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Old 01-05-2020, 06:57 PM
Sahara-Snow Sahara-Snow is offline
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Birthday 1911

Iím turning the Big 5-0 this year and to celebrate Iím going to treat myself to a 1911. My question to everyone is: Which one? 9mm, 10mm or 45? Which manufacturer and why? This will be a personal carry gun. My budget is $1000. I would like to know your opinions. Thanks.
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Old 01-05-2020, 08:33 PM
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Colt! Government or Commander model, whichever you prefer. In .45 acp of course!!
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Old 01-05-2020, 08:36 PM
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Yes, get an O1911C Colt Classic, since at age 50 you'll also be a classic.

J/K, I just hit the big 5-0 as well and celebrated by getting myself an AR pistol.
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Old 01-07-2020, 02:39 AM
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Yes, get an O1911C Colt Classic, since at age 50 you'll also be a classic.

J/K, I just hit the big 5-0 as well and celebrated by getting myself an AR pistol.
Guess I'm a bit more "classic" than both ya young pups. I'm 62

I have a Govt Classic waiting for me at my FFL when I get back home. Also changing out the MSH to an arched with ext. lanyard loop to get a little closer to the A1 I packed in my Army days. Will be changing the grips later on too.
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Old 01-07-2020, 04:38 PM
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How about a Guncrafter in 50 GI?
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Old 01-07-2020, 04:43 PM
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Another vote for the Colt Classic. At that price point, tough to beat and though Colt has its share of faults, there's no denying that everything else in the way of 1911s is just an imitation.
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Old 01-07-2020, 06:05 PM
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You want a carry gun, I'd go for a Colt light weight commander, .45acp.
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Old 01-07-2020, 06:06 PM
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This will be a personal carry gun. My budget is $1000.
I recommend the Colt lightweight commander model in 45 ACP.

https://www.colt.com/detail-page/lw-commander-45acp

Cost runs about $850

https://gun.deals/search/apachesolr_search/098289111050
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Old 01-08-2020, 07:57 AM
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A little big for carry to most folks but I turn 70 in a couple of days and last Saturday morning I figured I deserved to give myself another 1911 for making it this long so I gave myself a early birthday present......a 5" S & W 1911 E Series in 45 ACP.

Can't wait to get it to the range and run a couple of hundred of my 230 gr. ball ammo through it.

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Old 01-09-2020, 05:55 AM
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I recommend the Colt lightweight commander model in 45 ACP.

https://www.colt.com/detail-page/lw-commander-45acp

Cost runs about $850

https://gun.deals/search/apachesolr_search/098289111050
My most recent 1911 purchase was thee Colt Lightweight Commander. Iíve not shot it zests but it sure seems to be nicely put together! I highly recommend it!
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Old 01-10-2020, 10:02 AM
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Look at the Kimber 1911 Custom TLE in 10mm
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Old 01-11-2020, 10:12 AM
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With few exceptions, a couple years ago I made the decision to only purchase full-size 9mm pistols. One of those exceptions being older 1911s which I enjoy collecting. The reasons for 9mm are one, easier to stay on target, two ammo is cheaper, and 9mm is sufficient for self-defense. Reccomend a pistol you will enjoy shooting and comfortable to carry if that is your intent.
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Old 05-13-2020, 10:56 PM
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Colt Delta Elite

