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Hi,

I'm looking in to buying a 1911, but I have a low budget. I need on under or around $500. I saw one at academy for just over $600. That's a doable price. The thing is I for got to look at the make.

Any help is appreciated.

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if you got green.. just wait.. unless the feds print all this money they are spending..
real green dollars ,not values in some crippled money value system,but real dollars,, gonna buy more gun here in a little while.of course your priorities may have changed by then..
i preached hard times for years and find myself no where near as ready as i hoped to be..
 

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You should be able to find plenty of guns in that range.

NEW GUNS:
Taurus 1911
Springfield Mil-Spec
Springfield G.I.
Rock Island Armory
Charles Daly
High Standard
"New" Auto Ordinance

Most should be within $500 TO $600, depending on options, some cheaper some more. You wont get anything too fancy, but there's always mods later. The only ones that I know are made in the US are high standard and auto ordinance.

A little more $$$ will get you into a NEW low-end or a used mid-range Kimber

Good Luck
 

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Most of my 1911s cost under $500.

I have a Springfield Ultra Compact mil spec I bought a few years ago for $421.
I have a Colt 1991 stainless I bought in 98 used for $413.
I did have a Randall Service model I bought about 99 for $435.

Be patient and look around and you can find a good deal.

Back in the 80s and 90s I shot a LOT of Auto Ordnance pistols and they tended to be very accurate and reliable so long as you used full metal jacket ammo. I understand the new AO pistols are even better than the old ones.
AO and Springfield give you a lot of value for your money when the money is tight in my experience.
 

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Thanks for all your help! I'll be sure to check out all the guns listed.

I need a gun that is between $500-$600, but I don't want to skip on quality just to just to get a good price.

Is anyone brand better than another? I've heard good things about Taurus and Springfield guns, but have never heard of any others.

Thanks for all of your help,
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i have a used springfield mil-spec i might sell if you think your interested. a step up from the GI mod. check the springfield site for spec.
 

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make shure the gun you get is 1911 compadable as some clones are not meaning if you want to add some aftermarket parts they may not fit .also there is norinco wich is what i have and love it i paid 250.00 used they do not import them in usa any more but they can be had for around 350.00 unfired if you look for them.
 

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Alright, Thanks guys! I'm going back to Acadamy today so I'm going to look at that 1911 I saw, as well as a Glock 21 (or 19).
 

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GG,
Since you threw the Glock in there might I suggest looking at the Springfield XD45! I have and carried the Colt Gov't model (45), Berretta 96 (40), EAA WItness (10mm) and now the Springfield just because of the mag capacity in this 45. I like the 1911 feel really the best though. Go for the Taurus 1911 at Academy for $579.
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You should be able to find Rock Island Armory's wares in you price range, and my (somewhat limited) experience with them is that they are absolutely excellent firearms, especially at the price. I also like my Auto Ordnance, though it's not the base model.
 

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Ok.... I found the 1911 I saw at academy and it's made by Para. based on there website they are very good guns. it was $619 but I can't find any $619 guns on there website. I can't remember the model of the gun though. It was Black with wood grips.

I got to hold the gun, and loved it. I like the heavy medal "built strong" feel. It shoots .45ACP and the mag holds 8 rounds with 1 in the chamber.

from looking at the site they look like good guns. Anyone have one?

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I shoot a Para Ordnance in competition, so I'll certainly say they are solid guns.

Para makes several different models, including a double action 1911, called the LDA. I shoot a 16-40 LDA, which is a double stack gun holding 16 rounds of .40 S&W. They also make it in .45 ACP, that one holds 14 rounds.
 

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if you can buy a para-ordnance for 6 bills that is the way to go!! para has been one of the better 1911 builders for a long time. Academy outdoors huh? i may have to check out their website, i had decided that i was gonna get myself a dan wesson pointman7 for christmas but if that is their regular price on a base model para that is worth a hard look!
 

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check out budsgunshop.com for great prices too. Thats where I bought my Para.
 

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I'd go for it for ~$600, too. I had a Para some years ago and absolutely loved it. My only issue was choosing too small. The grip was just too short so I couldn't control it well.
 

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I just looked at the springfield and Taurus 1911's and the only one that was sort of with in my price range was the Springfield GI-45 in the link below.

http://www.springfield-armory.com/armory.php?version=1

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You mus be looking at the MSRP on the Manufactures site. Those guns can all be had for significantly less than advertised my the manufacturer. Look at auction sites like gunbroker.com as well as www.galleryofguns.com. You will be a little surprised I think.
 

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Ok..so Para is good. I'll be getting one of them then. I need to go back and get the model of that gun.
Are Para 1911's able to have mods added to them? Like a crimson trace Laser grip, and maybe a lighter trigger pull? Speking of which, what is the trigger pull on Para 1911's?

Thanks,
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yes you can get aftermarket goodies for the para, other than something simple like changing the grips or some minute preference type of thing that para should be well tuned and ready to go right out of the box. good choice!!
 
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