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Old 03-01-2020, 06:07 PM
TRSOtto TRSOtto is offline
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Originally Posted by magazineman View Post
I was a 12 Y/O kid when a fellow let me fire his 1911. That's all it took. That was the extent of my research.

Within a few months I had bought my first one. A worn but serviceable Remington Rand.

And so it started. No looking back.
So.....I GOTTA hear how you bought a 1911 at age 12.

Not calling you out. It's just gotta be a crazy story!
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Old 03-01-2020, 06:57 PM
bmcgilvray bmcgilvray is offline
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Doesn't require real research. I just buy Colts, old or new and be happy.
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Old 03-04-2020, 05:19 PM
xusmico187 xusmico187 is offline
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after API in 85 under Cooper, I followed his recommendations. since then I have learned that 1. QUALITY over cost. 2. established 1911 US manfacture. 3. FORGED parts. I'll never buy another Colt. for the money, a springfield w/ WC bombproof parts.
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Old 03-04-2020, 05:36 PM
jmegas jmegas is offline
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I spent a few weeks of reading; mostly on this forum.

I didn't want to make a mistake on my first 1911. I particularly didn't want to get one that was too cheap that I was disappointed immediately. I probably spent close to 100 hours reading and I finally ended up with a Springfield Armory TRP. It was a good choice (for me) for a first 1911. I have since added an Ed Brown Executive Carry, but that is an entirely different level of gun. I'm still very happy with my TRP. It has been back to Deb at the Custom Shop and had the trigger worked on, and I've added new sights and grips, but the TRP is the one I carry around with me.
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Old 03-04-2020, 05:54 PM
teddyearp teddyearp is offline
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None. I hadn't even shot a 1911 that I didn't like. Took $500 to a gun show, found an AMT there, bought it. Came home and joined this forum.

Of course, then my research was like a previous post. They're all junk. Not me, I got a good one.
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Old 03-04-2020, 06:06 PM
Oldbrass33 Oldbrass33 is offline
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The first was a Ruger SR1911, what a deal! $700 and some odd bucks, eats everything I feed it. Very accurate, no research, low risk( it was from Ruger)
Since then some RIAs, a couple Kimber, one Para( NEVEr again since Remington brought them out!) another SR1911 Officer’s Model, a Sig C3 ( love this one).
Never had a “high end” custom/ semi-custom 1911, but I enjoy shooting, my guns are accurate ( enough for me), the bad guys would be in deep sugar if they got in way. 380 for deep carry, 9mm for just range fun, 45 acp for EDC and nightstand.
I have revolvers and enjoy shooting them, but 1911s are “IT”.
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Old 03-04-2020, 06:46 PM
SP155 SP155 is offline
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None. When the Army issued these things there was no picking and choosing. We shot what they gave us so I wasn't going to be too nuts about the selection process. What I wound up with after looking at two, is a rebuilt military example that is tighter than a bull's ass at fly time that shoots lights out. I picked the one with the curved mainspring housing since it fit my hand better. I did a little clean up and a trigger job to help keep me on target. Shoots like a dream with factory ammo or my reloads. I couldn't be happier. No disrespect intended, but all the other stuff is just poetry IMHO.
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Old 03-04-2020, 06:57 PM
cdhbrad cdhbrad is offline
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Me too....My first was a Series 80 Gold Cup bought in early 90s, still have it. My only other Colt is a Clark Hardball built in 1962 on a late 50s Govt. Model. Rob Schauland (ACW) recently rebarreled it for me.
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Old 03-04-2020, 11:12 PM
Capt. Crunch Capt. Crunch is offline
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Springfield 1911 GI was my first.

Colt 1991 commander... still carry that!

Colt Combat Commander...Carry that around the property.

Colt Commander slide I'm fitting a new steel frame to...
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Old 03-05-2020, 09:22 AM
warp2diesel warp2diesel is offline
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I research the frame (100% or 80%) and slide, order parts and build.