I decided to go with the Colt Delta Elite for my birthday present. Itís a beautiful handgun. I carry it in a Galco paddle holster with a Big Foot gun belt. Itís actually not bad to carry at all. With the right holster and belt itís pretty comfortable. Thanks for your input.
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Old 05-14-2020, 10:19 AM
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Just picked up this TLE/RL for $650 off Guns America as a Bday present for myself and my first 1911. Not sold on the current grips it came with so will probably replace with something else soon. Waiting on a shipment of .45 ammo so I can break it in as it has never been fired. I went back and forth between Kimber and Springfield but at the end of the day the Kimber came with all the extra features I wanted at a reasonable price.
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Old 05-21-2020, 05:11 PM
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Ha, great minds think alike! I just turned 50 in March...I have a Rock Island FS in .45 due to be shipped to my FFL any day now.
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Old 05-21-2020, 07:15 PM
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You want a carry gun, I'd go for a Colt light weight commander, .45acp.
This has my vote.
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Old 05-21-2020, 08:18 PM
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Colt Defender.
Wish I hadn’t traded mine. Great carry gun. Mine was a 9.
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Old 05-21-2020, 11:46 PM
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I'd spend a couple of more bucks and get a Dan Wesson. I got a 9mm Guardian for my 51st. 1542 rounds on it this first month with zero malfunctions. I'm very happy with my purchase.

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Old 05-22-2020, 06:57 AM
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I decided to go with the Colt Delta Elite for my birthday present. Itís a beautiful handgun. I carry it in a Galco paddle holster with a Big Foot gun belt. Itís actually not bad to carry at all. With the right holster and belt itís pretty comfortable. Thanks for your input.
Great choice. Congratulations. Can we see a picture?
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Old 05-22-2020, 07:48 AM
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I’m turning the Big 5-0 this year and to celebrate I’m going to treat myself to a 1911. My question to everyone is: Which one? 9mm, 10mm or 45? Which manufacturer and why? This will be a personal carry gun. My budget is $1000. I would like to know your opinions. Thanks.
American 9mm - aka .38 Super for caliber.

Which manufacturer? There is but one question: Colt. Why? If it's not a Colt, it's a copy.

With the budget of $1000, get a Colt Classic in either blued or stainless in .38 Super for around $700-750 and spend the leftover on mags and ammo.



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Old 05-22-2020, 09:07 AM
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At 72, guess I’m a bit more Classic then any of you younger pups. For your price point, I highly recommend the Colt Classic in either 38SUPER or 45ACP, Govtm or Commander models. I have several of each. You should be able to find one for under your budget limit, then invest the remaining funds in some upgrades/custom work (trigger job, match barrel, etc.) that you might later want. Another recommendation is Not to make ANY changes to the pistol right away. Shoot it, clean it, get familiar with it, then decide if you want some changes. By then you’ll know if you want changes and what they will be. Good luck, stay safe.
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Old 05-22-2020, 03:51 PM
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Iím turning the Big 5-0 this year and to celebrate Iím going to treat myself to a 1911. My question to everyone is: Which one? 9mm, 10mm or 45? Which manufacturer and why? This will be a personal carry gun. My budget is $1000. I would like to know your opinions. Thanks.
Not like you don't have a ton of choices, even within your budget. For a full-size carry, I'd go 10mm, it's a beast and works very well on a 1911 frame. You also get a couple more rounds than a .45; best two choices are Colt and Ruger, I have the Ruger SR1911 in 10mm and like how it shoots just as well as my Springfield A1 in .45. I paid $850 for my Ruger, new.

Full size can be tedious to carry after a while, harder to conceal especially in summer when you don't have a lot on to hide it, so maybe a Commander, or an officer model? Most everybody makes a .45 in those sizes, Springfield had a .40 but pulled them off the market (low sales, according to my LGS), so most compact versions will be .45 or 9mm. I have a Springfield EMP4 (Commander size) in 9mm and have started using it as my EDC. Colt and RIA both have a .38 Super, and RIA's is around $575-600. I'd like to get the RIA .38 Super, still collecting sofa change.

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Old 05-22-2020, 05:18 PM
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I have several pistols that were made the same year I was born , including my 1960 Colt GCNM!
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Old 05-22-2020, 10:26 PM
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I'm another who likes Colt.

If you've got some .45s then treat yourself to a .38 Super or 10mm. Either are a nice change. Great at the range and they tote just as good as the .45s do for personal defensive carry.

Birthday 1911s are always a good idea. I treated myself to a 1911 when I turned 21. That was just the other day ... in 1978. Still have that birthday gun though.


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