Post By Steve M1911A1
I'm wanting to get another 45 since I have a butt load of 45 ammo. I had a springfield 1911 Milspec before that I really liked but sold it to pay bills. I'm looking for something that would be $600 tops, dependable, and will hold up to a lot of shooting (I shoot on average around 200 rounds a week from each of my guns) stainless would be nice. It's gonna take me 3 months to save $600 so that is my top price. What do yall recommend within that price range?
For defense, or for fun?
In any case, I occasionally write the following, even though nobody seems to pay it any attention:
The best value for the money is in a gently-used pistol.
How do I know? Well, besides my wife's Kel-Tec P-3AT, my Star PD, and a Hi-Standard .22LR derringer, every one of our many guns was bought used, and every one continues to provide accurate, reliable service. Some of them are quite old, for instance my almost-100-years-old Colt's M.1903 Pocket Hammerless in .380 ACP, which I normally carry 24/7/364.
Since you have, um, access to a gunsmith who can fix whatever's wrong, I suggest that your budget will buy you a lot more used gun than new.
I saw a friend over the weekend who had just purchased the 'new' Remington 1911 for under $600. It's a nice pistol, very close to the same quality as the Mil-Spec.
Also, I have seen new RIAs for around $500 - not quite as nicely finished as the Remington or Mil-Spec, but a solid shooter, from what I hear.
Being someone that has owned a Rock Island Armory (Armscor) 1911 for almost 3 years, and put at least 200 rounds or more through it a week, i can honestly say, that I don't think you can get a new gun in that price range that is better. I have shot many, and also own a far more expensive Colt Gold Cup National match, but I keep coming back to the RIA. I purchased my Tac II FS VZ from an LGS that ordered it in for 589.00. No, that isn't the best price. But, at the time, I felt obligated because I frequented the store and took up much of their time.
After thousands of rounds, and interaction with customer service, the company stands behind their product, and overall I am definately satisfied with my experience. The gun is extremely accurate, has an adjustable rear sight and fiber optics front sight and feeds everything I put through it.
Depending on the features that you are looking for in a 1911, they have far less expensive models. They are not the only fish in the sea. But, if you want to go new, you are well within your price point for a good reliable piece. I will buy other brands. I have my eye on Dan Wesson. But, for that kind of money, you will not get a bare bones gun (unless that is what you are looking for. And bare bones is far less).
Bare bones start at below 400.00. There are other great guns of course. I recently shot someone's Remington Stainless R1 and it was nice.. It didn't have adjustable sights (that is a requirement for me because I reload and test lots of different types of ammo). I didn't care for the Ruger. The Springfields are nice as well if you are willing to buy used and in good shape.
There are other variants made by Armscor (such as Citadel, STI Spartan , High Standard, Charles Daly, etc.). RIA is the only one I have personal experience with. Good luck with your search.
Personally I would save a bit longer. If you're saving 200.00 per month why not save a month or 2 more and purchase what you want instead of settling on something just because of price?
Will you be able to get a 45 for 600.00? yeah probably (heck you can get 3 Hi-Points for that) but I don't feel making a purchase on the cheaper price alone is a good idea unless it's exactly what you want. Anytime I've purchased anything based on price more times than enough I've regretted it
For just a dab more money you could get a new Ruger 1911 in either 5 in. or 4.25 in. configuration. I've not heard anything but good reports about them.
Are you wanting a 1911 or are you just wanting a .45?
I would really like a 1911. I'm looking at buying a 80% lower and building one, one step at a time as I have money. I found both stainless and aluminum lowers for under 200 and stainless slide for about 120