Springfield Professional. When I decided I wanted a 1911, This is the one I decided on, and finally found one thanks to my buddy Gurney at Buds. Pleased is an understatement.
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Managed to narrow it down to 3, after my Cabelas bucks:
Dan Wesson Valor-440.00
Dan Wesson Heritage-640.00
The VaLor has some normal wear, Colt is in better shape, Heritage is in excellent shape. Really leaning towards the Heritage but my gut says to get the one one with the pony on it.
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I don't think you would regret the WC Colt.
At one time I had several 1911's but I gave them to my Son's except for the Delta Elite. They can fight over it when
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I have a mint blued Dan Wesson Valor .45 that I really like. I sometimes want to add a Colt, but the recent ones I have owned were not near the same level. It would have to be a nice 70 Series from the 70's or something. So basically $$$$.
I was literally decided on the Wiley Clapp when I was watching some review on it and saw that all the reviewers had a grip safety that sounded like a bag of bolts when you shake the gun, lots of slop. I dont recall that on the Sig, Springfield or Ruger 1911's ive owned.
If you don’t already own a 1911 I’d suggest a standard Government model from what ever manufacturer and at what ever price range that fits your wallet.
When I say, “standard Government model” I’m referring more to a full size, 5” barrel in .45 ACP rather than parkerized, etc., though there’s nothing wrong with a bare bones milsurp either.
For myself at this later stage in my life if I could only keep just one it would most likely be my Star PD.
My Caspian 4.25" .45acp, I built for myself. Kart hard fit barrel,EGW ambi safty, Cylinder & Slide fire control and Wilson Bullet Proof for most of the rest. It is accurate and reliable.
Sig Tac-ops 4" flawless.
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I don't understand. You mean you hold it by the barrel and shake it to see if it makes noise? Aren't you holding the wrong end when you do that? I guess I'll have to go upstairs and see if mine does that. I've never noticed it making that noise when I am shooting it. It is quite accurate too.
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Those are all some good choices. If ‘twas me, I’d select the Valor.
DW (sadly) discontinued the Valor line recently, and they were a real contender for all-around great-value 1911. Not to knock the Heritage - looks like a solid pistol, it’s just that (to me) the Valor had more going for it.
I want to embrace the Colt WC as it also hits a LOT of strong notes with me (good sights, blue finish, single thumb safety, no FCS, and the like); however, I can attest to that rattling grip safety comment made earlier. I had a WC stainless Commander for a while. Really good 1911, but that GS rattled like the proverbial castanet. It’s not that it couldn’t be fixed but, as also noted, I’ve had no other 1911s that did that. To be sure, the gun functioned just fine - the rattle just bugged me.
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I think you'd do fine with any of the 3......I'd go back to the store, handle all 3 and really look at them and how they feel when racking the slide, the trigger, sights etc......and see if one just jumps out at you. If none of them do, you could always wait and see what pops up in the next few weeks.
I’ve had several 1911’s and I really like my Colt National Match Gold Cup for the money.
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If I could only own one, it would be my Hillsdale built Les Baer SRP. If you are thinking Colt, I would take a hard look at the Wiley Clapp series.
Of those you narrowed it down to, I'd get the Valor.
This for me too!
Springfield Mil Spec. Parkerized.
Have a quality Gun Smith Do a Wilson Beavertail and replace the MIM Parts and fit internal parts with forged. Manage the gun for reliability de horn the gun and pin the extractor. Re-parkerize it. Simple no front cocking serrations.
Several years ago I decided to buy my 1st 1911 style pistol. I only wanted to own one 1911 and after a lot of research I picked up a lightly used Les Baer Thunder Ranch Special. It has been everything that one could wish for in a 1911 pistol.
The only change to this pistol was to swap out the slim style grips with a full size grip. I found that it was a better grip size for me.
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