choosing a 1911...

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  1. jointdoc

    jointdoc Lifetime Member Lifetime Member Club Subscribed

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    I wanted a 1911 as I usually shoot glocks. I picked up one of the early Colt M45A1 CQB when they were released - it ended up being one with the USMC rollmark, so I am tucking it away as a collectors piece. Now I am back to the drawing board needing a 1911 to shoot.

    I realize asking this question is like asking which girl is the hottest... But looking to stay in the $1500 or less range.

    Have been looking at:
    1. Colt Wiley Clapp gov
    2. Colt series 70 gold cup national match
    3. Another M45A1
    4. Used or blem Dan Wesson Valor

    Thanks guys!
     
  2. fieldgrade

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    Hard to go wrong with any of those. Comes down to personal taste.
     
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    Add STI to your list. The Trojan is an extremely well-built sweet handling 1911 and in your price range.
     
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    Wiley Clapp's are very good, but for best bang for your $$ I'd say a Dan Wesson. Depending on exactly what you are looking to accomplish you could get one right in your price range, but even if you had to soend a few more bucks it is worth it. I'd go Valor in SS as they are a little less than the duty finish. I recently grabbed an ECO for about $1350 if you are looking for an EDC gun. Their aluminum framed Guardians are really nice too.
     
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    DW Valor
     
  6. J.Boyette

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    You have 1911 pistols then you have STI. I think that's all you need to process, then find the best fit for your $$
     
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    ^^^ That guy said it best. I have a frankengun 2011 with an sti upper, springfield lower, and what appear to be wilson internals. The sti stuff is top notch in any price range. Not much (but there are some) I'd rather have when it comes to great shooting 1911's.
     
  8. Gtownwrench

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    This is what will be my next one, in 40 just to keep it simple on the reloading bench. Plus 40 sw in minor power factor is stupid soft.

    http://stiguns.com/guns/trojan

    Quick tour
     
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    Thanks for the feedback guys. Looking at the STI lawman. I knew the name but honestly assumed it was out of my price range.
     
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    I thought the same thing when I was going thru a similar search last year. I lumped STI in with the high end shops just because that's where I thought they were price-wise. When I actually laid hands on one, I found the Trojan to be on par with the high end shops in terms of quality, but at around half the price.
     
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  11. TJ45

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    A Springfield TRP would also fit nicely into your band width.
     
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    I like the TRP, STI is within your range.
     
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    When I was shopping last year, my short list went down to a discounted Colt, a TRP, and the STI. I bought the STI for less than I could have the TRP.
     
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    Yes, you can find new STIs less than that of a new TRP. I would rather have a used TRP over a new STI, but that's just personal preference. I would also add to the list the Kimber Warrior given its build specs re: USMC Det 1 gun. It's the only Kimber I would own, and only suggest it since the OP has the Colt M45A1.
     
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    Oh, now why did you have to go and show that nokimberdave? If the bike I've got on craigslist sells it is going to be very difficult for me to not buy that CZ now. I was earmarking that money for a scope though. Jerk. ;)
     
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    We got some first world problems here folks!
     
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    Hey...if you don't sell your bike, you can always ride it over to my house and look at my CZ 1911....lol

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    Depending on the STI in question (like the Trojan) of course it will be less expensive. It has a cast frame vs a forged frame like the TRP...apples and oranges guys!
     
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    My bike has pedals. It is a long ride to your place. :(

    And I am really starting to think about stealing your gun safe. :p
     
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    Springfield TRP or Marine Corps Operator since you have the Colt already. Personally I'll never have another Kimber based on personal experience and the problems my friends have had. I'd rather have a RIA any day than a Kimber.
     
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    Oh the hate...why all the hate :) lol

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    Thanks for the replies - shopped around for a bit - went slightly over my budget but not by much, but what I got was a steal... Arrives next week - will post pictures...
     
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    So what did you choose?
     
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    Was all set to buy a new STI lawman - then ran across a gentleman who is getting older and having vision trouble so selling his firearms. Bought a Wilson Combat CQB with bag and papers like new with 100 rounds through. Deal too good to pass up.
     
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    Very nice--congratulations!

    Look forward to seeing some pictures of your CQB and a range report.
     
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    "But looking to stay in the $1500 or less range"

    I'm thinking we've been had..lol

    Congrats....
     
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    Yeah yeah - I got sucked in. Deal too good to pass up. :) I had good intentions going in.
     
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    Hahaha! Nice. Wilson Combat for your new 1911. You've likely acquired a very expensive addiction. Congratulations.
     
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    Luckily I have no other hobbies and with a 2 year old and 4 month old no time for much else. Looking forward to shooting it.
     

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