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Old 03-10-2012, 09:41 AM
John K. John K. is offline
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I registered last night hoping to find info like this (thanks skosh69).

Thanks for taking the time to school us noobs!
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Old 03-12-2012, 06:38 PM
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Excellent post. Glad to see it's a "sticky".

I didn't read all comments, so if someone suggested already, sorry, but seems to me that putting the title in bold might draw more attention. Although, I see many already know it's there and point it out.
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Old 03-16-2012, 03:09 PM
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Good summary! I figured someone would ask more about magazines. Some time-tested and good 1911 magazines are Chip McCormick Shooting Stars and Powermags, Wilson Combat mags, and Tripp Research mags. Metalform is another brand that makes decent mags.
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Old 03-17-2012, 03:12 PM
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Good post ,good way for to get your views of the MIM discussion out front and a sticky no less.I agree with most of what you posted but before someone overpays for a 1911 with some MIM or inferior cast parts a search on this site and others will show with all the discussion of MIM it is not the great DREAD as some would have us believe.I am not not going to be argumentative about the subject,just presenting the facts that have been discussed on this site.
I am not recommending any brand nor am I discrediting any brand,before anyone buys research should be in order.Most that are manufactured in the USA meet or exceed what most 1911 shooters demand.COLD.
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Old 03-17-2012, 09:28 PM
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Great Advise !
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Old 03-18-2012, 08:58 AM
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There will almost always be a "better" 1911 or "better" deal if you wait. Get what you want and can afford when you can. Trading up will always lose you money, but it is probably better to experiment on a lower cost 1911 the a $$$ one.
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Old 03-19-2012, 08:56 AM
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Good info, especially #6. Too many times people spend a boat load of cash on a fancy custom gun only to find out that they don't care for the safety or sights or some other feature that they paid good money for.
Better to start off with a basic Mil-Spec gun and shoot it for a while then add what you feel you need to get the gun to where you want it rather then buying someone else's idea of what it should be like.
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Old 03-25-2012, 01:04 AM
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And dont forget to have you 1911 take down tool on order too, just makes things a bit easier
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Old 03-25-2012, 09:55 PM
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I agree with all of the above and I have been studying the 1911 for 30+ years. Thanks!
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Old 03-26-2012, 10:35 AM
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Exquisite post!

This one goes into my perm files!
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Old 04-02-2012, 07:41 PM
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This guide certainly helped me make a good decision on my first 1911. I feel like I should have held firmer to rule #1, but I got talked out of a Kimber and into a Dan Wesson, so I still feel like I got my money's worth
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Old 04-07-2012, 10:46 AM
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DSK, very good laundry list. A couple of random thoughts. With respect to potential function issues, would you want to address barrel length (5 vs 4 vs 3) or caliber (especially, 9 vs 45) for the 1st time 1911 buyer?
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Old 04-08-2012, 02:36 AM
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my first 1911 help

Thankyou dsk...iam looking at 45 and full size 1911..just want something good quaility medium price range. . Tahnks again for your help.
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Old 04-08-2012, 12:35 PM
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I disagree some what with this

Stick with forged components for the barrel, slide, and frame

Lots or good 1911 have cast frames Barrel and slide. I agree with.

As for the MIM well Kimber uses a lot as do others. Very few companys are total MIM free. MIM can be just as relieable as any other part.
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Old 04-09-2012, 01:01 PM
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Good advice.
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Old 04-09-2012, 06:56 PM
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Sure wish I would have read this before I bought my first 1911.
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Old 04-10-2012, 07:14 PM
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Great article. Can you add how to select a good trigger?
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Old 04-16-2012, 10:39 PM
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Concerning #3, how do you know the difference between a MIM part or not?
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Old 05-12-2012, 09:06 AM
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Great post and excellent user information. I am new to to forum and found myself using the information in the post to research my 1911 choice. I am out the door this morning to hopefully purchase the SA TRP Operator I had in my hands this past Wednesday.

Thanks again for the great information.
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Old 05-13-2012, 12:48 PM
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Good advice thankyou!!!
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Old 05-23-2012, 02:51 PM
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Great info. Thanks. I was leaning towards buying a very basic mil spec, then slowly upgrading it over time to a beast.
Personally I think CCLs are unnecessary. But until Bianchi makes a holster big enough to carry a police officer on my hip, I'd recommend bothering someone else.
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Old 05-26-2012, 02:26 AM
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This is an exceptional post for those who are new to the 1911s and even reminders to those of us who already own them.
If you look at a buyer's first perception of a LGS or gun show or even online sales, they will be overwhelmed with 1911 this 1911 that. 9mm? 45? 38 super, 22LR?
Keeping in Mind the very basics:
1: finish - are you looking for Black? Stainless? Tan or OD? Duotone?
2: how does it feel in your hands? how does the sight window look? How do the grips feel?
3: What purpose do you have for the gun? While people may buy a 1911 more as a safe queen or a display item, others will have no problem putting round after round downrange on a daily basis. Some may store it as a glovebox gun while others meticulously clean and polish ever little crevasse each time they handle it.
4: How much are you willing to spend in repair and maintenence? Even the poorest quality 1911 will have maintenence costs similar to that of custom built top of the line models. Repair and upgrade costs will vary based on the specifics of the make and model. Warranties from Manufacturers go a long way if you know what's covered.
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Old 05-28-2012, 06:49 PM
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Excellent Post
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Old 05-29-2012, 12:38 PM
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Originally Posted by FAB45 View Post
Concerning #3, how do you know the difference between a MIM part or not?
Do some research on the brand and you should be able to uncover whether the gun you're considering buying has MIM or not.
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Old 05-30-2012, 11:55 PM
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Great advice! I did a lot of search on this forum and other before buying my EMP
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