For the OP, I'd go with Les Baer or Ed Brown for what little I know of either. Still, I'm not sure I see the logic in sinking so much money in a single 1911 - unless it's a historic piece or something. But, different strokes...
springfield armory loaded target model in stainless with black serration inlays and black rubber grips. just because it is the best looking 1911 I have ever seen.
I would have to say a Springfield Bureau Model. More realistically, I would like a TRP. I currently own a Colt Officer's Model.
I have to defend Taurus a little. I have two, a M44 and a OSS 45 SOCOM pistol. Both have been very good pistols and have had no problems so far.
My favorites are the flagship models, The Wilson Classic Super Grade and Ed Brown Classic Custom.
I want a Kimber Eclipse full size, but I doubt I'll spend the money on one.
I just signed up so I could discourage any newby reading this from buying the crappy Taurus pistols. I bought 3 of their 1911's within a 1 year period. They seemed to be a good deal.... Fast forward to present day after taking the time to learn in detail about the funtion of the 1911 and critical dimensions that should be and not be. I have come to the conclustion that Taurus is a TURD even "for the money". How do I know? 1. The machining is garbage.
2. On two of my guns the slide had deep gouges right where they supposedly maching the feed ramp. I returned both to have them replace both 1911 receivers, yes both receivers were replaced. On the third gun the barrel ramp looked like it had been dropped on a rock. Literally it had chips and large dents at the bottom portion of barrel ramp. The machining inside the throat is rediculous. I was so dissapointed. The breech lockup was already greater than 10thousands of an inch from the factoy. My understanding is that it should be less than 8thousands for sure. The safeties are poorly machined and ill fitted. Hell even the safety hit the grips. What a joke those guns are..... Don't even ge me started on the Taurus OSS .45. Be prepared to send it back to the facory at least once if not twice...I had been a Taurus fan for a while till these 4 guns. I didn't have the heart to telll my dad and friends who I also convinced to buy these crappy guns. What the hell... I don't understand why Taurus or any other type of gun company can't put a little bit of more effort into making something a bit better. I want a great 1911 that is not made with crappy steel from brazil or china or phillippines. I am leaning towards the STI Lawman or Trojan now. I don't want to spend more than 1500. I honestly don't think you should have to either to get something great for that. Why can sig or hk build great steel guns for far less but all the good 1911 companies charge 2-3 times that amount? Speaking of Sig is the quality of there 1911's comparable to STI?
I currently own 4 1911's and love them all. I am currently thinking of getting the Caspian XR kit (supposedly has a few blemishes but I didnt see any) and having one built.
I never would use it for self defense...got a Springfield XD45C for that. Just wanted an entry level 1911 (and that's what it is) for a change of pace. You need to be able to understand what you're getting (or could get) when you go entry level. Sometimes you win, sometimes you don't. I have no complaints.
Well, I just ordered a Springfield fullrail custom Operator from the Springfield custom shop. Its sorta like the full rail TRP - but its basically a full rail version of the Springer Professional. But, I'm making some changes to it, and will have it hard chromed instead of going with the Black T finish.
Now I gotta wait 10 months for it to be built.
shipwreck: you gotta want that bad to wait that long
all i can say is this is a very interesting thread
thank goodness for new technology and the emphasis on improving reliability - for the prices of some of these gun discussed One could buy 4 XD's or Glocks or M&P's - what an interesting world
Any? Probably a Springfield Professional.
My new Dan Wesson Classic Commander Bobtail. No MIM at all, Wolf Springs, and Ed Brown parts all around. Comes with night sights as well. Yellow rear and green front. Look at the slide to frame fit in that picture. Got it for $933. Quite a deal considering the competition in that price range.
ed brown , WC or Nighthawk
An STI Trojan with the 6" bbl be nice more I think about it. I don't know thoug. I'm not really into the super high end 1911;s mainly because they tend to be more picky. I'm a guy that rather have one that I know will always feed and give up a little of group. You can get one to group pretty well at 25/50 yards and not lose the reliability. That Springer Ship is talking about getting would be really nice too...dang it...And the list goes on