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Old 09-27-2011, 12:41   #1
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Best 45 for the money

If you were going to buy a 45acp, what do you think is the best value for the money?

Ruger SR1911
Rock Island Armory GI 1911
H&K USP
Ruger P90 - not sure if made anymore
Sig
Kimber

Or something else?

About 10 years ago I owned a Ruger P90, it was a nice shooting pistol that would eat just about anything I put through it.

I have a buddy that loves the RIA (rock island armory) like of pistols. He claims they are as good as anything else on the market.

I did not list colt, because I do not want have it fixed so it will function properly.
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My Money went to the RIA. The shop only had the Novak Tactical which I think is the top of the line for RIA folks.
Anywho 'bout 900 or so rounds of just about anything from +P to cheap crap ball ammo and no FTF or FTL.
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Probably the RIA for value.
But I don't actually own one; my 1911s are all Colt or Springfield Armory, with one experimental Taurus. The RIAs look and feel solid, and have a good internet reputation. I just haven't sprung for one yet.
The Ruger is about same-same pricewise with Colt/SA (i.e., more than RIA). A friend of mine has one and loves it, but I just can't warm up to a stainless 1911. Especially one with front slide serrations. The whole thing just seems wrong somehow.
Kimber may be recovering from their QC issues by now, but I'm not fully convinced yet. That combined with pricetag makes it a no-go for me.
SIG may be a nice pistol, but I'm not convinced their gun designers are smarter than J.M. Browning, so I'll continue to pass on the "modernized" 1911s like the SIG and S&W.

No interest or opinion on non-1911 .45ACPs, so no help there.
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I had looked at the SA, Remington, Colt and was considering the Ruger. I walked in one Saturday during Ruger Days and walked out with the SR1911. Its stainless but not that offensive bright finish, good sights, trigger pull good and it shoots like a dream, im satisfied with my choice
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Hands down RIA. I own lots of guns. The RIA hi cap is literally the cheapest gun I own but also one of my favorites.
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If you want a 1911 the RIA is a great option. Ruger is good but you'll need to wait a bit for them to be available.

My choice would be the M&P 45. Smith makes one of the best polymer 45. Apex kit makes the trigger great.

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For the money, and not a 1911? The Ruger P345 (close cousin to the P90). Rugged & eats everything fed to it...
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I'm warming up to the purchase of a .45 automatic and it will be a Colt, either a Series 70 or older post-war to 1970 Government Model. Everything else is a clone.

My son has a Rock Island which does seem like good value for the money. 1500 or so rounds with no bobbles and just a pretty decent trigger.
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I had a Colt ss government model, and like a fool I sold it. Now, I want another, especially as this is an anniversary year. They are so expensive, though.
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I am very happy with my RIA GI, but if I was to do it all over again, I'd get the RIA Tactical. The sights are way easier to use, and I like the beavertail.
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Ive been looking too...im probably gonna go RIA or Springfield. I also have a Springfield XD 45 which is my go to pistol and is a great gun. The only thing i would replace it with would be an XDm 45. I know....an XD is plastic but its a great gun nontheless and holds 13+1.
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Colt Serries 70 or earlier or a series one kimber.
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Originally Posted by whtsmoke View Post
I had looked at the SA, Remington, Colt and was considering the Ruger. I walked in one Saturday during Ruger Days and walked out with the SR1911. Its stainless but not that offensive bright finish, good sights, trigger pull good and it shoots like a dream, im satisfied with my choice
Any of these would be a good choice. I have several from Colt and Springfield, but I'm looking for a Ruger.
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After doing some reading and watching some videos, I think I have almost settled on the Rock Island 1911 tactical model.

With a price tag of less then $500, the RIA seems like a good option.
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The RIA's are great guns. 100% functional/reliable, decent trigger. Mine has the gov't style sights, which are a tad small for my tastes, but lessons learned I guess. For <$500 I don't think anything can touch them.

For anything >$500 I would buy my Kimber again in a heartbeat. 100% functional/reliable, great trigger. Shoots tighter groups than the RIA as well. I have shot a Les Baer and a Wilson and I am not a good enough shot to shoot any better with them than I can with my Kimber...
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RIA FS Tactical - absolute best for the money.
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Seems a kink has been thrown in my plans, the local gun store has a Remington 1911 R1 in stock.

After reading some reviews and watching some videos, I am leaning towards the R1.
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you wont be sorry about that those r1s are nice.every bit as good as whats out there.compared to the rugers and kimbers.
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You're pretty much obligated to get the R1 now: it's a correct 1911-A1 as JMB and God intended, and you're rapidly closing in on the end of 2011 without having gotten a "centennial" 1911.
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We have 2 Kimber series one's, a RIA, and a Colt.
I have owned Springfields in the past///
Best....IMHO is Kimber.
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I have had the Ruger PD95 (too big for my hands), then went with Glock 26 to G27 to G36. When over to Korea and didnt have a storage for the G36, so I sold it. When I came back I went for the Taurus PT145 for cost and size for CCW. Only thing I wish was it had a de-cocker like the Ruger. Initial cost is great, the down side is cost of additonal magazines. I liked it so much I got a PT111 9mm for the wife. Over the last 3 years have put in about 400 rounds. Mix of ball and HP without a single malfunction. Only issues I had was the internal lock catch (my own doing) and a magazine that was replaced.
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I have 2 Kimbers and a Colt, if I were to buy another 1911, I'd get another Kimber. Both have been reliable and great shooters, I'm totally satisfied with them.
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I too am leaning toward the Rem R1 with many upgrades in mind. The word is that it is dimensionally to spec (drop in upgrades). And MADE IN AMERICA. I can do that.

Or I get a Colt GCT and not get to monkey with it (much).

Yep... About two weeks... Yep.
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