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Unread 01-25-2010, 03:22 AM   #1
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Who makes the best 1911?

Ok, so with price no object (within reason, a few hundred bucks here or there isn't a concern, but I'm not paying for some gold plated diamond encrusted whatever), who makes the best functioning/most accurate 1911?

... ok, go!

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Unread 01-25-2010, 03:24 AM   #2
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Let me Google that for you, cause I don't know anything about guns except they shoot what are called bullets.
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Unread 01-25-2010, 03:37 AM   #3
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Ok, The main manufacturers of the 1911 are of course springfield, followed my Colt and Kimber. The 1911 is known for being one of the best .45 caliber single action pistols out there. However there are several models of the 1911 ranging from 500.00 on up to a couple of grand. Ill post the links for ya:

Springfield 1911 Pistols at Impact Guns Home

GunsAmerica - Colt Automatic Pistols (1911 & Var) - Guns For Sale & Gun Auctions B"H

Kimber > 1911 Pistols

Colt is the oldest, but In my opinion, I like Kimber. They seem to offer more service for customizing and appearance. My wife actually manages a family owned Gunshop and could find whatever you need..lol Being a police Officer, this comes in handy
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Unread 01-25-2010, 03:40 AM   #4
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You can also try SIG and S&W(Smith and Wesson) but I just like the way the Kimber fits in your hand. Springfield and Colt are more for the military kind of collector, where SIG, S&W and Kimber are more for active shooters/ law enforcement. Just my opinion
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I like and have a couple of Para Ordnance and would recommed them.
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Springfield TRP Operator w/full length rail. Bought it on a whim and have been extremely happy ever since. It performed excellent on my trip to FrontSight's advanced handgun course. just my 2 cents. Kimber, S&W, Sig, Para, Colt also all great handguns. There are some really nice custom pieces out there like Les Baer, Wilson Combat, Ed Brown, ect... Really just a question of price. A few hundred bucks can make a difference.
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Unread 01-25-2010, 05:47 AM   #7
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Ed Brown, Les Baer, or kimber. Kimber is the cheapest of those three so I would start there. I love kimber, but sadly I cannot afford one....
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There is always the option to pick-up a less expensive model and have a good gunsmith tune it up for you.
I just can't force myself to pay $2500-up for some of the models mentioned.
My Jeep would be jealous!
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Unread 01-25-2010, 08:11 AM   #10
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That is a huge question. Most of the custom production mfgs. were mentioned but again are:

Les Bear
Ed Brown
Nighthawk
Wilson
STI

These are the higher end production guns and are in the $2500 price range.

For the mass produced quality guns there is:

Dan Wesson
Fusion
Para-Ord
Sprinfield
Colt
Kimber
S&W
+ others

I have a Dan Wesson model and love it. It is a custom production gun with all Ed Brown parts. It is actually the same or cheaper than the Kimbers as far as price but twice the gun. It just depends on what you want and what its intended use us? I have seen $400 RIA's run and shoot just a well or better than some of the top guns. Keep in mind that 1911's are a lot like Jeeps. They are easily modified and usually require some tuning & tweaking.

If money were no object to me I would probably have a Caspian Damascus slide and frame custom built by a custom smith!
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Unread 01-25-2010, 08:23 AM   #11
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I know a lot of the die hard 1911 fans will disagree with this, but Newer taurus guns are pretty good. I have a Taurus PT1911 and am very happy with it. I have had several Kimber owners comment on how the trigger is better than theirs and I have had no problems with this gun. I shoot it regularly in USPSA matches and have never had a jam or anything. It is very accurate and also comes from the factory with a lot of features the more expensive brands dont.

cost me $650 new at a gun show 2 years ago.
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One of these days, when I can actually afford to buy one, I'll probably choose from one of these three:

Dan Wesson
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Kimber
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I know a lot of the die hard 1911 fans will disagree with this, but Newer taurus guns are pretty good. I have a Taurus PT1911 and am very happy with it. I have had several Kimber owners comment on how the trigger is better than theirs and I have had no problems with this gun. I shoot it regularly in USPSA matches and have never had a jam or anything. It is very accurate and also comes from the factory with a lot of features the more expensive brands dont.

cost me $650 new at a gun show 2 years ago.
I also like Taurus, been considering the exact model that you have..glad to hear a good review.
I also understand that Kimbers are unique enough that 1911 parts don't work?
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I can't say that it is "the best", but I have a Springfield Loaded. It will shoot small groups with any ammo that I stick in it, including cast SWC. A lot of people report troubles when trying to shoot wadcutters out of 1911's. I have never had a single malfunction with it. The price was right as well. I bought it NIB about a year ago for 749 bucks.

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Unread 01-25-2010, 10:33 AM   #15
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That was a great buy for $750
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