Best 1911 .45 for less than a grand

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  1. Kris

    Kris Been here awhile

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    I am considering getting a 1911 pistol. What is the best for a $1000 or less? Post your opinions please and pics too, Absolute top limit is $1300 if that opens things up!
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  2. McNeal

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    What's the intended purpose of the pistol? Punching holes in paper, competition, personal defense?

    I've been looking at getting another 1911 and I too have about the same budget requirements. I was looking at Les Baer and someday would like to purchase one, but as of right now those are just out of reach.

    I've been looking at Kimbers recently and they seem to be pretty well built. Other's here can probably provide a more informed position as to the build quality.

    Sig Sauer and Springfield also also build several nice 1911's.
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  3. FPGT72

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    I am doing the same thing...and at the latest gun show I got to fondle just about everything. The history part of me wants a vintage model...saw a nice US Property marked one at the show, but I want to use it...not just take it for a drive on a sunny day. I looked at Para, ruger, remington, kimber, rock Island....and a few others. Still on the fence, but I do know I want new.
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  4. Kris

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    Mostly for fun at the range. I have looked at the Kimbers and liked them also. The Ed Browns are nice but probably out of my budget.
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  5. Sniper X

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    Get something that has adjustable sights. Probably would be best to actually look for a top of the line Springfield Armory target model or something even from Kimber or Colt. You will not get into a semi custom for that money possibly even on the used market.
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    Yep, this one is a great weapon for the price. SA has a great warranty should anything ever go wrong and for the price (don't pay MSRP) are very nice and within your range. Beware though, I started with a Springer, and then another, and now I also have Wilsons, Baers and Browns... Maybe you should just start with a Baer or Brown call (website sucks) CJ (Crazy John) at cj1911heaven.com for the best selection and price
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  8. Sniper X

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    SHHHHH! You aren't supposed to tell your drug (1911 crack) buyer that he is getting into an addiction! :rofl
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  9. RogueClimber

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    I remember my first taste...

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  10. Sniper X

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    My 1911 pusher was a ex Army pistol shooter namde Ress Bradley. Former Col. who took me to the range at the tender age of 12 and let me shoot his prized compped Colts. That was IT! I was hooked and have been ever since. A Dr. Named Glock tried real hard once to heal me but it didn't work. Once even a Dr. Named Beretta tried an intervention, but I kicked him to the curb as well and went right back on the 1911 drug train. I am a happy addict.
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    RogueClimber "Tacticool"

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    I fell under a Signess for a while. I got better!
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  12. MrPulldown

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    With my 1911 experiances get a full frame. The compacts, such as the Kimber CDPs are a little too snappy for the .45acp round. They tend to jam. Limp wristing or whatever, the small 45s tend ro beat you up.

    Do you have some love for the 1911 design. I mean it is 100 years old now. Buddy jsut got a springfield XD (?), in 45. Head and sholuders above any of the 1911s I have shot.
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  13. tslewisz

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    I have an XD .45, too. And if I had 4 of 'em I'd gladly trade them for a Les Baer Thunder Ranch 1911. :D
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  14. brewer90

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    You shouldn't go shooting when you are high.
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    I've had two springfields. Nothing wrong with them. But the OP asked about the best 1911 under a grand, so my vote is a Kimber.

    As for the comments above about the CDP, I disagree. My Ultra CDP II shoots wonderfully and has less recoil than either my Ruger LCP .380 (seriously!) or my girlfriend's Ruger LCR .38. I could shoot that .45 all day, whereas the others wear me out in comparatively short order. Of the thousands of rounds I've put through the Kimber it stovepiped once while it was almost new. I attributed it to either a bad round or breaking in. In fact, of all of the handguns I've owned (Beretta, Springfield, Ruger, Walther, and S & W) the Kimber has without question been the most reliable shooter by a long shot. Hope it stays that way.

    I know the OP isn't going to get an Ultra CDP II under a grand, though I did (barely) when I bought mine a few years ago. But I've shot some other full size Kimbers that you could buy in that price range and found them to be very nice to shoot, and accurate right out of the box.
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    he said he had 1300 to spend didn't he?
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  17. pilot815

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    I am a Springfield fan. When I was younger I talked my dad into getting a .45 so I could shoot it. A friend had a Kimber he paid right around $1000 for. My dad got some POS .45, that was terrible. At a gun show we picked up a brand new Springfield 1911 Mil-Spec. They had a couple versions, one with plastic grips, the other with wood. Both had the stamped "US" on it. We got the wood one. I think it came out to under $450 at the time. It has been a wonderful gun. I think I like it better than the Kimber my friend had. Now my main weapon is a Springfield XD .40. I might start using the .45 more though.
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  18. Bueller

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    He said a grand or less.

    These guys always have a Kimber of some sort on sale:

    http://www.vanceoutdoors.com/flyer/flyer.pdf

    Middle of the page - Kimber .45 $699.95

    I also happen to know one of the owners (family run business) and he's a super nice guy. I try to buy from that company whenever possible, and they've always taken great care of me.

    Anyway, back on point - he could actually get a Kimber model with a few upgrades and have money left over for a couple boxes of ammo and still hit his price point :deal
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  19. Pflum

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    I bought a Ruger 1911 back in May. I've only put 3-400 rounds throughit so far, but I'm very happy with it. Stainless, comes with 2 mags, beavertail, skeletonized trigger and hammer, lowered ejection port. Made in U.S.A. Only thing i wish it had is an ambidextrous safety; I'm a lefty. Has a very nice trigger and is more accurate than I am. They're kind of hard to find but they're going for $600-700, spend the extra cash on ammo.
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  20. wibornz

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    I have a Springfield Trophy Match 1911 45. It has been a great gun. I have put over 60,000 rounds through it. It is a great shooter. The gun is still tight and still holds a nice group.


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    This was shot at 25 yards two hand combat stance. The load is target load that I work up for the gun. Ammo loaded with a Dillon 650 press.
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    I paid 850 for the gun, and had some work done to it. It has a very smooth 3 pound trigger.
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