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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    Kimber

    I must say I am very pleased with my CDP II in pro carry and full size but also have a full size stainless II that is bobtailed and a TLE that eats anything you put in it that are very near and dear.



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    Looks like those grips are ready to strike at you! :-D

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    Baers are my favorites. Hard fit, Kart barrels, excellent triggers, extremely accurate and reliable and they actually cost less than other brands of comparable quality.

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    ~ Springfield Armory is my choice ... for reasons that have already been said...

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    My favorite is 1911 .45's by S&W. The Stainless steel one has over 2500rds through it without a hiccup. The PD scandium has about 700rds through with only one stove pipe, when I frist got it. I load my own, and I run evey thing but the kitchen sink through them.



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    1 favorite ouch

    Colt 38Super LW Commander
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    In 45ACP - Colt 1991A1
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    Talking Springfield

    I just purchased a Springfield Champion, PX9142L. Springfield suggests using 7 round mag and a 10 may work. So, any experience with 10 round mag in a champion? The frame is the same size as the full size only smaller slide and barrel.
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    IMO, the best value right now is the Smith & Wesson.

    Good quality for the money.

    When I have the money, I'm going to get an Ed Brown Executive Carry stainless. It's a Commander-sized gun with the Ed brown Bobtail.
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    My 1911 is going to be one of those new Kahr M1911A1's. American made and military sepcs without being marked up in price.

    The Iraqi Donald Zilkha, enemy to the Second Amendment and owner of Colt has forced me into boycotting all Colt products.
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    Quote Originally Posted by waterburybob View Post
    IMO, the best value right now is the Smith & Wesson.

    Good quality for the money.

    When I have the money, I'm going to get amn Ed Brown Executive Carry stainless. It's a Commander-sized gun with the Ed brown Bobtail.
    Unfortunately, I don't see many S&W's in my area - if they have them, it's just the 4" black scandium and the Standard stainless model. Look at the S&W catalog - they manke tons of models now. No one here carries any other models - even at the Houston gunshows...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shipwreck View Post
    Unfortunately, I don't see many S&W's in my area - if they have them, it's just the 4" black scandium and the Standard stainless model. Look at the S&W catalog - they manke tons of models now. No one here carries any other models - even at the Houston gunshows...
    That's surprising to me - they're all over the place up here.

    Maybe that's because we're only about 50 miles from the factory in Springfield MA, though.

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    My vote was for Springfield!

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    To list a "preference" it has to be assumed that whomever responds has tried them all.

    I "prefer" the Colt cause that's the only one I've ever owned and fired.

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    No mater what brand you shoot or prefer. They all have one thing in common, they were all birthed from the original. The Colt. Immitation is the sincerist form of flattery.

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    I have my 1 and "only" COLT Officer's s.s. and Springfield Armory Champion.I'd love a full size .45 down the road.Like to try and build my own someday??? 1911a1's are like chevy 350 motors what can you not do to them? Randall

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    I personally own two ~ Colt Defender & Combat Elite & will get a Gold Cup in the future ~ they may not be as 'sexy' as the Kimbers (not going to start a futile Colt vs Kimber debate) but nothing beats their reliability. I would really like to have a Ed Brown Kobra though....

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    All the big vendors at the gun shows down here in Florida have all you want in S&W,and all the different models. Smiths came out with two new ones but no price on them yet. Hot sellers in my area are S&W,Springfield,Colt,& Kimber.

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    Have a Kimber Pro CDP and love it. It has been as reliable as one could hope for and more accurate than I can shoot. Tried many brands before my purchase and the Kimber was the best that I could afford at the time. No regrets, but...

    I selected OTHER because Kimber is not my favorite.

    After shooting every 1911 I could get my grubby hanks on, so far my favorite is a Les Baer TRP. However, my next purchase will most likely be a Wilson CQB Compact or Les Baer Stinger. I have found the commander size is hard to conceal and am looking for an officer size frame with a commander length slide.

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    one that shoots

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blastard View Post

    After shooting every 1911 I could get my grubby hanks on, so far my favorite is a Les Baer TRP. However, my next purchase will most likely be a Wilson CQB Compact or Les Baer Stinger. I have found the commander size is hard to conceal and am looking for an officer size frame with a commander length slide.
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    Well, U are talking about high end guns. I'd love a Nighthawk, but doubt I can ever afford one.

    Although, if I sell my telescope, and don't buy a PS90, I suppose I could save up another year or two and get one. But, unless I won the lottery, I don't think I would spend that much money on a 1911. I already payed for a $1200 one, and I much prefer my P99. As much as I like 1911s, I don't plan to spend that much or more on one again unless I just am rolling in the cash.

    As for WIlson, I don't really like the nightsights that Wilson use. But the Les Baer guns and Ed Brown guns are nice

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    Well, I own a Dan Wesson Commander Classic Bobtail .45ACP that I love the heck out of and today will take delivery of a 3" Kimber Ultra CDP II .45ACP for my personal carry gun. I think Kimber, Springfield Armory and Dan Wesson are three of the finest "production" guns made. All three seem to be very consistently high quality guns. That said, I think it's ironic that two of the most currently underrated 1911's made are also two of the oldest manufacturers...S&W and Colt. Anytime I read anything about the 1911's made by either of these companies it's overwhelmingly and very consistently positive. I'll have to say that even if I had the know-how I sure wouldn't want to go into production of 1911's in such an intensely competitive market. There are just soooooooo many brands that are extremely high quality and that's not even considering all the custom gun makers. It is indeed a VERY tough business to survive in. All the better for us though.
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    Well, I almost bought a Colt at the beginning of the year. The quality control was horrible on this gun, and some off the other Colt 1911s I have seen. U almost have to start smithing the gun afterwards in order to get a decent trigger and other stuff. Maybe the very high end expensive Colts are better. And, maybe some of the older ones. But, I for one am not a Colt fanatic.

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    The new Taurus 1911. My friend has one, great shooting pistol, especially for $470 OTD.

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    Hi All:

    New to this site this very minute. I am finding some very interesting reading here as well. I had the same dilemma about choosing a new 1911 a while back and, aside from anything custom and very expensive, my internet research seemed to indicate that the S & W lineup had all the features I wanted. I was first and foremost interested in reliability and everyone on other forums were saying that these pistols were very dependable. That was music to my ears because I had purchased my first 1911 as a retirement gift and ended up with a low end import that just doesn't work very well. So I ended up buying a Smith 108284 in stainless and have been shooting it in IDPA and USPSA for about 2 months and it has not had so much as a hiccup. I love this pistol. It had boiled down to the Smith, Kimber and Springfield for me. The Springfield just didn't seem to have what I wanted and I heard a lot of bad things about the Kimber extractors so the choice became easier. I understand Kimber had so much trouble with their external extractors that they went back to the internal. Aside from the fact that the Smith's external extractor doesn't look original, apparently they do know how to make them work reliable. Did I mention I love this pistol???? Oh yes, I think I said that once already.

    Bob

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    Colt........

    ....quality, fit, finish, reliability are on par with everything out their now...I wouldn't say this a few years ago, 'cause Colt quality was non-existant...a lot has changed...recent purchases this year included a Series 70 in SS, a blue Series 70 Commander, and a WWII model; if Colts were no longer available, I would stick with the Springfield line, particularly the GI and Mil-spec models...the rest of the line is too ghetto fabulous for my tastes...as for the high dollar offerings from Wilson, Baer, Ed Brown, et al....just a monumental waste of money.

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