View Poll Results: Which 1911 brand do you prefer?

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  • Springfield

    323 22.92%
  • Kimber

    378 26.83%
  • Colt

    265 18.81%
  • Smith and Wesson

    86 6.10%
  • Para

    75 5.32%
  • Other (If so, please list)

    282 20.01%
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    Quote Originally Posted by FireWire View Post
    I really want something that my son 30 years from now can find parts for (heirloom).
    I belive that the 1911, in general has gotta be your best bet to serve that purpose. I'm not a 1911 expert by any means, but being that they are all on relatively the same clone platform, you should be safe with any purchase, being that any good smith can make things work for these pistols. Dan Wesson does make a 5" chambered in 9mm, but the production numbers for them are very low, and they're hard to find. For your price range, you could own a nice Springfiled, with a lifetime warranty to boot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by YFZsandrider View Post
    Kimber makes some very attractive looking guns, I just think they are overpriced. For that same money a higher quality 1911 can be had. Your Kimber can out shoot your CBOB, alot of how a gun shoots in your hands has to do with... well, your hands. Are you saying that your Kimber Team Match is a higher quality piece, made from finer componentry and with more attention paid to fitment than your CBOB??? or simply that you happen to shoot one better than the other ...and what is COTEP?
    The fitment on my Team Match II is every bit as good as my CBOB and Les Baer. As far as components, since I now have 7 1911's, and 5 plastic guns I doubt this will ever come into play, because it will last me a lifetime.

    It was not bought as a CCW, it was bought to go out and have fun with, and I do have fun shooting it.

    I shoot all my guns with the same degree of accuracy, it's just the Team Match does a little better than some of the others, including my CBOB.

    As stated previously, the CBOB is a great gun, and a good value for the money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FireWire View Post

    The worst part about any of these higher grade models is finding a model to hold, it's really a more blind purchase based upon what you read unless you are lucky enough to be near a place that carries these.

    I really want something that my son 30 years from now can find parts for (heirloom).
    That is a problem, some of the firearms are very limited and getting our hands on one is going to be tough.

    I have a Fusion 35 coming in a couple of weeks, in a 9mm. I do own a Springfield Loaded, which is a fine shooting gun. A friend owns an STI Trojan in a 9mm which I have shot numerous times, and it is a great firearm.

    If you want to go with a Dan Wesson, look at the PM9, although it will be an extremely hard item to find.

    If I were going to purchase one gun in a 9mm and didn't want to spend an absolute fortune, it would be the STI Trojan. It will run you $999 from either Brazo's or Dawson's.


    YFZsandrider is correct. Parts will never be an issue with 1911's in the future, even 30 years out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red-5 View Post
    If you want to go with a Dan Wesson, look at the PM9, although it will be an extremely hard item to find.

    +1

    Parts will never be an issue with 1911's in the future, even 30 years out.
    We're already almost 100 years out, what's another 30?! They're timeless! Sometimes, when no one is looking, I take out a 1911 and just rack the slide... what a flawless design!

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    Parts wont be an issue with a 1911. And when you look at it what parts are you really going to need? Most will last longer than the first people will. You change springs here and there but most the rest will not be a problem. I have some real high shot count 1911's and I have yet to replace a part because I had to. It always a want to thing. I wanted a better trigger etc.

    Not that it will matter. Parts are more prevalent now then they probably were 60 years ago. With all the companies making the 1911 now along with the massive after market parts companies Even if they stopped making the pistols today I think you would still see plenty parts around for many years to come.

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    Kimber is good

    I just bought a Kimber Pro CDP II with a 4" barrel and Crimson Trace laser grips - all I can say is WOW!

    I like the gun and these are the first laser grips I've ever had and I LIKE THEM.



    I still can't figure out whether I like this setup because of the gun (Kimber) or the grips. But I sure like 'em.


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    Make sure when you grab that gun that you have that new type grip safety completely depressed. Mine surprised me at the range the other day. I had several of my 1911's with me. Drawing from the holster I had no problem with the grip safety's on my other 1911's. With my KimberII if the grip safety was not fully depressed the gun would not fire. It shocked me as gunfights are not sanitized like shooting at paper.

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    Good advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spokes View Post
    Make sure when you grab that gun that you have that new type grip safety completely depressed. Mine surprised me at the range the other day. I had several of my 1911's with me. Drawing from the holster I had no problem with the grip safety's on my other 1911's. With my KimberII if the grip safety was not fully depressed the gun would not fire. It shocked me as gunfights are not sanitized like shooting at paper.
    That's why you can never get enough practice/training time in. It's what you learn after you know it all that makes the difference

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    I dont think you could go wrong with any on that list, but Im leaning toward a dan wesson for my first 1911. Im also considering springfield,colt, kimber and maybe smith&wesson, im just not sure about the externial exctractor of the smith&wesson.

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    Ed Brown is my new fav 1911 brand

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    I liked the para because they feel really good in the hand and have a nice trigger pull

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    Para makes an awesome weapon...No doubt about that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwhisler View Post
    I liked the para because they feel really good in the hand and have a nice trigger pull
    Single stack or double stack?

    1911 SA or Para LDA?

    just wondering...

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    Quote Originally Posted by YFZsandrider View Post
    Single stack or double stack?

    1911 SA or Para LDA?

    just wondering...
    hmmm.........1911.............. single stack, single/double action.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gotigers View Post
    hmmm.........1911.............. single stack, single/double action.
    What? I was asking Jwhisler what Para Ordnance 1911s he was referring to... the double stack or single, and the SAO or LDA

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    Hands down, Sig.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nitrohead View Post
    Hands down, Sig.
    Really?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nitrohead View Post
    Hands down, Sig.
    As much as I like my P220, which is a fantastic gun, my local shop just received a Platinum Elite, which I thought was a real letdown. Did not like the fee overall and hated the trigger, but that is just my humble opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red-5 View Post
    As much as I like my P220, which is a fantastic gun, my local shop just received a Platinum Elite, which I thought was a real letdown. Did not like the fee overall and hated the trigger, but that is just my humble opinion.
    +1

    Any Sig I have ever handled or shot was a great gun... except the GSR. Just doesn't stand with Kimbers, Springfields, or my Dan Wessons. All in the same price range.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tex45acp View Post
    I had a little extra money from some real deals I have made over the years s0 I bought into the Wilson Combat line and have never looked back. My second choices will be my Springfields then Kimbers then Para's then those darn ole jumping ponies!!!
    if you pay that kind of money let's hope there is no looking back, never had one, but would like to spring for one but want to shoot it first, on the ops question my Kimber ultra covert ll was a very sweet shooting gun, although I found I am not much of a laser guy for pistols.

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    Bobtail

    Dan Wesson Bobtail


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    Quote Originally Posted by Locke View Post
    I am not much of a laser guy for pistols.
    +1
    I don't want anything hanging on my weapon that does not sling lead. I've shot dozens over the years but have yet to see anything that I liked. Including the CT grips.

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    You need to try a Rock River Arms 1911. Shoots like a dream. A little pricey and good luck trying to find one.

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    I have no real preference. Have had a Kimber, super sweet 1911, GrandRaptor2, cost me over a grand and I only ever took it to the range one time. Like pulling teeth to do that. Just could not bring myself to shoot it, so I sold it for a couple guns I would shoot.
    Have a Springfield 1911 that I have had for a few years and have never had one problem with, and I want a Para18-9, 1911 9mm. When I get it and get it to the range I will let yall know how it goes.

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