Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 27
  1. #1
    punkinabox's Avatar
    punkinabox is offline Junior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Posts
    29

    opinions on first 1911 purchase

    can anyone recommend a reasonably priced and reliable 1911 for a first 1911 purchase?

  2. #2
    Redwolf's Avatar
    Redwolf is offline Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Fort Bragg, NC
    Posts
    325
    I'm looking at pick one of these up whan I get home. Last price I seen on it was $409.
    http://www.sightm1911.com/lib/review/RIA.htm

  3. #3
    punkinabox's Avatar
    punkinabox is offline Junior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Posts
    29
    very interesting im going to look into RIA further. seems to be a good choice. thanks

  4. #4
    dondavis3's Avatar
    dondavis3 is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Dallas / Fort Worth Texas Area
    Posts
    1,871
    I have a Kimber & a S&W .45 - I like them both for different reasons.

    The Kimber is a little pricey, but a fantastic gun. http://www.kimberamerica.com/

    I've heard very good things about the Springfield Armory .45, I own a Springfield, but not the .45 cal.

    I'd look at it - Springfield makes a great gun.

    They make several 1911 models http://www.springfield-armory.com/armory.php?model=7


    as well as a XD model. http://www.springfield-armory.com/xd.php

    They are very reasonably priced.


  5. #5
    StoneyFF is offline Junior Member
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    At the foot of the Catskils in the Peoples Republic of NY
    Posts
    12

    Whatcha gonna do with it?

    Quote Originally Posted by punkinabox View Post
    can anyone recommend a reasonably priced and reliable 1911 for a first 1911 purchase?
    Depends on what you're going to do with it... For a good knock around, have fun out back gun, there are a lot of good, inexpensive ones out there, RIA and others. But there are some considerations...

    If you're going to put a LOT of rounds through it (probably not, cause if you can afford enough ammo to do that you wouldn't be looking for an "reasonably priced" (read - inexpensive) gun, then you want to make sure it's going to hold up and that the steel in it is good and whether it's forged, cast, etc., and you'll find differing opinions on the importance of this...)

    If you're going to use it for fun, an occasional malfunction is no big deal, but if you're going to use it for personal defense (either at home or carrying), then reliability is paramount and some guns will be a lot more reliable (albeit perhaps slightly less accurate, but definitely within tolerance for self defense), while others will be more accurate but more finicky and not as reliable.

    If you're going to use this gun as is, and not modify it, then that's another consideration... how important is a commander hammer rather than a regular hammer, do you want a 1911 or a 1911A1 (hammer and beavertail are different and one might bite your hand more than t he other depending on your grip and hand size, etc. Or are you going to use this gun as the base to build a 'better' 1911 by making mods to it, in which case you don't care about the hammer and trigger and grip safety cause you're probably going to replace those at a minimum...

    See what I mean? I'd do some serious reading on this forum and a number of others (though I won't be specific out of courtesy to our hosts <smile>) and see what features are important to you. As an example, Bersa makes an interesting looking inexpensive 1911, but it comes in two models (close in price but not the same) that have somewhat different features (one slightly upscale from the other). Springfield makes everything from the bare bones basic to the seriously enhanced, and for a few dollars difference you might get a much better gun or a gun with things on it you don't care about.

    Just food for thought and suggestions for consideration... the fact that you want a 1911 shows you're of above average intelligence <biased grin>... so keep asking questions and reading and learning and have fun!!!

    Stoney
    {who fell into his first 1911 when the DI handed it to him and said "Here, see if you can hit anything with this and proceeded to hit 23 out of 25 bulls the first time he held a handgun in his life... and who's been learning about them ever since and still has MUCH to learn...}


  6. #6
    DevilsJohnson is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Kentucky
    Posts
    3,373
    If your looking for a base model then the RIA is a good choice. I'd lean to their tactical model being it has a couple more bells and whistles and still not too expensive. The Para GI Expert is supposed to be pretty good. I've not fired one of those though so I can't say much about them. The Taurus PT1911 is a great pistol for the money. It also does not run too high ad has a lot of the things 191 fans look for in a decent weapon (ambi safety, match trigger, beaver tail grip safety etc.) It's hard to go wrong with a Mil-Spec. Springfield too.

    Wanting something that is more of a tack driver then STI, Higher end Springfield, Para Ord., Kimber are well sought after. I personally don't like a Kimber but they have plenty of fans out there so they must be doing something to make them happy.

    There are many others but this might be a good place to start.

  7. #7
    gtriever is offline Junior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Posts
    26
    I hear the RIA is a good basic pistol, but I have no experience with it. I've purchased (4) Springfields, OTOH, and all of them are good shooters. Don't know about the latest Kimber purchase because I haven't had a chance to shoot it yet. My vote for a good "first 1911": Springfield Loaded.

