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1911 in 45 acp Buying Guide

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Post by handcycle 10/17/2021, 6:06 pm

I have not own an 1911 before!
Need your suggestions: do & don't plus what to look at when deciding?
I do prefer one that's chambered for 45 acp and I don't mind buying used gun but it has to be in a 90% condition Smile ...
Are we allowed to suggest brand names, etc?
Prefer to spend up to max. of around $1100...
Treasure your helpful opinion Idea..
I am planning to use it for 25 meter bullseye indoor range...
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Post by james r chapman 10/17/2021, 6:41 pm

$1100?
Springfield Armory Range officer.
Even used should be a great start
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Post by zanemoseley 10/17/2021, 7:29 pm

For $1100 you're looking at a shelf gun with a trigger job and possibly new ignition parts, maybe even a new barrel or at least oversized slide pin. Just got a sweet RRA with bullseye rib and trigger work for $1750. $2+ you're looking at used custom guns in good shape.

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Post by RoyDean 10/18/2021, 7:50 am

There are a couple of suitable SARO's on GunBroker right now. e. g. 907378353 for less than $900. Then you will need to have a competent smith tighten up the barrel and do a trigger job. (Dave Salyer is one suggestion). No need to replace the barrel IMHO, mine has the OEM barrel and is certainly capable of Master scores.

Following this path you can just about get a capable iron sight gun for around $1,100. But to get the slide drilled/tapped, fit a rail and mount a decent red dot will cost at least another $200.

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Post by JKR 10/18/2021, 11:45 am

I have one I’d consider selling. It’s ready to go. You wouldn’t need to do anything to it. 
PM me if interested. 
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Post by handcycle 10/18/2021, 2:38 pm

JKR wrote:I have one I’d consider selling. It’s ready to go. You wouldn’t need to do anything to it. 
PM me if interested. 
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JKR,
Can you post/send some nice pics to me? You can PM me as well.
Thanks!
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Post by lyoke 2/19/2022, 8:33 am

I wanted to revive this thread as I seem to be in a similar boat as the original poster. I am looking at getting a 1911 for service pistol and there seems to be a slew of options. 

The Springfield Range Officer seems to be the way to go but is much less available. I didn't know if there was a current market price on these that are reasonable (given supply and demand) or if it is worth investing a step higher for the long run. 

I appreciate any insights, I am not in a complete rush to buy but would like enough data to purchase confidently.

Thanks!

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Post by shoot308 2/19/2022, 8:51 am

Since SARO are not made anymore you can get the SA Garrison and put an anjustable rear target sight on it and it wil be essentially the same.

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Post by teg2658 2/19/2022, 3:10 pm

Gunbroker item #924512260 I earned all 30 points with a 45 exactly like that built by Fred Kart.
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Post by Merick 2/19/2022, 8:13 pm

Has anyone here laid hands on the sds/tisas guns?

Budget $450 for the gun and $200 for sights and a bushing, or $200 more for barrel, and some trigger work, would be plausible (on paper at least) for well under $1k.

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Post by Rich/WIS 2/28/2022, 8:52 am

Not a recommendation as such but when I wanted a dedicated lower for a Kimber conversions kit figured I'd get a cheap 1911 and add an adjustable trigger and a trigger job.  Went of Bud's Gun Shop in Lexington KY and after looking over the choice (mid $300's) decided to splurge and bought a RIA Standard FS two tone for $550. already had an acceptable trigger pull, adjustable trigger, grooved front strap and extended ambidextrous safety.  Sights were the fixed combat type but didn't care as the Kimber  conversion had adjustable sights.  Was impressed by the quality of the RIA and the fit of the parts.  Buying a base gun and adding things like triggers, sights etc can start adding up fast, often more than buying a gun that has most of what you want.

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Post by Drawman623 2/28/2022, 3:09 pm

$1100 is a strong budget if you’re seeking a bullseye pistol. In the last year I found a Shockey .45 and a Clark. Both full house builds in superb condition. My cost for each was within your budget.  Yes they’re older and lack the precision fit of today’s modern gunsmithing… but they hold x ring at 50 yards. The men who wielded such guns earned master averages.  So I say shop around and find an old master gunsmithed 1911. 1911 in 45 acp Buying Guide 0c33b210

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Post by Foundryratjim 2/28/2022, 4:25 pm

Rich/WIS wrote:Not a recommendation as such but when I wanted a dedicated lower for a Kimber conversions kit figured I'd get a cheap 1911 and add an adjustable trigger and a trigger job.  Went of Bud's Gun Shop in Lexington KY and after looking over the choice (mid $300's) decided to splurge and bought a RIA Standard FS two tone for $550. already had an acceptable trigger pull, adjustable trigger, grooved front strap and extended ambidextrous safety.  Sights were the fixed combat type but didn't care as the Kimber  conversion had adjustable sights.  Was impressed by the quality of the RIA and the fit of the parts.  Buying a base gun and adding things like triggers, sights etc can start adding up fast, often more than buying a gun that has most of what you want.

I am also impressed with RIA 1911. Mine is a 9mm. I bought it cheap and new from a small town gun shop because no one wanted to buy it. It runs flawlessly and is very accurate.



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