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Old 09-24-2013, 11:12 AM
circa81 circa81 is offline
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Under $1000 1911 you'd trust your life too?

Which, if any under $1000 1911 would you trust for home defense?
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Old 09-24-2013, 11:31 AM
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Anything Para or Springfield.
I've shot the heck out of my friends SA XD sub compact in .40 and love the thing.
I own both Para and SA full size and 4.25 length and would not hesitate to defend myself with them.
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Old 09-24-2013, 11:38 AM
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Springfield Loaded.

My Expert has 7000 rounds through it, 3 failures to eject on the first day. Good odds if you ask me.
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Old 09-24-2013, 11:42 AM
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Any colt 1991 series government or commander length
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Old 09-24-2013, 11:45 AM
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I think any weapon that has a 1000 rounds through it without FTF problems is a good weapon. In my rotation of 3 weapons for conceal/carry I include a Remington R-1 and a Rock Island Tactical (compact). BOTH are weapons I am proud of and trust with my life. Also--I take these weapons to the range at least 1 time per week and fire them. You can have a $5000.00 .45, but if you are a terrible shot, or don't have confidence with the weapon, it could get you DEAD real quick in a dicey situation.
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Old 09-24-2013, 11:52 AM
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Colt, Dan Wesson or STI
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Old 09-24-2013, 12:01 PM
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Colt, Dan Wesson or STI
Let me know where you are getting Dan Wessons for under $1000. I would like to get 5 or 10 of those.
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Old 09-24-2013, 12:03 PM
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Under $1000? No mods/upgrades?

For me, theres nothing out there.
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Old 09-24-2013, 12:03 PM
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My American Classic Commander has been very reliable and I carry it every day.
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Old 09-24-2013, 12:12 PM
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Under $1000? No mods/upgrades?

For me, theres nothing out there.
Yeah, stock.
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Old 09-24-2013, 12:16 PM
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I believe there are many 1911s under $1k that you could take into harm's way. But I won't trust my life to something, no matter the price point, until I've had a chance to shoot it plenty.
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Old 09-24-2013, 12:29 PM
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I've have a Kimber Custom Target II that has never had a failure. I added Heinie Straight Eight fixed night sights to it when I decided I wanted to start carrying it.

Once I changed the sights on the Kimber, I decided to get a Springfield Range Officer. It has not had a single failure either.

My Colt Government Series 80 wasn't failure prone, but it hit me in the face with brass about one in 5 rounds. Colt spent 3 months with it to fix the problem. Works flawlessly now, though not as accurate as the Kimber or Range Officer.
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Old 09-24-2013, 12:29 PM
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Strange question for me. I've had eight 1911's. All were bought used, all were under a $1000, & all were reliable enough to trust my life on. Very few problems, if any at all, with these guns. The few failures I've had have been the very rare & easily cleared jam. Probably due to my picking up whatever random ancient & sometimes reloaded ammo I find for cheap to waste at the range. Hey, I'm a tightwad bastard.

For serious use, I rely on good ammo, of course.

But the two most noteworthy performers have been -- no surprise--- My Springfield Loaded & --maybe surprising--- My Argentine Modelo 1927.

No issues ever with those two regardless of the crap I was shooting out of them.

The bottom line is that the 1911 is a good design. If you buy one from a reputable manufacturer in good condition on the used market, you should have no problem getting a reliable gun for $1000 or less.

I'd try for one that belongs to a friend or a friend-of-friend. Someone who does not want to get a bad reputation for selling you garbage.

Gunshops examine their used guns but do not burn up their profit margin by wasting tons of rounds through them. So their knowledge of the performance a used gun is limited.

Stick to buddys. Ask around. Also, I like used guns that show some usage wear. Super low round-count guns are pretty but may still have teething problems.
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Old 09-24-2013, 12:41 PM
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Yeah, stock.
I cant think of any sub $1000 1911 on the market that can go from box to life saving duty.
All production 1911's must be upgraded. Some more than others.

Im no snob. Never owned a full house custom. Yet Im starting to understand the importance of certain things(deburring, polishing, proper geometry, metallurgy, sights, etc) that many 1911 makers skip over to attract the under $1000 1911 buyer.

Not to knock this part of the market, but for under $1000, they cant make any money if they perform, supply thr above mentioned.

There is always the anomaly of a sub $1000 1911 runs thousands of rounds without a hiccup or upgrade though.

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Old 09-24-2013, 12:41 PM
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Old 09-24-2013, 12:48 PM
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My Ruger or one of my Sigs.
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Old 09-24-2013, 01:14 PM
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My Ruger or one of my Sigs.
If you stick with ball ammo I'll trust my SR1911.....
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Old 09-24-2013, 01:18 PM
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My springfield and ruger were both under $1000 and have had no issues with the ruger and non with the Springfield since it came back from some warranty work.
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Old 09-24-2013, 01:48 PM
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I admit my failures are ammo related.....my reloads, especially cast bullets in any shape other than RN. Otherwise, R-1 has been 100% reliable. Sig Nitron is another favorite.
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Old 09-24-2013, 01:50 PM
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I'll also jump on the Springfield boat, I have two at the moment and have owned a third. They've been nothing but accurate and reliable, regardless of the ammo. The only hiccup I've had was with my older GI (from when they still had the GI and Milspec as different options) using junk mags. Even with crappy mags my current Milspec has been 100% reliable. I will also say that you need to shoot, shoot, and shoot some more with whatever you choose. Be sure you can hit what you shoot at and that your gun will feed your carry ammo with no hiccups.
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Old 09-24-2013, 01:52 PM
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Sig ultra compact, but just barely under $1K
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Old 09-24-2013, 03:20 PM
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I have a Rock Island Armory GI 1911, that has been extensively modified for use in IDPA competition. I fired it several hundred times before sending it to my gunsmith, and it was accurate, and perfectly reliable stock. I would have been fine with it as a HD pistol as is, and I use it for both carry and competition now, but RIA would not know it was one of theirs today.
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Old 09-24-2013, 03:26 PM
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The only 1911 have currently have. A Taurus PT1911. 1000 rounds through it so far and never had a failure yet.
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Old 09-24-2013, 04:40 PM
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Kimber TGT II my Duty Gun 7k+ no probs.
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Old 09-24-2013, 04:54 PM
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My valuable, but less than 100% reliable Colt stays in the safe. My Norinco 1911 stays close at home, I carry an RIA officers compact. Both of my inexpensive "user" 1911s have been perfect right out of the box, & ever since. The only mods I made were for personal preference, rather than function. I would imagine you might buy ONE OF EACH for under $1K.
Just because something is an inexpensive bargain, doesn't necessarily mean it's no good. I have come to trust my 1911 "users" with my life, & highly recommend them.
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