  8. #8
    falchunt's Avatar
    falchunt is offline Member
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Ohio
    Posts
    453
    punk -

    I recently posted a very similar thread to this one, and my questions and the answers that I received led me to the STI Spartan. I would highly reccommend taking a good look at it. The RIA, Springer, Taurus, and Para were also strongly considered for myself, and all are reputable makes. Check them all out and think about what you are looking for out of the pistol.

  9. #9
    punkinabox's Avatar
    punkinabox is offline Junior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Posts
    29
    im basically just looking for a 1911 for fun at the range. not really worried about self defense or ccw. when i said i was looking for a reasonably price gun i didnt mean i wanted something cheap just anything under $1000. i own a glock 17 and im just interested in something new and different. not knocking my glock i love it. just looking to try something new out and 1911s seem to be very well approved of so i figured why not?

  10. #10
    mnhntr's Avatar
    mnhntr is offline Junior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    MN
    Posts
    39
    RIA or Springfield GI

  11. #11
    txgolfer45 is offline Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    24
    Generally, the companies are coming out with better and better products. Competition will do that. Stick with a full size "government model" in .45ACP.

    With a budget of "under $1000", you have a lot to choose from. At the top end of your budget, I'd go for an STI Trojan (my STI Trojan in 9mm is 100% reliable too). On the lower end, people have generally been happy with RIA, STI Spartan, Springfield Armory GI or Mil-Spec and the new Para Ordinance GI Expert. In betwee, there is Colt and S&W to consider.

  12. #12
    sheepdog is offline Banned
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    No. Texas
    Posts
    231
    ...for the first one, I'd say buy used...save a coupla hundred and spend that on ammo...then, study the different features and pick your second one more custom-equipped for you...that way, if you don't like the platform...you'll not lose a large amount of money to depreciation...if you decide new...I'd say Wilson Combat would offer you a lot of personal preferences....

  13. #13
    punkinabox's Avatar
    punkinabox is offline Junior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Posts
    29
    thank you for all the different ideas to check out. i dont know a lot about 1911s and i have a glock. im looking for something with a little more pep plus ive held a few 1911s and i like the platform so i wanna try something new. thanks again.

  14. #14
    stickhauler is offline Junior Member
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Dayton, Ohio
    Posts
    63
    For one in the same price range as a RIA, there is also the Metro Arms American Classic II, or the Bersa Firestorm, both built on the same production line in Manila. I have an AC-II, and have no complaints with it, and I've yet to hear anyone who owns one having a problem with them. And they're compatible with USGI .45 ACP parts.

  15. #15
    StoneyFF is offline Junior Member
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    At the foot of the Catskils in the Peoples Republic of NY
    Posts
    12
    It's real interesting that one of the main reason s that the 1911 45ACP exists is the US Military experience with lesser caliber bullets in the Philippines against the Moras and now we find that there are a number of good values in 1911's being built in the Philippines and imported into the States... What goes around comes around?

    Stoney
    {who's gonna have to get one to play with as soon as he starts getting a regular paycheck again...}

  16. #16
    txgolfer45 is offline Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    24
    I'd also look at the Para Ordnance GI Expert. Very solid entry level 1911.

  17. #17
    swmp9jrm's Avatar
    swmp9jrm is offline Junior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    SE Indiana
    Posts
    19
    Quote Originally Posted by DevilsJohnson View Post
    The Taurus PT1911 is a great pistol for the money. It also does not run too high ad has a lot of the things 1911 fans look for in a decent weapon (ambi safety, match trigger, beaver tail grip safety etc.)
    I'll second this. My Taurus PT-1911 goes bang every time I pull the trigger, and does a great job of punching out the X circle.


  18. #18
    hideit's Avatar
    hideit is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    west chester ohio
    Posts
    1,498
    Para GI Expert - fantastic price and a reliable company
    i would NOT get a Taurus

  19. #19
    DevilsJohnson is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Kentucky
    Posts
    3,373
    THe two I have so far so good. Bunch of rounds down the pipe(s).

  20. #20
    Randall Donahoo's Avatar
    Randall Donahoo is offline Junior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Posts
    64

    Firestorm?

    What about the Firestorm?

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Links

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Search tags for this page

american classic ii 45cal

,

best reasonably priced 1911

,
best reasonably priced 1911 pistols
,
good 45 cal pistol that is reasonably priced
,

gun review taurus pt1911 45 acp

,

reasonably priced 1911

,

reasonably priced 1911 pistols

,
sti spartan vs trojan
,
the best reasonably priced 1911
,
what is a reasonably priced good quality 1911 pistol
,
what is the best reasonably priced 1911
,
who makes the best reasonably priced 1911
Click on a term to search for related topics.