Economical 5" 1911?

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Economical 5" 1911?

Postby shovel1966 » Wed Aug 12, 2015 9:30 am

What can you recommend for a decent economical 5" 1911 model? I haven't quite decided yet on .45acp or 10mm. I'm interested in something that doesn't have to be spot on accurate, but shoots well and is reliable. This is just a range toy and will not be used for carry or self defense. I have seen several new models for the $420-$550 range, but don't have any experience with them. ie..Rock Island Armory, American Tactical Imports or GSG, Taurus, Auto Ordinance, Iver Johnson, Metro Arms, Girsan, Cimarron. Chiappa Arms, etc.

Any thoughts or input would be appreciated.
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Re: Economical 5" 1911?

Postby RImike » Wed Aug 12, 2015 12:58 pm

I am in the same boat, wouldn't mind picking up a cheap 1911
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Re: Economical 5" 1911?

Postby demjones » Wed Aug 12, 2015 1:32 pm

I have a government model Rock Island (made in Philippines by Armscor on Colt machinery) that I can let you guys try. I paid $390 for it a few years back. It shoots well and is very reliable. My only gripe is the government sights, which are just little nubbins built into the slide. My eyes don't work as well with them as they did 35 years ago! I'm pretty sure you can find them with adjustable sights now.
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Re: Economical 5" 1911?

Postby Blast54 » Wed Aug 12, 2015 4:00 pm

I have no qualms with buying used either. I haven't been up to see him in a while but John at Competition Accessories in Pawtucket always had a ton of them and he is honest as to where they came from.
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Re: Economical 5" 1911?

Postby SirSqueeboo » Wed Aug 12, 2015 6:26 pm

I'd go with Rock Island. I've shot a few and they were top notch for what you'll pay.
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Re: Economical 5" 1911?

Postby newportri » Wed Aug 12, 2015 7:12 pm

I recently checked out my cousin's Rock Island, and I was surprised how nicely made it seemed to be. His biggest complaint was the finish and how easily it came off, but that might not be a concern for you.
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Re: Economical 5" 1911?

Postby shovel1966 » Thu Aug 13, 2015 5:37 am

From the replies, it looks like the Rock Island Armory is a clear winner. I have seen them at the gun shows in Virgina before I moved here, but have never owned or shot one. I'm not a bit worried about the finish wearing off because I am able to DuraCoat it. At the beginning of this year I detail stripped and DuraCoated one of my 1911s and it turned out well. I will also look for a model with sights that work better for my old eyes.
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Re: Economical 5" 1911?

Postby demjones » Thu Aug 13, 2015 12:33 pm

I haven't had the finish issues. Mine is parkerized and seems pretty durable. There are all sorts of models out there, though. Good luck!
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Re: Economical 5" 1911?

Postby n1bsbri » Thu Aug 13, 2015 1:53 pm

For a little step up in price, the Remington 1911R1 can be an excellent buy. I bought mine when they were on sale, and an additional $75 manf. rebate. The other one in the same category (but I haven't shot it) is the Ruger SR1911.
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Re: Economical 5" 1911?

Postby MM2(SS) » Mon Aug 17, 2015 11:06 am

I have a Springfield Armory Government model that I bought new about 26 years ago, it has thousands of rounds through it with no issues. If you wait a while surplus 1911's may become available through CMP. I know they are getting closer to being available there.
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