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So I’ve only recently found my love of shooting, but i know there’s certain handguns that are a staple in most safes. I’ve got permits on the way and I’m thinking a 1911 needs to be in my collection. Keeping in mind I’m on a budget (one daughter in college, the other in private H.S. And an ex wife budget) I’m curious what you guys think is the 1911 to own.

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The Remington R1 1911 can be had for about $650.00.  Rock Island Armory (Armscor) models are going for about $700.  I know some people are not keen on Remington, however, the R1 I handled and fired was great.  Fit and finish was exceptional.  Can't speak about RIA, I've never seen any of their products much less used one.

https://www.rkguns.com/

 

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I'm a Springfield Armory kinda guy.  

I have an A1 that I added my touch to.  650 or there abouts.  Great, no frills pistol.  If time and money permit, send it to a 1911 wizard and they will send you back something that will rival the "Pro" from SA.  

Colt is always a good choice.  It will sell more quickly than most other brands and maintain it's value better than most as well.  

If you comfortable with a non-traditional 1911, Smith and Wesson and Sig make great guns.  

But again, I'd look hard at the Springfield 1911-A1.  Awesome gun and even better base if you ever want to have a semi-custom.  
FWIW, I have several justifiable reasons for saying this but won't bore you with them.  But it is a really good shooting pistol.  

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29 minutes ago, dilbert1967 said:

The Remington R1 1911 can be had for about $650.00.  Rock Island Armory (Armscor) models are going for about $700.  I know some people are not keen on Remington, however, the R1 I handled and fired was great.  Fit and finish was exceptional.  Can't speak about RIA, I've never seen any of their products much less used one.

https://www.rkguns.com/

 

what he said. rock island armory makes some REALLY good stuff for stupid cheap. 

 the Remington r1 and r1 enhanced are fantastic pistols. I love my r1

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What's the budget?

Will agree with others... if you want cheap and pretty good, RIA, Taurus and Remington 1911 are pretty dang good.

If you are okay in the $750 to $800 range, I REALLY like the Desert Eagle 1911s.

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Franklin Twp in Somerset? Come by SCFGPA or my house you can fiddle with a Springfield Loaded. The Loaded costs a little more than, say, a GI or Range Officer but I think the build quality is all pretty similar

 

(If its Franklin in Somerset I can understand why you're using private high school...)

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For a first time 1911 buyer the Rock Isl Armory 1911's are a very good value and the quality is post on.

In the next tier up - The Springfield Range Officer is one of the best "out of the box" shooters

There are many choices in 1911 (like Pizzas) - it's best to determine your "budget number"  and then get opinions on what is best in THAT price range................ jmo

Good Luck!

JT

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Build quality on current production 1911's has gotten pretty good. I have friends with Taurus and Armscor guns, and they run fine. They are not the finest finished firearms, but they function well. That being said, if I was looking for a budget 1911, I would go for the Springfield Range Officer. You can get an RO for around $700 which is one of the better "bang for the buck" (no pun intended) 1911's available. They are also a platform that custom gunsmiths will work on if you choose to get work done in the future. Many smiths won't work on RIA, Taurus etc.

The other option is to look for a quality used example. I was selling a like new  $1100 Colt for $700 with no takers, so there are deals to be found on used guns if you are patient.

 

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I'm a Sig guy, so I went with a Sig 1911 TTT.  Pretty sure that model is around $850-950, but sig makes plenty of other 1911 models.  Some don't like them because of things like external extractors or - for some models - the Sig profile slide.  I didn't care about the extractor, and I kinda prefer the slide profile...  I've had no issues with my 1911 and would buy it (or the STX, the other model I was interested in) again if I were doing things over.  Based on my experiences, I'd say Sig 1911s are worth a look.

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it all comes down to price point.. you can get a descent 1911 for less then 500.00 but its not going to compare to one that's 700.

Sure it will shoot just fine but its about the features and finish.

 

Ruger is a great starter
Rock Island as well.

Then you move on the Springfield. Colt etc etc

 

 

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