Help with 1st 1911 purchase please...
I'm getting ready to pull the trigger on my first 1911 purchase and have narrowed it down to the following entry level guns (price is a factor, I really don't want to spend much over $800):
1. Springfield Armory Mil-Spec - Has been my first choice from the start.
2. Taurus PT1911 - Seems like a lot of gun for the money.
3. Kimber Custom Carry II - Last minute entrant based on a lot of positive feedback I have seen on these guns. Almost out of my price range though.
I know this is a really redundant question/post but I've really done a lot of research and I guess I'm just looking for some last minute suggestions or feedback. The Taurus guns seems to be kind of controversial with most of the controversy centered on their customer service. I really haven't read any specific examples of these problems though. Seems more like a rumor than fact.
I'd go with the Springfield. Lifetime warranty and excellent customer service (from what I've read). I'm in the process of paying off a used Loaded (1000 rds through it) from a friend. Can't wait!
Allow Google to be your friend.
Google search for Taurus Customer Service
Sure there are lots of rumors, but you can see a few patters from time to time. I'm not bashing Taurus, but just showing you a few sites that can give you some insight. Granted, you can get similar results on almost anything.
I personally own a few Kimbers and love them. I've heard many people talk about their problems, but I've had very little issues with mine. No more than any other gun that I own (Glock being the exception, it doesn't seem to ever screw up.)
Besides, Kimbers are dead sexy!!!
Last edited by zhurdan; 10-14-2008 at 10:54 AM.
^^I was just about to do a search for Taurus Handgun forums.....good thinking. Thanks! Nice gun too!
If I was going to have to pick between just those two I'd lean to the Springfield. I have examples of both these 1911's in my collection. I think the Taurus PT1911 is a great gun. I have not had a single problem out of it. I just like the Springfield more. The Taurus 1911 just hasn't been around long enough to be able to boast any kind of reputation. I don't think I know anyone that has a huge amount of rounds through a PT1911 showing it will hold up for years of service.
If you are planning some kind of collection then I would say go for the PT1911 I just would be a little skiddish about it if it was going to be an only gun.
I had a Springer and it was OK, but nothing like my Kimber TLE. The Kimber is definitely worth the extra money. You should be able to buy a Kimber Custom II in Ultra (3"), Pro (4"), or Std. 5" for around $700 if you shop around. My TLE was $799 and the differences over the Custom are front strap checkering and night or target sights where the Custom has 3 dot standard.
Dan Wesson CBOB (Classic Commander Bobtail) is $930 from Buds and other sources. It offers a gun with no MIM, using 100% Ed Brown parts, 100% wolff springs, extremely good slide to frame fit and barrel lockup, front strap checkering at 25lpi, and Novak style night sights. It's a super value for the quality of it. If Springfield or Kimber sold a gun like this it'd cost $1200+ no doubt.
Check it out.
yea, what did you decide on?
Well, I spent more than I thought I was going to on my first gun, an S&W model 642 .38spl +p with factory installed crimson trace. Once I started really looking at the revolvers and comparing them, I knew I had to have the S&W. That has put off my 1911 purchase for a bit. The revolver for my concealed piece was priority anyway.
I am leaning towards spending a little extra cash and going with the Springfield Loaded or the Kimber. It's amazing though how varied people's opinions are on these guns.
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