pretty hard to beat a kimber but they are pricey! try a charels daly but then again i dont trust them! have seen a few really screw up on the range! ge the best you can afford! around here a used kimber in good dhape will cost you 500, a new on will cost between 700 and 950! good luck let us know
An aquaintence of mine had a Llama that he seemed to like just fine, though they all seem a little light to me. Firestorms (also made by Llama) seem even lighter still.
Never handled a Charles Daley, to the best of my knowledge.
The Springfield Armory Mil-Spec was my choice. I've heard of people getting them for $399, but that's a myth as far as I can tell. Mine was $450 +tax, and I've seen several for under $500. Quality pistol and totally reliable. That would be my recommendation.
If you can find one of the old Systema Colts, they would serve you well, also. The Balister Molinas are cheap, but they're not really true 1911s, no grip safety.
I've been lookin around for a 1911 as well and finally picked up a Springfield milspec yesterday in the same price range as securitysix mentioned. I don't think you'll find anything better unless you're willing to jump up to the Kimber price. Good luck.
Back in '67 I bought a Combat Commander in .38 Super. The price was $94., and I still have the box with all the papers. The gun has been carried almost daily and fired thousands of times. The finish is still very good, mostly holster wear to the muzzle area. It has been slightly modified, with Bar-Sto bbl, King sights, and Hogue grips. A great little gun that is totally dependable.
Although the Super doesn't get much good press these days, I still prefer it to the .40 S&W. I've not purchased a double stacker, yet. The PA14-45 is one that is getting long looks from me.
I've been nothing but pleased with my Springfield Armory 1911. It digests everything, looks great, and shoots where I aim. The only thing I had done was send off the slide to have MMC mill it for a dovetail front sight and install their tritiums.
When I wanted a carry gun I looked at a lot of auto's. The Springfield was the best option for the money at the time so I bought one. I love it! It handles anything and is more accurate than I am.
I don't think you could go wrong with one. :grin:
I have a 45 custom ss kimber and a springfeild compac ss both. I really can't say one is better than the outher however I took the springfeild to a gunsmith and had some work done, triger and night sights. the kimber i just had night sights put on. really like both i think the kimber is tighter and i know i can shoot it better but part of that is the longer slide. if you want a good fun out of the box i will say try to get the kimber, but if you don't need a great triger i think springfeild has a life time wrnt. if you don't have if worked on and can get a new one. A freind of mine just bought one and it has a really good felling trigger.
I'll never trade my Kimber. I've HAD Daly's, Rock Rivers, and Auto Ordinace. I was not a very happy guy till I got my Custom Combat. It competes with the Baer's and the Springfield's to. I shoot it alot and it has necer failed me. I can't say that for the others. maybe they needed to be tuned, but the Kimber performed right out of teh box. It was 2X more expensive though. I guess as a plinker the others worked ok. But I have no place for a semi-auto that is unreliable.
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