Buy $800 gun and customize for $800 or buy $1600 gun?

Discussion in 'General 1911 talk' started by Jdb5324, Jan 19, 2019.

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  1. Jdb5324

    Jdb5324 Active Member

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    Dec 23, 2018
    Is it better to buy more affordable and send out to be customized or to spend all on new? Would be spending 800ish on gun n 800ish on custom work or 1600 on gun
     
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  2. Yoemen66

    Yoemen66 Well-Known Member

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    Aug 10, 2017
    If you can get what you want in a factory gun it is typically cheaper to do so then to custom upgrade a cheaper gun.
     

  3. Scaramouche

    Scaramouche Student of the Columbian Exchange Supporting Addict

    Sep 15, 2015
    I love these kind of economic studies, will follow with interest. Particularly the part where we start parsing form & function into the equation.
     
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  4. stlgecko

    stlgecko Gecko Lives Matter

    May 24, 2014
    If you think you’d ever sell it then you’d be much better off buying the $1600 gun. Custom work doesn’t hold the same value.
     
  5. Jdb5324

    Jdb5324 Active Member

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    Dec 23, 2018
    Selling a 1911 I'd never lol
     
  6. azguy1911

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

    Oct 22, 2015
    What would you buy for $800 to start with and what could you get done for the $800 ? Can you get a flattened and serrated slide to, recessed slide stop, trigger and safety upgrade and maybe a sight upgrade for $800 ?
     
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  7. simonp

    simonp Well-Known Member

    May 27, 2016
    You are better off buying the best quality base gun you can afford rather than buying a cheap gun which then a smith will most likely have more work to do. Buy the $1,600 gun, shoot it for awhile & then have what you want done to it. In today’s market $1,600 will buy you a lot of gun if you buy pre owned!


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  8. tarosean

    tarosean Well-Known Member

    Apr 7, 2013

    What custom work are you thinking about?
     
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  9. Jollyroger1

    Jollyroger1 Well-Known Member

    Sep 19, 2015
    Really depends on who you’re having do that $800 of work.

    And for $800 I’d leave most aesthetics alone and focus on accuracy, reliability, and a nice trigger.

    Oh and sights!!!
     
  10. Jdb5324

    Jdb5324 Active Member

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    Dec 23, 2018
    I don't know what I'd get done or cost...that's why I'm asking..may be looking at used gun for around 800 and getting upgrades but not spending total over 2k
     
  11. Jdb5324

    Jdb5324 Active Member

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    Dec 23, 2018
    Sights will always be straight eights n grips always wood but I can change grips myself
     
  12. duketbrd88

    duketbrd88 Well-Known Member

    Sep 1, 2011
    Can't beat a used Dan Wesson Valor or used Les Baer for that!

    Best two IMHO out there for that kind of money.
     
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  13. Jdb5324

    Jdb5324 Active Member

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    Dec 23, 2018
    Sights will always be straight eights n grips always wood but I can change grips myself
     
  14. Jdb5324

    Jdb5324 Active Member

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    Dec 23, 2018
    Isnt that a 3inch barrel? Not my fav
     
  15. duketbrd88

    duketbrd88 Well-Known Member

    Sep 1, 2011
    No its a government 1911 5" barrel
     
  16. duketbrd88

    duketbrd88 Well-Known Member

    Sep 1, 2011
    There's a lot of good deals in the classifieds
     
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  17. duketbrd88

    duketbrd88 Well-Known Member

    Sep 1, 2011
    What are you looking for ?
     
  18. BigSkyGuy

    BigSkyGuy Well-Known Member

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  19. Jdb5324

    Jdb5324 Active Member

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    Dec 23, 2018
    Not really sure was just seeing y'alls thoughts on what route to go
     

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