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Old 02-27-2020, 01:26 PM
Gasitman Gasitman is offline
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Looking to buy my first 9mm 1911

I own 6 1911's 5 in 45 acp and one in 10mm I'm not trying to break the bank, nor am I trying to buy a saturday night special. Between $800-1200 would be a good range. I've never shot a 1911 in 9mm. Not sure how they are, but I think it's time I take the plunge.

What would you recommend that has a good history, holds its value, and won't be laughed at?
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Old 02-27-2020, 01:42 PM
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Springfield Loaded Target. $1100.00
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Old 02-27-2020, 01:55 PM
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The SA RO is on the lower end of your price range...I absolutely love mine...Tight fit, great soft shooter, very accurate, runs flawlessly and not finicky on ammo...I've never been laughed at when I pull in the target...I added a FO front from Dawson and a set of Hogue wrap-arounds on mine..The FO helps on the aging eyes...Some models now come with the FO site...

https://www.springfield-armory.com/p...r-9mm/#PI9129L

Currently averaging around $800 on GoG...

The Operator model that comes with the FO front and rail on the dust cover is coming in at around $900
https://www.galleryofguns.com/genie/...&zipcode=43055

I would go with the $800 model...I don't need a rail on a range gun and the $800 model comes with an adjustable rear. the rear on the Operator is not adjustable, only driftable...

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Old 02-27-2020, 02:11 PM
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I recently bought my first 9mm 1911 and decided on a Springfield Armory Range Officer Elite Operator and am very happy with mine. I liked the upgraded finish, VZ grips and combat rear sight along with the fiber optic front sight. Very tight and well finished too. As long as I lube it with the proper lube (no grease or heavy lube!) it runs great.
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Old 02-27-2020, 02:44 PM
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I've owned 2 9mm 1911s, a Springer about 10 years ago and a Kimber Target last year. Never got the Springer running right, sold it to a guy building a Super. The Kimber needed a new extractor , but runs great after that was replaced. The Kimber is the most accurate pistol in my hands.
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Old 02-27-2020, 02:53 PM
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I have Kimber Stainless Target that I bought for around $850 and it has been a very good gun. Accurate and reliable with all ammo. I recently ordered a Kimber Aegeis Pro 9mm which I am looking forward to for $900. It can also be had from the factory with a red dot for $1100 if that is something you like.

A forum tradition being a suggestion slightly out of your price range is the new STI Staccato-C which has gotten unbelievable write ups especially for accuracy. List is $1500 but you should find it slightly lower.
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Old 02-27-2020, 03:44 PM
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Hi Gasitman. They say everyone is entitled to their opinion, so here's mine.

There are a lot of good options out there, but if I had to choose only one 1911 in that price range, that felt like a 1911, I'd choose a Dan Wesson for it's build quality (even if you have to save for a couple of months).

However, I really like the idea that Springfield Armory builds (what I believe is) the only 1911's built specifically to the 9mm cartridge, the EMP/EMP4/EMP CCC. Each have 15 re-engineered parts to make it a true fit. I like the purity of that. But it is a smaller grip for a 1911, so there's that to consider.

Because the 9mm cartridge is .125 inches shorter than a .45 cartridge, everyone else's 9mm 1911's are .45 cal 1911's with spacers/crimps to make the 9mm function in it. Having that much 'wasted space' in anything just doesn't seem right to me. I truly believe that JMB and God made the 1911 as a .45 caliber. It's a perfect fit. A 1911 modified to shoot 9mm to me is like a Coonan being 'spaced/crimped' to shoot .45's. Imagine that.
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Old 02-27-2020, 03:47 PM
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I also have a Kimber Stainless Target. A favorite range gun. Accurate completely reliable and an absolute joy to shoot. That big full size frame really dampens recoil. Like shooting .38 wadcutters in a N frame S&W
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Old 02-27-2020, 03:52 PM
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Colts stainless competition gun is in the $850-$900 range. Mine is accurate and runs 100%.
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Old 02-27-2020, 03:54 PM
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Have both a Springfield RO and the new Dan Wesson Vigil in 9mm; actually have a few DWs.

