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Post by Joe Morgan 7/3/2021, 6:41 am

Now that Springfield Armory has discontinued the Range Officer line, is there a recommendation for a different model or brand of beginner 1911?

https://www.springfield-armory.com/1911-series-handguns/1911-range-officer-handguns/

Maybe something new is coming down the pike?

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Post by james r chapman 7/3/2021, 6:52 am

Probably the 1911 loaded stainless steel.
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Post by kc.crawford.7 7/3/2021, 12:45 pm

I would stay with SA and get their Mil-Spec.
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Post by zanemoseley 7/3/2021, 1:04 pm

Dang they even discontinued the RO Elite except the 10mm, it was a nice package with the cerakote finish and composite grips. Apparently we were the only ones buying them or they'd still be available or their margin wasn't very good.

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Post by SingleActionAndrew 7/3/2021, 4:41 pm

They discontinued the 10mm TRP 1911s as well
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Post by Merick 7/3/2021, 10:14 pm

Maybe CZ will throw some quality control at the gold cup

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Post by msmith44 7/3/2021, 11:17 pm

Or, maybe it's time to rethink the "service pistol" requirement. Maybe the Perry schedule should be .22, center fire (not including .45), and .45. Leave the "service pistol" concept to CMP which is not a caliber but a type of handgun (1911 or 1911 A1 style) and move on. There are a lot of ways to shoot 45 beyond 1911. Just thinking.

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Post by zanemoseley 7/4/2021, 3:18 pm

Merick wrote:Maybe CZ will throw some quality control at the gold cup

CZ gold cup? You mean Colt?

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Post by james r chapman 7/4/2021, 3:56 pm

zanemoseley wrote:
Merick wrote:Maybe CZ will throw some quality control at the gold cup

CZ gold cup? You mean Colt?

CZ Bought Colt.
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Post by msmith44 7/4/2021, 6:22 pm

I made an error above. NRA doesn't limit .45 cal to the 1911 platform. It appears that CMP does but its rules are so confusing that's it's hard to tell. That said, is there a non-1911 handgun that can compete in accuracy to the best 1911 or 2011 handgun at 50 yards?

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Post by chiz1180 7/4/2021, 6:54 pm

msmith44 wrote:I made an error above. NRA doesn't limit .45 cal to the 1911 platform. It appears that CMP does but its rules are so confusing that's it's hard to tell. That said, is there a non-1911 handgun that can compete in accuracy to the best 1911 or 2011 handgun at 50 yards?
CMP does NOT limit 45 cal to a 1911. I know a few people who have made P100 with an XD in 45. See approved service pistol list. Also CMP Match Gun rules do not specify a 1911 for 45. 

As far as accuracy at 50 with 45 caliber non-1911 platform, Model 25/625 smith, above mentioned xd, Pardini GT45 and I think a few people have had good results with a CZ97. However as far as availability and reliability a match tuned 1911 is hard to beat.

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Post by Wobbley 7/4/2021, 6:58 pm

GT45 and CZ97 against a stock 1911? Hard to choose between.
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Post by chiz1180 7/4/2021, 7:03 pm

Wobbley wrote:GT45 and CZ97 against a stock 1911? Hard to choose between.
Personally 1911 everyday of the week and 2x on Sunday. I get that the RO is discontinued but out of the box mine shot 3” without effort. Honestly most people shooting in this game do not have stock guns anyways.

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Post by zanemoseley 7/4/2021, 7:05 pm

I hadn't heard about CZ buying Colt, might be promising since Colt didn't seem to be doing much wirh the brand, hope they start innovating with their pistol lineup again.

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Post by chiz1180 7/4/2021, 7:12 pm

zanemoseley wrote:I hadn't heard about CZ buying Colt, might be promising since Colt didn't seem to be doing much wirh the brand, hope they start innovating with their pistol lineup again.
As far as CZ, I have heard good things about their 22 rifles and shotguns, especially for price point. In all fairness, those particular disciplines do not hold my interest, but one can hope it shows promise.

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Post by Jack H 7/4/2021, 7:45 pm

Why would they dump the RO????
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Post by OldShooter43 7/4/2021, 7:58 pm

I'm pretty sure that Cajun Gun works can build (read customize) you a very competitive 9mm bullseye pistol from a CZ.  That said, most of CZ's competition pistols are double stacks built for the "run & gun" games.  They're pretty dominant in that market.

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Post by DA/SA 7/4/2021, 8:15 pm

Jack H wrote:Why would they dump the RO????
I was wondering that as well.

Perhaps they are coming out with a newer updated model?
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Post by rich.tullo 7/20/2021, 8:27 pm

Merick wrote:Maybe CZ will throw some quality control at the gold cup
Good point, Dan Wesson makes a fine 1911
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Post by zanemoseley 7/20/2021, 9:11 pm

I can tell you this, in the last 10 years CZ has done a far better job at making products people want to buy, Colt seems more interesting in dropping products, the reintroduction of the Python is the only thing they've done of any interest and they managed to screw that up pretty good on the front end but they're still selling all they can make. Will be interested to see if CZ brings back Colts AR's.

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Post by rich.tullo 7/21/2021, 6:48 am

TISA a Turkish Company makes a nice 1911 that would be a good gun for a base build.
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Post by SmokinNJokin 7/21/2021, 7:45 am

Cz might make a killer Gold Cup. Dan Wesson quality control is pretty darn good. Of course barrel fit will be marginal, but that’s a given.

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Post by Orpanaut 7/21/2021, 9:45 am

How does the Ruger SR1911 Target compare with the SA Range Officer? Externally, aside from being made of stainless steel, it looks very similar.

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Post by HogCommander 7/21/2021, 10:53 am

I'm sad to see the Range Officer go because it's a good balance between performance and affordability.  Great gun for people who want to start competing in Bullseye and EIC matches.

If a new shooter asked me for a recommendation today and budget was an issue, I think I'd suggest looking for a used Range Officer that's in good shape. 

That said, I'm also curious if anyone knows of a 1911 that will hold the 10 ring out of the box at 50 yds, has adjustable sights and cost less than $1000 new.

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Post by rich.tullo 7/21/2021, 12:46 pm

Orpanaut wrote:How does the Ruger SR1911 Target compare with the SA Range Officer?  Externally, aside from being made of stainless steel, it looks very similar.
Series 70 , but many smiths do not like SS.
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