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Old 07-24-2019, 06:30 PM
Plaidad Plaidad is offline
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I don't know anything about the Desert Eagle pistols. I have owned both RIA and Springfield. I had more problems with the Springfield than the Rock, so I would say RIA.
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Old 07-24-2019, 09:08 PM
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My choices are Night Hawk Custom and Dan Wesson because I've owned many pistols in the last 40 years and there are the best ones that I have ever handled and owned. I've also dumped the ineffective .45 ACP caliber for 1911 pistols in the vastly superior 10mm full power caliber.
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Old 07-24-2019, 09:42 PM
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I have a Springfield, Colt, Kimber , RIA and a 1947 Argentine 1911.
I don't think there is a dimes worth of difference
them all. They will all shoot better than I can.
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Old 07-24-2019, 09:53 PM
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Just now checking back in. Some of you guys are making your case for Springfield. Again, I had one I sold to my “kid” brother. Wished I hadn’t but I wasn’t much in to the 1911 back then. He still has it and is happy with it. I can say that for less cash, it never gave me a lick of trouble right out of the box. Unlike the new Kimber I bought... misfeed, failure to battery, etc. after a couple trips to a gunsmith I sold it for near what I paid and got the Springfield.

So I eliminated the DE1911G and I think shying away from the RIA. I’ll keep my eye on the 70-Colt and keep my powder dry till I see one I like. My reason is pretty shallow: She’s a prettier gun than Springfield. But I will admit that unlike my current Colt Commanders, that Springer never missed a beat.
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Old 07-24-2019, 10:50 PM
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1.) Colt

2.) Singer

3.) US&S

Within my personal space, I don't need glow-in-the-dark or national match sights, GI has served fine through two world wars and countless other actions - good enough for me.

These are not long-range weapons, they're for personal defense.

Not going to be clearing any houses - not even my own - that's what the police are for.

If I have time to take careful aim, I have time to vacate the area, go for a long gun, etc.

Like I used to tell people in my liquor store when they asked me why I carried "that pistol" - "It's to get me to my 12 gauge."
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Old 07-24-2019, 11:42 PM
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Springfield mil spec because it’s the only one of the three that I own and it has been flawless
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Old 07-25-2019, 01:17 PM
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If you had a choice of standard 5” mil-spec equiv 1911, based solely on manufacturer which would you prefer and why?

1) RIA. 2) Springfield. 3) Magnum Research Desert Eagle
I have owned a Colt government model, a Desert Eagle 1911G and a Springfield Mil-Spec. In order of cost from high to low: Colt, DE then Mil-Spec. In order of reliability and accuracy from high to low: Mil-Spec, DE then Colt. I have never owned a RIA. If I had to pick one it would definitely be the Springfield.
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Old 07-25-2019, 02:26 PM
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Build your own...you'll be proud & learn how all components works as a bonus.
Be ready with some elbow grease & some tool investments (not expense)...its a tad harder than building a glock
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Old 07-25-2019, 02:34 PM
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Build your own...you'll be proud & learn how all components works as a bonus.
Based on a number of negative comments for Colts,
you do what Sig556R suggests and you just might
be ready to show Colt how to build them again!!!



Of course, if things don't turn out very well, then maybe
you could still get a job at Colt.

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Old 07-25-2019, 05:11 PM
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So, throwing a curve here. I put my money down on a Springfield again. The Defender series 70 with the match-grade barrel. I just couldn't get past the deal I could not refuse. Yeah, the cute stuff turned my head but the tried and true that won me over, won me again. This time I'll not be letting go of my Springfield any time soon.


This thread was extremely informative. Thanks all!
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Old 07-25-2019, 05:27 PM
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I see SA is advertising the GI .45 for $549.

That's the company's suggested retail price.

So.....what was the price?
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Old 07-25-2019, 05:40 PM
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Which would you choose?

