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Default Please, Help me pick a 1911

I've got a little extra change and have been developing an interest in 1911's, but I'm new to the frame so I'm not really sure what I should get.

Here's what I like ascetically:

Stainless,
Wood Grips,
Full size @5"
45 (I think)
reliable, however it will not be a carry, nor home defense weapon.

This will be a range and safe gun (I'd never carry it), just needs to shoot well and be pretty and hopefully maintain value.

I kind of go back and forth on the caliber. I have much 9mm ammo, but I'm thinking I want this one to be a 45(never shot 45 before) unless someone talks me out of it.

Lets call the target price $1500.

Thanks,

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How about a Ruger SR1911 for about half that price? I have one for a few years and impressive quality especially for under $800. Full size, stainless, wood grips, 45 cal. May be worth a look.

https://ruger.com/products/sr1911/models.html

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I'm partial to Kimber and Para for 1911's.
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At $1500 my choice would be a Springfield TRP.
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CHeck out Wilson Combat
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That kind of money I’d be looking into Dan Wesson’s. Meet all your requirements and are a very fine gun
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Add a little extra and have everyone at the range watering at the mouth to see what's in the blue bag with the "Ed Brown" lettering! They are the nicest shooting 1911 I have ever had my hands on. I have been collecting them for years. Look at the Executive Elite...
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Also me personally I’d go .45
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Can't go wrong with a Sig Scorpion .45 cost around $1200. Price of .45 ammo has come down too.
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I have 2 para double stacks, one in 40 and one in 45 a kimber 45 and a ria 9mm/22tcm. while I like them all I think the kimber is a step above the rest. I'm sure there are better ones then the kimber but for what I do it's a great gun
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Under $1500 Dan Wesson without a doubt.
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I just recently purchased a Springfield range officer 5" 45cal 1911 with match grade barrel. I absolutely love it! I've put about 250 rounds through it in the last few weeks and it shoots great. Picked it up for $400 with case, 3 mags and holster. A new kit like that should run you about $700.
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I have a S&W. Best shooting gun I own when it doesn’t jam. I will eventually send it back to their performance center.

For 1500 kimber? LesBaer are nice but I think they start around $2k.
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If you add another $500-600 to the budget you can get into a Les Baer or similar.
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I like the Sig 45s at about 1K...The scorpion I have trigger time behind is a nice shooter..I will tell you to dump the Sig mags and get nicer ones as they will jam it up.. Currently use Chip McCormick mags with no issue..
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Originally Posted by River rat76 View Post
That kind of money I’d be looking into Dan Wesson’s. Meet all your requirements and are a very fine gun
This^. I have had some bad experiences with Para, especially their (lack of ) customer support. I'd also run like hell from a Kimber. If you want to drop your budget a bit, look at a Springfield loaded stainless. I have one and it has never given me any problems. JMHO
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Originally Posted by Shag View Post
This^. I have had some bad experiences with Para, especially their (lack of ) customer support. I'd also run like hell from a Kimber. If you want to drop your budget a bit, I have a Springfield loaded stainless that has never given me any problems. JMHO.
Shag knows about safe queens...
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Originally Posted by River rat76 View Post
That kind of money I’d be looking into Dan Wesson’s. Meet all your requirements and are a very fine gun
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The market is very soft now, its a good time to buy. Check Gun Broker for deals

Look at Wilson Combat, Nighthawk Custom, Les Baer, Ed Brown, Dan Wesson

The 1911 was developed in .45ACP and still the most popular caliber, but 9mm is a softer shooter and would make a great range gun. My next 1911 will be 9mm

Btw - I'm talking you out of 45ACP if you already have 9mm. No reason to add another caliber. If you get hooked (likely) get the 2nd one in .45ACP

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Originally Posted by crspang View Post
I just recently purchased a Springfield range officer 5" 45cal 1911 with match grade barrel. I absolutely love it! I've put about 250 rounds through it in the last few weeks and it shoots great. Picked it up for $400 with case, 3 mags and holster. A new kit like that should run you about $700.
OP, I recently had the same requirements as you and this is what I have decided to go with. Just waiting for the right one.

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