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Hello,

I would appreciate hearing from the members ...their views as to what budget 1911, they recommend.
I am semi retired...working still ( yuch)....money is tight. I have been selling off my collectibles since we downsized out of our house back in 2009....to get shooting money.
I would LOVE to get back to 45 shooting. I kick my self because I bought a Colt 45, I think it was the 80 model, years ago...Unfortunately I figured I would be moving to NYC and getting a permit is pretty tough unless you are connected....I was not.
I sold the 45 and now want another, as I don't live in NYC any more...but I can't scrounge up the $1000 or so to buy a new colt.! I like quality so would not consider a KTEL, etc....I live in upstate NY so am limited to an 8-10 shot magazine..
I have read reviews and remember the real deal I had way back when. I am a big guy and the weight and feel of the 1911 colt just felt right and shot right in my hands. I don't like aluminum frames...I want an all steel gun. I had a S & W M 39, and the aluminum frame made it whip terribly in my hands...in 9mm. I also want 5" barrel and slide or maybe would accept a 4.5"
I wanted to buy parts from Sarco and build my own....but they never seem to have the frame parts kit slide etc......very frustrating.
I have read reviews and know to stay away from American( AIC?)...and some other models.....the one made in the Philippines seems to have good reviews.
I am not looking for a national match gun...nor a mini hide out gun but an all steel...45....5" or maybe 4.5"...for informal target and defensive shooting.
Price,... is an object....
Appreciate suggestions...
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Rock Island.......American Tactical.......American Classic
all 3 made by S.A.M. of the Philippenes on old Colt mfg machines (non digital).

all 3 are great bang for the buck guns with a few considerations.....

1. stick with single stack models, the double stack mags are crap.
2. stick with 5" or 4.5" "Commander" models with military style short guide rod......the compact models with full length guide rods never quite work as well as on the drawing board.

my ATI Commander stock



and hot rodded for my personal needs

 

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Century Arms 1911. Yes, Philippine pistol, NOT Rock Island Arsenal! The one I got had the BEST trigger pull on ANY 1911 I have seen! It came with a sheet that everyone who worked on it had to sign off on. Worked out of the box! GREAT GUN!

Taurus PT1911. Mine cost $450 delivered! OK, it was a stainless .38 Super on close out with all the bells and whistles. So far works fine, not a single problem. Forged frame/slide. Very good trigger pull.

Springfield Armory. Everyone I've tried has been good and has lifetime warranty.
 

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Century Arms 1911. Yes, Philippine pistol, NOT Rock Island Arsenal! The one I got had the BEST trigger pull on ANY 1911 I have seen! It came with a sheet that everyone who worked on it had to sign off on. Worked out of the box! GREAT GUN!

Taurus PT1911. Mine cost $450 delivered! OK, it was a stainless .38 Super on close out with all the bells and whistles. So far works fine, not a single problem. Forged frame/slide. Very good trigger pull.

Springfield Armory. Everyone I've tried has been good and has lifetime warranty.
hey Legion, is your Century a S.A.M. Philippene pistol ?

the myrad of nicely performing budget level 1911s nowadays is truly amazing.
 

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Rock Island. I was looking to buy another .45 at a decent price and Rock Island would be what I will buy.

Stay away from Springfield Armory! I have one and their tooling is way off. The front sight was way off center and the rail cuts for the slide and frame was in bad shape. One side was normal and the left side, I can push a toothpick down in between the rail cuts. It is scary to shoot but the slide has not flew off YET. I TIG welded up the front sight slot and had a gun smith recut it.
 

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You might want to look at Auto Ordnance. I had one of the old ones back in the 90's that were supposed to be so horrible. Other than being "loose" mine was actually just fine. The current (Kahr) versions are widely reported to be much better, and seem to get all very good reviews. AND, they LOOK LIKE a 1911 should look! No rails, no doo dads, no fingergrooves, no full length guide rods, no curly beavertails. It's got straight "grasping grooves" on the slide, a non ported and polished ejection port, wide spur hammer, tiny sights, the whole nine yards. They seem to sell for right at $500 or perhaps a tad less. Not bad for an American gun.
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...I'm almost talking myself into buying one now... :D
 

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Sorry Rockys, yes my Century Arms 1911 is a SAM. GREAT GUN! HALF the price and THREE TIMES the Kimber Custom (blued 1911) I bought. Of course ANY 1911 that worked out of the box would have beat the Kimber! What a POS!

Really like the Taurus .38 Super too. This is the one with all the gold bits and pieces (that some how got replaced with plain stainless after I bought it), but it works and feel good, so at half the price it too is three times the Kimber!
 

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I have a SA Range Officer in 45 and it is PERFECT! Put Trijicon HD sights on her and She is one Nasty Girl!
 

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Sorry Rockys, yes my Century Arms 1911 is a SAM. GREAT GUN! HALF the price and THREE TIMES the Kimber Custom (blued 1911) I bought. Of course ANY 1911 that worked out of the box would have beat the Kimber! What a POS!

Really like the Taurus .38 Super too. This is the one with all the gold bits and pieces (that some how got replaced with plain stainless after I bought it), but it works and feel good, so at half the price it too is three times the Kimber!
Now show me on the doll where that nasty Kimber touched you. :rolleyes:
 

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My stainless steel Ruger has been a good pistol for the price. Also SA has some nice stainless pistols and an excellent warranty.
 

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Remington 1911 R1 is a good value. Made in USA for about $550 blued. They had a $100 rebate recently but I think that has expired. Mine is the stainless model. It has without a doubt the best trigger I have ever pulled. Accurate too.



I set a target up at 30 yards (60 feet) when I brought the gun home from my FFL. Using my porch bannister as a rest I squeezed off 3 rounds. The one low and left I call the fouling round. When I walked up to the target I said aloud "Thats good enough"

 

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I know it's an old thread, but you guys on a budget looking for a 1911, Springfield Armory's your friend here. I've had both the LW Loaded Op & TRP Op, both run 100% from factory, NOTHING needed except ammo & mags! Accuracy is as good as the shooter is, like any production gun. I sold off the LW, as I prefer the heavier TRP Op for long range sessions. With the price of even the lower quality mfgd guns rising, the $1k-$1600 range isn't that bad for a lifetime gun, with a lifetime warranty, and customer service that's second to none.
 
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