difference in price between a stock factory 1911 and a semi custom is 2K--less than a months salary for most contributors here.
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Old 05-17-2009, 12:54 PM
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The budget restriction is contrary to the central question of the post.

It's not like we are talking about the difference in price between a Ford and Ferrari; the difference in price between a stock factory 1911 and a semi custom is 2K--less than a months salary for most contributors here.
I agree. I believe my points are still valid.
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Old 05-17-2009, 01:03 PM
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The budget restriction is contrary to the central question of the post.

It's not like we are talking about the difference in price between a Ford and Ferrari; the difference in price between a stock factory 1911 and a semi custom is 2K--less than a months salary for most contributors here.
True, but given that 90% of Americans have less than 6 months worth of salary in the bank in case of a fiscal emergency, it might as well be a Ferrari.
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Old 05-17-2009, 01:11 PM
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1: DW
2: SW
3: Colt
4: Kimber
5: Save for one of the 4.
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Old 05-17-2009, 01:16 PM
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If I was going to buy another 1911

For me, in the "anything below the upper/top line" level............FUSION is the one that really stands out for the money invested.

Good luck to you.

Be safe, shoot well.

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Old 05-17-2009, 01:45 PM
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How can you ask for the top rated 1911s, and then restrict the top rated guns?. Out of my 20 domestically produced 1911s I rate the Wilson, Baer, and Brown the highest. I'm sure others will agree.
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Old 05-17-2009, 01:45 PM
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True, but given that 90% of Americans have less than 6 months worth of salary in the bank in case of a fiscal emergency, it might as well be a Ferrari.
Guess I worded the post wrong. "Best" was intended as your opinion.
I dont know about ya'll but $1000.00 dollar pistols in my opinion isnt budget minded. I already have a Colt GC National Match with a few upgrades. So I was trying to narrow down my next trade to a good all around utility pistol that if I wanted to upgrade later it would be no problem. Thoughts have been for Taurus, Springfield, Dan W,or Para something alond that line
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Old 05-17-2009, 02:24 PM
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From your criteria I would say:

1-Dan Wesson
2-Springfield
3-Kimber

Taurus would not make my list do to 'non standard' parts.

http://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=234049

Para uses a ramped barrel and different extractor. If those are non-issues for you in your future upgrades then by all means put that on your list.
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Old 05-17-2009, 02:47 PM
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For me, I think I would go with Springfield or Dan Wesson.

If budget permitted, then I would look at the higher end like Brown Bear, Wilson and NightHawk.
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Old 05-17-2009, 07:00 PM
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That's easy:

S&W (first choice by a landslide)
Colt
Kimber
Springfield

If you absolutely cannot afford one of the premium brands, even in their budget lines, I would personally opt for S&W. Why you ask, especially when they use an external extractor and the great genius who designed our beloved 1911 envisioned a gun with an internal extractor. Because Smith has gotten the external extractor right, and their customer service can't be beat. Last but not least, I have had some problems with the other brands, and the main maker that I didn't mention gave me no satisfaction whatsoever when I had a problem...Tom
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Old 05-17-2009, 07:16 PM
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STI DanWesson Sig Springfield Kimber
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Old 05-17-2009, 07:27 PM
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Let's see today it would be; A Colt MkIV Officers

A CCO in .45 probably a Nighthawk T3

A Government 10mm, hopefully a Gold Cup.

and a Longslide in 9x25 so I can go for Javelina out here in AZ

A Commander bobtailed in 9x23, just like this; but a sold black.


iS THAT 5 ALREADY?
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Old 05-17-2009, 07:32 PM
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oooh top 5 lists just like high fidelity!

I'l spilt my top 5s.

Top 5 all time great 1911s price no object.
1) Wilson Combat
2) Ed Brown
3) Night Hawk
4) Guncrafter Industries
5) One of Full custom (from yost/bonitz/heinie or any of the top pistol smiths)

Top 5 Best Value for Money 1911s
1) Dan Wesson
2) Sig
3) S&W
4) Springfield
5) Colt (we can't forget where the 1911 came from initially)

honorable mention Norinco! ArmsCorp! Metro Arms!

