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Old 12-17-2001, 09:31 AM
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The absolute best 1911?




If money was not an object and you could have any new 1911 you wanted, what would you choose? I think I might go with a Wilson Super Grade.
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Old 12-17-2001, 10:03 AM
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That's easy. I'd get a Richard Heinie custom.
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Old 12-17-2001, 10:15 AM
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1. caspian damascus slide / barstock frame
2. accu-railed
3. scheumann ultra match fully supported barrel
4. set up in classic 1911a1 configuration
5. no bs,no fru-fras,just pure, classic function ...
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Old 12-17-2001, 10:55 AM
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Gee, apollyon, how are you going to make it look classic with nos 1, 2, and 3 screwing it up?

A prewar National Match for me.
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Old 12-17-2001, 11:09 AM
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If money were no object, I'd buy a Wilson or Les Baer slide/frame set and then build my own!
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Old 12-17-2001, 11:09 AM
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i dont see where 1/2/3 screw it up... considering the pimpguns colt and others have produced over the years w/the classic style incorperated, i feel my choice of frame /slide/barrel are valid... ,no extended , depended, clintonized bs on the gun ; just a "classic ' style with a few personal choices /improvements...
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Old 12-17-2001, 11:24 AM
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Heine Customs would be very high on the list for a true hand built custom 1911. Their are just too many 1911 "artists' to list.

Barsto Match barrel
Novaks sights front and back, H3 inserts
Ed Brown humped- grip safety and narrow- thumb safety
flat 30 lpi mainspring housing
smooth frontstrap
crisp, consistent 4 1/2 lb trigger
Ahrends walnut grips -double diamond
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Old 12-17-2001, 11:26 AM
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Check out Dane's work. He makes no nonsense pistols that are meant for for their intended purpose, an utterly reliable piece of harsware that goes bang when you pull the trigger. In his spartan methodology it really brings out the warrior look in a 1911 pistol also.
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Old 12-17-2001, 11:33 AM
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Larry Vickers Full House Custom. BILLG
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Old 12-17-2001, 12:37 PM
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The one in your hand when you need it.
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Old 12-17-2001, 01:05 PM
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Re: The absolute best 1911?

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If money was not an object and you could have any new 1911 you wanted, what would you choose? I think I might go with a Wilson Super Grade.
I'd have Dane Burns build me a custom gun on a Colt Delta Elite. Hard chrome frame and polished blue slide with all the trimmings.
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Old 12-17-2001, 01:40 PM
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I'd like to have Richard Heinie build me the last 1911 in his career, before he retires.
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Old 12-17-2001, 07:25 PM
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I agree with Jim Watson, a mint pre-war National Match.
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Old 12-17-2001, 08:46 PM
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Why, this is such a simple question! The best 1911 will have all the features I need and want in order to shoot my best, and be dependable in time of need. Let's see...what fits the bill?

USGI Colt M1911A1. As issued in WWII.

Just see my website if you need any more convincing: http://www.angelfire.com/tx3/esch

It's got everything I need, and nothing I don't! Due to financial considerations, I had to go with the next best thing, a Series 80 M1991A1.

No, I'm not being sarcastic, I really mean it.
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Old 12-18-2001, 12:05 AM
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Best 1911

It would be the one that I didn't have to spend a small fortune on to make sure it was "good to go." I love the 1911, but I fail sometimes to wonder why it is rated to high. I can go out and buy a Sig 220 or Glock and it will do everything that the 1911 will do, or better. I have shot thousands of rounds through the 1911 and know it well. I sometimes believe that a lot of the hype about the 1911 is brought on by the gunsmiths. You sure don't see them talking about working on the Sig or Glock, that's because you don't need to spend a ton to have a fighting weapon. Just one man's thoughts.
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Old 12-18-2001, 12:35 AM
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Although Vickers and Heinie are awesome, I've heard great things about Dawson Precision's new Tactical Advantage 1911. Since I will never get the time to go "racing" let alone do IDPA (I'm going to med school this coming fall), I'd prefer a defensive pistol and I'd probably be contempt with one of Dawson's creations.

