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4 years 29 weeks ago, 5:52 PM

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1911 Question

I have only been shooting handguns about a year. I really enjoy it and was thinking of adding a 1911 45 cal. to my collection. There is no place around here that I can rent and try different makes. Looking for your opinions. Preferably in the $1000 range. Thanks

4 years 29 weeks ago, 6:18 PM

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New Guy

Hello & welcome to the site. I think you'll enjoy it. Lots of great people, with lots of wide & varied experience, lots of excellent information, lots of pictures & videos.

I love 1911's; they're my favorite semiauto. That said, they're not for everyone. You'll see guys on here with considerable knowledge & experience who don't like them at all. Even buying one new, you can get a good one for under $1000 - or, you can drop $2500 or more.
In order to try a 1911, I'd suggest making the rounds of the gunshops & pawnshops in your area to meet people who own 1911's, & ask if they would let you try theirs the first time it would be possible (ask them what ammo they like, & buy a good supply for them. If there are shooting ranges in your area, go to them & try the same thing there. Either way, you'd be shooting a 1911, with the owner right there to demonstrate it for you. You'll be able to make up your own mind as to whether you want one or not.

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4 years 29 weeks ago, 8:17 AM

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Don't waste the money

on a higher priced 1911....Get the Taurus 1911(about $650)I have shot one along with some of the best(Colt,Kimber,Springfield)and the Taurus will just put them to shame!

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4 years 29 weeks ago, 10:00 AM

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Much love for this style pistol. Ive got a Colt but the next one i'm looking into is the Taurus pt1911, It is pretty much compation ready right out of the box. Find a range with a good selection of rentals or get with some friends that have different makes and models and check them all out. Plus any range time is good range time have fun.

4 years 29 weeks ago, 1:53 PM

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Hey, I must admit, I had never fired a 1911 ever until I was just on vacation in Thailand. I headed to the local range in Pattaya and rented two guns, with 40 rounds of ammunition (it was quite expensive). Anyway, I shot a Glock .45, mainly because I am familiar with glocks and own one (9mm) and I was not disappointed. The glock shot well, plus it was easy to handle because of the familiar feel of it. However, I picked up the 1911, which was a S & W and it felt great in my hand (I have small to medium sized hands), but what most impressed me was how well it shot, I was amazed. I shot 20 rounds out of it, from 15 and 25 yards...I was way more accurate than with the familiar glock. Anyway, I don't have experience with other 1911s,but for my first experience, I was very impressed with the S & W. I looked online since getting back to Iraq and see the S & w 1911s vary in price from 800 - 2200 dollars, so pretty expensive, but the lower end models are still in your price range.

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4 years 28 weeks ago, 11:55 PM

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PKato- I have a friend who owns 2 1911 Smiths 1 is full frame and the other 1 is a tactical and both were very accurate out of the box. They have had about 1,000 rounds thru them without any failures yet. I personally own a Colt and a SA 1911 that have had some work done to them and my friends Smiths will shoot with them.

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4 years 29 weeks ago, 2:16 PM

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Remington, Singer, Thompson, all .45s.
Right now the only one I have is a Thompson. I've had it for about 25 years and k's of rds of ammo thru it. It was the cheapest at the time and also had the lousiest trigger pull of anything I knew of but I had spare Colt parts at home and ater a few minutes it was smooth as silk and very accurate. I had the throat done so it would eat semi-wads with no prob. I have had ZERO problems with the gun. Like I said, I've owned it many years so checking the current reputation would be a good idea.

Price: $575.99
Manufacturer: KAHR ARMS
Manufacturer Item #: 1911PKZ

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4 years 29 weeks ago, 8:07 PM

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gotta agree with shak

Taurus 1911 is a sweet pistol.....but if you can look at a Kimber also...i shot a few and they are extremly smooth and well made.

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4 years 28 weeks ago, 12:45 PM

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Hey dodew

Yes, I was really quite impressed and may purchase one when I get back to the US.

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4 years 28 weeks ago, 1:20 PM

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kimber, colt, springfield, S&W all make good 1911's for under a grand. There are others too, but I would personally look at those brands first.

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