Agreed, if he's a new shooter. I assumed (perhaps erroneously) that he had some experience shooting, in which case this might work well. But if he's a new shooter, you're absolutely right!45acp Commander may not be the best way to get someone really involved in 1911s.
Oh, I won't tell him what to buy. I don't want that kind of responsibility lol. I'm just looking to point him in the right direction. I believe it's important for one to do their own research. I also think one has more confidence in shooting what THEY chose, compared to something someone else pushed them into.It's hard to tell someone what he should buy. What i see in the LGS now are Springfield's that are at the lowest price around $ 800.00.
I introduced my son to the M1911 with wadcutter and light-to-mid power 185 and 200-grain cast loads when he was a teenager before letting him shoot GI Ball every once in a while. His first comments were (paraphrased) "I don't know what everyone's afraid of."Stick with a Government sized 5" steel frame. 185 soft ball loads might help get him past the "God awful wrist killer" recoil!
He's really not in a huge hurry. I pointed out a couple decent deals to him, it's on him now. He's across the country in NJ. I think the all the hoops he has to jump thru make him drag his feet.Tough time to buy a gun. Prices are high due to silly demand. How long can they wait?
Tough time to buy a gun. Prices are high due to silly demand. How long can they wait?
I do have some funny stories about this.I introduced my son to the M1911 with wadcutter and light-to-mid power 185 and 200-grain cast loads when he was a teenager before letting him shoot GI Ball every once in a while. His first comments were (paraphrased) "I don't know what everyone's afraid of."
He's now an Army lieutenant, and after having shot tens of thousands of rounds in military competition from M9s and M17s still uses the 1911 trigger as the benchmark.
I was doing searches for a nephew of mine who has a limited budget, but he wants a 1911 period, Nothing else with do. So I found these recommendations:I'm trying to help a friend. He's shot a BHP for years. He now wants to jump into a .45 1911. At first he gave me a budget of $400-500. I suggested he at least double that. My first 1911 was a Baer, after which I went to NHC and Guncrafter so I don't have any experience with guns at his price point. Any thoughts on Springfield Ronin vs Dan Wesson vs Ruger, and any other suggestions. I thought he'd have a good base gun with the Ronin. Thanks for any help.
Older Colts can be had for little money? Kevin you haven't been watching the market! Ronins work fine and are cheaper than TRPs. Besides the guy needs to decide what mods he wants to have in time.This has been asked and answered many times before.
*Steer-clear of any non-American 1911s. SIGs may be ok.
*Stay away from Auto-Ordnance, base Kimbers, and possibly base SAs.
*Everyone seems to like DWs and higher level SAs like the TRP, and especially the Pro model.
*A used Baer can be had for <$1500 and is an outstanding buy
*Older Colts are fine and can be had for little money.
Tell your friend he will get what he pays for. Spend little money and get a gun w/ low-quality MIM and cast parts. But then again, few 1911-owners actually shoot their 1911s, so junk guns make excellent safe queens.