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Old 12-23-2014, 05:55 AM
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I have been researching different models and visiting various gun shops but am still undecided being I am getting so many different opinions. I have a budjet of around 1000 but would like to spend less so I can buy a comfortable holster and leave room for ammo as well.

So far I like the Remington R1 and the Ruger SR models for the price and feel.

What others should I look at and what should I pay attention to?

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I have the Kimber Ultra Carry ll and love it.

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There are some good copies out there of the 1911 well within your budget two of which you mentioned.

When I think of 1911 I think Colt. Look for a good used Gold Cup. There is not one on every corner but when you do find one they have usually been well kept.

You may also find a used Kimber within your budget. Nice pistols, well put together, well finished.
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Springfield Armory (and x2 on Kimber)
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Having had the opportunity to shoot with several LEOs recently, I say x3 on the Kimber. Not one cop owned one, but it suuuure was smooooooth.
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I like Kimber models but I don't think I'll find one in my budget. I would really like to buy new.
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I have a S&W full size 1911. I love the way it shoots but after it warms up it has a tendency to jam when extracting brass. A little under your budget but I would stay away from it.
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Just looked at these on gunbroker. Very good looking gun.
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If you want a safe queen, go Colt or Kimber. Not to say they are not good guns, but they are more show pieces. With that said, I have carried a Kimber.

If you want a shooter/carry gun, go with a Springfield.

I don't trust any of the newer Remington firearms from pistol to rifle.
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Just looked at these on gunbroker. Very good looking gun.
It is a very solid 1911. Mine has been reliable. Like all 1911s it is easy to customize.

IMO, a 1911 is like a sportscar. You need to take care of it or it will not perform well.

As Ken Hackathorn says about the 1911, "If you treat your guns like you treat your lawn mower, get a glock."

Like all great Americans, I have a 1911. They are fun to shoot but I've seen too many failures to fully trust this platform. Lots of moving parts with tight tolerances.
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If you want a safe queen, go Colt or Kimber. Not to say they are not good guns, but they are more show pieces. With that said, I have carried a Kimber.

If you want a shooter/carry gun, go with a Springfield.

I don't trust any of the newer Remington firearms from pistol to rifle.
I talked with someone at a shop in Fuquay and apparently they do have a couple of Kinbers in my range which he suggested. The only negatives I have heard have been toward the Remington. i will also check out the Springfield. Going to head that way later.
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If you want a safe queen, go Colt or Kimber.
Hmm... I carry daily a Colt Defender. Its never seen the safe. The thing about Colt is that they use very little MIM parts and none where it counts.

As far as production guns:

Colt
Springfield and replace the extractor with a Cylinder & Slide one immediately.
Kimber

To me Kimber is mostly marketing and not really better than Springfield. They had a lot of Pretty guns but internally they really are nothing special.

To be honest, those Filipino made Rock Island Arms guns are not that bad either. And cheap.
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Sig Sauer has a fantastic line of 1911s that can be had for around $1k. Lots of options and better built than any in your price range. Search Sig 1911 in Gunbroker.

This is my Wife's latest Sig 1911. She owns a Kimber Ultra Carry 2 as well and loves them both.
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Sig Sauer has a fantastic line of 1911s that can be had for around $1k. Lots of options and better built than any in your price range. Search Sig 1911 in Gunbroker.
This is true. Forgot about them.
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Are there any advantages to stainless vs. blued other than looks and Maintenance?
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I have a kimber and love it and never had a single issue with it. Looking back if I were to buy one again I would probably go with a stainless springfield just because the price is lower and still high quality.
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If your going to carry one buy a lightweigh, an all steel commander or government model is heavy and will eventually bother you. Nothing wrong with a Smith 1911, if it has problems send it back. Last and not least, I would not trust my life to it until I've run 1000 rounds through it without fail.
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Wifey's getting this one for Christmas, already wrapped. Add 1/2 to your budget, though. I haven't shot it yet but have read and heard nothing but good stuff about these Performance Center 1911s.

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