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Old 08-20-2014, 10:18 PM
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Best 1911 under $600

In the market for a new 1911 and my budget is $600 and under. I have read all the different post about so many models almost make your head spin because there are so many... so I would like to see what this post brings.

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Old 08-20-2014, 10:31 PM
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Old 08-20-2014, 11:09 PM
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If you up your budget just a little tiny bit you can get a Ruger SR1911 or it's commander sibling. It is a very good 1911 for the money and well worth the few extra dollars above $600 that you will spend.

Give this thread a read and towards the bottom you will see two online stores that you can get it for Less than $650.

https://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=465524

I honestly think you will be very happy that you went this route if you do. I was like you when wanting my first 1911 back in January. I wanted to keep it at under $500 then I bumped that to $600 then finally came to terms with up to $850, gulp. But then I found the SR1911 at a local shop and handled it. It felt as good as the $800-$900 ones that I had handled and better than the sub $550 ones. It looked equal to the $800-$900 ones too. Of course the MSRP of this gun is $850 iirc so it stands to reason that it will hang with them. It just can be found for $650 or less thankfully.
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Old 08-20-2014, 11:34 PM
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What size, features, specs, etc are you wanting with your 1911?
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Old 08-20-2014, 11:58 PM
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Buy a Rock Island and have money left over to buy an upgraded part or ammo.

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Old 08-21-2014, 12:41 AM
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Rock Island is a good starter for sure, 2 of my buds have them & they go bang everytime! I was going to buy one, then, like remanaz, I saved a bit for the Ruger, then went to buy it & ended up putting a Kimber in lay-away...lol, I absolutely love it, also, do a search & look at bac's buyers guide! good luck
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Old 08-21-2014, 05:27 AM
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American Classic II is worth a look.
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Old 08-21-2014, 09:54 AM
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Bud's has the Magnum Research 1911 for $557. Just put a down payment on one myself.
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Old 08-21-2014, 01:49 PM
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Bud's has the Magnum Research 1911 for $557. Just put a down payment on one myself.
This is a great price on this gun. I have one I paid a little more for and love it! Great trigger and just a good solid gun.
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Old 08-21-2014, 01:56 PM
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Take a look at the American Tactical Imports (ATI's). Buddy of mine bought one and we shoot the heck out of it. Real nice for the price. Good shooter, ran over 400 rounds and not one malfunction and 1911 was quite accurate. Made in the Philippine's but the quality is hard to deny.

Best 1911 for under 5 bills I have ever seen.
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Old 08-22-2014, 02:07 PM
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I second the recommendation to go up a little to the Ruger SR1911. I have a number of 1911s in all price ranges and the Ruger is one of my favorites and is a great value in my book.
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Old 08-22-2014, 02:35 PM
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At $650 I would go with a Remington R1S.
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Old 08-22-2014, 05:43 PM
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American Classic II is worth a look.
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Old 08-22-2014, 10:28 PM
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Rock Island is a good starter for sure, 2 of my buds have them & they go bang everytime! I was going to buy one, then, like remanaz, I saved a bit for the Ruger, then went to buy it & ended up putting a Kimber in lay-away...lol, I absolutely love it, also, do a search & look at bac's buyers guide! good luck
I have both and while the Ruger has a better finish, the fit was better on the RIA. The slide is a lot smoother to operate on the Rock and it had a better trigger out of the box. Either one he picks he will be happy.

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Old 08-22-2014, 11:21 PM
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Used Springfield RO or new Mil Spec with 5 magazines!

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Old 08-22-2014, 11:35 PM
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Para Expert 1911 , mine came with a FO front sight.
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Old 08-22-2014, 11:41 PM
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I just picked up this used Colt M1991A1 Commander at a LGS for $550. I normally don't recommend used 1911s to new owners who aren't familiar with the design and can't spot a prior owner's failed attempts at home gunsmithing, but if you know these guns inside and out there are some terrific bargains out there.

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Old 08-23-2014, 05:42 AM
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I just picked up this used Colt M1991A1 Commander at a LGS for $550. I normally don't recommend used 1911s to new owners who aren't familiar with the design and can't spot a prior owner's failed attempts at home gunsmithing, but if you know these guns inside and out there are some terrific bargains out there.
Wow, that may beat the $506 TLE I managed to refrain from buying last week: http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/Vie...Item=435098042

The Kimber has more bells and whistles but the condition was a little rough. The Colt looks beautiful. Great score!

The deals on used guns are sometimes so good that I take the chance, sight unseen except for a photo. Haven't been burned by the wannabe gunsmith hack yet but probably will be sooner or later. Oh well, it all evens out.
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Old 08-23-2014, 09:37 AM
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You can get the Remington R1 in that range.
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Old 08-23-2014, 09:40 AM
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Under $600 new for a 1911 is scraping the bottom of the 1911 barrel. New guns in that range I would not own. So asking what is the best in that range is sort of an oxymoron. Like asking the best manure to put on chapped lips.
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Old 08-23-2014, 10:28 AM
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Every new 1911 I've seen and handled for under $600 has felt the same. I don't think there really is a "best 1911 for under $600."
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Old 08-23-2014, 10:31 AM
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Like asking the best manure to put on chapped lips.
HA!

Close the thread!

No further answers of what "best" is can top this!
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Old 08-23-2014, 10:40 AM
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So should I changed the thread title to "Least sucky 1911 under $600"?
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Old 08-23-2014, 12:03 PM
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Under $600 new for a 1911 is scraping the bottom of the 1911 barrel. New guns in that range I would not own. So asking what is the best in that range is sort of an oxymoron. Like asking the best manure to put on chapped lips.
I disagree completely.
Just because less expensive guns don't meet your "standards" (whatever those are) that doesn't mean that they don't work well for their intended function; i.e. load, fire, eject, and repeat, and are not accurate enough for their intended use.
What you choose to own and why is totally your business, but don't insult others' opinions.

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I don't think there really is a "best 1911 for under $600."
Of course there is. Your statement lacks logic.
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Old 08-23-2014, 12:12 PM
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In the market for a new 1911 and my budget is $600 and under. I have read all the different post about so many models almost make your head spin because there are so many... so I would like to see what this post brings.

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Rock Island Armory had several models that will fall in your price range. You will be able to get anything from a basic GI model to a more tricked out Tac model. You will also be able to choose a variety of calibers, 9mm, 38 Super, 45 acp, 40 S&W, even 10mm.

Don't worry about those telling you to spend more or making fun of you for not getting their "brand". They don't realize what they are and won't believe it if you tell them, honestly they think their being helpful. It's a little sad, but what are you going to do, right.
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