I thought I'd gather some opinions on the following options for my next handgun purchase. I've included some of my thoughts on the pros and cons of these various options for purchase. 1911 is first because of the wealth of different models-if I decide on that option I have to pick a manufacturer.
Pros: Most common .45 in existence in America, wealth of after market modifications. Some of my relatives carried prior models in WWII, so there's some family history here too.
Cons: Already have a .45, although this could also be considered a pro in some ways, as this means I also have plenty of ammo for said firearm.
All 3 listed 1911's have 5 inch barrels.
PT-1911, 1-191101-B1, Taurus:
Pros: Reasonably priced in comparison with most 1911 models ($550-$600). Incorporates an underbarrel rail for acessory mounts. Textured grips available in HamsterW's Punisher model (Here's a new pro for today! I usually prefer function over form, but my God man, those grips are awesome! As a side note, also found a lacquered 24 karat gold inlaid set of grips with the Punisher logo-$250 bucks if you like that sort of flash. I'll settle happily for the textured black and whites at $45 though.) I've had the opportunity to shoot one of these, it fit my hands well and shot well at the range.
Cons: Brazilian manufacturer, sometimes derided as a cheap knock-off-other times called an amazingly accurate firearm for the price range.
Pros: Historical manufacturer of the 1911, just coming back into the market. Reasonable price range (~$650). Marketed as a solid entry level 1911 without a lot of frills. American manufacturer.
Cons: I've never shot one. None on the local gun store shelves except for one display model. At least one competitive shooter (Chip McCormick) has given this model a less than stellar review. No rail mount.
Kimber Tactical II:
Cons: Price-I can nearly buy two of either of the aforementioned 1911's for the same price as one entry level Tactical II-best price I've found so far for a new one is ~$950+25 dollar transfer fee for a Kimber Custom TLE-RL II.
Summary-Of the three listed in the 1911 category, I'm leaning toward the Taurus, best price/weight/capacity/feature set of the three, and the only one I've had any range time with. I'm a little sour on the Remington at this point, not sure if I want to pay the extra money for the Kimber or not. I'd be willing to spend the extra money if the gun is significantly better than the other two though.
Pros: I don't own a wheelgun, and consider this an unsightly hole in my collection of lead slingers. Utility of being able to fire .38 and .357 rounds from the same firearm. Reliable weapon due to being a revolver. Ruger's revolvers also have an excellent reputation for functionality and accuracy at a reasonable price (~$460+$25 transfer fee). I have had the chance to shoot one of these at the range, no problem with the out of the box grips.
Cons: Heavy, making it a less than satisfactory carry gun, although it does help with recoil. I don't have a ready stockpile of .38 or .357 ammo, meaning this weapon also requires an investment in ammo, which offsets some of the price benefit, although the ammo is reasonably priced compared to what I pay for .45 ACP. No rail mount.
Pros: Well known 9mm, the new model incorporates a rail mount. Noted for accuracy and has slightly better capacity than the other options listed. Ammunition reasonably priced compared to .45 ACP. Big pistol grip that some complain about actually fits me well, as I have larger hands (I've had several gun store jockeys complain about this facet of the handgun-never even occurred to me that it might be a problem.) Realiability of the weapon is well-known. Price range is reasonable (~$635-$700) for what many consider to be a top notch weapon in this caliber. I have a reasonable supply of 9mm ammunition already on hand.
Cons: Already own a 9mm.
So, there it is. Were you making this theoretical choice, which would you purchase first? Note that I will own all three of these eventually (although probably not all 3 1911s). Feel free to throw in your 2 cents as desired. Thanks!
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