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#5448630 - 11/29/14 03:31 PM First 1911?
Brandon82 Offline
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Registered: 04/17/07
Posts: 471
Loc: Dallas,Tx
I'm wanting to buy my first 1911. My question is, which brand can I make ambidextrous? I noticed they have after market ambi mag releases. Can these be used on all brands? Thanks in advance.

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#5448633 - 11/29/14 03:36 PM Re: First 1911? [Re: Brandon82]
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Yes, what is your budget??
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#5448646 - 11/29/14 03:43 PM Re: First 1911? [Re: Brandon82]
KRoyal Online   sleepy
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Loc: Sherman/North of Dallas
Just a little advice buy a Glock instead.

If you're set on a 1911 and your budget isn't great I'd suggest looking at the rock island armory tactical. Then just cross your fingers when shooting HP ammo because it probably won't work.
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#5448665 - 11/29/14 03:56 PM Re: First 1911? [Re: Buzzsaw]
Brandon82 Offline
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Budget would be 1k. Kroyal I have several glocks. My collection is not complete without a 1911.

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#5448673 - 11/29/14 04:03 PM Re: First 1911? [Re: Brandon82]
KRoyal Online   sleepy
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Well I guess just go in knowing it's a plinker I'd never trust my life to one especially with SD ammo. With 1k you can do a lot. I'd suggest the spring field loaded. I've had a few 1911's and liked it the best although it didn't run HP ammo very well either. Although for half the price the RIA tactical has more features. Never had one in 45 both mine were in 9mm but they were not reliable, but a lot of 1911 guys swear by them.

These are just my experiences and opinions not trying to troll.
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#5448681 - 11/29/14 04:09 PM Re: First 1911? [Re: Brandon82]
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Lots of good ones in that budget. Like my Kimbers and Springfield loaded line is worth a look.
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#5448682 - 11/29/14 04:11 PM Re: First 1911? [Re: Brandon82]
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For $1k I would get a Springfield.
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#5448735 - 11/29/14 04:49 PM Re: First 1911? [Re: Brandon82]
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I had a Glock and could not stand it.

For your price range, STI or Springfield, but for a bit more Les Baer which is a big step up.

This might be helpful.

1911 Buyer's Guide


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#5448744 - 11/29/14 04:57 PM Re: First 1911? [Re: Brandon82]
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You might be able to find a used Dan Wesson, which is a great gun for the money. Oh...lol at Glock fanboys.
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#5448754 - 11/29/14 05:04 PM Re: First 1911? [Re: Brandon82]
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I'd go with Springfield for that price. Anybody who claims a 1911 is not reliable is full of crap. They're just as or more reliable than the Tupperware pistols.
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#5448764 - 11/29/14 05:09 PM Re: First 1911? [Re: Brandon82]
KRoyal Online   sleepy
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I've owned 4 1911's and none would function reliably with HP. Lol at the 1911 fanboys. You can't tell me that 1911's are more reliable than glocks if you do you're either ignorant or lying. I've never had a FTF or FTE with a glock, and I've had many, 1911's on the other hand or jamomatics.
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#5448769 - 11/29/14 05:13 PM Re: First 1911? [Re: Brandon82]
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Then why does the 1911 rule USPSA/3-gun? You will never hear me say I have not had a jam with a 1911, but anyone who says their Glock has never jammed is either ignorant or lying. Most likely lying.
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#5448770 - 11/29/14 05:13 PM Re: First 1911? [Re: Brandon82]
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There's nothing wrong with a 1911 for a carry pistol. You just need to run a bunch of the ammo that you will use for carry through it to make sure it's reliable, but to me that's true of any carry gun. It's true that some don't like hollow points, just depends on the gun. A gunsmith can also work on the feed ramp to make it feed hollow points if it's an issue. I had a Colt New Agent 3" .45 and ran a few hundred rounds of Hornady XTP hand loads through it and had zero issues.

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#5448774 - 11/29/14 05:14 PM Re: First 1911? [Re: Brandon82]
KRoyal Online   sleepy
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By the way I'm not a 1911 hater I love 1911's I think they are a work of art and beautiful pistols. I think they are the epitome of pistols however they do not work for me. This is the reason I posted I'm not a troll, I'm not trolling on 1911's I've had many and almost bought 2 on this Black Friday sale from grab a gun. I had to talk myself out of it because I don't like guns that don't funcion reliably with all ammos. Out of all the guns I own and hav owned I keep coming back to the 1911 but just can't bring myself to drop that kind of money on a gun that doesn't run reliably.
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#5448778 - 11/29/14 05:17 PM Re: First 1911? [Re: Tactical Cowboy]
KRoyal Online   sleepy
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Originally Posted By: Tactical Cowboy
Then why does the 1911 rule USPSA/3-gun? You will never hear me say I have not had a jam with a 1911, but anyone who says their Glock has never jammed is either ignorant or lying. Most likely lying.


Those normally aren't 1911's they're 2011's and in a different cal than 45 either 9.40,38 super. Believe me I'm not ignorant or lying I'm just sharing my expletive I said that in a post earlier. I'm not trolling and I don't hate the 1911 but I need something that goes bang every single time no matter the ammo. I can't say that for a 1911 so I use a glock.
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