More 1911s in the works.
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Old 03-05-2020, 10:34 AM
Pappy1949 Pappy1949 is offline
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Not a lot in my case. I wanted as close to a govt 1911 as possible and the budget was a major factor. Auto Ordnance fit the bill and had good reviews so I picked one up at a gun show for about $400. Never had any problems with it and it sits on the closet shelf near my bed, condition one, with a spare magazine as my home invasion grab gun.
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Old 03-05-2020, 11:03 AM
phil_gretz phil_gretz is offline
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My story began when I inherited my Dad's M1911A1. I joined this forum and found my way to the sub-forum on U.S. military guns. There, the kind folks told me not to fire it. So, I had to find something modern that I could shoot in memory of my Dad and his pistol. Maybe 4-5 years ago.

I did a medium amount of research and reading, went to gun stores to look at models that seemed to be popular at the time. I looked at videos, particularly ones where models were compared critically to one another. I'm not sure that helped, but it did inform me a little. Frankly, I didn't know what I didn't know.

I settled on a budget, and decided on a model. Bought it through Gunbroker, at the top of what I was willing to spend. I later had an armorer friend swap out the hammer, sear and thumb safety (from ambi to right hand only). I capped off the ILS. It's a stainless SA Loaded and it shoots marvelously for me.
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Old 03-05-2020, 11:09 AM
Wavygravy Wavygravy is offline
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In 1971 I had a rattle-trap 1911 issue that stayed in my kit bag. Recently decided to get a good 1911 and started studying, and also discussing and learning from others.
Originally Posted by bmcgilvray View Post
Doesn't require real research. I just buy Colts, old or new and be happy.
bmcgilvray was one of those I listened to. I'm extremely happy w/ my Colt LW Commander and 7 round Wilson mags.
Charlie Co. 101st Assault Helicopter Battalion (Wings of the Eagle), 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile)
Phu Bai, Vietnam 1971-72
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Old 03-05-2020, 11:09 AM
markmmg markmmg is offline
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I will typically do a fair amount of reading on a particular gun before buying. But I admit I did not do any reading on 1911s until after I bought one. I went to my local gun store one day to browse and they had a used, but like brand new, Para Expert 1911 for $500 so I bought it. Luckily is has been a fantastic gun.

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Old 03-05-2020, 03:21 PM
Fatboy46 Fatboy46 is offline
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For a 1911, will Colt parts fit without a Gunsmiths $$. Do standard magazines work reliably. I am not a $3000-$5000 1911 guy. Under $1000. Shoots reliably, already has a beavertail. All the extras aren’t part of my decision. I am not going to do tack driving with it. 1 “ body of angle” is sufficient for a combat/ defensive weapon
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Old 03-05-2020, 05:55 PM
dpotter58 dpotter58 is offline
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Thought I wanted a Kimber. Bought a loaded black stainless target model by Springfield Armory. Love it.

