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Old 06-19-2010, 02:07 AM
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The PERFECT 1911!




Hello ladies and gents!

I have been on a journey towards the perfect 1911, and I always fall one or two features short. I am new to 1911s, but I have semi-thoroughly researched Les Baers, Ed Browns, Wilsons, and a bit Nighthawks. I have also studied the product-line Colts, Kimbers, Springers, etc, etc.

Here is what I need in order of importance:
1. Accuracy like no other.
2. A dream trigger that breaks like non-bulletproof glass.
3. An absolutely gorgeous bluing job that is a rich dark blue and wears well.
4. Medium thickness serrations (look at Ed Browns work) preferrably on both the front and back of slide.
5. Helluva customer service.
6. Not too pricey (I know I won't find my luck here).
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Old 06-19-2010, 03:39 AM
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Old 06-19-2010, 04:20 AM
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Sounds like you're looking for a S&W PC DK.

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Old 06-19-2010, 06:40 AM
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This gun has been stupid accurate. By far the best bluing I have on ANY of my guns, not just 1911s.

100% reliable.

Wilsons have the best triggers.

I dont need to mention their CS.

Only $3k.
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Old 06-19-2010, 07:20 AM
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once you come to understand that the perfect 1911 is a journey not a destination you'll be better off.LOL
you cant have the perfect do everything anything that's why you need multiple 1911s.
IMHO the STI trojen is a heck of a buy
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Old 06-19-2010, 07:50 AM
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I am so not there

I have yet to spend enough in my search for MY perfect 1911, but I have spent thousands (and thousands ) on the journey.

Good luck on yours (watch out for frostbite).
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Old 06-19-2010, 07:51 AM
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Yeah, just buy a Baer or Wilson and think it perfect.........
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Old 06-19-2010, 08:01 AM
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I don't think the "perfect" gun exists. I know I can't find it and I've spent many years trying. That's why I own many.
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Old 06-19-2010, 08:05 AM
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Perfect 1911? that's the one I keep purchasing next
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Old 06-19-2010, 08:22 AM
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Hello ladies and gents!

I have been on a journey towards the perfect 1911, and I always fall one or two features short.

Here is what I need in order of importance:

6. Not too pricey (I know I won't find my luck here).

What you need to accept is the fact that your #6 is actually your number ONE driving force.

If cost is driving your decision, there will always be compromises

The "perfect" 1991 is the one custom built for you buy a great pistolsmith, and they ain't cheap
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Old 06-19-2010, 09:02 AM
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The PERFECT 1911???

Any model of Ed Brown custom ordered exactly the way YOU want it!!!
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Old 06-19-2010, 09:05 AM
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oh yeah?

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The PERFECT 1911???

Any model of Ed Brown custom ordered exactly the way YOU want it!!!
But I want it in 9x19.......
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Old 06-19-2010, 09:07 AM
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6. Not too pricey (I know I won't find my luck here).
So you want all of that, basically a Ferrari for the price of a Ford - good luck with finding a top 'smith willing to give you what you want for almost nothing

No offence, but there's an apt quote for these sort of times: “I pity the man who wants a coat so cheap that the man or woman who produces the cloth will starve in the process.” -Benjamin Harrison

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Old 06-19-2010, 09:18 AM
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As far as I'm concerned my Wilson CQB IS perfect. Absolutely flawless performance and it's extremely accurate.

No front serrations (didn't want 'em) and it's not blued. The black paint (Krylon?) they put on it seems to work well though.

I'm sold.
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Old 06-19-2010, 09:21 AM
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Old 06-19-2010, 09:27 AM
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Accuracy is only as good as the person shooting and the load he is using.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and I think that perfection is in there somewhere between the eye of the beholder and the mind. I'll bet if you laid out what 10 people thought were PERFECT 1911's you'd have 10 DIFFERENT pistols.Of course a $4000.00 Wilson will be all what you want over a $500.00 Springfield. I guess it's what you can afford, or what your abilities are to build one up to what you want. Just my $.02 worth. I'm on your quest myself on a tight budget. I've learned to take baby steps!! Until I hit the LOTTO which is another quest of it's own
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Old 06-19-2010, 09:49 AM
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You mentioned nothing about reliability.......a lot about looks and accuracy. Sounds like it will make a great safe queen.

1. Reliability, it's gotta go bang and eject the shell each time the trigger is pressed
2. Accuracy, I am not obsessed with minute of angle...more like, moment of bad guy
3. Managable Trigger, not too heavy, not too light
4. Good controls, TS, GS, Slide release
5. Customer Service, if all of the above are in order this will never be needed
6. Finish, I love a pistol with some honest wear associated with every day carry and use.
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Old 06-19-2010, 10:35 AM
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I found my perfect 1911.

Ed Brown.

(choices may vary)
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Old 06-19-2010, 11:12 AM
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I have quite a few. All are perfect in their own way. I rank my Baer's first, then my S70 GC. Beyond that the TRP Tact Oper, Loaded SA's (5" and Champ), DW CBOB, Colt C Commander (38Super), Tank Officers, ... to a 1916 1911 arsenal rebuild. Clean and properly lubed all work great. I shoot them all!
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Old 06-19-2010, 11:42 AM
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My old 1991A1 black parkerized-GI loose-plastic gripped-stock sighted girl friend will put all 8 rounds into a 9" paper plate at 25 feet. I can do it in about 4 seconds. Perfect gun for me.
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Old 06-19-2010, 11:49 AM
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Perfection like beauty is in the eye of the beer holder.A $400 Rock Island could be perfection to some same as $3000 one off custom to someone else.
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Old 06-19-2010, 12:50 PM
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Mine

Absolutely reliability with duty and practice ammo is the first priority. It has to work every time, and there is no excuse for a pistol that won't get 800-1000 rounds without cleaning. Decent trigger (4.5 pounds, clean), everything fit as well as can be (such as the ambi - I'm left handed or I would not bother), good sights (10-8 rear with extra wide notch, XS front tritium).

Finish optional - might go stainless, and sometime I will consider going with a rail and good quality light. Can you guess that duty weapon considerations drive this?
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Old 06-19-2010, 03:24 PM
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You know, the more I shoot 1911 pistols the more I am drawn to the bone stock traditional M1911. It's the best fit for my personality and shooting style. YMMV.
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Old 06-19-2010, 09:14 PM
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Start buying now, I bet in 30 years or so you will still be looking, or you should once you get the 1911 bug.
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Old 06-20-2010, 08:33 AM
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If you're considering a 1911, you can not overlook the Dan Wesson series. I own the new Valor in stainless and for the price, it's perfect! Take a look for yourself. http://cz-usa.com/products/view/dan-wesson-valor/ Only problem is they don't come in 9mm.

If you want a 1911 in 9, you should look at STI. Great value, excellent fit and finish. I own a Ranger II and have been very happy with it.

Good luck and enjoy.
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