Deciding on a 1911

Discussion in 'Beginner's Corner' started by Logox, Oct 5, 2018.

  1. Logox

    Logox New Member

    Oct 5, 2018
    Hey everyone, new member here wondering what opinions you have on whether I should buy a nice-ish 1911 or get an inexpensive one and upgrade? I am new to 1911s but have experience with a lot of other pistols/rifles/metal work, so fitting or tinkering with parts is no problem. I intend to use it as a range gun, so I would say accuracy and best "bang-for-buck" are what I want out of the gun. I was looking at a Springfield Range Officer Elite Operator or a used Dan Wesson, but if I could get the same or better performance out of a less expensive gun that I upgrade I would prefer that (I love working on my guns anyway). Price point is around $1000, but down the road could add more for upgrades or whatnot. Any input or advice is welcome!
  2. WWB

    WWB Administrator Staff Member Admin Moderator Supporting Addict

    Apr 11, 2015
    You really can’t go wrong with a Dan Wesson IMO. And that’s the route I would be going.
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  3. AZ Husker

    AZ Husker Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Oct 14, 2017
    In the $1K range I'd also recommend a Dan Wesson.
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  4. BigJimP

    BigJimP Well-Known Member

    Mar 12, 2018
    Dan Wesson is fine...but I would add some of the new Colts as well ..maybe a Springfield loaded ...

    Buying a cheaper gun and upgrading .../ not your best option in my view. Under $1,000 or so ...I think you get into some questionable quality in steel and machining ...and upgrading may not turn out well.

    I think the best 1911 out there for the money is a Springfield TRP.....underlying quality is solid, parts are good, it has many of the features most people are looking around $1,500 .... find a TRP .... and compare the other guns you are considering to it ...( shoot as many different guns as you can ).... find the gun with the best trigger ( no slack, no creep, breaks around 4lbs to 4,5 lbs ...)... and you'll have your answer.
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2018
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  5. Wheels No More

    Wheels No More Long gone

    May 12, 2015
    Skip the lesson buy a Wesson !!
    Unless you just want to learn the hard way then buy something else.
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  6. azguy1911

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

    Oct 22, 2015
    Just curious what would you "upgrade"
  7. mikegalway

    mikegalway CEO of DILLIGAF industries Supporting Addict

    Feb 23, 2014
    Nothing wrong with either of your choices . Buy what you want the first time .
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  8. SLAM37

    SLAM37 Well-Known Member

    Apr 17, 2016
    My $.02 -- if you are new to 1911s start with a nice base gun like a Springer Mil-Spec and learn the in's and outs of the platform by shooting the heck out of it. Since you have shooting experience you should be able to figure out what you like/don't like in short order. This way you don't spend a bunch of money on a piece that has expensive options you don't need or won't like. Good luck!
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  9. El Perdido

    El Perdido Fictional Western Sage

    Oct 3, 2011
    Just go straight to a Les Baer Custom Carry, they're kinda nice-ish
  10. Dwe

    Dwe I'm a terminal 1911 Addict!

    Sep 4, 2011
    For the record...
    I hate Dan Wesson....!
    For making so many great guns.. I mean... I’m pissed I can’t have one of each:(

    Don’t buy a Dan Wesson, unless you have deep pockets.
    Because when you see their value, it will be hard not to buy others!

    Second choice would be a Springer RO or TRP.
  11. Logox

    Logox New Member

    Oct 5, 2018
    I am comfertible changing just about anything (grips, sights, hammer, etc).
  12. Logox

    Logox New Member

    Oct 5, 2018
    LOL, yea they sure do seem to be.... I meant nice-ish as in not a custom 1911, not trying to take away at all from DW or higher-end production guns.
  13. Logox

    Logox New Member

    Oct 5, 2018
    HAHAH yea I think I'm sold on a Dan Wesson, even though I did like the feel of the Springfield in my LGS, seems like an almost unanimous "get a DW". Now to try and find a used one in good shape for around $1000.
  14. azguy1911

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

    Oct 22, 2015
  15. TheCollector

    TheCollector Well-Known Member

    Aug 25, 2018
    I recently bought a New Springer Loaded in .45 for $650 ish
    and the Wesson Guardian in 9mm (posted today) for less than $1100
    I 've shot the S.A. only a few rds so far... but seems tight.
    The Wesson .. not yet............ but my Wesson Specialist .45 shoots really nice...
  16. Logox

    Logox New Member

    Oct 5, 2018
    45acp.... I considered 9mm, but I have SO many 9mm handguns already.
  17. Logox

    Logox New Member

    Oct 5, 2018
  18. Kadonny

    Kadonny Well-Known Member

    Apr 13, 2017

    DW Valkyrie for a tad over $1k. The Vaklyrie is an awesome gun for that money with all the options you get, it's a 2k msrp gun. I have one and absolutely love it as do a bunch of other forum members. DW flooded the market when discontinuing these, thus the low price. I paid about the same for mine.

    You can thank me later.

    Edit: I have no affiliation with the seller, I just saw this in the classifieds a few days ago.
  19. Dwe

    Dwe I'm a terminal 1911 Addict!

    Sep 4, 2011
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