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I am thinking about getting a 1911 but I don't know which is the best bang for my buck. I'm not looking at spending thousands of dollars on one. Any help would be much appreciated.
 

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What are you wanting to spend?

$400 Rock Island is great bang for the buck, no frills, but reliable

$600-$800 Used Kimber, used colt, new Para Ordanance

$900+ New Kimber
 

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If I were going to buy a 1911 again I would pick up the Springfield range officer. A lot of gun for a reasonable price.
 

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Metro Arms American Classic is the best bang for your buck 1911. Fit and finish on this gun is impeccable and for $479, what I paid for my American Classic Commander, it's a steal. I don't like Kimber. They are grossly overpriced for what you get. Any 1911 manufacturer who uses the MIM process on their weapons should not be charging premium prices. Springfield Armory makes a superior 1911 to Kimber but they cost a little more. Go check out an American Classic.
 

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And there you have it, a range of internet opinions ;)
 

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And there you have it, a range of internet opinions ;)
well i'd like to think that i have more than an "internet opinion" since i've owned and traded off quite a few 1911s, including the ones i mentioned. The Rock Island Armory is a decent gun but it's really a basic 1911, it was ok, i had one. I've owned 2 Kimbers, and they were not that great for the price. I bought each of those based on "internet opinions" and wished like hell I had never bought them. I also own a Dan Wesson CBOB (one of the best handguns i've ever shot), Ruger SR1911 (not that great), a Para Ordnance SF-14-A (deployment weapon so I'll keep it but as a shooter it's a pile of crap), a Springfield Champion Operator (love this gun), and the Metro Arms American Classic Commander (best bang for your buck). I've owned a total of 20 different 1911s and shot each of them extensively. I believe i have more than an "internet opinion" on the subject.
 

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well i'd like to think that i have more than an "internet opinion" since i've owned and traded off quite a few 1911s, including the ones i mentioned. The Rock Island Armory is a decent gun but it's really a basic 1911, it was ok, i had one. I've owned 2 Kimbers, and they were not that great for the price. I bought each of those based on "internet opinions" and wished like hell I had never bought them. I also own a Dan Wesson CBOB (one of the best handguns i've ever shot), Ruger SR1911 (not that great), a Para Ordnance SF-14-A (deployment weapon so I'll keep it but as a shooter it's a pile of crap), a Springfield Champion Operator (love this gun), and the Metro Arms American Classic Commander (best bang for your buck). I've owned a total of 20 different 1911s and shot each of them extensively. I believe i have more than an "internet opinion" on the subject.
No offense, every opinion on the internet is just that, an internet opinion. In your mind your opinion is based on fact, in my mind my opinion is fact based on my experiences. In the end it's all just the postings of opinions by strangers who no one really knows if they are a true expert on any given subject or just a keyboard commando.
 

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If I were going to buy a 1911 again I would pick up the Springfield range officer. A lot of gun for a reasonable price.
I have one of the 1 of 500 SA Range Officers. Good bang for the buck. They put a little extra detail in this model and kept the price down.
 

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iRockGlock said:
Springfield GI MIL SPEC.
Or Taurus 1911
I second the Taurus and Springfield!!! My Taurus went through a 3500 round 3 day class without a hiccup.... My Springfield has been through 2500 rounds and never jammed once... I love them both!! Just remember magazines are the best upgrade!!
 

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I second the Taurus and Springfield!!! My Taurus went through a 3500 round 3 day class without a hiccup.... My Springfield has been through 2500 rounds and never jammed once... I love them both!! Just remember magazines are the best upgrade!!
I've never had a problem with my Taurus 1911 either. I brought that one with me on one of my last road trips too. The baggage handlers at the MBS Airport in Saginaw, MI liked it too.
 

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ckuenzer331 said:
I second the Taurus and Springfield!!! My Taurus went through a 3500 round 3 day class without a hiccup.... My Springfield has been through 2500 rounds and never jammed once... I love them both!! Just remember magazines are the best upgrade!!
Nice!
Taurus PT1911 was my first pistol. I ended up selling it. I sure do miss it :(
 

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Nice!
Taurus PT1911 was my first pistol. I ended up selling it. I sure do miss it :(
The thing I like most about my Taurus is its loaded with all the goodies and is well below $1000... Not disappointed in my decision at all!!!!
 

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Thank you all for the input. I really appreciate it. I am going to go look at 1911 sometime this week and I will definitely keep all your opinions in mind. Thank again to everyone.
 

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I myself wanted a good well known 1911, but just couldn't afford them. Colt, Springfield Armory, Sig are all great, but just too much when making a small income. I picked up a Rock Island Armory 1911 Tactical .45 ACP for $501 otd. It shoots just fine, like other 1911s for a fraction of the cost. I would suggest you do your research on what you're looking for in a 1911. Many companies offer 1911s in many calibers as well. Just picked up a .22 version for my gf. Good luck and enjoy whatever you decide on. Here's a pic of mine for reference with my only upgrade so far is the Hogue wraparounds and a stock pic. Mine also came with the ambi safety.
 

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I myself wanted a good well known 1911, but just couldn't afford them. Colt, Springfield Armory, Sig are all great, but just too much when making a small income. I picked up a Rock Island Armory 1911 Tactical .45 ACP for $501 otd. It shoots just fine, like other 1911s for a fraction of the cost. I would suggest you do your research on what you're looking for in a 1911. Many companies offer 1911s in many calibers as well. Just picked up a .22 version for my gf. Good luck and enjoy whatever you decide on. Here's a pic of mine for reference with my only upgrade so far is the Hogue wraparounds and a stock pic. Mine also came with the ambi safety.
Can you replace the sights on this model?
 
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