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Thinking of buying a new 1911. I'm gonna go with a 5" but not sure what brand I want. Any suggestions on the brand and caliber I should get? I Already own a Kimber, and a Springfield, both in .45 Just looking for some ideas!
 

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You should wait to get the Taurus pt1911 in stainless for less than $600? or have you considered the Smith & Wesson's line? Nothing like spreading out to different brands. I don't have any other 1911s to compare with but so far the Taurus is great. I don't enjoy shooting my polymers much (Xds and Glocks) since I bought a 1911.
 

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Well I own some polymer pistols too, and I prefer 1911's still.
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You should wait to get the Taurus pt1911 in stainless for less than $600? or have you considered the Smith & Wesson's line? Nothing like spreading out to different brands. I don't have any other 1911s to compare with but so far the Taurus is great. I don't enjoy shooting my polymers much (Xds and Glocks) since I bought a 1911.
 

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Take alook at the paraordenence wide body LDA. 14 rounds and very smooth action.The more I shoot mine the better it gets.
 

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I would go to Colt 45ACP. One of my favorites.
Browning has a few good 1911's out there.
Taurus has good choices. The Detonics 19-11-01 is promising. The ejector is awkward looking and sticks out a bit but it can be a good thing. If you think of it as a small loaded chamber indicator.
I also have reliable records of what type of ammo works the best with this gun, in 45ACP.
As for caliber I wouldnt go anything less than a 45 for a 1911. However, thats just my opinion.
If you were thinking of going any lower I would have to choose a .38. Good luck.
 

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I have a Colt and a Para Ord LDA 12. If I were to get another 1911 style I suppose it would depend on how much money I had to spend.
It would be great to own one of the full custom Wilson Combat pistols or the Ed Brown 1911's. I like .45acp and that is what most of my guns are chambered for.
Kimber has a new pistol just tested in one of the mags in .38 Super. I have heard only good things about the cartridge from folks who own them. That would put you in a familiar platform/mfg in a new ctg. Magazine says they are in the 1000.00+ range.
 

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I have 12 1911 clones. What is it you want to do that your current line up will not provide? If you want a good knock around shooter that is about as reliable as you could hope to find....... look at the Rock Island Armory (made in PI), for around $400.

Double the price and take a look at the S&W 1911's, POA and POI are very close out of the box, with mine and others that I've seen and or shot. They don't really shoot any better than the RIA's but they are nicer pistols.

If it's target shooting your looking to do with it: More money will take you to the land of Rock River ($1500 and up).
Dan
 

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Whatever you do, DON'T buy a Charles Daly Enhanced 1911. After you shoot it, you'll start hitting yourself over the head out of remorse over all the extra $$$ you've already spent on the Springfield and the Kimber....
 

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Colt WWI reproduction while they last...after all, the M1911 is where it all started, and this is a faithful reproduction -- almost a museum piece. The bluing is outstanding...


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Colt WWI reproduction while they last...
Does it have the original soft slide, or did they go ahead and modernize the heat treating, particularly the slidestop notch that used to peen out on the originals?
 

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It's a modern handgun in all respects, however, they rolled back the clock and added the correct rollmarks, frame and slide design, etc. They farmed out the bluing to a custom shop to recreate the beautiful original M1911 finish (outstanding). The only incorrect parts from the original M1911 are:

-- The non one-piece trigger (can be replaced IF you can find a forged USGI as I did)...
-- 1991-A1 firing pin stop (easily replaced with an EGW original version)...
-- Uses a series 80 firing pin/extractor (easily replaced with series 70 parts)...
-- The magazines are Colt modern hybred controlled feed angled lips with flat follower/dimpled/welded bases -- close to the original half blue/half bare heat treated magazines. Again, the current Colt design is very, very close to Browning original design -- some fellows have found USGI mags and use those with the new M1911...

Some say the thumb safety is slightly non-spec, but that can be replaced with a USGI, however, it's close enough as to be a non-factor. A few guys have found better examples of the walnut grips (I believe Hogue makes a correct checkered walnut grip for the M1911 pistols)...

