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Unread 01-25-2010, 05:30 PM   #31
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I would say either springfield or colt, My buddy bought a cheap chinese made one and it costantly misfired or jammed. Probably not the best idea to cheap out and buy a poorly made clone... but thats just from my experience.

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Unread 01-25-2010, 05:37 PM   #32
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Im a permanent resident (from UK) living in ohio and I have no problem buying handguns. I just gotta have 3 months utility bills in my name to prove I have lived at the same residence for 3 months, other than that its the same process as for citizens.
Yep, I don't have a Green Card yet, but there is actually an exemption for visa holders if you get a hunting license (although most gun stores apparently aren't aware of this particular little legal oddity).

... that said, I won't be buying anything until I get permanent residence (which should hopefully be this year sometime), but when I do, my first gun will almost certainly be a 1911
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Unread 01-25-2010, 05:37 PM   #33
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lots of good info over here

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Unread 01-25-2010, 05:44 PM   #34
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I LOVE my Dads Kimber 1911, it's basically the gun I learned to shoot a handgun with. At this point I've probably put like 500 rds through it (I know, I know, nothing compared to some of you old guys) and I've never had a misfire or a jam (my dad said he had issues with it once shooting non-hardball ammo through it). It also has soft grips on it, not the hard checkered ones. It feels great in my hand and balances like a dream. But other than that I can't say I have much information on 1911s.
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Unread 01-25-2010, 05:57 PM   #35
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Kimbers are nice but for the money I do have a few issues with them. Some models have or used to have a main spring housing made of plastic. They contain MIM parts and my biggest beef is the stupid Schwartz safety (series 80) I guess I am a purist and like mine built how John Browning designed the gun.
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Unread 01-25-2010, 06:53 PM   #36
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Kimbers are nice but for the money I do have a few issues with them. Some models have or used to have a main spring housing made of plastic.
Yep, first thing I did with my Kimber Ultra CDP II was change the magwell/mainspring housing. It was originally a hard plastic or something and I just couldn't shake the feeling that if I dropped it or pistol whipped someone one it might crack I'm not sure that it would, but I just wanted the piece of mind. I think they did that to keep the weight down since it's mainly used for CC.

I do love my Kimber though
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Unread 01-25-2010, 08:01 PM   #37
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A poll would increase the efficiency of this thread.
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Unread 01-25-2010, 08:11 PM   #38
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If you want a good 1911, for a steal of a price.... Rock Island Armory. I know they aren't the best out there, like Kimber and Dan Wesson and whatnot, but for the price I don't think you can beat them.
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Unread 01-25-2010, 08:14 PM   #39
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A poll would increase the efficiency of this thread.
True, but I'm never one to simply go with the majority opinion

I'm interested in a full size 1911 in .45 ACP (obviously, but I've seen a few 9mm 1911s out there, so I just wanted to clear that up), flat black with a light rail, I'm in California so it won't be used for concealed carry.

A friend of mine bought a Glock 17 in 9mm last year sometime and the first time we went to the range with it, I rented a Sig GSR 1911, he's still kicking himself for buying the Glock (seriously, he was still *****ing about it yesterday).

Not a big fan of the wooden grips, so I'm interested in options there as well.

The Springfield Operator is definitely the kind of thing I'm after, along with the Kimber Custom TLE/RL II, both of which look like very nice firearms, will have to have a play in the store before committing to either I would think though.

What are the biggest modifications that the custom gun shops offer? Which mods are worthwhile and which are effectively just bling?
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Unread 01-25-2010, 09:39 PM   #41
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I'm interested in a full size 1911 in .45 ACP (obviously, but I've seen a few 9mm 1911s out there, so I just wanted to clear that up), flat black with a light rail, I'm in California so it won't be used for concealed carry.
I would suggest the Taurus PT1911 AR then. They are nice pistols, especially for the money and the lifetime warranty.


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Unread 01-25-2010, 09:56 PM   #42
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A friend of mine bought a Glock 17 in 9mm last year sometime and the first time we went to the range with it, I rented a Sig GSR 1911, he's still kicking himself for buying the Glock (seriously, he was still *****ing about it yesterday).
A couple of my buddies have GSRs I've shot them a number of times, but they just seem soooooooo huge to me.

A 1911 will definitely make it into my collection one of these days. I'd been looking at a Dan Wesson, but I'm not close to purchasing yet so I haven't dug deep as far as research goes. I'll be watching this thread
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Unread 01-25-2010, 10:37 PM   #43
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this is my kimber .45 custom

http://i418.photobucket.com/albums/p...e67ef4eed2.png

sorry having image troubles

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Unread 01-25-2010, 11:11 PM   #44
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Here I thought my Kahr was a micro pistol
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Unread 01-25-2010, 11:18 PM   #45
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lol sorry i couldn't figure out how to resize the pic.. lol
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