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Old 08-10-2019, 06:42 PM
Royalwolf Royalwolf is offline
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If you could do it over again.

Which 1911's would you buy a secound time over and any regrets or secound guess on the ones your not happy with.
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Old 08-10-2019, 06:49 PM
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Any first-series Kimber before the company used the Swartz firing pin safety in their 1911-style pistols.
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Old 08-10-2019, 07:05 PM
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I love my Smith and Wesson Scandium commanders (notice the “s”...yeah went back and got another!)
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Old 08-10-2019, 07:42 PM
Frank Vaccaro Frank Vaccaro is offline
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Are we dreaming???? I'd haunt the gun shows & buy a old military 1911 with military markings.
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Old 08-10-2019, 07:59 PM
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My first and second 1911's were Colt Combat Commanders, an early 70's gun and an '80s Series 80. Biggest gun buying mistakes of my life.

No regrets re Nighthawk, SIG, and Dan Wesson.
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Old 08-10-2019, 07:59 PM
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I have let my Ruger's go. Will not miss them. Would like to have my Magnum Research 1911 G back that I let go of.
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Old 08-10-2019, 09:34 PM
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I’d buy every Jardine Valtro I could get my hands on two decades ago.
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Old 08-10-2019, 09:42 PM
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Are we dreaming???? I'd haunt the gun shows & buy a old military 1911 with military markings.
This works for me too Frank.

I must have a low threshold of grateful appreciation for the 1911 guns I've acquired for as they've come to roost in the safe I've enjoyed them every one. They all do just exactly what they are suppose to do which is to provide reliable shooting gratification and a comforting measure of self-defense capabilities. Would not change a thing.
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Old 08-10-2019, 11:40 PM
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Any first-series Kimber before the company used the Swartz firing pin safety in their 1911-style pistols.
I agree. I bought one of the first three thousand Clackamas-marked pistols made, and like a fool I later traded it off. It's the only Kimber I ever owned that was both dependable and scary accurate. Those were the guns that gave Kimber their early reputation for being a fantastic value.
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Old 08-11-2019, 05:49 AM
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STI VIP. That one I really miss.

Being in Mass I am not allowed to have one of those. They are just too evil.

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Old 08-11-2019, 09:56 AM
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If I was starting from scratch I would not own any 45s. I would have 9mm, it's easier on my wrist and wallet.

I would buy a baer again in an instant. Wouldn't be in a hurry to get any other brands besides STI.
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Old 08-11-2019, 11:26 AM
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Doing it all over, I would use my time & money to hone my skills rather than simply amass a huge number of guns.

I have about 60 guns but have only truly mastered my 9422 (my first gun) squeezing out every drop of potential.

The other 59 or so have been fired, yes, but not all the way to their limits.

A Top Five or so, mastered as completely as possible, would have provided me with more satisfaction than having this armory at my house.
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Old 08-11-2019, 11:37 AM
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Springer TRP! Since getting one, the only 1911s I shoot and use. The others are safe queens but I just cannot force myself to sell any. Pass down to my grandkids.

I would invested what I spent on the others 1911s on ammo.
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Old 08-11-2019, 11:43 AM
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Doing it over, I would not have bought a Springfield Loaded, a S&W E series, nor a S&W Scandium Compact. They were all just middling average guns with sub par accuracy (3-4" @ 25 yds) and the S&W Scandium was the only 1911 out of 40+ I've owned that wouldn't run.

I'd buy any of my Baers, Browns, WC, NHC SACS, Colts and Alchemy Custom guns all over again.
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Old 08-11-2019, 12:21 PM
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I would probably buy most of them, then start collecting guns again; but "collecting" to me was very close to some sort of a strong addiction ... seriously.

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Old 08-11-2019, 01:39 PM
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My first big bore auto was kind of a lemon.

It was a late eighties production Stainless Colt government model. That gun came with and still has a trigger like a freight train on a dirt road. Funny thing is as this was the only centerfire handgun that I had for quite some time. I actually got to be quite good with it over time, trigger notwithstanding. So really no real regrets even there, I still have the gun. And I did buy and keep for a very short period of time a Glock model 23. Probably will not go that way ever again. Otherwise I am good.
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Old 08-11-2019, 02:23 PM
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I like my Wiley Clapp. No modifications minus gold bead front sight.
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Old 08-11-2019, 02:44 PM
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I got rid of my very first 1911 that I bought in 1980, a Colt 5" with a nickel finish. I'd definitely want that one back. I now have 21 1911s. I could only stand to part with maybe one or two, and I can't think of which one or two that would be.
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Old 08-11-2019, 04:14 PM
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I would do the same thing again except I wouldn’t of sold my ‘75 colt gov [email protected]/5” in nickel. I would of still purchased my new ‘90 SA , new ‘04/ SA, new ‘04/ AO and do my norc project. I did replace my ‘75 colt gov in nickel with a series 80 colt gov in nickel. I traded in four handguns and I replaced three the last one to replace is a colt python, 6” blue someday. I would never sell anything if I could do it over.

On my first [email protected] the colt series 70 the sights came loose. On my colt commander it had feed problems. I regret selling the series 70,
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Old 08-11-2019, 04:26 PM
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I bought my first brand new full size handgun, a S&W 629, after a very close encounter with a cougar. I would go back and get a 1911 instead.
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Old 08-11-2019, 04:56 PM
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I'm assuming you mean if I knew then what I know now and EVERYTHING I know now, I wouldn't have bought the cheap guns I did to start with. I woulda just built my own from the start.
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Old 08-11-2019, 05:08 PM
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My first 1911 was a Springfield TRP. It's one of 2 that survived Katrina off the bat. After owning it for years I sent it off to a well known gunsmith for a good bit of custom work. Part of that work included having a Kart barrel installed. I sold the original barrel it came with on here.

To this day that gun is no where near as accurate as it was from the factory. It also came back from that smith shooting a tad high and a few inches to the left, at only 10yards. I regret replacing the barrel very single day. I own a healthy dose of 1911s and this includes WC, EB, LB, and Alchemy. Not 1 of them can come close to even being in the ball park accuracy wise of what that TRP was.

It was definitely a "if it ain't broke, dont fix it" scenario. It's still a hard pill to swallow and consqently I haven't shot it in a couple years now. I plan on having the Robar coating stripped and going a different direction. When I do that I'll have the sights replaced and hope, HOPE it comes back shooting dead center again. As it is it never should have left the shop.
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Old 08-11-2019, 05:17 PM
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I wouldn't change a single thing, knowledge and wisdom comes from the journey. Each one I have owned and/or sold or traded has been part of that learning experience, and I am blessed with some really nice guns, and more importantly I'm blessed with very good friends from along the way.
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Old 08-11-2019, 05:18 PM
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I would have bought one Les Baer instead of several other brands.
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Old 08-11-2019, 05:22 PM
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I would have bought one Les Baer instead of several other brands.
"One" Les Baer..... Crack me up!!! 😆
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