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Old 09-24-2011, 11:38 PM
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Best Cheap 1911?




Not bottom of the line like a GI would have so not 100% cheapo as just a little more would net a few things like better sights and maybe lower ejection port
Armscor Tactical?
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Old 09-24-2011, 11:44 PM
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The RIA/Armscor Tac model is a very good choice for the money. There are others also.
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Old 09-24-2011, 11:53 PM
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There are are others also.
The Reason I asked what are they I only named one who else?
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Old 09-25-2011, 12:04 AM
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Old 09-25-2011, 12:08 AM
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Cruise Gunbroker.com for USED 1911s, and you should eventually see Colt M1991A1s and various Springfield models listed for $475-$600.
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Old 09-25-2011, 12:15 AM
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Metro Arms Classic II. Really nicely made pistol. I bought one to use primarily as a frame for my .22 conversion, but the complete gun shoots pretty good. It has a beavertail and fairly decent sights, a Commander hammer and an okay trigger. I think I paid $379 about a year ago. Might be a little more now. I like it better that the RIA.

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Old 09-25-2011, 12:57 AM
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Another thought... check your local pawn shops and local gun sales forum. (Backpage... etc.)
Lots of folks are in tough times right now, it is a great time to pick up used guns. If you know what you are looking for and where to look.
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Old 09-25-2011, 01:46 AM
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Define cheap. If I were wanting something for less than $700 I'd get a Springfield Mil-Spec.
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Old 09-25-2011, 05:28 AM
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Many great choices...
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Old 09-25-2011, 09:10 AM
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I would be all over the Ruger.

I like American-made stuff
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Old 09-25-2011, 10:56 AM
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Best Cheap 1911?

That would be the one that was given to you, free! RIA is agood choice as is the Ruger that was mentioned earlier. Springfield would be another outstanding value as well.

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Old 09-25-2011, 11:02 AM
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If I were in the market for a lower priced 1911, I'd take a real close look at the series 70 Ruger SR1911
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Old 09-25-2011, 11:11 AM
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If I were in the market for a lower priced 1911, I'd take a real close look at the series 70 Ruger SR1911
The only problem is, these are not widely available and may not be for some time. Yes, they are trickling out into the market and a person may be lucky to find one, but the odds are against it for now.
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Old 09-25-2011, 11:14 AM
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Ruger, springfield or a used colt.
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Old 09-25-2011, 12:08 PM
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I think the ATI Spartan is probably the best total value out there.
Dawson precision is selling them and including a front sight.

That said, I have an American Classic GI that is nice and tight but with the time and effort put in the ATI still wins.
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Old 09-25-2011, 12:09 PM
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Best is subjective but the Rock Island Armory 1911's are excellent values. I found my GI for 380 and my Tactical model was bought NIB for 452 out the door.

As for finding Colts at miracle prices on Gunbroker? Well, yeah, one might be GOING for 450 or 500 when you see it but most XSE's and even basic models sell for a shade of six hundred and usually more than that. If you also want a gun now instead of waiting and burning your eyes out looking for the one true deal on gunbroker? Well you can be in for a long flipping wait.

RIA, Citadel, the STI Spartan (all manufactured by Armscor) are good picks. The Ruger is hard to come by. American Classic made by Metro Arms has had some issues with FTFs and the like but most owners seem happy and trouble free. I'm assuming by entry level you mean around six hundred or less.
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Old 09-25-2011, 12:28 PM
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Not bottom of the line like a GI would have so not 100% cheapo as just a little more would net a few things like better sights and maybe lower ejection port
Armscor Tactical?
Local former competitive marksman turned gunsmith just yesterday answered the "best inexpensive 1991" question with "Howa Citadel."
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Old 09-25-2011, 12:44 PM
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Got my RIA GI with a nice Houge wrap around grip in new condition locally for $350 and I have had nothing but good luck with it. Extremely accurate and will eat any and all ammo I have fed it:

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Old 09-25-2011, 12:47 PM
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I would be all over the Ruger.

I like American-made stuff
I hear you! BIG ditto to that!!!! The Ruger 1911 looks mighty sweet...
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Old 09-25-2011, 12:48 PM
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American Classic made by Metro Arms has had some issues with FTFs and the like but most owners seem happy and trouble free.[[
Absolutely true. I own the American Classic Commander and after realizing my FTE and FTF issues were simply a non tuned extractor, I fixed it and have had ZERO issues whatsoever. Even get compliments on it at the range.
$460 out the door. I got screwed, I know, but its the cost of living in Alaska a lot of the time.
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Old 09-25-2011, 01:37 PM
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Define cheap. If I were wanting something for less than $700 I'd get a Springfield Mil-Spec.
Define cheap? that to me at this time is Lower cost but still a good product that has some quality.
Good quality and good 3 dot Sights are must as the person it is for has trouble with low GI type sights.
A lowered ejection port would be good as an extra but needed as my own 45 does not even have one.
Thing is the gun will be for my son who was given this 9mm that had less than 50 rounds pass through it by me before he got it.
He hates the sights! But with good reason, he has a hard time with them, plus and really wants a 45.
I do not want to spend Bigger $$ and will let him later trade up to a better more $$ gun later if he should want to.
Looking at RIA Tactical{$500 or so } and Remington R1's {$579}

So getting him any gun with low GI type sights would be just as bad
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Old 09-25-2011, 04:12 PM
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I think the ATI Spartan is probably the best total value out there.
Dawson precision is selling them and including a front sight.

That said, I have an American Classic GI that is nice and tight but with the time and effort put in the ATI still wins.
Make that STI Spartan. I went with one after it continued to get rave reviews by the competition shooters over at Brian Enos.
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Old 09-25-2011, 04:19 PM
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The Spartan is outstanding.
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Old 09-25-2011, 04:31 PM
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The R1 has pretty good sights but lacks the bells and whistles of the RIA TAC and cost a bit more. If you can find a Ruger SR1911 at a decent price that would be even better since it's stainless.

For a starter .45 the RIA TAC should fit the bill, if my kid were a few years older and stated he wanted a tricked out 1911 that's what I'd get him. Sadly, knowing him the way I do he'll likely want an original WWII 1911.

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Old 09-25-2011, 04:40 PM
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If its the Remington R1 or the Ria go with the Remington R1. Its made in America, not the Phillippines. Remington makes a quality gun.
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