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Old 04-03-2004, 08:28 AM   #1
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The Best Single Stack 1911 Pistol Under $1,500.00

If you could choose only one Single Stack 1911 Pistol in the $1,500.00 and below price range,what would it be?And why?
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Old 04-03-2004, 12:08 PM   #2
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My personal opinion is to get a stainless NRM Colt Government Model and send it to a good gunsmith for a beavertail, trigger job, and sights (I prefer Heinie), plus and ambidextrous safety if you're a lefty. Should come to about the amount you're wanting to spend.

Why? Many of the "package guns" from manufacturers such as a Springfield Loaded or a Colt XS have these features, but are done to an assembly line level of fit and finish, and in the long run end up not being the bargains they initially seemed to be. A gunsmith will be able to give you the same features but since they are custom installed the form, fit, and function will be of much higher quality.

As an example, the other day I was in retail store I frequent buying some minor equipment and I wandered over to the gun case. There was a Springfield loaded model for a decent price, so I asked to handle the gun. It had a beavertail, but not the exact one I prefer, and the engagement needed to be adjusted to my preferences. It had Novak style sights which were OK, but as stated earlier I prefer Heinies. The ambidextrous thumb safety was present and funtioned properly, but again was not the exact model I prefer and was overly stiff for my preferences, and would need adjusment. I also didn't really care for the carbon steel barrel with the "chamber loaded" indicator cutout in the hood.

In other words, that particular pistol would have been serviceable, but the features were not exactly what I wanted. I would have ended up sending it off for work or as an alternative, using it "as is" but never being quite satisfied with it.

I contrast, I have a few pistols that have been professionally modified to my tastes, and I'm very pleased with them.

To the contrary though, many folks buy Springfield Loaded/Colt Gunsite/XS/XSE pistols and are quite happy with them...so you might check them out and see if they meet your needs before going the gunsmith route.

YMMV...Best of luck in your search.

-Tim
 
Old 04-03-2004, 12:41 PM   #3
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an afterthought...

I forgot to ask..what is your experience level with 1911 pistols?

If I were right handed and did not need an ambidextrous safety, I would be quite happy with a basic stainless Colt Government Model. The only things I would need to do initially would be to spend a couple of hours with some emory paper rounding off the sharp edges so the gun wouldn't shave leather when holstering, and possibly take off a bit of metal from the hammer spur it it bit my hand.

The custom guns I own now are the result of my preferences developing after several years of carrying and shooting stock guns.

-Tim
 
Old 04-17-2004, 08:23 PM   #4
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IMHO the best brand gun in that price range is Les Baer and there are several to choose from under $1500.

Baers under $1500
 
Old 04-19-2004, 02:55 PM   #5
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STI Trojan. $920 at dawson's precision. Hand fitted and built by the custom masters at a company where the average gun sells for about $1800. They don't get any dumber when they build Trojans, so you get a bargain.
 
Old 04-20-2004, 06:20 AM   #6
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For $1500 I would buy 2 from Dan Wesson's custom shop. In fact thats what I just did.

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Why:
1. Reasonable Price for a custom order.
2. Accurate (very tightly fit guns)
3. They look sweet.
4. Service
5. I got to talk to the president of the company on the phone.
 
Old 04-22-2004, 05:34 PM   #7
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Les Baer Premier II

I would go with a standard Les Baer Premier II, however, I would have the ambidextrious safety disposed of, and have Baer put a extended combat safety on it. This gun is capable of anything such as carry, plinking, competition, and home defense. I have one and it has never malfunctioned in any way. I don't like ambidextrious safeties, because they have a weak point where the two sides meet. Maybe it is psychological to me, but it is a fact that it is weaker than a standard type thumb safety. The Premier II is a universal pistol and is the ultimate in strength, accuracy, and reliability. I have several 1911's, but this pistol takes all, no ifs ands or buts!
 
Old 04-22-2004, 06:56 PM   #8
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Buy a used CQB or TRS. Both can be had for under $1500 regularly.
Spend the rest on ammo and mags.

If you could find a Valtro they are also worthy.

Rock River 1911's have been hit or miss in my experience.
Trojans generally need a few hours work to bring them up to snuff and cosmetically I do not care for them.

There is always a Colt Gunsite, if you can find one around $1K, jump on it.
 
Old 04-23-2004, 03:57 PM   #9
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I would buy new SS Colt Gold Cup Trophy with a Bomar sight for $850 to $900. I would install a Smith & Alexander beavertail and slightly dehorn the sharp edges. This would be perfect in my opinion. I love the wide trigger. It would be great to carry and target shoot. It should also be very good for competition. That should leave around $450 to $500 for a very good holster (Mitch Rosen VM II), magazines, and plenty of ammo to break it in.

Some will say that the wide trigger is a safety hazard but I beg to differ. This is the perfect pistol for under $1500 in my opinion.

Chuck
 
Old 04-23-2004, 06:44 PM   #10
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Quote:
Originally Posted by BadOscar
For $1500 I would buy 2 from Dan Wesson's custom shop. In fact thats what I just did.

Picture

Why:
1. Reasonable Price for a custom order.
2. Accurate (very tightly fit guns)
3. They look sweet.
4. Service
5. I got to talk to the president of the company on the phone.
BadOscar, dude you need to call the Pres back and tell him they forgot the sights on one of your blasters
 
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