Economical 5" 1911?

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Re: Economical 5" 1911?

Postby shovel1966 » Tue Aug 18, 2015 3:01 am

MM2(SS) wrote:.... If you wait a while surplus 1911's may become available through CMP. I know they are getting closer to being available there.


I have plenty of time to wait. I don't even need another 1911, but the ones I have now are 4.25" and I just want to get a 5" model that is a little bit easier on the wallet. I was looking at a Springfield Armory GI model with nice cocobolo grips for under $600. I'm more afraid to buy a cheap piece of junk than I am spending more money and getting something that's nice. I still believe Rock Island makes some nice, good quality pieces for the price.
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Re: Economical 5" 1911?

Postby newportri » Tue Aug 18, 2015 1:05 pm

Taurus also makes some nice affordable models I believe.
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Re: Economical 5" 1911?

Postby RImike » Tue Aug 18, 2015 2:07 pm

newportri wrote:Taurus also makes some nice affordable models I believe.

I had one, couldn't get rid of it fast enough. It was a piece of garbage, I feel bad for the poor soul that bought it.
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Re: Economical 5" 1911?

Postby demjones » Tue Aug 18, 2015 4:41 pm

I'm hoping for CMP 1911s, but the legislation still needs to make it through the White house. If it does, you can bet that my paperwork will be flying down to Anniston!

My offer to try my Rock Island 1911 still stands. It's not fancy, but is well built and accurate - lots better than some of the 1911s I was issued in the service.
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Re: Economical 5" 1911?

Postby MM2(SS) » Tue Aug 18, 2015 6:03 pm

demjones wrote: lots better than some of the 1911s I was issued in the service.

Can't say I ever got issued a bad one.
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Re: Economical 5" 1911?

Postby demjones » Tue Aug 18, 2015 9:17 pm

MM2(SS) wrote:
demjones wrote: lots better than some of the 1911s I was issued in the service.

Can't say I ever got issued a bad one.


I can. Most of the sorry ones were ancient and badly worn. The one I used to qualify Expert had an incredibly loose slide that shifted if I canted my hand. That said, the vast majority were fine pieces. I wouldn't hesitate to latch on to a CMP offering should that come to be.
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Re: Economical 5" 1911?

Postby MM2(SS) » Wed Aug 19, 2015 10:51 am

Them govt. models were designed to be loose so you could throw em into just about anything & they would still work. I agree that most of em were ancient. The navy didn't switch to the Beretta until 95, and the Army & Marines gave all their well used 1911's to the Navy.
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Re: Economical 5" 1911?

Postby shovel1966 » Wed Aug 19, 2015 5:32 pm

demjones wrote:....My offer to try my Rock Island 1911 still stands. It's not fancy, but is well built and accurate....


I sure appreciate the offer and my catch up with you when our schedules align. I'm still out of town for 10 more days or so. As I had said earlier, I'm not itching to get one, but would like to add it to my bag of range toys sometime in the near future.
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Re: Economical 5" 1911?

Postby demjones » Tue Aug 25, 2015 9:43 pm

Dang. :(

http://www.alloutdoor.com/2015/08/18/wh ... Newsletter

Let's make sure we can get this done in 2017!
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Re: Economical 5" 1911?

Postby Uncle Duke » Wed Aug 26, 2015 1:37 am

I wouldn't bet on the 1911's from the CMP either being released anytime soon or going cheap. Last I heard, the U.S. Army Materiel Command hasn't been given the official okay from the Obama administration to the general public (the CMP is no longer administered by the U.S. Army). Whenever guns are released, unless they have been refitted at the armory, they are in pretty rough shape. Given my friends' and relatives' experiences in the early 1980's shooting 1911's (before the Army switched over to the 92FS), you'd have a better chance hitting your target by throwing your gun rather than shooting it. One friend who was an MP stationed in Germany once told me that he had to shake his gun before he fired it.

I would go with a Rock Island Armory or Auto-Ordnance. Stay away from American Tactical Firepower and High Standard (you're just throwing your money away). Check out Gunbroker.com, GunsAmerica.com, or Armslist for Springfield Armory 1911's (GI Model or Government Model). Anything that you'd need to replace is easily sourced from Springfield Armory or at gun shows.

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