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Old 03-06-2020, 10:17 AM
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I lucked out with my first 2 1911's: A Military style NORINCO, + an AMT HARDBALLER. Finally acquired 2 pre 1970 COLT GMs that gave me a lot of problems. I wanted a compact 1911 - but regret ever learning of the LLAMA MINI MAX - a real POS.
Over the years I traded away my AMT Hardballer - & always regretted trading it.
I acquired an RIA Compact Officers Model 1911 & liked it.
I missed my stainless AMT, & decided to Have a brand new Stainless 1911. I did lots of research, & decided against any with "Lawyer safeties", or poor customer service (so no Remington R1). I ended up trading away my troublesome but collectable pretty Colt 1969 1911GM + my pristine NORINCO + A revolver, & a couple of nice collectable BOWIE KNIVES - to my favorite local dealer - in a deal for a STEYR GB I wanted + a NEW RUGER SR1911 (he was asking $1200. for my colt which covered the dealers cost of my items) the NORINCO & OTHER ITEMS + my undying gratityude, were his profit on the deal.
The ONLY 2 1911's I own today are: the RIA C.O., + Ruger SR1911. I am completely satisfied with them & have equipped them to my taste. Wish I had kept the Norinco & AMT Also - in addition - but not instead of. Po Folks just don't get to keep everything.
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Old 03-06-2020, 11:27 AM
Schlitz 45 Schlitz 45 is offline
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25 years ago in '95 I bought a Llama XI LF 1911 style pistol at a gun show for under $300 without any research. I was then carrying a S&W 59 that would spit out everything it was fed but lacked accuracy. I liked the way it felt & the cost was right for me at the time. On the way home I stopped out on the prairie and loaded it up to give it a try, took aim at a sunflower maybe 25' away & the first shot cut the stalk clean off just under the flower. I now know it's not the best made firearm & have added several more-SIG, Kimber, & Dan Wesson. It's still a good shooter & has served well as a test mule for installing/fitting triggers & stuff. Research is a lot easier now.
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Old 03-07-2020, 09:09 AM
Daveboone Daveboone is offline
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I had wanted a 1911 for...well, about 40 years, but shooting and family priorites limited my ability. Back when...when you said 1911 it meant only one gun...A Colt Govt. model.
They were the first, the original, and in my opinion had the longest experience of anyone making the 1911. Originally I wanted a GI version, bare bones, but as I had done a lot of handgun shooting I knew the advantages of having the best appropriate sights, etc. to allow for the most potential on my behalf, but then I also knew I didn't want a full blown combat/ competition model. I went to gun shops and handled as many as I could, compared features to wants and needs, and decided my best option was the current Colt Competition, which I am very happy with. I did have to sell a few redundant firearms to pay for it, but it was a good trade.
I think I will probably swap out the plastic ray-ban style front sight for a brass bead, but am in no hurry to do so.
That said, I am now considering a more base model "beater", probably a Rock Island or Springfield Armory in the GI style model.
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Old 03-07-2020, 11:19 AM
Paulee Paulee is offline
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Not a whole lot the first couple of times, I fell for marketing and price points.
Most of what I would consider "research" was shooting other people's 1911's and comparing them to what I had. Once I got to shoot some Les Baer's and Wilson's, I gulped once or twice and wrote the check.
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Old 03-10-2020, 12:21 PM
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I can't say I did any research. But then I grew up before the internet.

I suppose I learned how to shoot a gun and a 1911. After that I looked for guns that passed a safety inspection, my safety inspection. That seemed to me to have a decent trigger and I knew that if I wanted I could upgrade the sights, the trigger pull and any particulars I might want. That's what folks did at the time. I did the same.

I looked for good bargains in used guns. Still do.

I've not seen the point, for my needs, of buying an up scale $2,000 or $3,000 pistol. I've rarely bought new 1911s. Last one I bought was a Philippine made (RIA) 1911 in 38 Super. I wanted to study that piece.

To me researching a gun begins with buying it and shooting it some.

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Old 03-10-2020, 05:05 PM
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Did plenty of research. Did not want a firing pin lock to interfere with trigger pull. Got a Springfield Milspec at the right price. That uses a light firing pin and strong main and FP return spring to pass drop testing.
You can't reason people out of a position they didn't reason their way into...
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Old 03-10-2020, 05:23 PM
1saxman 1saxman is offline
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When I first was getting into guns around 1992, I gradually realized what a '1911' was and at that time I regarded it as many do today, a relic whose time had come and gone. Over time my thinking changed and I began to want one. This was aided and abetted greatly by a co-worker who had a MK IV/Series'70 that had been redone by a local 'smith who briefly gained national attention before his untimely passing, Fred Schmitt. He let me fire it at the range a few times and that did the trick - I had to have one and it had to be a Colt. I sold a couple of guns and found a used 1953 Gov Model. That was the first but not the last!
I use other pistols for 'duty' but the 1911 is special. I say to hell with all that nit-picking, just get a new Colt while you still can.
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Old 03-10-2020, 09:20 PM
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First one, no research. I stumbled across a Colt M1911 at the gun shop and the price didn't seem bad (overpaid some) and bought it.

Second one, I wanted a stainless and the Remington R1S was the closest to a GI gun I could find. Put on a wide-spur hammer, arched mainspring housing, and a short trigger. Doesn't naturally point for me so lanyard loop flat housing and long trigger went on.

Third one, no research. CDNN was clearing out "Remington UMC" M1911 made by Turnbull for Remington, $1400. I had missed getting a Colt, so that one was a no-brainer.

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Old 03-10-2020, 10:51 PM
John Joseph John Joseph is offline
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I learned everything I really needed to know about the 1911 from Mr. McCurry, my 7th Grade History teacher who had been a "Top" in the US Army before he was a teacher.
For which I am very grateful.
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