My First 1911

Discussion in 'Beginner's Corner' started by machine626, Mar 24, 2019.

  1. machine626

    machine626 New Member

    Mar 19, 2019
    I'm looking to get my first 1911 and am torn between several. Which would you suggest I go for?

    Springfield Range Officer Stainless

    Springfield Range Officer Loaded Elite

    Kimber Stainless II

    Smith & Wesson 1911 E Series M1911

    Dan Wesson PM45

    I'm leaning towards the Dan Wesson and have seen it for sale at $1300 which seems like a reasonable price. I'm wondering for that kind of money am I missing out on something else where I can get more for the money? I most likely won't be using it for anything but range shooting (I'd love to shoot outside of a range but that seems to be impossible in NJ). Does anyone have any suggestions?
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  2. B81

    B81 Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2018
    Dan Wesson is the best bet, if you can find one in your price range. Otherwise, I would go with one of the Springfields.

  3. Wheels No More

    Wheels No More Long gone

    May 12, 2015
    The Wesson would be the way I would lean also.
    Have you looked through the classifieds here?
    You might find something in your price range that jumps out at you.
    Good luck and enjoy your new 1911 whatever it turns out to be.
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  4. jfrey

    jfrey Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Oct 10, 2012
    I would look closely at the Springer RO loaded.
  5. Addicted2gunz

    Addicted2gunz Undecided on whether or not I'm indecisive... Supporting Addict

    Jul 14, 2018
    Welcome! I would also suggest Dan Wesson, followed by Springfield :thumbs:
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  6. Fred_G

    Fred_G Known Agitator

    Dec 29, 2015
    Dan Wesson. RO is a nice little gun, but for my money, DW is the way to go. For me, front strap checkering is a must. Grip tape will work for a while, but I want the checkering, and at DW's price point, you get that plus a nicer (IMHO) gun for not much more $,
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  7. doubledeuce

    doubledeuce Active Member Supporting Addict

    Mar 4, 2015
    Go with the Dan Wesson, you won't regret it. It's the gateway to high quality 1911's.
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  8. 41 Charlie

    41 Charlie Get off my lawn...

    Feb 4, 2014
    I prefer the “less is more” concept”. Take a long look at the slide of all four manufactures listed. Three of the four are cluttered up with bill board roll marks, and front cocking serrations. All of which, don’t appeal to me. The Dan Wesson slide is clean, almost naked. Dan Wesson quality is first rate. The other three manufacturers build good pistols, but I would be most pleased with any Dan Wesson. Dan Wesson builds a host of 1911s, that I would be proud to own. Fit, form, and function! Best of luck with your choice
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  9. RIS

    RIS Well-Known Member

    Feb 8, 2019
    Definitely the Dan Wesson
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  10. WWB

    WWB Administrator Staff Member Admin Moderator Supporting Addict

    Apr 11, 2015
    The Dan Wesson is the best of the bunch.. Followed by the 2 Springers IMO
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  11. boatdoc

    boatdoc Well-Known Member

    Aug 3, 2015
    danw esson pm. these are their best guns inho. I love my PMs
  12. BR549er

    BR549er Well-Known Member

    Jul 6, 2018
    Second WWB's statement.

    "Three of the four are cluttered up with bill board roll marks, and front cocking serrations. All of which, don’t appeal to me. The Dan Wesson slide is clean, almost naked."

    Even if all things were equal, and they're not as the Wessons are better guns, 41 Charlie nailed it for the win!
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  13. Joseph Medugno

    Joseph Medugno Well-Known Member

    Jan 19, 2018
    Dan Wesson is my choice followed by the Springfield pistols.
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  14. TheCollector

    TheCollector Well-Known Member

    Aug 25, 2018
  15. Baldwin

    Baldwin Well-Known Member

    Feb 16, 2018
    I bought a DW for my first 1911 last year. My second choice was the Springfield TRP.
  16. machine626

    machine626 New Member

    Mar 19, 2019
    Thanks for the help guys! I think I'm leaning toward the DW. I found one for about $1400 which seems like a good price given the MSRP is $300 more.
  17. Novak77

    Novak77 Well-Known Member

    Mar 1, 2019
    I've always had a lot of love for Springfield's 1911s. Have you checked out a TRP? I feel like for the $$ the TRP is hard to beat. I've gotten to play with some Dan Wesson's lately and they're damn nice pistols too.
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  18. 1911 crazed

    1911 crazed Well-Known Member

    Mar 11, 2019
    DW. If you start with Dan Wesson. You are further ahead in your search for the perfect 1911. You will want more. Good luck.
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  19. Bud White

    Bud White Member

    Sep 4, 2018
    Ive had luck with Springfield and Dan Wesson
  20. cherokee2u

    cherokee2u Well-Known Member

    Mar 20, 2018
    Without a doubt Dan Wesson. Check out all of the DW models. You may find another one you like. Although the Valor has been discontinued, they are still available and a great pistol

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