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Old 01-14-2010, 10:55 PM
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I'm looking for a new handgun and was thinking of getting a 1911, but not sure which brand. Do they make a double action 1911? The last 9mm I got haves no safe, no hammer and is so light, I don't care for it.And I just sold my 44 it was to much coin to shoot, but i think the 45 would be a better choice. That 9mm is going too, What 1911 do I want??? The brands that I was looking at are, S&W, Colt, and Springfield.

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I'm looking for a new handgun and was thinking of getting a 1911, but not sure which brand. Do they make a double action 1911? The last 9mm I got haves no safe, no hammer and is so light, I don't care for it.And I just sold my 44 it was to much coin to shoot, but i think the 45 would be a better choice. That 9mm is going too, What 1911 do I want???
kimber or colt !!!!!!!!
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Old 01-15-2010, 04:38 AM
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Kimber is a great handgun....Colt is a great gun....I have the Springfield SS 1911 and it too is a great gun....I liked the Springfield, I would say you wont go wrong with any of the three. I would go and handle each and see wich feels better.
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get to gunbroker.com

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go to forums and SEARCH for the subject, or start a new thread. lots of guys will tell you every difference between brands, and you'll be able to shop for one of them, too
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No such thing as a double action 1911. They are a single action gun by design, but with any auto, thats only the first shot. 1911's are carried hammer back anyway. Not too much cheaper to shoot than a .44 at $20+ a box.

You won't go wrong with a colt, springer, or smith. If you read some of the firearm message boards, some members were complaining about the kimbers. Mostly quality control issues. Not sure if that info is completely accurate.. but it was along the lines of... for the money you should not have these problems with a pistol. Beautiful looking weapons however.

I just picked up a used but mint smith 1911 .45 for $600. How much you looking to spend?
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If you want a double action first shot followed by single action get a Sig Sauer 220. Decocking lever, safety, colors include black over stainless steel, two tone, sand, camo.

If your heart is set on a 1911 then no dbl action is available that I'm aware of. The brands mentioned are great guns but only Colt or Kimber for me.

Prices also seem to be coming back down to where they belong.
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If you truely wanting the most economical shoot go with a 40 or 9. Simply because there are more of those rounds around right now than 45 because the military and police use them. Kimber makes a very nice gun in 1911, I am just not a fan of carrying a gun cocked and locked with a safety to fumble with. Good Luck, let us know what you get..
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If you truely wanting the most economical shoot go with a 40 or 9.
Anything less than a .45 ya oughta just poke em with a stick.

I have Springfields and Kimbers. Personally I like the Springers better for the money.
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I prefer Kimber arms. The other brands mentioned are good qaulity weapons as well.

I have big hands, but my carry weapon of choice is one of these:



3" barrel, 7 rounds. A bit weighty, but that is not an issue for me.

This weapon feels perfect in my hand, and I love the action when it fires.


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Taurus makes a decent one too, if you don't want to spend alot of money and still want a decent 1911 look for a rock island. I got one about a year ago and have been really impressed. I got mine for around $450 and it had upgraded trigger, ambidextrous thumb safety, beavertail safety, and commander style hammer. Put a few hundred rounds through it without any probelms at all. Alot of fun to shoot, but I end up shooting my 9mm and my 22 alot more though because of ammo cost

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i have 2 kimber 1911's....1 is the custom target 2 with the adjustable sights and the other is the tactical 2 with the tridium sight and the under mount laser flaslight combo...they are both awesome firearms...the target i have a custom set of mother of pearl grips on the black gun that really make her look sweet!
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No such thing as a double action 1911. They are a single action gun by design, but with any auto, thats only the first shot.
Para-Ordnance makes a "light double action" (LDA) 1911.

Semi-automatic handguns that are DA/SA are "only" double action "on the first shot." There are plenty of double-action-only weapons available (Sig, S&W, Beretta), as well as striker-fired weapons like Glocks which feel like single action but are technically double action only. The trigger pull doesn't change.

To the OP, you can spend $500, $2500, or $5000 on a 1911.

For nice production models you should look at Kimber, Springfield, Dan Wesson, or Fusion (figure roughly $900-1500 new). When you get into Wilson, Les Baer, Ed Brown, etc., you're in the thousands.
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Originally Posted by Cracker View Post
If you truely wanting the most economical shoot go with a 40 or 9.

I am just not a fan of carrying a gun cocked and locked with a safety to fumble with.


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Para-Ordnance makes a "light double action" (LDA) 1911.


The DA Para
http://www.para-usa.com/new/product_pistol.php?id=67

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If you truely wanting the most economical shoot go with a 40 or 9. Simply because there are more of those rounds around right now than 45 because the military and police use them.
.40 is the most commonly carried US law enforcement caliber and the Glock model 22 is the most common sidearm.

Contrary to what many people say, there is absolutely nothing wrong with 9mm. It is a nasty and deadly cartridge if you carry the right load. Anything that is +p or +p+ rated performs superbly in real world shootings. And 115-grain FMJ ammo is cheap at Wally World and fun to kill all the paper targets you want.

I've owned dozens of pistols over the years. I'm not a die-hard Glock fan, but for overall performance, the Glock 19 is hard (almost impossible) to beat for size, concealability, capacity, cost, reliability, function, maintenance ease, etc.
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Sig 220 if you want a Double Action, excellent pistol.
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Anything less than a .45 ya oughta just poke em with a stick.
Plenty of people in the graveyard might disagree wit ya. In fact on last Wednesday on the outdoor channel they had on the show "Best Defense" (I think it was that was the show) they shot varius handgun loads into a bookshelf filled with books. I was very surprised with the outcome (While books are not tissue and bone it was still surprising). The 40 cal actually penetrated the best then I think it was the 9mm then the 45 cal. While this proves nothing in real world shoots it does show certain characteristics each round exhibits. Besides its more about placement than caliber. I would rather be a man that carries a .380 all the time than a man that can only carry a 45 some of the time, that is some of the drawbacks of a 45 (particularily the 1911 clones) most are too heavy (not all but most).
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I would rather be a man that carries a .380 all the time than a man that can only carry a 45 some of the time, that is some of the drawbacks of a 45 (particularily the 1911 clones) most are too heavy (not all but most).
Couldn't agree more. I always have my Keltec .380 with +p ammo. Anything heavier and I normally leave at the house or in the car b.c of weight and bulk. I sure is hell wouldn't want to get shot with anything, whether it be a .22 or a .50. When I shoot the .380 at the range it seems to have a pretty good punch!
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Several good recommendations have been made , and I'd like to recommend the CZ-97B (45 ACP) or CZ-75B (40 S&W or 9mm). These full size all metal contruction pistols are well made and have the substantial feel you are looking for.
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Plenty of people in the graveyard might disagree wit ya. In fact on last Wednesday on the outdoor channel they had on the show "Best Defense" (I think it was that was the show) they shot varius handgun loads into a bookshelf filled with books. I was very surprised with the outcome (While books are not tissue and bone it was still surprising). The 40 cal actually penetrated the best then I think it was the 9mm then the 45 cal. While this proves nothing in real world shoots it does show certain characteristics each round exhibits. Besides its more about placement than caliber. I would rather be a man that carries a .380 all the time than a man that can only carry a 45 some of the time, that is some of the drawbacks of a 45 (particularily the 1911 clones) most are too heavy (not all but most).
Was meant totally in jest. Although I have several 1911's I actually carry a 5 shot J frame .357 most of the time.
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