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Old 03-15-2017, 03:24 PM
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You have to pick one 1911 to run perfectly ...

If you had to buy a 1911 off the shelf for $1500 or less, and your life depended on it running perfectly out of the box, what would you pick? Appearance and "features" don't matter. But if it jams you die.

Personally I would probably choose S&W even though I haven't owned one in a long time.
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Old 03-15-2017, 03:30 PM
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Dan Wesson or Colt Wiley Clapp 1911 (either full size or Commander)
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Old 03-15-2017, 03:42 PM
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I'll second the Wiley Clapp. I have 3,000 + rds. through mine and hasn't missed a beat yet. Even with my reloads that had high primers, it went bang every time.

Can't say that about my other 1911's.
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Old 03-15-2017, 03:42 PM
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It may be a bit outside of the price point, but a Les Baer Thunder Ranch. If I had to be under, Colt Rail Gun.


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Old 03-15-2017, 03:47 PM
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I trust Colt....and I'd have several nice choices for under $1500.
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Old 03-15-2017, 03:50 PM
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I agree. As much as folks like to b**** about Colt's cosmetic defects at least they nearly always run 100% out of the box.
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Old 03-15-2017, 04:00 PM
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Silly question, but is the Wiley Clapp model (at least the one in the 2017 catalog) pretty much a basic 1991 with checkering?
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Old 03-15-2017, 04:02 PM
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My pre-Series II Kimber.
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Old 03-15-2017, 04:23 PM
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Any of the S&W E-Series guns, any Colt at or below that price point, or any Springfield at or below TRP level. I have never had any of the above fail for anything not magazine or ammo related. Guess I'm lucky in that regard: none have ever needed tweaking or sending back to the mother ship - and quite a few have been bought on the used market. For the most part, these companies crank out quality products.
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Old 03-15-2017, 05:02 PM
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Except for the fact that a 9mm Slide Stop got put in my Wiley Clapp Colt , and my sear was not parallel to hammer hooks once those items were remedied it has ran perfectly, Springfield Range Officer .45 Champion and 5" LPA have run 100% out of the box, so my Vote is for Springfield


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Old 03-15-2017, 05:03 PM
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Silly question, but is the Wiley Clapp model (at least the one in the 2017 catalog) pretty much a basic 1991 with checkering?
The Wiley Clapp also has a national match barrel, Novak gold bead front sight, Novak wide notch rear sight, metal main spring housing and no firing pin safety. Also special fingerprint grips that use thin bushings and special screws.
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Old 03-15-2017, 05:09 PM
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Old 03-15-2017, 05:19 PM
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I have 9 Colts. We'll throw out the SCG since it breaks the $1500 point.

The other 8 are all in that $850 to $1100 ballpark and they all just run.
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Old 03-15-2017, 05:29 PM
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Old 03-15-2017, 05:30 PM
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I have 9 Colts. We'll throw out the SCG since it breaks the $1500 point.



The other 8 are all in that $850 to $1100 ballpark and they all just run.


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Old 03-15-2017, 05:55 PM
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I would have to go with what I know and that is my Colts, never had an issue with multitudes of them.
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Old 03-15-2017, 06:05 PM
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The Wiley Clapp Government model I had was 100% reliable.

Never a problem with any aspect of it. It simply wasn't the most accurate of the 1911's that I've owned.

So far the Springfield TRP that I've had this past year+ has run 100% as well. The slide/frame fit on it is much tighter, too.
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Old 03-15-2017, 06:15 PM
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I guess my RIA 9mm/tcm HC qualifies about 600 rounds no failures. Then again I have not had a 1911 that failed out of the box. If my life depends on it though I will cheat a little and get a Les Baer, because I think I'm worth more than $1500.( my wife may not agree)
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Old 03-15-2017, 06:18 PM
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My Dan Wesson CCO has NEVER missed a beat. I do trust my life to it.
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Old 03-15-2017, 06:34 PM
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I believe the OP said "off the shelf".
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Old 03-15-2017, 06:35 PM
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Best bang for the buck...my bone stock...Wiley Clapp Government!
Sorry, no surprises here.
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Old 03-15-2017, 06:41 PM
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Sig Sauer.... does it count? ;-)
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Old 03-15-2017, 06:47 PM
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My Colt 1991 Commander.
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Old 03-15-2017, 06:48 PM
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My Sig TTT came out the box working perfect, my Colts all came out the box working perfect, D &W works perfect only junk has been an expensive Kimber.
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Old 03-15-2017, 06:57 PM
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Have two Dan Wessons and one(Guardian .45) had 5-6 FTF's in the first 400 rounds and my 2nd(ECO) has been perfect for the first two hundred. So I would go with a Colt or Springfield if I had to take one off the shelf and trust my life w/ it.
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