have you looked at these
and there is also the GI 1911 that SA makes, seems like good deals, no experience with either
I am looking at getting a 1911, but don't have alot of $$. So i am looking at 2 different 1911's. The first is th PT1911 by Taurus and the other is by Rock Island Armory. Any help would be wonderful.
You can go over to the 1911.org web page and Ivan is the man when it comes to the Rock Islands and Para's. He is the American factory rep. There's a lot of good info about both guns there. I sure haven't heard anybody saying bad things about the PT1911.
Good friend of mine has the PT1911 and loves it! It shoots great. The only thing I hear from time to time about Taurus is their less than perfect customer service, however, they do have a lifetime warranty. Go for it!
I have a R.I.A. and never have had a problem with anything I have fed it.
I have nothing against Taurus, but I could not get along with their billboard "Taurus" stamped along the side of the slide, and crookedly at that. I have read some good things about their 1911 as far as function goes, and when you could get them for under $500, they were probably a good buy. Now they seem to run more, and too close in price to a Para-Ordnance or Springer for me to consider. Springfield has excellent customer service, while Taurus' CS leaves a lot to be desired.
I've not used a RIA, but I've read quite a lot of good stuff about them. If you can get SarcoInc. to send you a Standard 1911 for $329 or a Tactical version for $389, it might be the way to go. Personally, I would go with a RIA over the PT1911, mainly because of the reduced cost.
BTW, Bud's (see post above) also has a limited edition Para-Ord. 4.5" 1911 for $529 delivered.......
I just bought my first 1911, a Taurus pt1911 AR. I'm loving it so far, I haven't had any problems with it. I got it NIB off a private party around here for $475 though, so that made it an easy impulse purchase. Like others are saying, once you start creeping up to the $600 range, there are more options. The Taurus seems to bring a lot to the table though. I've shot the RIA gun too, I wasn't used to the traditional sights, but it seemed nice other than that.
Yeah, the more i read, the more the RIA looks like a steal of a deal. I called cabels today about the pt1911, but as of January 1 all there guns went up $30.00 to $40.00. But the take trades.
RAI it is orderd today from sarco picked up the Tactical 1911, for $389.00
Congrats you will enjoy it
I have a PT1911 and have had the Rock Island. With the PT1911 you are getting a really nice gun with about all the bells and whistles you can ask for from a 1911. Match grade barrel,barrel bushing, hammer, trigger, Ambi safety full length guide rod, even the front serrates on the slide And best of all they are pretty dang cheap. I have great groups with about any ammo I put through it. The fit on these pistols are really good. Most less expensive 1911's don't have a lot of that.
Really you can't go wrong with either of those choices...I just think you're getting a little more bang for the buck with the Taurus
Here's mine - Counting the 25 bucks for the grips (Buckeye Burl) I have 600 in it. The blued ones run a little cheaper and are a lot easier to find
I got into making grips a while back. I will also refinish ones I pick up in my travels. It started when I couldn't find grips for my growing 1911 collection and it just kept going..lol. I have been thinking about starting to sell them but there's a lot of really good grip makers out there already so I just keep adding to the box...Gives me an excuse to buy more 1911's..heh