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Thread: Best 1911 style pistol

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    Marksman buck3050's Avatar

    Best 1911 style pistol

    I'm in the market for a 1911 style auto in a 45. What in ya'll minds is the best 1911 out there for the money. Not looking to get into a big debate but want some examples and personal experiences. I open to all 1911's. I'm sorry i should have given more information on what price range and so on. It was 3 in the morning and at work when i thought about it. My price range is 600 to say 1200. I will be shooting the wildbunch for cowboy action shooting and can't have all the bells and whistles that some of the other shooting disiplines have. It will be shot with a light load with a lead bullet. Don't know what grain or load yet. I looked and the Sti and like that. Who sells them around the Laplace area. Can do a little traveling to BR, Slidell, etc.

    Thanks
    Last edited by buck3050; January 8th, 2010 at 09:16 AM.

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    Certified Gun Nut PAPACHUCK's Avatar
    Best for what money?

    $500 ?
    $800 ?
    $1200 ?
    $2000 ?
    $3000 ?

    There are a lot of choices in a wide price range. Give us a place to start.

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    1911 cool-aid drinker kz45's Avatar
    STI

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    There is no " best 1911 " . There will be many opinions though . Besides , what does " best " mean to YOU ?
    Last edited by dantheman; January 8th, 2010 at 06:05 AM.
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    IMO - Ed Brown is a good bang for the buck. I have a Special Forces on order .

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    Marksman jesse's Avatar
    There is currently an Ed Brown Special Forces with a naked slide at Arms Merchant in Mandeville.
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    Stupid is 'posed to hurt scooterj's Avatar
    I agree with Joe. Take a look at the STI Spartan. http://www.stiguns.com/
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    Quote Originally Posted by PAPACHUCK View Post
    Best for what money?

    $500 ?
    $800 ?
    $1200 ?
    $2000 ?
    $3000 ?

    There are a lot of choices in a wide price range. Give us a place to start.
    This.
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    Sti Spartan, Dan Wesson, Wilson, Ed Brown, Springfield Armory are all great guns in different price ranges. Kimbers aren't like they used to be, and Taurus is ok. I have Wilson, Dan Wesson, S&W 1911's and love them all. Spartan give you more bang for the buck though, and Dan Wesson is fixing to have a huge price increase.
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    Tx_oil Tx_oil's Avatar
    I have a Para 14-45, its an alloy frame, 14+1 double stack full size 1911. Love it. Check out ParaOrdnance when you do your research.

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    Marksman dwr461's Avatar
    Hmm I noticed none of the 1911 guys said anything about Kimber in this context.

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    Stupid is 'posed to hurt scooterj's Avatar
    When Kimber was making custom guns, they had something. Mass production is what did them in. They spend more on advertising than they do on quality. Once you make a name for yourself, you must live up to it or lose it.
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    Ed hdfinder47's Avatar
    Was just fixin' to mention Kimber, Dave. I'v got 6 full size Kimbers and have had nothing but excellent service from all of them. They are kinda' like Glocks in that there are so many of them out there you will hear of some bad experiences, but overall, feature for feature in the price range, I think you should give them a close look and make up your own mind. JMHO from years of experience with these fine 1911's. That being said, I like my NightHawk GRP a little better - but it costs more. This opinion does not consider 3-4" barrel guns - just full size.
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    Welly welly well. SpeedRacer's Avatar
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    Ed hdfinder47's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by SpeedRacer View Post
    IOP1
    Yeah, looked like the thread might die out so thought I'd perk it up......
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    LA CHP Instructor # 522 Guate_shooter's Avatar
    Isnt the STI Spartan an ARMSCOR with US quality standards???????

    Not that it makes much diference, but if its a Philipine made frame wouldnt it be like buying a RIA and build up on it?

    I dont want to seem like I know what I'm talking about, but when I had looked into the Spartan on most 1911 forums it was what the talk over it was not really a TEXAS made gun, now the Trojan was another story but also a few more Benjamin's.

    To each its own, and if your budget allows you to buy a Custom Built gun as a started well more power to you, but there are also lower end 1911's that are solid pieces, for example Rock Island or ARMSCOR, Taurus, Charles Daly, etc and if the fever becomes a passion then upgrade to a $1200 name brand.

    Just my .02 its hard to get a 1911 that its a POS overall is a wonderfull platform, and unless you plan on doing some serious business with it a starter can be found for less than a $1000.00 .

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    Stupid is 'posed to hurt scooterj's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pangris View Post
    STI sources the parts and does final assembly on the spartan.

    1911s are ALL about final assembly.

    I'd rather a 1911 build out of rather pedestrian parts by a master than "the best" parts by a standard production worker at a mainstream facility.
    ^^^^^^^^^^This!! It's all about the fit.
    Armscor makes the frame, slide, and barrel for the Spartan. All the other parts are STI. The fit on mine is excellent and it shoots better than I do. I don't think there's a better 1911 for the money.
    The finish leaves something to be desired.
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    Stupid is 'posed to hurt scooterj's Avatar
    Plate-Tacular fixed the finish. Now it's called "The Armored Spartan"
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    LA CHP Instructor # 522 Guate_shooter's Avatar
    WOW I have to agree that thing is SEXY, love the color with those grips.

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    Stupid is 'posed to hurt scooterj's Avatar
    Buck, Louque's Firearms, a site sponsor, can fix you up. He's in Gramercy so you don't need to travel far.
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