Thought I would throw a picture of my S&W on here for the OP to view..
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Another vote for Springfield Armory. Lifetime warranty, even on used pistols. Found this out when a local Gun Smith did a trigger job on my Loaded model and it failed after 75rds. They paid shipping both ways and I had my pistol back in 10 days.
I only own one--an older Para--P-14 and I love it. I'm in no way very knowledgeable about 1911's but I do have one thing I would like to add. After my son shot my Para he definitely wanted his own 1911. He tried a few and the one thing that stuck out in my mind, and really affected him, are single stacked guns vs. double stacked. Singles stacked are just to thin in the grip frame for either of us--bigger hands I guess. Just something to think about while you are looking for your first 1911. YMMV. Other opinions are welcomed as I am not very knowledgeable on 1911's.
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I tend to lean the other way (single stack with thin grip panels) even though I have fairly large hands. It's just a personal choice aspect of choosing a 1911. My first opportunity to hold a 1911 was back in 1958, and the pistol belonged to Uncle Sam. The feel of that government model seemed to leave an impression of how a .45 is supposed to feel, and that notion remains today. Plus, I'm naturally a bit of a traditionalist.
Grip size and feel are important, Bumpus. Try a double stack for fit in your hand before you decide.
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Ok, so I stopped at Cabela's on the way home today & fondled a Springfield Loaded. (still wiping drool off chin)
Is the difference in price between it and a Range Officer worth it ... esp. for a novice handgun shooter
BTW, I realize Cabela's ain't exactly the best place to look for a deal ($$$) - but they do carry a great selection.
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1911s are a pistol you kind of grow into. If you buy too low, you'll want to add more to it or sell or trade your way into a slightly nicer one or one that fits a niche better. I bought a box stock RIA when I got the 1911 bug again to replace the ones I had sold. But that led to me building a Fusion kit for Service pistol competitions, and then I bought a Springfield GI that I ended up customizing over time into a partial MEU/SOC clone.
My recommendation would be to figure out how you intend to use it MOST, and get the model that fits that role best, as your first 1911.
I agree with SSGN_DOC - get the best one you can . . I love my KIMBER GOLDMATCH II .45ACP and it has all the bells and whistles I want and need so it is a keeper - however, I bought my Kimber Stainless II in 9mm because it was the only 9mm Kimber they had at the time and while it is a great shooting gun I have been wanting a better trigger and adjustable target sights so now I am either going to sell it and get another GOLDMATCH II in 9mm or I can send it back to Kimber and have the target sight mounts cut into the slide and new target sights installed and also have them rework the trigger. The cost difference favors having Kimber rework the current gun I have but I have an itching for that Gold Match . . .
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I stopped tonite to look at the Sig 1911
What a fantastic piece of firearm
I will definitely be getting me one of these, in the 2-tone I think.
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