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who on here has the best 1911?
show us a pic and a description of what you have.
 

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look at the firearms gallery under ww2 Colt 1911. Thats my baby. well it my granddaddy to tell you the truth since its so old.
 

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Xd357 said:


this hands down is the best 1911 on the fourm.


Hey this thing needs them bling grips that was in another post on here then it would be a full PIMP gun then all you would need is the big goofy pimp hat

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Dan Wesson Commander Bobtail.

It isn't the most expensive but it looks and shoots good and it is a great value for what it costs. It is near custom quality for production price.
 

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couple of great ones so far... I think any of the ones from the 1950's and older are the nicest ones. I know there are a few members on here with some of those so post those pics again. Bonedust75 has a very nice one.

but in order to go from zero to full blown pimp in under 2 seconds you would have to go with the one xd357 posted. :lol4:
 

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ftsibley said:
but in order to go from zero to full blown pimp in under 2 seconds you would have to go with the one xd357 posted. :lol4:
man yeah!! Everyone knows it's all in what the gun looks like.
 

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i think the only change i would have to make is to go that extra step and have the barrel gold plated as well that way they know u is fo-real knw whad i sayn
 

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"Best" contains too much opinion to really be able to be answered. "Very good" or "really nice" is so much easier. LOL. I am not sure if you were talking production guns or not, but I am having a full custom built as I type this by Rich at http://canyoncreekcustom.com/. I will come back and post pictures (and full build specs, if anyone cares) when it is done.

I bought all of the parts for it and only used stuff that I have a lot of experience with from competition or, in a few limited cases, heavily researched. I didn't cut any corners, and I can tell you that one thing it will not be is a "best value". Like with many things, you generally get what you pay for, but I will admit you can sometimes pay too much for what amounts to overkill, too. For me personally, it is supposed to be a "best grade gun" and I am really looking forward to receiving and shooting it. If Rich does his part it should be really good, but I wouldn't even be so bold as to say it is "best".

More importantly, I can easily predict that many here would not pick it as their favorite due to some of my choices in the build. For example, it will not be a .45 (shock, awe, I know), at least not at first. I used an SV Infinity interchangeable breechface slide and it will be initially built as a .40 S&W / 9mm switch barrel. I could go back with .45 later but I doubt I ever do, honestly. It will also be two-tone with a dark slide (IonBond-like PVD finish) over a hard chromed frame. Some folks prefer pretty gloss or matte blue, parkerized, stainless, or gold accents. I pretty much like them all, but I have wanted a custom two-tone 1911 since I saw one of Frank Pachmyer's "Combat Specials" in a magazine when I was a kid.

There are other examples, too. It will have a squared trigger guard. Although aesthetically I kind of like the traditional round like I am sure many here do, I prefer shooting a square guard and it does scream "custom". There are some great pictures on Rich's website above of squared guards. The serrations will also be somewhat unique, a very slight variation I came up with that hopefully will work out great; it will have adjustable sights rather than fixed, the list goes on.

That is fine though of course; I am having it built for me and my tastes at the moment. Nothing says we can't all have our own likes and dislikes or that we can't buy or have another one built, right?

(A couple of really nice ones above, by the way)
 

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James D. said:
STI Tiki Titanium (est $6,000+ and a very long waiting list)
Actually, the Tiki is an SVI Infinity, not an STI.

Any of SVI's guns are definitely very nice and will generally run $2K on up in price. Their frames are billet and they have several innovative features that aren't found anywhere else in the 1911 world (interchangeable breechface, interchangeable triggers, integral safety plunger, tri-loc bushing, titanium sear spring, "tri-glide" trigger parts, billet thumb safeties, among others. I am a big fan of their stuff and have one of their high cap guns and use their frames and many other parts in a couple of other competition guns. Their website is www.sviguns.com

STI is also a good company and their 1911's (and 2011's) are well respected. They have a couple 1911's under $1K, with the Spartan built with imported parts being the cheapest and the Trojan running just under $1K for an American made gun. They use both cast and forged frames. They also have upper end models, but they don't offer the extensive custom options SV does. Their website is www.stiguns.com

As was discussed a little here, the companies can be a little confusing due to their origin and the fact that their competition hi-cap guns are built on frames utilizing the same patent.
 
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