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Old 02-21-2020, 07:06 PM
Gray Man Gray Man is offline
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Need advice

Hey guys, I’m new to the forum, and 1911s in general. I have some experience shooting handguns, mainly glocks. I recently purchased a Springfield 911 380 for summer carry. I am absolutely in love with it! I like having a manual thumb safety, and the single action trigger is so smooth and crisp compared to what I’m used to. I have decided that my next purchase will be a full size, true 1911. My criteria is $1000 price range, made in USA, Novak style sights, and an ambi safety. (I’m right handed, but left eye dominant, and I shoot both hands equally as often, but I prefer to carry lefty) I’m leaning towards the Springfield loaded stainless. I’m looking for any suggestions though. Thanks guys!
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Old 02-22-2020, 02:33 AM
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There are many good choices in full size at your price range. Here you'll get a lot of recommendations for Colt and Springfield, but since you mentioned "stainless" may I suggest an alternative...the S&W e-Series.

(custom grips and S&A arched MSH added)

If the non-traditional slide serrations don't offend you, its a GREAT pistol. A series-70 design with forged frame, forged slide, match grade barrel and front strap checkering. I assume by "Novak style sights" you mean a fixed, two-dot rear...which the e-Series has, and they use a Novak cut on their slide if you want to go with genuine Novak sights. It does not come with ambi-safety, but that's an easy and inexpensive fix...although if you ever plan to carry it on your hip you may prefer single-side safety to avoid accidentally bumping it off, as I have done with my ambi-safety EDC.

I think its the best (sub-$1000) bang-for-your-buck 1911 out there., If you're willing to stretch your budget a few hundred more, I would absolutely recommend a Dan Wesson, which is probably the best bang-for-your-buck of ANY 1911. However, opinions differ. In the end you need to get the pistol that speaks to you, so try out as many as you can.

That's my $.02 Spend it how you will.

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Old 02-22-2020, 06:27 AM
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Doubt you’ll be disappointed with a loaded Springfield. Mine have been reliable and accurate.
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Old 02-22-2020, 06:55 AM
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Hi from North Dakota Can't help ya. I like mine blued.
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Old 02-22-2020, 09:48 AM
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The Smith and Wesson 1911's are the most under rated 1911's and are a great bargain.

Kimber also makes a great 1911 for the money.

You won't be disappointed with the S/A 1911's but their customer service is regarded as "great" for good reason! Too many of their firearms get to customers for Q/C!

John, Retired LEO, CA POST Certified Firearms Instructor, NRA Endmt., NRA Instructor, NRA RSO, Blue Lives Matter
Gun Control: Acquire target, align sights, press trigger, only after you have identified your target and what is beyond it and made the decision to shoot!
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Old 02-22-2020, 10:05 AM
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Thanks everyone! I will have to take a look at the smiths and kimbers as well. I am not 100% decided on wanting stainless, what are the pros and cons of a stainless 1911?
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Old 02-23-2020, 06:52 AM
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I'm a Colt fan, have a few, but the new Ruger 1911 that I have is absolutely flawless, you might do a little research on them...Bill
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Old 02-23-2020, 02:24 PM
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Welcome to the forums from Virginia!
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Old 02-24-2020, 04:40 AM
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Welcome to our 1911 forum from Italy.
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Old 02-27-2020, 11:31 PM
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Hello from Kentucky.
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Old 02-29-2020, 07:15 AM
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Welcome and there are so many good choices for 70 series. Personally I like Blued over Stainless ones.
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Old 02-29-2020, 07:33 AM
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Welcome to the Forum. You said your former experience was with Glocks. In that case, you may want to reconsider the weight of the full-sized 1911s. They are relatively heavy for carry use, if you decide to carry it. if you're tolerant of 3 pounds on your hip, or you're not going to carry, then weight isn't an issue and an all steel 5" (full-sized) gun will be perfect. If weight is an issue, then look at the light weight versions: Commander/LW Commander, CCO, Officers, Compact, S&W Scandium, etc.

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