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#5462819 - 12/07/14 12:53 PM 1911 advise
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Looking to pick up a 1911 for under 1K. Full size or Commander size? Ruger, Springfield, kimber, colt? The only guide line I have is that I don't want a GI style. I'd like an extended safety and a beaver tail.
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#5462858 - 12/07/14 01:14 PM Re: 1911 advise [Re: SpoonPlatoon]
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Look for a used Les Baer Thunder Ranch or Concealed Carry. Should run $1300 - $1400, and well worth the few hundred extra.

Other than that, STI or Springfield.

Add checkered frame to the options.

Buy Wilson ETM or Tripp mags from the start.

If it is your first 1911, go for a full size.

Commanders are great, but require a bit more experience.

Also, use full power, not +P', 200 or 230 grain loads for starting off to evaluate it.

The correct weight recoil spring is critical to reliable operation. Most manufacturers set them up for the full power 230, but full power 200's usually work fine as well.

+P loads will require a heavier recoil spring to operate correctly and also to prevent battering the frame.

185's will require a lighter recoil spring, which may require trying and testing to settle in on the correct one for it to run reliable.

Keep them clean and lubed, and they should run well.

Change the recoil and mag springs every 2,000 rounds if it is for a carry gun.

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#5462890 - 12/07/14 01:28 PM Re: 1911 advise [Re: SpoonPlatoon]
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Springfield TRP, Loaded, Range Officer, in that order.

Other good options exist, of course.

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#5462907 - 12/07/14 01:34 PM Re: 1911 advise [Re: SpoonPlatoon]
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X2 for wilson mags.


My next pistol purchase will be a 9mm STI double stack, fwiw.

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#5462909 - 12/07/14 01:34 PM Re: 1911 advise [Re: SpoonPlatoon]
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My 1911 is a TRP. My wife carries a 9mm Kimber Ultra CDP II

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#5462915 - 12/07/14 01:37 PM Re: 1911 advise [Re: jdk1985]
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Originally Posted By: jdk1985
Springfield TRP, Loaded, Range Officer, in that order.

Other good options exist, of course.
im eyeing that Loaded, looks like a value winner.
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#5462927 - 12/07/14 01:40 PM Re: 1911 advise [Re: SpoonPlatoon]
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It's a fantastic pistol. No magwell, but thats okay. Good choice. If you are patient, you will find one for a ridiculous good price to boot.

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#5462929 - 12/07/14 01:41 PM Re: 1911 advise [Re: SpoonPlatoon]
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What other features are you after? One thing I'm digging on my Sig is the checkered front and rear mainspring housing. Sights? What type do you like? Serrations on the slide, front and back are something to look at. Or do you want none up front? Do you want the rail for accessories?
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#5463982 - 12/07/14 08:27 PM Re: 1911 advise [Re: Bullfrog]
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Originally Posted By: Bullfrog
What other features are you after? One thing I'm digging on my Sig is the checkered front and rear mainspring housing. Sights? What type do you like? Serrations on the slide, front and back are something to look at. Or do you want none up front? Do you want the rail for accessories?


Not sure on what else I have to have. Let me say this though. I've owned 3 1911s:

Springfield GI:
Pros:
Like the full size
Good fit and finish
Cons:
No extra features

Kimber Crimson ultra carry
Pros:
good fit and finish
Liked the two tone finish
Lots of extras
Cons:
To small

American Classic Amigo:
Pros:
Cost
Extras (beaver tail, extended safety)
Cons:
Loose fit
Rattle
Cheap finish
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#5463996 - 12/07/14 08:29 PM Re: 1911 advise [Re: SpoonPlatoon]
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That being said I liked the full size of the GI but I'm not sure if I should get a commander or a full size. I like the Ruger for features for the money but I don't want another American Classic like cheapo.
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#5464069 - 12/07/14 08:45 PM Re: 1911 advise [Re: SpoonPlatoon]
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At 1K, I'm certain you'll find a good one.
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#5464532 - 12/08/14 07:12 AM Re: 1911 advise [Re: SpoonPlatoon]
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S&W E series is a good buy in that price range as well.
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#5466867 - 12/09/14 09:27 AM Re: 1911 advise [Re: SpoonPlatoon]
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Look at Para Ordnance. I like my P-14, .45. They make a wide variety based on the 1911.

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#5467141 - 12/09/14 10:39 AM Re: 1911 advise [Re: Hunt Dog]
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Originally Posted By: Hunt Dog
Look at Para Ordnance. I like my P-14, .45. They make a wide variety based on the 1911.


I second this. Had a Sig, problem was tolerances were so tight the gun wouldn't run dirty. Para has a wide variety of options.
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#5467520 - 12/09/14 12:42 PM Re: 1911 advise [Re: SpoonPlatoon]
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TRP
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