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New to the group. I've been a glock owner for quite awhile but now I am looking to get my first 1911 and I am on a budget. This is going to be nothing more than a range gun and an intro into the platform. I was looking at the RIA tac ultra and the Kimber Custom LW. I have heard Kimbers have gone downhill a little but I have no experience in them. Looking for any input and advice on the 2 or any other options around the 650 700 mark. Thanks .
 

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New to the group. I've been a glock owner for quite awhile but now I am looking to get my first 1911 and I am on a budget. This is going to be nothing more than a range gun and an intro into the platform. I was looking at the RIA tac ultra and the Kimber Custom LW. I have heard Kimbers have gone downhill a little but I have no experience in them. Looking for any input and advice on the 2 or any other options around the 650 700 mark. Thanks .
If you can get a deal on an older Kimber (Series 70) then that, otherwise I would consider an RIA Mil-Spec for your first. In my mind everyone should start with a Mil-Spec 1911 but that is just me.

RIA has a good reputation and can be a good base gun, especially in a Mil-Spec.

Or you could look for a good deal on a Springfield.

For your first 1911 I would also suggest sticking to a bushing barrel gun, not a bull barrel.

Good luck and welcome to the addiction!
 

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I was in the same boat as your in, I've carried Glock for years "work" after retiring I decided I wanted to give the 1911 a try , I wanted good but but inexpensive,

Springfield mil-spec was my choice, it has replaced my Glock as my daily cc .
 

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Why the bushing over bull? It is mainly to get to know the platform as it was created? I was under the impression the bull will have better lock up. Bushings are cheaper to replace than barrels I guess.

If you can get a deal on an older Kimber (Series 70) then that, otherwise I would consider an RIA Mil-Spec for your first. In my mind everyone should start with a Mil-Spec 1911 but that is just me.

RIA has a good reputation and can be a good base gun, especially in a Mil-Spec.

Or you could look for a good deal on a Springfield.

For your first 1911 I would also suggest sticking to a bushing barrel gun, not a bull barrel.

Good luck and welcome to the addiction!
 

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I own(ed) both RIA's and Kimbers.

As a new owner, you will get the most "bang for the buck" with the RIS TAC Series guns. Stay away from anything compact (shorter than a 4.25" barrel) an stay away from the RIA GI series guns.

Kimbers and nice, but you will most probably need to replace a few internal parts to get them reliable, most notably the extractor.

For a first time 1911 owner, I would recommend RIC TAC II Series.

YMMV

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Springfield's as mentioned above are another great option. Their GI Series is far superior to RIA's GI Series.
 
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Check out the Springfield Defender. It is a basic mil-spec with better sights, a lowered ejection port. Springfield is currently promoting this model with special pricing. You can find them for around $450. Gun also includes a forged frame.
 

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Check out the Springfield Defender. It is a basic mil-spec with better sights, a lowered ejection port. Springfield is currently promoting this model with special pricing. You can find them for around $450. Gun also includes a forged frame.

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Welcome to the forum from Illinois! You’re gonna get good recommendations from the people here. I looked around and read here and elsewhere till my eyes were ready to fall out and bought this Springfield TRP for my first 1911. I shot it straight out of the box and runs great. Zero issues. We’re glad to have you here with us.
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I recently bought a Springfield Loaded Target from another member of this forum as my first 1911. While mine had some significant enhancements, I can tell there's quality in the basic platform, and the gun is a fantastic shooter, so I'd recommend adding Springfield to your list of considerations. Keep an eye open in the classifieds of this forum because I've seen quite a few good deals posted, and you're very likely to be dealing with reputable people.
 

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Welcome to the forum from Illinois! You’re gonna get good recommendations from the people here. I looked around and read here and elsewhere till my eyes were ready to fall out and bought this Springfield TRP for my first 1911. I shot it straight out of the box and runs great. Zero issues. We’re glad to have you here with us. View attachment 403849


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One of my grail guns. If that Strahan hadn't have come up, I would probably getting a TRP.

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