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Old 03-25-2010, 05:16 PM
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Best Production 1911 under 1000?




What is the best production 1911 pistol on the market now? I'm not looking for a custom built gun. I'm just looking for something I can go buy at the local gun shop. I have done some searches, but these threads that I have read are a couple of years old. I would just like to have a nice accurate and reliable 1911. Maybe as you guys ask me questions I will report to help narrow down my choice. I have read that smith and wesson is a good out of the box gun.
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Old 03-25-2010, 05:32 PM
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I've been doing a ton of research on just what you're looking for and it seems you could go with any of the following (in order of price):

Rock Island Armory
Rock Island Armory Tactical
Springfield Armory GI
Taurus PT1911
Springfield Armory Mil-Spec
Springfield Armory Loaded


For the money I'd go with the Springer Loaded hands down, unless you're wanting something more basic or don't like the upgrades the Loaded model has, in which case I'd go with the Springer Mil-Spec (or GI if you want really basic). The Loaded model sells for less than 1000 and comes with quite a few really nice upgrades (Novak sights, beavertail grip safety, FCS, Ambi Safety, FLGR, etc.), and the quality is tops. Also, I've heard nothing but absolute praise about the SA customer service.

You could probably also get a Colt for under 1000.

Just my 2 cents.

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Old 03-25-2010, 05:37 PM
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ill throw 'STI Trojan' in as a great sub-$1000 gun.

i dont think anyone can tell you what the 'best production gun' for you is, though...
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Old 03-25-2010, 05:39 PM
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STI Spartan and Para GI Expert make the cut. I agree with Lone_Star, though. SA Loaded is an excellent choice in the price range.
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Old 03-25-2010, 05:40 PM
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I know its not what you asked but under 1400 IMO the best way to go right now is a springer if you want a nice one or a RIA (and mine shoots a nickel out at 25 feet) and get a smith to drop a fusion firing control group into it, and a beavertail and extended safety.

Next best thing IMO is an STI.

Its all preference

Other option is used colt and do the exact same thing to it. and thats the best under 1k you can do. Simply put a fusion kit installed by a very good smith is very hard to beat.

Then I'd say S&W but you'd want a trip to a smith then too to install a different sear spring, they seem annoyingly heavy trigger pulls. but thats a fix on the spot 30 buck change.

nice thing about the springers/RIAs if you can buy them as is and shoot them and enjoy them and then if you want you can put the extra 400 into them to make them awesome. (fusion kit 100, safety 50, tail 50, smith circa 200) my smith got mine back in 4 days cause it was my work gun and he had just gotten back from afghanistan. But if you want his contact info I bet he could do it in 2.5 weeks now. He already is building up a backlog.
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Old 03-25-2010, 05:47 PM
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Thanks for the information. I'm learning.
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Old 03-25-2010, 06:02 PM
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I'm going to have to say, get a S&W. They make a great right out of the box 1911.

I have 3 of them and to tell the truth I like them better than a lot of other 1911's that I own. I have two 5 inch ones and a 4 1/4 inch one, they keep right up with my all my other 1911's, expect for my custom ones.

Only one of them. the 4 1/4 inch needed a trigger job but more than likely another person would have thought it was all right.

People can say what they want about the external extractor but S&W has done them right.

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Old 03-25-2010, 06:23 PM
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I'm going to have to say, get a S&W. They make a great right out of the box 1911.

I have 3 of them and to tell the truth I like them better than a lot of other 1911's that I own. I have two 5 inch ones and a 4 1/4 inch one, they keep right up with my all my other 1911's, expect for my custom ones.

On;y one of them. the 4 1/4 inch needed a trigger job but more than likely another person would have thought it was all right.

