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1911 45 ACP, Looking for best buy for the money.

Just started looking for a 45 acp. Bought a COLT Commander Gold Cup in 1977 as I got out of boot. Sad thing is I sold it a couple of years later for the same as I purchased it for. ($177.00). How about that for an ass kicker, Lol?

Anyway, I would like some advice for a new/used model at a reasonable price. I only seem to look at the brands I have purchased in the past and would like my family's input on what is out there now as an EXCELLENT value for the dollar.

Please give me your thoughts.


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If you're looking for a no

If you're looking for a no frills model, check out this brand: http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/21...

Kimber Custom II

It's a service pistol for the LAPD SWAT and USMC Force Recon and is pretty reasonably priced. Plus if you check out reviews online you'll find it's a pretty nice gun. http://www.kimberamerica.com/1911/custom-ii/custom-ii

That is a pretty good price for Kimber

If I had to move up from the Remington I would look pretty hard at that.

Or you could give up on the 1911...

and buy a Glock...lol!!!

To add more...

I truly believe that the safest bet is to just fork up the money for the horse (Colt).

Guess I ain't done

Sorry, I am asucker for all things 1911. Got more of them than I'd like to admit. They are a classic design and probably made by 100the or more mfgs in the last 100 years. Gotta admit though, if I was going to entrust my life with 99 percent confidence to a semi automatic pistol I'd buy a Glock and not go out in style.

+1 Brother

It won't win any beauty contest but when you need a pistol that absolutely... positively must go bang.... buy a Glock. That's just me.


I agree that Glocks are great, but for the price you really can't beat a Bersa. Super Reliable, nearly all of them are less than $400, and plenty of safeties. They look pretty neat too.

That might be true

But I cannot speak to that from my experience. I choose Glock for a couple reasons.

1) It is one of the most reliable pistols out of the box. The design just works.

2) A retarded monkey can work on it. You do not have to be a professional gunsmith to work on a Glock. Anybody with a roll of tape and a 5/32 punch can service their own pistol.

3) It is simple. There are only 3 control levers on a Glock not including the trigger. There is no manual safety or hammer release to mess with so it is very easy to develop muscle memory. Some might say that it is not very safe but there are differing opinions on that.

4) Parts... lots and lots of parts available. Everyone and their grandmother makes Glock parts. The availability of parts is rivaled only by the 1911.

ED BROWN 1911's... LOVE 'em

I would recommend a combat grade pistol. Which just happens to be a 1911.

Ed Brown Products makes some of the finest 1911's around. You will pay about $2500, but will be WELL WORTH your money!

That's a department I would not go cheap on....

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I have a buddy that got a Rock Island Armory for probably about $500. Needless to say it broke and he doesn't shoot it anymore. That being said I would have to say that as far as 1911's go you get what you pay for. IMO if you are looking for absolute value I would look at the Remington R1.


I have heard very good things on forums and the price doesn't completely break the bank... cuz 1911's can get very expensive. I wouldn't go any lower than this or I fear you might run into problems.

There are Lemons in Every Brand

Rocks are good utilitarian buy. No they ain't a
Rolex Ed Brown. I will agree most of the time you get what you pay for.
If you really want to argue Fords and Chevy's goto 1911.org. I 'm done


I am just going by my experiences and giving the best subjective perspective that I can based on my experience. I am sure that there is a Wilson Combat somewhere that has failed at some point.

There Lemons in Every Brand

Double post

If you go cheap buy a Rock

If you go cheap buy a Rock Island Armory 1911 made by the very people who inspired the empire to build a more efficient platform for killing self determined indigeonous people.

Go medium and buy an STI theirs are made in the Philippines by the same folk but to tighter standards and assembled in Texas

Go long and by the one with a horsey on it

Rock Island are the cheapest new 1911s I've seen

and they'll run you $450-$500.

$400 if you're lucky and find a dealer with a bunch or a private seller who needs the money or can't use it and can't get rid of the gun.

Unless you know people.

Are you a POT or a PET - Person Embracing Tyranny?

Well to give you a few choices

we need to know, what it's going to be used for and your price range.

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That's pretty cheap for armslist...

or anywhere else I've looked, in SC.

For a cheaper used one, maybe $350-$400

I'd say for decent new 1911 you're looking at at least $450-$500

Are you a POT or a PET - Person Embracing Tyranny?


the p series is based largely off the 1911 but there are a couple of minor differences.

1911's do cost significantly more. he said 'excellent value for the dollar' which is what brought that particular gun to mind. it's similar and very affordable.

people have been asking quite a bit more for firearms lately. all over it seems.

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Bumping for the evening Knowledge crowd!

I need to know your thoughts.


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