Top 5 1911s for tinkerers and home gunsmiths
1) Kimbers (the recent models for people who like fighting the rust)
2) Taurus (for people who like to replace or refit safeties)
3) Para Ord (they have so many variations on a good theme you are almost invited to tinker)
4) Auto-ord ( saw their older models and thought they needed reliability work)
5) Caspian or Enterprise (parts to build yourself a whole new 1911)

Top 5 1911/2011 for the IPSC crowd
1) STI (custom shop)
2) SVI (custom shop)
3) Limcat Custom
4) Dawson prescision
5) still to be decided.....


just my opinions.
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Old 05-17-2009, 07:40 PM
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Let's see today it would be; A Colt MkIV Officers

A CCO in .45 probably a Nighthawk T3

A Government 10mm, hopefully a Gold Cup.

and a Longslide in 9x25 so I can go for Javelina out here in AZ

A Commander bobtailed in 9x23, just like this; but a sold black.


iS THAT 5 ALREADY?
That's a mighty fine lookin' 1911 there.
What does a piece like that cost ?
Is that a 5", with aluminum alloy frame ?

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Old 05-17-2009, 08:00 PM
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Ill Rate Mine

I cant answer for anything I havent owned
My rock river is the top of the line. Shes beautiful and accurate. Once she broke in it wasnt even a pain to clean it. Ive put about 10 k through her and shes golden.

I have a Springer Mil Spec. Heinie straight eights and a Koenig speed hammer. dead bang reliable goes to all my classes and for my CCW purposes.

Springer WWII Mil spec. Great gun will be with me forever it was my backup for above

Chucky D with all high falutin parts. Not a bad gun. Shes reliable more than combat accurate Doesnt feel as good as the springers but for 200 bucks I feel like I got my money. Shes my boat/car gun.

Actually I have no complaints with any of em. As Im not buying 2k pistols anymore I will say that the Springer will be my next base gun unless I buy a Dan Wesson.
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Old 05-17-2009, 08:34 PM
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That's a mighty fine lookin' 1911 there.
What does a piece like that cost ?
Is that a 5", with aluminum alloy frame ?
If you look at the slide, its a 4.25" or commander. The frame is most likely a bob-tailed carbon steel commander frame (Gov't sized). That cost is well over a grand, your talking I bet about $1600 - $2200.
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Old 05-17-2009, 08:45 PM
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1. Brown
2. RRA
3. Wilson
4. Baer
5. Springfield TRP

You did say if I was going to buy another pistol what would be my top 5 picks.
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Old 05-17-2009, 08:51 PM
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Top five on a budget...

1. Dan Wesson
2. Dan Wesson
3. Dan Wesson
4. Dan Wesson
5. Dan Wesson

And if cost is not an issue...

1. Ed Brown

That is all...
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Old 05-17-2009, 09:14 PM
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Top five on a budget...

1. Dan Wesson
2. Dan Wesson
3. Dan Wesson
4. Dan Wesson
5. Dan Wesson
It's hard to argue with that logic
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Old 05-17-2009, 09:34 PM
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Alright I know this has been asked more than once in some form or another. But I would like to ask it again like this, If you were going to go buy another 1911 style pistol what would be your top 5 picks. {Number one being the best} All budget minded picks. No Les's, Wilson's, Ed B's..ect
Easy answer, it would be a Colt. That would be my top 5 picks.
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Old 05-17-2009, 10:11 PM
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Good thread.

Per the other gent's input; my top picks are already in the gun safe and are, in order;

1. Kimber CDP Ultra (.45 carry)
2. Kimber Warrior (.45 for home defense and range use to reduce workload on CDP)
3. Keltec.380 for back up
4. Ruger P90 (.45)- kept at other end of the home for defense
5. The other two aren't hand guns (Mossberg shotgun, short barrel, AR-15 in .308)

I can't honestly think of another gun I'd like to have right now. My needs are covered; am focusing on reloading with new Dillon 550.

Neil.
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Old 05-17-2009, 10:22 PM
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Tempted to just second sjd78's post, but I'll bite: IF you remove the semi-custom option and are looking at the $1,000 mark, I'd vote:
1. Dan Wesson: best value, great parts, fit, finish, and accuracy. Only bobtail you'll find in that price range.
2. Colt: resale/sentimental value, but also good parts quality and (in general) reliability.
3. SA: great value, reliability, and excellent CS.
4. Detonics: original, intriguing, and very well made. Underrated.
5. STI: don't care much for their looks, but those are very well made guns too.

Be aware that the absence of a firing pin safety or MIM parts matters to me a great deal and heavily influenced this selection.
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Old 05-17-2009, 10:27 PM
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In order:

1. the WWI 1911 military my Dad sold. (mfg. 1918. Not blue, it was stainless or nickel, I'm not sure of the metal. Any help here?)

2. the 1911 service pistol he carried at Iwo and Okinawa.

3. A custom.

4. My Kimber.

5. I'm good with the above four.
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