Worst 1911s you owned. The ones you wouldn't even take as a gift.

Discussion in 'General 1911 talk' started by Porterhouse83, Mar 11, 2012.

  1. Porterhouse83

    Porterhouse83 Member

    Mar 8, 2012
    What are some 1911s to stay away from?
  2. Blue Ridge

    Blue Ridge Well-Known Member

    Nov 3, 2011
    As of today I've shot 3 new Paras, all had issues.

  3. Wheezy

    Wheezy Bullet Banger Supporting Addict

    Aug 31, 2011
    The worst I have owned was a recent acquisition. A 2011 production Colt 1991 Commander. Complete turd. One problem after another.
  4. DAT85

    DAT85 BIG OL' BALD HAID ! Supporting Addict

    Aug 26, 2011
    2009 DW CCO.

    Ask me no questions and I will tell you no lies.

  5. 1911fanatic

    1911fanatic Well-Known Member

    Nov 27, 2011
    I had a colt officers model. It was absolutely a jammo-matic. Never got through 1 mag without some type of malfunction. Bought and sold for $300. funny.
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  6. John Ryder

    John Ryder Well-Known Member

    Aug 19, 2011
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  7. CMG

    CMG Member

    Aug 20, 2011
    My all-time worst was an original AMT Hardballer. Bought brand-new in the late 80s, horrible execution, non-standard pin sizes/locations.
  8. 50GI-Jess

    50GI-Jess Member

    Aug 24, 2011
    My worst one was a Peter Stahl PSP 87 that I owned back in Denmark in 89. My friend Alex found over 15 flaws on it, 5 of them being major flaws. It never shot more than 1-3 rds. without jamming up.

    As much as I hate to say this, I have basically found this rule of thumb to hold water!

    Any 1911 costing less than $2500 these days, is kind of a "jack in the box" gun. Sadly many guns are made up to be look a like 1911 custom guns, and others are assembly line made, with very little quality control involved...if any at all. I have not yet seen any 1911 costing less than $2.500 that did not need further work/adjusting, before it could be trusted for serious work.

    Unfortunately most 1911 owners, are not able to evaluate their new pistol properly, or rarely shoot it etc. and therefor they think they got what they paid for.

    Wasn't happy about saying this, but trust me, if you ask someone inside the high end 1911 industry, they will sadly say the same...and I know a bunch of them.
  9. Blayglock

    Blayglock Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Aug 18, 2011
  10. Pro-One

    Pro-One Active Member

    Jan 30, 2012
    Had a LLama back in the mid-80's I picked up on a horse trade when I had a shop, POS from day one. Glad I gave next to nothing for it and dumped it accordingly after one range(I mean Jam) session.
  11. Glock2740

    Glock2740 1911 addict Staff Member Moderator

    Aug 16, 2011
    I've never owned a crappy 1911. My very first, a Norinco, had alot of issues running HP ammo, which didn't concern me too much, as I carried a .40 everyday then. But other than that, all of my 1911's have been great right out of the box. :nod:
  12. Joe C

    Joe C Custom Pistolsmith Sponsor

    Sep 11, 2011
    HAHAHAHA! Don't you know that a Llama isn't a 1911!? It's a South American camelid silly, it's they're animals! HAHAHA! :animlol:
  13. Porterhouse83

    Porterhouse83 Member

    Mar 8, 2012
    So para ordnance needs to be stayed away from. Anyone have any input on Argentina made 1911s.
  14. Arkie

    Arkie Well-Known Member

    Jan 27, 2012
    P House, if you're referring to the old Argentine built Colt copies from years ago, they were as good (or better) than any military production built here in the states. The example I owned was stolen, unfortunately.

    I don't believe there are any modern production guns coming from Argentina now though.

  15. Pro-One

    Pro-One Active Member

    Jan 30, 2012
    I forgot Joe:frusty:
  16. Porterhouse83

    Porterhouse83 Member

    Mar 8, 2012
    Yes I am thinking of the ones made in the 20s. Friend of mine just got one from his dad for getting his masters in engineering. Though it's old it's very nice.
  17. deadite

    deadite #15 to Register! Supporting Addict

    Aug 17, 2011
    Also means "flame". ;) Funny if they were named after pack animals, though.

    I'm with Glock2740 on my 1911s. My Norinco, though it had a front sight milled on left of center, was a good shooter. All of my other 1911s ran great.

  18. Blackhawk83

    Blackhawk83 Member

    Feb 12, 2012
    Fortunate to have never owned a bad one but seen some terrible stuff with AMT hardballer and Springfields 3" GI Micro.
  19. bkim

    bkim New Member

    Mar 11, 2012
    My first 1911 was a Taurus. I bought it brand new and the rear end of the extractor broke off on the 3rd shot and hit me above my left eye. I had it repaired under warranty and it performed flawlessly. A couple months later I sold it and bought a Springfield and never looked back. I wouldn't buy a Taurus again, but I would definitely take it as a free gift. :grin:
  20. Arkie

    Arkie Well-Known Member

    Jan 27, 2012
    Couple years ago I bought a RIA entry level 38Super, then a couple weeks later a Springfield Armory entry level 45. The RIA is a favorite shooter (especially after Joe C. put some kick ass sights on it). The Springfield was a total POS. Horrible trigger, rough finished, found it a new home after about a month.

    That was my only experience with Springfield Armory, and probably my last.


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