I've never owned a Magnum Research Desert Eagle but would like to. I've no doubt they are high quality. Never owned a RIA but they appear to be an excellent value. So I would take the Springfield in an instant, because I picked one up at a small gun store last year and it is as good as anything I've ever fired. I own at least one standard 5" 1911 pistol from each of the following manufacturers: Wilson Combat, Kimber, Sig Sauer, Colt, Remington, Para USA. I love them all, but I usually have better results with the Springfield than any of the other fine pistols.
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Old 07-25-2019, 06:52 PM
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When did Magnum Research start making 'mil-spec' (by which I understand GI clones) 1911s?
I have an 'M-1911A1' by Kahr/Auto-Ordnance from the mid-'00s, parked, rattly, the whole nine yards. Until I ran somebody else's hot handloads, it was flawless. Now, it sometimes stovepipes.
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Old 07-25-2019, 08:20 PM
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Hands down most reliable 1911 NIB for under $1K is Springfield Loaded. Best barrel fitting, best extractor tuning.

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Old 07-25-2019, 09:05 PM
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I see SA is advertising the GI .45 for $549.

That's the company's suggested retail price.

So.....what was the price?
$482 and $20 shipping. No sales tax, no CC fees. My arm’s pretty twisted right now.
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Old 07-25-2019, 10:53 PM
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I see SA is advertising the GI .45 for $549.

That's the company's suggested retail price.

So.....what was the price?
$482 and $20 shipping. No sales tax, no CC fees. My arm’s pretty twisted right now. [IMG class=inlineimg]https://forums.1911forum.com/images/smilies/cool.gif[/IMG]
Nice! I ended up ordering a Defender myself due to this thread and stuck true to my word of the three choices to get! I got it for $460 plus transfer fees that'll bring it to a whopping total of $495. Let us know how you like it!
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Old 07-25-2019, 11:09 PM
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If you had a choice of standard 5” mil-spec equiv 1911, based solely on manufacturer which would you prefer and why?

1) RIA. 2) Springfield. 3) Magnum Research Desert Eagle
Springfield all day and every day.
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Old 07-26-2019, 12:16 AM
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RIA

Lifetime warranty and customer service has a great reputation. Replacement or repair usually comes back better than new.
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Old 07-26-2019, 06:48 AM
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Just an aside:

Never mentioned as a choice but I think Ruger might have
been added to the list.

Ruger has a great CS reputation and the reliability of its
1911s has not been questioned, at least from what I've
seen in gun forums.
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Old 07-26-2019, 07:30 AM
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I never thought about Ruger. Solid American company. I just never consciously associated it with 1911.

Re the Defender series, people reading this thread should realize the negatives would be lack of checkering. Makes sense once you think about the lower cost. But if you like what it offers there’s always the Loaded or RO for more money.
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Old 07-26-2019, 12:17 PM
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I never thought about Ruger. Solid American company. I just never consciously associated it with 1911.

Re the Defender series, people reading this thread should realize the negatives would be lack of checkering. Makes sense once you think about the lower cost. But if you like what it offers there’s always the Loaded or RO for more money.
I was under the understanding that you wanted mil spec or I would have have recommended the Ruger for you. I've had mine since 2013 and have somewhere between 13 to 15 thousand rounds through it with just spring changes. Oh well, I think that choosing a 1911 is almost hard to pick a bad one or I've been for fortunate thus far in my 1911 career.
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Old 07-26-2019, 03:22 PM
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I rate them at Kimber, Colt, and Springfield and would grab a used Springfield over a new RIA
My 3 new Kimbers are built like my 1978 Colt as far as fit and finish.
The better Colts have better builds not the entry levels
Keep in mind the Mil-Spec they are entry-level guns with less fit and finish. Even in Colt's heyday, the Gold cups were nicer than the MK1V.
My Vote is Colt Entry Level for Parts that make them up
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Old 02-02-2020, 08:19 PM
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Of the three the op mentioned, I'd take the Springfield mil-spec. I've had a couple of them in the past. I sold both because of the inaccuracy. I have a Trophy Match and a TRP 10mm that I am happy with.
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Old 02-02-2020, 09:45 PM
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Rely on your own two eyes. Inspect each make you're considering for defects and problems and, well, rely on your own two eyes.
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Old 02-03-2020, 05:46 AM
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Of the 3 it is the SA for me. I had a RIA GI, did not care for it. Replaced it with the SA Defender and never gave it one thought. No experience with the MR. The SA D has been a really solid 1911 for me and I am glad I own it.
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