Hope this answers your questions? BTW, Colt is making 4000 of these unique 1911's and now have produced somewhere around 3500. The run should end somewhere mid-summer of 2007. Current price for this M1911 (if you do your shopping right) is about $900 before ship...

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Last year I went shopping for a new 1911a1, I was looking for a new affordable 1911a1 in 45acp for a shooter/beater/carry gun. I went looking for a S.A.M., Charles daly, or a Rock Iland Armory. I found nothing but a new Auto-Ordnance Army WW2 copy 1911a1 in 45acp for $389 at one of my local dealers. I owned two colts in the late 70's/early 80's which i no longer own(problems) and i still have one new springer that needs to be worked on(stovepipes). So my luck in getting a new 1911a1 to function properly right out of the box is slim to none. Well the new Auto-Ordnance Army WW2 copy proved me wrong. I added a full length guide rod and an 18# recoil spring, I then lubed it up with moly and off to the range to test fire it. I brought the first 1911a1 I ever shot that functioned and cycled properly too its a norinco with the same goodies in it(full length guide rod kit). The norinco is well used too. I have to say the new Auto-Ordnance Army WW2 copy performed awesome for 250rds+ never one stove pipe or jam. It cycled flawlessly just like my norinco does!!! The Auto-Ordnance did show it was a little tighter being brand new but it handled the same with less recoil, both 1911a1's felt alike when shooting them.

After owning 3 bad 1911a1's i purchased the used norinco and i never knew what hype of the 1911's was all about till i shot the norinco. After shooting the norinco i wanted to try one more brand new 1911a1 and i'm glad i purchased the new auto-ordnance army ww2 copy 1911a1. I did go back and purchase a new Springfield G.I. "45" on the grips 1911a1 too but i haven't shot it yet. I still have the new springer from the 90's in black park too that i need to break in yet too.

I'd say go with the Auto-Ordnance army ww2 copy 1911a1. My dealer is selling them for $449 now. I'd like to get another one before he goes higher on the price too. There made from 4140HT steel.

For a used 1911a1 i'd go for another norinco. My used norinco was hammered so i fitted a new IAI National match barrel bushing from CDNN $12, a new barrel from sportsmans guide$59, IAI wrap around rubber grips $8 from CDNN, a full length guide rod kit with 18# recoil spring for $10 from sportsmans guide. After some fitting i lubed it up with moly and took it to the range. I shot 3 cloverleafs @ 25yds using wolf ammo. I wanted to save the orginal barrel in good condition for the collector value.
 

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Just a recommendation from a 1911 smith, BigBill, use the specified 16# recoil spring versus the 18#...remember, springs work both ways...

As far as FLGR, well, ot'll work either way, however, I prefer the GI standard...

Magazines should be the Browning designed (closest to the original now is the Colt factory) flush-fit seven rounders with tapered feed lips, flat follower/dimpled, and welded floorpaltes...

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I picked up a Mitchell Gold in 2002

It was a bargain and every bit a accurate as my other 1911's (except my WW II Ithica ) and the trigger was way better than the Colt 1991a1 I once had. Never know where you are gonna run across a good pistol. CNC machining has done a lot for the industry
 

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Thinking of buying a new 1911. I'm gonna go with a 5" but not sure what brand I want. Any suggestions on the brand and caliber I should get? I Already own a Kimber, and a Springfield, both in .45 Just looking for some ideas!
Well, it reads to me that you already have the best of both worlds in the KIMBER & Springfield 1911's. So why change?
Kimber is tops in accuracy and so are the new Springfields. Yes, they do cost more but what is your life worth in the regard?

You can go out after a Les Brown or one of the other custom gun makers wears but you will pay through the nose, to the tun of 2.5 times as much money as the Kimber or Springfield. Just my 2cents worth! :)
 

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Since you already have a Kimber and a Springfield it is apparent you have good taste in firearms. :p Might I suggest your next purchase be a Wilson Combat CQB. I don't personally own one....I have a Kimber Tactical Custom II. Although I have shot several Kimbers, Wilsons, Springfields, Colts, and a Les Baer and nothing beats a Wilson Combat. If Bill Wilson puts his name on it there is not doubt it will function flawlessly and shoot lights out.
 
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