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Old 07-05-2011, 05:45 PM   #1
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Old style 1911's

Does anyone other than cimmaron and colt make old style 1911's? Something of a reasonable price would be nice. I liked the Colt WW1 throwback, but couldn't afford one when they were making the pretty ones. Didn't want one when they were making the black ones. The Cimmaron ain't as pretty, costs too much (because the colt can still be found for $1000) and I didn't really care for it much. I'm looking for a 1911 that isn't the 1911 A1 everyone is turning out these days. Just wondering if anyone makes one?
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Springfield and Remington both hace GI style 1911A1 models
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I don't understand the desire for a 1911 original. There have been sensible improvements made, especially in sights and trigger reach and factory trigger pulls.

Of course I am of an age where fiber optic sights improve my shooting considerably.

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Old 07-06-2011, 03:30 AM   #4
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Thank you, Mr. Petty. Springfield is turning out some decent looking 1911's. I liked the look of the Remington. Haven't seen those in a while though.

The appeal of the old style to me is it's what the gangsters of the 30's would have had with them. I have nothing against tricked out tacticool 1911's, but I'm not really looking for one of those this time around.
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Another possibility would be the Rock Island models coming out of the Phillipines. They should be a bit cheaper and have gotten decent comments.
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Old 07-06-2011, 07:43 AM   #6
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I p/u the SF issue myself the only handgun in the arsenal mainly to try to fill that little nitch from WWII even though she not the real mccoy.I hope one day to do the same thing with my Thompson going SBR ordered one of those kits from Russia.But I like the 1911 longer barrel definitely helps for me.
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I was looking at Colt's website, and they have a super-high-priced 100yrs old style limited edition that will look really nice in someone else's collection, but not mine... I'm not spending that kind of money. haha.

I looked at their 1991 offerings, and I do like the 01991 model. I like how its blued, wood grips, flat mainspring housing. The rounded housing has never fit my hand quite right. Then again, I never really did get over that first time I held the colt ww1 model, and how well it fit my hand, and pointed effortlessly. I held the Remington 1911 before, and it felt nice. They made a great looking gun that feels good in the hand. The only thing I don't really like about it is the big lettering on the side. But alot of companies that make 1911's do that. I just wish more companies would take a hint from colt, and understate their markings a bit. But its still not a deal breaker.
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As an update, I discovered Cimarron sells a 1911 that's supposed to be reminiscent of the 1918 style colt 1911. The rollmarks are done with class. I'm thinking I'd like to have the parked finish model which is a bit cheaper. I haven't entirely ruled out the Remington R1.

I want a 1911 that looks like it could have been issued in WW1, or WW2, or used in the 30's by gangsters or G Men. That whole era fascinates me. Thanks for the advice, and all other comments!
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Old 07-18-2011, 04:54 PM   #9
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Another possibility would be the Rock Island models coming out of the Phillipines. They should be a bit cheaper and have gotten decent comments.
My buddy picked up one used that I had to put a new firing pin and firing pin spring in. (Remember..USED GUN...not sure who did what to who).

I was pretty impressed with the specimen I saw. It seemed well built, definitely a bargain for what my pal paid for it. On line inquiries show prices from $350 to $420. If they made a Commander model...
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IrishCop,

http://www.shootersjax.com/Rock-Island-pistols.aspx

As usual in the gun biz availability is variable, depending on batches built.

And this has the same base: http://www.shootersjax.com/para-ordn...cp8rd5blk.aspx

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Old 07-21-2011, 03:05 PM   #11
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Cimmaron's 1911 pistols are actually made by RIA/Armscor. The Cimarrons don't have the big stamps on the side, and have a more stately appearance. I have only heard good things about the Armscor 1911's. Never fired one myself, but I've handled a few, and they feel solid. I think I'm pretty much sold on the Cimarron, myself.
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fwiw, the RIA, bought by my lady's #2 son last year for 300.oo used, LOOKS/FEELS/SHOOTS much the same as the US&S 1911A1 that i was first issued as an MP 0-1 in 1969.
(i never had difficulty qualifying "expert" with ANY of the GI autos that i was issued from 69-06.)


imVho, there is LITTLE reason other than "LOOKS" to buy anything else in a .45ACP pistol.= it's a SOLID rendering of the GI model.=====> John Browning "knew what he was about".

yours, sw

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Old 07-22-2011, 04:47 AM   #13
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I have a Kahr/Auto-Ordnance -A1 clone I bought soon after Kahr took A/O over. It is a pretty good performer, even after several hundred rounds of steel-case.
Dean S. has a positive review at The Gun Zone, though its a few years old:
http://www.thegunzone.com/ao1911a1.html
BTW, I read this review after buying mine.
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Auto-Ordnance / Kahr has had it's ups and downs with Quality control. See an interested gunshop near you for details.

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Who fired one, it worked but it wasn't as nice as my Springfield early model.
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I always hankered for a "real" GI .45 (the Inner Wannabe, I suppose), so when the itch finally got bad enough to exercise my 2A rights, back in '89, I looked for a Springer 1911-A1. I wound up getting a stainless Combat Commander (did you ever get a commission check from Colt, Mas?).
The next time the itch became unbearable-and money was available-the A/O was what was available. Annoyingly, it has several "non-GI" features; a lowered ejection port and angled slide serrations, "white" barrel hood, a long trigger and "teardrop" thumb safety.
There's not much to be done about the port and serrations, short of a different slide, but I did cold-blue the barrel hood and replaced the trigger and safety with short and button versions, respectively.
For me, it's "close enough", though that could change.
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For what it's worth, the new CDNN catalog has a basic M1911A1, no source given, for $350.

http://www.cdnninvestments.com/

It would be interesting to know the source.

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It looks like a S.A.M. gun I think its jgsales is selling for about $400ish. $350 ain't a bad price, though! I would want a flat mainspring housing, and wood grips. Easy changes, and a very fair price. Its probably from the Philippines, so its probably a pretty decent gun.




I gotta see what's going on with my job first before I buy anything, though.
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For what it's worth, the new CDNN catalog has a basic M1911A1, no source given, for $350.

http://www.cdnninvestments.com/

It would be interesting to know the source.

Geoff
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Thks for the link Geoff been bookmarked. Cheers Kevin
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A little off topic, but not much: whenever I pop in the ol' The Way of the Gun DVD it always brings me an instant urge to get a plain Jane 1911 (even if they are using 9mm versions sporting wood grips).
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