A Good 1911 9mm under $1500

Discussion in 'General 1911 talk' started by MFM22, Sep 28, 2020.

  1. MFM22

    MFM22 Active Member

    Sep 15, 2020
    So the more I learn the less I know.
    Just want to get a Solid 9mm 1911 (Commander). ,not so easy as I thought

    Kimber - series 80 & lots of mim parts ( have Kimber 45 older model have it for years )
    Springfield - aside from politics , lots of mim parts (made in Brazil??)
    Colt - Quality control slipping plus mim parts
    Step up some
    Dan Wesson - Duty coat caution ! Only use FP-10 ! WTH , SS Beware ! Galling issues
    (To be honest have a duty coat and just got a SS. )

    Ed Brown , Wilson , night hawk & other customs get too $$ Are they the only option for "Good " Quality.

    Didn't mention Ruger SR1911. Looking into them guess it's the same issue loaded with mim parts
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  2. rblondon

    rblondon Well-Known Member

    Jul 11, 2018
    don't sweat the MIM parts; Ive put thousands of rounds through guns with such and yet to have a show stopping breakdown. Replace them over time as you wish. Besides, odds are, you won't be buying enough ammo in today's environment to even think about stoppages due to breaks.

    In order of preference, to get a 9mm Commander-sized gun you could bet on out of the box with 200 rounds as proof it worked:


    I put a known 3,000 through a Ruger lightweight in 9mm, the man who bought it from me has fired that many more - I know because he gives me his brass. He has replaced the recoil spring at 5,000 and kept on shooting. Plans on new sights "some day".

    To expand briefly:
    Springfield - any model.
    Colt - preferably a Clapp model as they often have better sights
    Ruger - pick one.

    but that's just my view. i've owned all three, would take any of them again. Awaiting delivery on a Colt Combat Commander in 9mm dating from the 80s.

  3. walleyemonster

    walleyemonster Well-Known Member

    Jan 11, 2017
  4. Badguybuster

    Badguybuster Well-Known Member

    Apr 19, 2018
    Every body talks crap on MIM but i own several kimbers with THOUSANDS of rounds through them with no issues at all. My CDP II is one of my favorite carry guns.
  5. Badguybuster

    Badguybuster Well-Known Member

    Apr 19, 2018
    That being said you can find lightly used dan wessons for less than that.
  6. Lineman1982

    Lineman1982 Well-Known Member

    Dec 21, 2018
    I would just scan the classifieds here daily. Something in your price range is bound to pop up.
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  7. mikegalway

    mikegalway CEO of DILLIGAF industries Supporting Addict

    Feb 23, 2014
    I've got a Kimber Pro Carry II 9 mm with more rounds through it than I can count , same can be said for my Citadel . Your budget is plenty to get a good pistol . Even in current climate , 1911s aren't flying off shelves around here .
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  8. henchman

    henchman Active Member

    Feb 23, 2017
    And that may be truth. My TRP still has the MIM hammer, sear, disconnecter, and a lot of rounds in 9 years. The trigger is so nice I don't want to mess with it.

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  9. MFM22

    MFM22 Active Member

    Sep 15, 2020
    From what I've been reading mim parts have come a long way..

    I'm really wondering how "tight" a 1911 should be. A little play probably allows for more forgiveness but may sacrifice a little accuracy ?
    How did John Browning design the original ?
    Browning designed my 2 favorite firearms , pure Genius !
  10. brotherrat

    brotherrat Active Member

    Apr 13, 2019
    Can confirm. About a year ago I picked up a used DW Specialist in 9mm with 5 mags on Gun Broker for $1150 or so.
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  11. AGENT P


    Jun 24, 2019
    I guess I'm old school I still don't do mim so Dan Wesson gets my vote.
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  12. simonp

    simonp Well-Known Member

    May 27, 2016
    I'm with you, Wesson or Colt and spend the money on having a smith install an EGW ignition system, Wilson or Chen Magwell and you are good to go, if you have money left over replace the safety and slide stop -my choice is EGW or Wilson BP, if you don't have the cash right now shoot it until you do.
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  13. mikegalway

    mikegalway CEO of DILLIGAF industries Supporting Addict

    Feb 23, 2014
    if it ain't broke , don't fix it .
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  14. awmp

    awmp Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Apr 27, 2012
    Dan Wesson all day for your price range.
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  15. mikc

    mikc Member

    Dec 8, 2013
    Springfield RO Operator. Under 1k but mine would not run from factory. Had to go back and when returned it is a great 1911. Glock like reliable and it has replaced my STI Trojan as my gamer gun.
    Once used to the effect of the rail out front flip is nearly gone.
  16. ZArugby

    ZArugby Kickin back a little Supporting Addict

    Sep 15, 2016
    LOL! Every time I see a post about DW's galling and "only use FP-10" I have to smile to myself about the effectiveness of the Internet quarterbacks in the www universe.

    Just to be clear.
    1. Dan Wesson 1911's won't gall if you oil them well. Maybe one in 10,000, but I think that's a pretty good batting average considering the same stats for other guns under $1,500.
    2. If you can afford/find/stand FP-109 just use Mobil 1 synth from you nearest Advance Autio and you'll be good.
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  17. fieldgrade

    fieldgrade resident crank

    Mar 13, 2017
    I’d be way less concerned with MIM and more concerned about finding one that runs in that caliber. In the past couple of years I’ve sold these 1911s in 9mm that wouldn't run reliably:

    Dan Wesson Valor, Colt Combat Unit, Colt Competition, Fusion, RIA.

    Kept the Springfield. Swapped 9lb recoil spring for 10lb. So far so good.
  18. MFM22

    MFM22 Active Member

    Sep 15, 2020
    Hey fielgrade which Springfield 9mm commander did you keep ?
  19. henchman

    henchman Active Member

    Feb 23, 2017
    This one has been good so far. It runs with the Colt 9mm pencil barrel, and it runs with the Fusion 38 Super barrel. I added a Harrison medium trigger, Harrison sear, and Wison safety. The Colt safety sucked. Not in function but in contour. 20190827_210411.jpg

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  20. azguy1911

    azguy1911 I'm done buying guns, I'm just a bystander now

    Oct 22, 2015
    Gather up $350 more and buy an Ed Brown EVO, problem solved.

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