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Old 07-09-2020, 01:29 PM
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Hey all, I’m new to the forum. I’m in search of some wisdom regarding an upcoming 1911 purchase. I’m stuck between the desert eagle 1911G ss for $800, the s&w 1911 e-series, or a sig 1911 extreme at the local gun store for $900? Can’t seam to make up my mind. Anyone have any first hand knowledge on which route I should go? Thanks for your help!
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Old 07-09-2020, 03:52 PM
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I have one of the "very large" DE varieties and it works fine if its breathing fire. Im not so convinced that they can put as much finesse into a 1911 as they should.
I also have a Sig 1911 that just flat out runs flawlessly.
With the three you are looking at, my opinion is definitely the Sig for $900.
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Old 07-09-2020, 04:02 PM
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I've shot the DE 1911, it's a solid pistol.

1. Get the sights you want.
2. Get the grip safety you want.

Both of those aren't easy to switch.
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Old 07-09-2020, 04:14 PM
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I have both the Sig and the DE1911G.

As BrokenGrunt said, pick the one that has the features that . . you . . like best.
Both are capable of what 99% of us need.
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Old 07-09-2020, 04:15 PM
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I’ve been leaning towards the desert eagle for about a year now, I’ve heard nothing but good things about it. But was at the shop the other day and picked up the sig and it felt great, very smooth slide, 5lb trigger was ok, grips were fantastic, just not a lot of info about the extreme online so I wanted some expert advice before I threw $900 at it.
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Old 07-09-2020, 04:44 PM
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I agree, get the sights your eye likes the best. But all things equal with sights, I would also lean towards the DE because it has an internal extractor, the sig may limit your holsters because of the propriety slides. Good luck, let us know what you get and please post a picture.
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Old 07-09-2020, 05:59 PM
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The sig is in store, the DE is back ordered so who knows how long that will take. Does anyone know about the parts quality of the sig or if it being a discontinued gun Should have any effect on my decision?

Thanks for the feedback this far, definitely need to take another look at the sights before I decide!
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Old 07-09-2020, 06:22 PM
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The sig is in store, the DE is back ordered so who knows how long that will take. Does anyone know about the parts quality of the sig or if it being a discontinued gun Should have any effect on my decision?

Thanks for the feedback this far, definitely need to take another look at the sights before I decide!
One in the hand is worth ...

Sig makes decent quality parts. I have mixed feelings about their longterm support of discontinued models. I would not let that influence buying one for short term consideration. If you check their website, they still list about 10 variations of the 1911 series. Those models will have a very high percentage of parts interchangability with your gun.
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Old 07-09-2020, 07:22 PM
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My friends with Desert Eagles all have had issues. They are not that popular anymore. I can't help you with the Sigs, I don't know anyone that has one of their 1911's. My P365 is tremendous.
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Old 07-09-2020, 08:08 PM
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My DE1911G was the first 1911 I ever bought. It ran flawlessly, and the fit-n-finish was really nice for a sub-$1000 1911. But, it did not have front strap checkering which I didn't know I wanted...until I did. It is my understanding they've added it to the newer models, as well as an undercut trigger guard.

I have the S&W and I think its the best bang-for-your-buck 1911 out there. Forged frame, forged slide, match barrel...has eaten every type of ammo with nary a whimper, and is NOT magazine sensitive.



I replaced the MSH and grips on mine. If you can look past the unusual slide serrations and the external extractor (which S&W does quite well, BTW), you'll love it!!
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Old 07-09-2020, 08:16 PM
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Flight Medic - What's FSC?
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Old 07-09-2020, 08:18 PM
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Either the S&W or Sig, both are fine 1911s.
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Old 07-09-2020, 08:18 PM
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Flight Medic - What's FSC?
FCS = Front Cocking Serrations

no idea FSC
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Old 07-09-2020, 08:37 PM
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Flight Medic - What's FSC?
Front Strap Checkering. I will edit my original post to avoid confusion
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Old 07-09-2020, 09:08 PM
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Another Sig vote. I've handled & fired my friend's 1911 Sig a lot. It's great. Seeing as the DE could take anywhere from 10 minutes to 100 years, and the (terrific!) Sig is in stock, I think this is an easy decision.

I happen to have a Sig P238. I've found no flaws on the gun. Design, build quality, operation, & materials are all excellent.
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Old 07-10-2020, 08:26 AM
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Got em or had em.
The "E" Series hands down from that list.
Still have the E
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Old 07-10-2020, 08:48 AM
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I have a Sig STX, great gun, just runs & very accurate.probably a little more than you want to spend as it was over 1k from the Sig Pro Shop (great people, great place) so that said I would add 1 to the mix is the Springfield Defender great piece at a great price. Does not have front strap checkering & like f-Medicis a must have for me as well but quite frankly a piece of skateboard tape will work as well, not as classy looking but it’ll work.

I just visited the Springfield site and it appears that they’ve discontinued a lot of their models, the Defender included which was $500 or less, screaming deal imho, but you can find them online still and the SA warranty is first rate. Take a look.

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Old 07-10-2020, 11:19 AM
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I too recommend the Springfield in that price range. Good solid gun and a great platform for any custom work down the line.
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Old 07-10-2020, 11:35 AM
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Sig does not make junk. Of the three mentioned, that one is the best.
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Old 07-10-2020, 12:22 PM
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Sig does not make junk. Of the three mentioned, that one is the best.
Agreed! 4 Sig 1911's and I am happy with them.
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Old 07-10-2020, 12:28 PM
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Update: I went in and picked up the sig extreme today so the sig votes have it! I still do really like the DE 1911G but a sig in the hand beats to DEs in the bush!

Thanks for all the feedback and info, I do also have a Springfield range officer in 9mm that I have 2k round through and absolutely love so I totally get the Springfield option!
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Old 07-10-2020, 12:41 PM
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Front Strap Checkering. I will edit my original post to avoid confusion
Thanks! Years ago, I worked for a tool manufacturer in their Factory Service Center. Whenever I see FSC, that's what I think of.
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Old 07-10-2020, 01:53 PM
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Update: I went in and picked up the sig extreme today so the sig votes have it! I still do really like the DE 1911G but a sig in the hand beats to DEs in the bush!

Thanks for all the feedback and info, I do also have a Springfield range officer in 9mm that I have 2k round through and absolutely love so I totally get the Springfield option!
Welcome to the forum, congratulations on your new 1911!
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Old 07-10-2020, 02:04 PM
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Nice Sig.

I have an early Sig 1911, just plain stainless, but with the funny slide shape and a very odd looking grip safety, (I think it was built before Sig settled on parts suppliers, my MSH has a lanyard loop setup, never seen another Sig 1911 set up quite like mine) but I love it and it shoots, i have had it for a LONG time and it still shoots very well.

I also own one of the S&W E series units, I like it too, but it shoots Left - i need to dig out the sight pusher and adjust it a bit.

You did not go wrong buying the Sig!
And welcome to the forum!

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Old 07-10-2020, 02:05 PM
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You will not be disappointed. I have two Sig 1911's and they have been flawless. BTW, the S&W is also a very nice gun. In these times I would never wait for a backordered gun. Waiting for a Kimber since Feb.
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