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Old 01-24-2017, 04:45 PM
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My First 1911

So, a GI style 1911 has been on my bucket list for a very long time, for a number of reasons.

I had to make a grocery run the other day, but wasn't up to pushing a cart so I dropped the wife off, and told her I'll be siting in Cabela's at the fish tank chillin'. "Call me when you're done".

Well, I see this girl working at the gun counter, not a lot patrons, so I decided to check out the 1911 inventory, do a little tire kicking.
Now, I started seriously researching just which 1911 I wanted.
Some on my "list" are tough to come by living in Massachusetts.

I didn't want to spend more than $1000.00.
I wanted a GI style. Something I could customize and make my own.
Leaning towards a series 70, but an 80 is not a disqualifying factor.
I stopped in to many LGSs to talk 1911's. Once I found the 1911 guy in the shop, they were very helpful and found many people share the same passion I have for this fine machine. I gave full disclosure, telling them I wanted get as many opinions as possible before I pulled the trigger.
I worked at a gun shop for a few years, I know the benefit of supporting these guys.

Well, after going over my list again and again, reading review after review, even the negative ones, I walked out with a Remington R1!
After all, it was two days before my birthday, so I had a perfect excuse for dropping a few $ right?

So, I have my first 1911!.
I felt the same way when I got my first .22, Christmas 35 years ago(Winchester 190, which I still have and shoot often)
Haven't shot yet, but I can't put this thing down! It feels so good, and points like a shotgun. It just points very well and I like the balance. Unlike that plastic gun.....

And my head is spinning with all the ways you can customize it.

just an FYI, Cabela's R1's are now served in a cardboard box.
which didn't effect my decision since it will be resting in the safe.

Glad to be here

Gary
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Old 01-25-2017, 02:52 PM
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Welcome, and Happy Birthday!

I always buy myself something too .

Go shoot that thing and report back with a picture or two!!
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Old 01-25-2017, 04:46 PM
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Old 01-25-2017, 06:29 PM
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Welcome to this forum. You will not be sorry you stopped in!!! Be "very" careful......
......1911"s ARE (not may be) addictive!!!! JMHO

Gary (we share the same first name, too!!!!)
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Old 01-25-2017, 08:50 PM
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Welcome to the forum

liked to story
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Old 01-26-2017, 04:01 AM
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Welcome from the Old Continent to a great 1911 forum.

Great choice I love classic 1911s without all those modern frills like:
Full-length guide rods
Extended thumb safeties
Extended slide releases
Beavertail grip safeties
Accessory rails
Aluminum frames
Flared magazine wells
Slide rackers
Compensators
Red-dots
Adjustable sights
Wide-body frames
Skater tape grips
170mm magazines... and those ugly front slide serrations...

I'm sure you made a great choice!
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Old 01-26-2017, 09:24 AM
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Welcome and grats on getting your first 1911! My first was an R1 as well, and I can say you chose wisely.

Have fun personalizing it - here's what mine looks like now:

004 by Peter M, on Flickr
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Old 01-26-2017, 02:13 PM
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Mine has been perfect from day one. Enjoy your new gun--and welcome to the forum.
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Old 01-26-2017, 02:20 PM
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Old 01-27-2017, 11:33 AM
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Thanks Guys.

My first look at the R1, I was not convinced that this was THE 1911 for me.
I had convinced myself that it was going to be the SA. But SA's are hard to come by, no thanks to my local government! If I found one, a premium was added to the actual value. So, the R1 was looking better the more I looked at it.
Anyway, I am happy with my choice, and happy I have found this site.
I'll be customizing this gun, and I bet I can find some folks here that can assist me with that.
Yes, I see the addiction to this sidearm. I plan on shooting it soon in stock trim first. But, I already have a list of components and accouterments to enhance the experience....
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Old 01-27-2017, 07:25 PM
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Old 01-31-2017, 03:29 PM
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Old 01-31-2017, 04:44 PM
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Welcome to the forum and Happy Birthday. After shooting 1911's I would bet you have multiple birthdays per year.
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Old 02-04-2017, 10:46 PM
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Welcome to the forum and Happy Birthday, I love your present. Hope you have many years of fun shooting and customizing it. They do grow on you, I'm still using my Series 70 Gold Cup purchased in 1975 and have just added some HiViz sights... What a change! Anyway good shootin' and keep the ten ring full.
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Old 02-05-2017, 05:29 AM
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Old 02-05-2017, 05:55 AM
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Hi SxS and welcome to the forum.
Being in MA I understand the complications well. I am currently wanting a 1911. I am leaning more toward a 9mm but have not ruled out the 45ACP. I have been reading and stashing some monies aside. Hopefully I will find my gun soon. Currently I am enjoying my plastic M&Ps.
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Old 02-05-2017, 05:59 AM
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An R1 is an excellent choice. I have had one and loved it. I ended up trading it off but that's just me buying a trading and has nothing to do with the quality of the R1.

Congratulations on a fine choice of a 1911 to start off with.
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Old 02-15-2020, 08:30 AM
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Welcome to the forum and Happy Birthday. After shooting 1911's I would bet you have multiple birthdays per year.
So, while I do not post a lot, I do visit the site daily.
Guess I am what they call a lurker (?).

Just to update, from a dyed in the wool shot-gunner.
I have been for the most of my life an upland bird hunter, skeet, and sporting clays shooter. No trap. Trap is for big fat guys with expensive single shot shotguns(just an observation) and j/k...

I now have three 1911s

Just purchased my third on the way home from work on St. Valentines Day.
Snuck in the back door and threw into the gun safe before the Mrs saw it.

So to date:

Remington R1 - very happy with it, shoots great, no problems, just shoots a little low.

Colt Competition Series in 9mm. Beautiful stainless slide with jungle green frame. That was a another recent birthday gift to myself. Have not shot it yet.

Auto Ordnance 1911A1, plastic grips. I wanted a GI style replica and except for the fact it is a series 80, seems to be as close as I can get especially at that price point, I absolutely love the sites on it. I like the finish, the plastic grips, and from what I can see on the ole inter web, they can be a good gun for just having fun and throwing some "doorknobs" down range.

I am currently searching for #4
I want an genuine 1911 circa 1918... But just don't know enough right where I would be comfortable spending the kind of money it takes to acquire such a firearm and not getting "ripped off".
I can recognize re bluing and anyone research a S/N I guess,but it is the internals would be my concern.
As the saying goes, I need to read a book, or two.
My other option would be CMP.

So, hat's off to John Moses Browning!
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Old 02-15-2020, 02:29 PM
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Welcome to this forum. You will not be sorry you stopped in!!! Be "very" careful......
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Yep!

I got a few more since this pic!
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Old 02-16-2020, 06:43 AM
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Old 02-29-2020, 07:03 AM
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Hello from Alabama and glad you joined the Forum. yep they addicting for sure got 12 at last count.
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