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Old 02-05-2020, 10:00 PM
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Springfield's current Mil spec defender is the best deal out there. Best gun - best price.
^ yep!

Love mine. After trigger & sights upgrade, I love it more.
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Old 02-06-2020, 08:02 AM
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Realize that none of today's 1911s are built to exact GI spec. Based on previous discussions here on this subject I'd say that the AO is closest to a GI 1911. It does have a firing pin safety system that was not on a GI, but so what.
I agree - Auto Ordnance. I have one and am well satisfied.
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Old 02-06-2020, 11:39 AM
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Springfield's current Mil spec defender is the best deal out there. Best gun - best price.
X3 on this one, even though it's a little late in the thread. I think it's probably one of the best values in the 1911 market, period. It's not a true "mil spec" but few are and for the money, you certainly can't buy a better pistol.



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Old 02-06-2020, 03:51 PM
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I like my RIA GI type just fine the way it is. It shoots good, it has a basic GI profile and sights, and is pretty reliable. I change the grips. Usually to some wood GI repro type, but my current one is wearing Magpuls. Though I have a set of elk stag grips around that I may put on it once I do a little aging on them.

I've had two or three RIA GI before this one and a RIA Tactical. They all ran fine and were enjoyable to shoot. Run good mags like with any 1911.

I'm one of those weird old farts that actually likes the GI type and considers the M1911A1 to be the proper 1911. I always qualified with a perfect score with one in the Army. Missed my Excellence In Competition badge by one lousy place during 6th ID (A,L) competition the last year we shot the General Patton match with the M1911A1.
I agree with you 100%. I have seen some great scores shot with rack grade 1911A1s at FORSCOM Regionals, Winston Wilson, and All-Army matches. The limiting factor for me are the combat sights. They are a real challenge for old eyes. EIC Badge was a piece of cake with the M16A1 but a little more challenging with the 1911A1.
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Old 02-06-2020, 05:08 PM
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My GI will be resting on this.....
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Old 02-07-2020, 09:56 AM
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I hope the Tisas stay around and cheap for a while. I want a 10mm and a .38 super that come first on my tobuy list. I do want something that looks G.I., just because, but damn there are just too many guns I want! I really like cheap but good handguns. I love my American Classic II and would have no hesitation picking up another Philippine 1911 if the Metro Arms is representative of their quality to price ratio. I also own Turkish pistols (CZ type) that are very nice shooters. I will have ONE "good" heirloom quality 1911 sometime soon (most likely Republic Forge) but for now it's cheap but good for me.
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Old 02-23-2020, 04:48 PM
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Helping a friend. if someone were to want to buy a Government or GI style 1911, what do you think are the best options?

Seems to me there are three:

- RIA

- Auto Ordnance

- Springfield

I have no issues with any of these brands...also no favorites. But I do think the AO and Springfield options look better to me.

I would want a parkerized and either a close approximate of the real deal or even something looks even closer to the real deal, but isn’t. Not sure if that makes sense.

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WaterDr's Freind,

My first 1911 was a "Lew Horton Special" back in the late 80's, it was beautiful and I loved it. Then it needed a trigger job, ambi. safety (I'm LH'd), and when I started shooting plate matches there was a Detonics slide, Bar-Sto threaded barrel and compensater.

So, try to envision what you want as an end product, find a base pistol that has the features you want and plan on the labor for a good reliability/action job.

$368.95

https://dahlonegaarmory.com/product/...ack-parkerized

In the case of RIA, GI Series sights are staked, so if you want better then get a gun that has them.

If you want an ambi safety most of the Rock Standard series have them.

$468.52


https://www.tombstonetactical.com/ca...rd-parkerized/

If you want to shoot a lot, 9mm 124gr fmj for $.16/rd is a lot cheaper than 45 230gr fmj for $.26/rd.

I'd always wanted a 10mm, when I looked for a "Range Toy" I chose my Rock Ultra. It weighs 58oz loaded and comfortable all day carry involves suspenders and I love it, however my normal EDC is a Glock.

Good luck in your quest.
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Old 02-23-2020, 07:53 PM
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I’ll second the recommendation of a Dan Wesson A2 - although I’m new to 1911s, it is a really well-made, nice shooting gun
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Old 02-23-2020, 07:59 PM
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If the OP just wants a 1911 and will not be shooting it much, then anything on the list is fine. But if he will be putting rounds thru it on a regular basis and does not want to spend much money, the Springfield or Kimber would be better.
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Old 02-23-2020, 08:24 PM
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Well...we both picked up a Tisas 🙂

Here is mine. Paid $314. No fees just tax.
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Old 02-23-2020, 08:32 PM
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Nothing wrong with the Remington R1. Very good reliability, fit & finish for the price point.
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Old 02-23-2020, 08:40 PM
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What's the value of a "mixmaster" real GI pistol in rough but usable condition these days?

Maybe he can score one from a Must Be Number's Matching kinda guy for cheap.
Unless it's in really rough shape a real GI 1911A1 is going to be north of $1000 these days, even if it's a mixmaster. They're also not the best for use as shooters because pre-1950 slides were not properly heat treated.
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