The DW Vigil pistols are, IMHO, one of the best guns for the money on the market. Build quality and details are far and above the SA RO, and, no MIM parts. The 9mm will spoil you!
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Old 02-27-2020, 05:19 PM
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STI no longer makes single stack models, but there are plenty of their Trojan models around in like new condition that should be in that range. They were very highly regarded among the competition crowd. I certainly like mine a lot.
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In that price range no doubt for me...Dan Wesson. Best guns for the price. For a little more you can get into semi-custom gently used pistols.
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Old 02-27-2020, 09:43 PM
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There is a price point where I would opt for other things, but in that range I would be buying one of the Colt 9mm Gold Cups.
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Old 02-27-2020, 10:00 PM
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Over a good many years, I've had Colts, Kimbers, Springfields, Dan Wessons and one STI in 9MM. Reliable function seems to be the #1 topic of discussion with 9MM 1911s. FWIW, 9MM 1911s that have been reliable for me without any tinkering, adjusting, polishing or cursing, are three Kimbers, two Dan Wessons and one STI. Resale and laugh value? I don't know, other than per the internet Kimbers are junk Jammamatics and terrible guns in every possible way. That has not been my experience with Kimbers, but Hey, I read it on the internet
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Old 02-27-2020, 11:16 PM
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Thanks for all the replies. As far as kimber, that is my 10mm, a eclipse and it has been back 3 times. I think I even posted about it a few years back. I have mags, none of them hold 9 rounds, and two are Wilson's. It jams every time I take it out. If I had to trust my life with it, I would use it as a bludgeoning device. Kimber is out of the question for me.

I did not think about a dan wesson, I would definitely look at their models on the used circuit.
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Old 02-28-2020, 12:34 AM
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Thanks for all the replies. As far as kimber, that is my 10mm, a eclipse and it has been back 3 times. I think I even posted about it a few years back. I have mags, none of them hold 9 rounds, and two are Wilson's. It jams every time I take it out. If I had to trust my life with it, I would use it as a bludgeoning device. Kimber is out of the question for me.

I did not think about a dan wesson, I would definitely look at their models on the used circuit.



And, of course, the Springfield Arsenal Range Officer...
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Old 02-28-2020, 01:26 AM
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Well I made my decision. Going to wait and hold out for the Dan Wesson DWX.
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Old 02-28-2020, 04:28 AM
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1911 9mm compact.....

I have quite a few pistols, but most I have built myself... I like the 1911 style, and often build STI 2011 pistols.

A few years back, I purchased a small and compact concealed carry pistol called a Rock Island Tac Ultra. It had a lot of features and benefits, and the price was excellent. You should be able to purchase a new gun for roughly $650 or less.

The thing that impressed me was the accuracy of the Rock Ultra 9mm gun. Whoever fitted the RIA barrel did a good job, and I have used their barrels with one of my gun builds that is very accurate as well! I was able to make very accurate shots even with the short sight radius.....and the F/O front sight and the adjustable rear sight helped to fine tune the ammo for POA vs. POI. I think the gun is a bargain! You may review the complete line of Rock Island guns at:

www.armscor.com/firearms

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Old 02-28-2020, 05:00 AM
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Old 02-28-2020, 08:55 AM
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The SA RO is on the lower end of your price range...I absolutely love mine...Tight fit, great soft shooter, very accurate, runs flawlessly and not finicky on ammo...I've never been laughed at when I pull in the target...I added a FO front from Dawson and a set of Hogue wrap-arounds on mine..The FO helps on the aging eyes...Some models now come with the FO site...

https://www.springfield-armory.com/p...r-9mm/#PI9129L

Currently averaging around $800 on GoG...

The Operator model that comes with the FO front and rail on the dust cover is coming in at around $900
https://www.galleryofguns.com/genie/...&zipcode=43055

I would go with the $800 model...I don't need a rail on a range gun and the $800 model comes with an adjustable rear. the rear on the Operator is not adjustable, only driftable...
I own one too. Good gun for the money.....finish is a bit rough....fair number of sharp edges, but it runs well and is very accurate

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Old 02-28-2020, 07:26 PM
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SA Loaded...mine has been flawless, 8k plus through it...

Easy to shoot, tack driver...cheap to feed...

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Old 03-03-2020, 06:19 PM
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I had been sort of itchy to buy a 1911 9mm but just didn't like the way the 1911 fits my hands. While playing Santa, the police were helping out. One officer was carrying a 1911 with Hogue wrap around grips. I asked if I could check out the grip, leaving the weapon holstered. Who is going to say "no" to Santa? Maybe someday I will own one, but I just lucked into a Browning Hi Power for $475. I'm good for a while. On another note, the Chief of Police here carried a Springfield 1911 for years and was quite happy with it.
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Old 03-03-2020, 07:32 PM
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9mm shoots like very, very light 45. You'll like it. I really like it in the Commander:

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Old 03-03-2020, 07:45 PM
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Dan Wesson does 9mm 1911s best for my taste. My silverback is my favorite gun in my stable, so much so that I started shooting it almost exclusively in USPSA and love it. It is almost too precious for that. Light shooting, accurate, hard to describe, you feel the slide cycle smoothly, just magic. Look for for some older leftover models like the older pointman, valor etc. They seem to go up in prices.
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