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Old 12-18-2001, 02:29 AM
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best 1911

I just read an artical about dawson precision that the tactical precision shot 2.25 inches at 90 yards. This artical was in american handgunner september/october 2001 issue
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Old 12-18-2001, 04:05 PM
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Re: Best 1911

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I love the 1911, but I fail sometimes to wonder why it is rated to high. I can go out and buy a Sig 220 or Glock and it will do everything that the 1911 will do, or better. I sometimes believe that a lot of the hype about the 1911 is brought on by the gunsmiths. You sure don't see them talking about working on the Sig or Glock, that's because you don't need to spend a ton to have a fighting weapon. Just one man's thoughts.

DFS,

I know alot of of people who complain about Glocks sights. Also I know alot who don't care fot the grip (myself included). Gunsmiths have many different replacement sights and some are even doing grip reductions on them. Dane Burns, and Robar are two that I know do work on Glocks. Heinie makes slant pro and straight eight sights for the Glock as well. So it is far from perfect.

As for the 1911, I think it is so highly praised because of the human ergonomics of it. Also the gun is simple by design. As well as the history. With that said, I hated shooting handguns until I shot a 1911, it fits me, and now the only problem is I can't afford to shoot as much as I would like.
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Old 12-19-2001, 10:25 AM
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Kavall

Forgive my ignorance on the subject but...

I have heard and read all kinds of stuff about the Glocks plastic grip frame flexing under recoil. If this is true, wouldn't recontouring the grip frame magnify this phenomena pontentially making it a very dangerous situation?
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Old 12-19-2001, 10:34 AM
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I'd go for a Tussey custom.
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Old 12-19-2001, 01:03 PM
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I like it so much...

I'm getting two. I recently spoke to Larry Vickers who is building me a full house custom pistol on an SA base gun. I already own one Vickers gun, and they are awesome!

I'm on the other side of the Dane Burns fan club. I had Dane build a Kimber which wasn't done right and took twice the time he had promised. He recrowned the barrel, serrated the rear of the slide (which I don't like), and told me that there was something wrong with the pistol since he could never get it POA. That's unfortunate, because it was POA when I sent it to him. He blamed me for sending him a "broken gun", and told me to send it to Kimber (after he customized it?). I received the gun, never shot it, and sold it. He apparently had to do warranty work, and banned me from his web site because he had to fix a problem on a gun that should have been right in the first place. A big "thumbs down" on Mr. Burns from me.

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Old 12-19-2001, 02:09 PM
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Great choice on chooseing Larry Vicker's, I build pistols for a living as well and there are only a few I would have build me a pistol and it is a short list . I also own a Vicker's creation and have picked up a trick or two from Larry. It is all in the details with Larry and the guys who really know there craft. These would be my choice's for 1911's.

1) Larry Vicker's , Pete Single & Chuck Rodgers

2) Liebenberg

3) Heinie

4) myself , I still have alot to learn an I would like to pay special thank's to Pete,Chuck, Larry & Kurt for there guidance.

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1) Kurt Wickmann
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Old 12-19-2001, 03:45 PM
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Bob,

I gotta ask: how do you know Dane didn't deliver what you wanted (at least in terms of function) in a 1911 if you never shot it?

My experience with him working on my Colt Delta Elite was overwhelmingly positive. I doubt I'll ever have anyone else do 1911 work for me. It was that good.

Sorry to hear about your bad experience with him, and you can hardly go wrong with Vickers obviously. Find a gunsmith that makes you happy and stick to them.
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Old 12-19-2001, 07:49 PM
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Have an assortment of l911s by makers going back to Bud Price..By far the best are by LA Vickers; have a 45 and the 1st 9mm. You can't beat 'em!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 12-19-2001, 08:02 PM
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I would love to have a Larry Vickers gun.
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