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4X4DEMON
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re: Looking for a budget 1911

I like what that has to say. The cold hammer forged barrel is a nice feature.


CoastieGM
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re: Looking for a budget 1911
I met a guy out shooting who was firing his very first rounds out of a Rock Island out of the box.

His Rock Island never missed a lick. He was drilling a 2" bull at 35 feet.

I didn't fire it, but he seemed really happy...said it felt just like his old service pistol.


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TideCPA
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re: Looking for a budget 1911
Picked it up today. As soon as I told the guy at the FFL dealer I was picking up the TISAS he commented that he couldn't believe how good the fit/finish/tolerances were for a $399 gun. I'd have to agree. Hope to get out to the range soon. If this thing shoots as good as it looks, I'm going to be VERY happy.



DownshiftAndFloorIt
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re: Looking for a budget 1911
I'd definitely get a rock island


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Riseupfromtherubble
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re: Looking for a budget 1911
I've come close to buying that gun many times on buds

Report back after the range


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4X4DEMON
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re: Looking for a budget 1911
Thanks man. I'm looking forward to hearing your review on the Tisas. I'm still torn between it and the RIA


Big Data
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re: Looking for a budget 1911
I have an American Classic in Commander size. I've had an RIA, and I'd take the Classic with my hindsight.

Like KR has said, it's a Colt in Metro Arms clothing.


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TideCPA
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re: Looking for a budget 1911
I don't think you can go wrong either way. I've heard great things about RIAs (especially customer service).

Hoping to get to the range in the next week or two.


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TideCPA
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re: Looking for a budget 1911
Update on the TISAS:

Took it to the range this afternoon. Shot about 100 rounds. Only had one issue with premature slide lock on the 10th round. I switched mags and had no other issues the rest of the time. Pistol is more accurate than I am...I'm not experienced at all with handguns and was getting very tight groups at 10 yards and all headshots at 25 yards which is more than good enough for my purposes.

One other note: after I broke it down and cleaned and oiled everything up, I noticed a VERY slight amount of slide to frame play. Apparently this has little bearing on accuracy but just wanted to throw that out there.

Overall extremely happy with the pistol. Great quality for $400. Still all 5* reviews on Bud's (60+ last I checked), though they're unfortunately out of stock now.


TideCPA
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re: Looking for a budget 1911


KingRanch
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re: Looking for a budget 1911
How much and what is it?

ETA: I didn't read the thread.

This post was edited on 1/26 at 8:40 pm


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RBWilliams8
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re: Looking for a budget 1911
Rock island had one go on sale for $300 around Christmas. It was a .45 and I regret not picking that up.


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TigerOnThe Hill
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re: Looking for a budget 1911
Tide, Sounds like a good deal. I wish they had a version w/ high profile sights......


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RBWilliams8
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re: Looking for a budget 1911


Where did you get that? That's a good price for a "known" brand 1911. And it's the color scheme I want.


Uncle JackD
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re: Looking for a budget 1911
The cheapest I'd go is ruger. They make a fine lookin 1911


RBWilliams8
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re: Looking for a budget 1911
Yeah if I got the rock island I'd still want a ruger or better.

$300 is typically a range gun to me.


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Pepperidge
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re: Looking for a budget 1911
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Para for $553 sounds like a good deal.

1911s are like old Harleys anyway. You've gotta take 'em all apart and put em back together to make 'em run smooth.


I agree...Cheap doesn't always mean bad...

I had an AMT hardballer in the mid 80's given to me by my brother(a gunsmith)for my 18th birthday...he did some nice work to it(mostly fitting, machine work polishing and trigger work)...it shot real well in the few matches I participated in at St Bernard Indoor shooting center in Arabi back then...


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gmshooter
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re: Looking for a budget 1911
I have a couple of STI Spartan 5" 45acp in stock $699 ea.
This post was edited on 1/27 at 11:54 am


KingRanch
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re: Looking for a budget 1911
That spartan is a damn good buy as well


Ice Cream Sammich
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re: Looking for a budget 1911
Havent read the entire thread yet but I know RRI and Spartan to be decent for cheap.

KR, Which do you prefer. I want a pure range 1911 and dont want to spend Kimber money again.

For everybody, this might be a thread hijack but something I have been thinking about. Everybody talks about when they get a new CC pistol they want to shoot thousands of rounds through it to ensure that it is reliable. Well, most modern firearms are. I am under the mind set that I go to the range and shoot a few hundred rounds through mine and its good to go. I figure that a gun that is 99% reliable is better than no gun at all. Also, I go to the range at least once a month to practice and fine tune my already excellent shooting skills (joke). These range trips are adding a hundred rounds each time and further proving its reliability.

So basically, why are people such snobs when it comes to their CC gun? Or should I become said snob?


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