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I'm looking to get a new pistol. I know I'm going big bore (45) but couldn't decide between the 1911 or a plastic (glock). I don't know much about 1911 styles but I'm leaning that way. Any info on mid range priced 1911's would be appreciated.
 

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define mid-range price. 1911's can get expensive quick.

$400- Rock Island Armory Tactical (comes with the upgraded sights which are a must)

$600- STI Spartan (a fantastic deal for an STI)

So give me an idea of what you want to spend. More than $600?
 

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define "mid range" they go for anywhere from $350 to $3000+ so mid range price would be around $1500.

When shopping for a .45 consider that the 1911 was designed around/for the .45 ACP round and the design has been going strong for 100 years with minimal changes during the majority of that time it served our country (quite well) in combat and wasnt replaced because it was outdated, it was replaced because values changed and something cheaper came along but it is still preferred by many "professionals" who have the luxury of choosing what type of sidearm they carry. They do, however require a bit of maintenance and TLC they are a "tinkerer's gun" which can be seen as a blessing or a curse the customizations are limited only by your imagination...glocks can be customized but theyre still plastic ( trying not to bash and stay a little objective here)

Glocks are rugged and inexpensive (relatively). It is my understanding that LEO agencies issue them due to a deal with the manufacturer that makes them affordable to our underfunded overworked agencies ( which is good) but they are not issued due to exceptional reliability and accuracy.

Quit leaning and get yourself a 1911 you wont regret it, in fact I just pictured a guy walking out of the gun shop carrying a 1911 saying "man...i shoulda bought that glock" and it just seemed a bit far fetched and somewhat humorous.

some 1911s worth looking into:
$400 Rock Island Armory 1911s
$500 Springfield GI, Taurus pt1911
$600 Springfield Milspec
$800 Springfield Loaded, Kimber custom, Colt government

If your price range is higher look into Les Baer, Ed Brown,Wilson Combat or Nighthawk Customs

I'm sure others chime in with info and advice as well...I really didnt mean to write a dissertation, I just got a bit carried away
 

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Might should have posted low to mid... LOL
for that range I would go with a springer GI model or a rock island. the cool thing about them is you can drop $500 on one and then customize the hell out of it over time. Its hard to find a used 1911 unless you know someone cause they rarely get pawned and gun shop owners tend to buy them and add them to thier personal collections
 

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If I were you I would definitely not get a GI model unless you want it for the nostalgic value. GI sights are terribleand the lack of the beavertail grip safety can cause some trouble.

You can spend $500 and still get something with adjustable or some other type of upgraded sights.

For the range you posted. Check out the STI spartan like I mentioned. The Rock Island Armory Tactical model which has the beavertail and Novak style sights.

The Rock Island you can get brand new for $419 plus shipping and transfer fee from www.centerfiresystems.com
 

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I dont know too much about the STIs but everyone and thier great uncle twice removed seems to like them so check into them. I'm a springer guy myself. I have no gripe with GI sights but hes right about the beavertail, if your new to 1911s hammer bite could be a quick (and painful) turn off. Alot of very awesome gunsmiths start some very awesome customs with SA GIs and milspecs though. You could also go to 1911forum.com and look around because those guys have forgotten more about 1911s than most people know.


What are your plans for this pistol?
 

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Quit leaning and STAND UP MAN!!!! Go get her, I promise you wont let her go.......Rocks have an awsome reputation for their perspective price range. Nothing like a good ole springer GI or Mil-spec.....GIT IT!!!!!
 

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If you go with a Springfield, the lowest I'd go is the mil-spec. It's got a few extra's that you want that the GI doesn't have. I had one and wished I'd never sold it.
 

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A buddy bought a NIB Taurus PT1911 with factory standard stippling on the front strap and trigger guard, beavertail grip safety, 3 dot sights, etc...It is my understanding the barrels are fitted...it shoots extremely well, nice trigger. He paid 630.00 at a Hburg show recently.

He loves it, and I have to admit it is tight and well made. I recently traded for one at a good deal, but sold it recently too.

I know Brandon Gun and Pawn has a nice used stainless Taurus PT1911 with night sights for a reasonable price, in your range, already factory standard with above mentioned tweeks. I can verify it shoots quite well.

before you ask...I sold it simply because I could not get past the "TAURUS" and "PT1911" in huge letters on the slide.

I can't help it...all mine read "COLT" on the slide.

My name's Russ...and I'm a COLTaholic.
 

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If you can find a Norinco they are made of good quality steel. I see them all the time on gun broker around 375-450 which I would say is good. They was a rumor that Colt traded Norinco the original blue prints of the 1911 pistol in trade that Norinco would stop making a certain gun. But I dont know if it is true. But always go to the 1911 it never fails. If worst came to worse the glock could melt :lol4: . But seriously look at the Norinco they are good made 1911s for a good price but they are no longer imported thanks to Clinton but you still see them around so scoop one up. I might have one in a few weeks for sale ill let you know if im going to sell it.
 

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Have you ruled out the Glock -- most here are talking 1911s ... and I would tend to agree; however, this will be YOUR gun!! What feels the best for you? Try to arrange with someone(s) to shoot them both ... then decide on style ... I have have several 1911s and a Glock 21. I like them both!!
 

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Glocks I know pretty well. It was my duty weapon for almost 10 yrs as a LEO. Mabe some folks will have some 1911's at Riverbillys M&G this month. If I can reaist buying that long. But resisting gun buys isn't one of my strong points. LOL
 

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I got a good deal on used a Kimber Custom Stainless II a while back, GREAT gun, accurate, and doesn't have any feed or eject issues. New it'll run $900 - $950, I got it for $600....when pickiing up a S&W 22A...(also in the pic). Not saying there are always good used deals out there, but occasionally there are that allow you a higher quality gun at the same price.....
 

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I love my Taurus revolver. Never had any experience much with their autos. Not against them mind you, just never shot them.
 
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