People can say what they want about the external extractor but S&W has done them right.
I agree...I would S&W to that list as well.
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Old 03-25-2010, 06:25 PM
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Springfield - in your budget range - is by far the best based on what I've seen.
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Old 03-25-2010, 06:50 PM
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+1 for springer
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Old 03-25-2010, 06:52 PM
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The best that I've seen for under $1,000 is the Kimber TLE Custom II. It's a fantastic gun, but that is my opinion. As you can see you are going to get an answer for about every single manufacturer and model out there that retails for under a grand.

Best thing to do is look at all the models/manufacturers see what features they have that you like and go from there. Any of the main "reputable" manufacturers are going to sell you a good gun and if there is an issue, they are going to take care of it for you.
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Old 03-25-2010, 06:56 PM
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Springfield, Sig, Colt, used Dan Wesson.
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Old 03-25-2010, 07:32 PM
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I'm going to have to say, get a S&W. They make a great right out of the box 1911.

I have 3 of them and to tell the truth I like them better than a lot of other 1911's that I own. I have two 5 inch ones and a 4 1/4 inch one, they keep right up with my all my other 1911's, expect for my custom ones.

Only one of them. the 4 1/4 inch needed a trigger job but more than likely another person would have thought it was all right.

People can say what they want about the external extractor but S&W has done them right.
I would second the S&W 1911 recommendation. Mine has been entirely trouble-free, which I can't say about most of the other 1911's I've owned. You can get a 5" model for ~$850 online.
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Old 03-25-2010, 08:29 PM
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STI trojan ftw
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Old 03-25-2010, 10:05 PM
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I love my Para SSP. I have owned the Taurus and just wasn't pleased with it. Do your research. Handle as many as you can. If you have friends with 1911's ask them to let you finger fondle them. Even then until you invest in a pistol or two or three you may not find one that suits your personal touch or feel as the case may be.
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Old 03-26-2010, 12:55 AM
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I would have to go with Springfield. The steel is some of the best, the fit and finish are usually pretty good, but the warrenty is unbeatable. No questions asked just send it back on their dime and they will look at it.
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Old 03-26-2010, 03:51 AM
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Springer loaded
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Old 03-26-2010, 04:31 AM
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If you're looking for a shorter barrel; something for CCW later; I've found a couple for under $1000.00

Colt Defender
SA Loaded 4"
RIA ($500-$600)
Kimber Ultra Carry 2

Just giving you some option.
Good luck

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Old 03-26-2010, 05:13 AM
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i got my kimber for 800 brand new
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Old 03-26-2010, 06:11 AM
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The STI Trojan has to get my vote here. I have owned several kimbers, some Sig GSR's and Springfield as well as a Baer TRS. The STI for the money is exceptional and will easily hang with my Baer in accuracy as well as the way it is assembled.
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Old 03-26-2010, 06:50 AM
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What is the best production 1911 pistol on the market now? I'm not looking for a custom built gun. I'm just looking for something I can go buy at the local gun shop. I have done some searches, but these threads that I have read are a couple of years old. I would just like to have a nice accurate and reliable 1911. Maybe as you guys ask me questions I will report to help narrow down my choice. I have read that smith and wesson is a good out of the box gun.
You can get a nice 9mm or .45acp STI Trojan for around a grand. Really good gun (accurate and reliable w/ good parts) and excellent Customer Service. Probably can't get it at your local gunshop, however. Easily ordered from Dawson or Brazos. I have one w/ a front fiber optic sight. 9mm...runs like a sewing machine and shoots like a laser.

Good luck.
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Old 03-26-2010, 08:01 AM
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Colt S70 reissue
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Old 03-26-2010, 08:15 AM
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The best that I've seen for under $1,000 is the Kimber TLE Custom II. It's a fantastic gun, but that is my opinion.

Here's another vote for the Kimber Custom TLE II. It's a great gun and my personal favorite 1911.
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Old 03-26-2010, 12:10 PM
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sig its guts are made from bar stock...smith ,kimber,springer, ria, citadel,dan wesson
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Old 03-26-2010, 12:57 PM
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Springfield Loaded.

However....I have no experience with STI but they appear to make some great 1911's in this price range as well.
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