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Old March 25, 2013, 12:42 PM   #26
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From my experience, the STI Spartan is the best gun available in this price range. A close second would be the Springfield Milspec, but the STI offers more bells and whistles (if you care about that sort of thing).

They also have some of the best C/S in the business.
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Old March 25, 2013, 04:32 PM   #27
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Another vote for the STI Spartan V

My spartan v has proven to been a fantastic pistol and the most accurate pistol i own. It comes with upgraded sights as well.
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Old March 26, 2013, 11:53 AM   #28
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The SA Mil-Spec was $569. Not sure if it was made in the USA (even if only final fit-up).
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Old March 26, 2013, 01:21 PM   #29
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Of those mentioned, I would get the ruger...another to consider that is a bargain for the quality you get are the new Para Experts...I got one and a Ruger SR1911...the Para is very nice for the money.
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Old March 27, 2013, 03:32 AM   #30
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Of those listed: I'd get the Ruger or the RIA Tactical. Both companies stand behind their product.

I personally wouldn't get a GI/Mil-Spec in that price range as I'd personally not be satisfied until I had changed the grip safety, the sights and the thumb safety. To have those changes done right, which would also require a new hammer for a beavertail GS, by a gunsmith would add over $300 to the cost of the SA Mil-Spec.

I have the RIA Tactical. I am completely satisfied with it. It is tight, has better accuracy than I can wring out of it, has been 100% reliable and was a great value. RIA stands behind their product. I know from people I've talked to and my own personal experiences.

I have MANY Ruger handguns. I completely trust them. I'd have bought the Ruger 1911 if I could get on [in california]. However, I doubt I'd ever really notice any performance or reliability difference between my RIA Tactical and the Ruger 1911, the way Arnel tuned my RIA. BTW, I have 3 other 1911s to compare my RIA to and it's only shortcoming is its resale value.

You are not buying a race gun for bullseye competition in this price range. I'd recommend Ruger or RIA Tactical.
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Old March 27, 2013, 04:55 AM   #31
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The MetroArms American Classic is a gun I was going to suggest looking at. It's a lot of gun for the money, both reliable, accurate and darn fun to shoot.

But then, I can't find anywhere that you can find them in stock. Wonder why?
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Old March 27, 2013, 05:28 AM   #32
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Re: Still need 1911 recommendation for $750

OK I know I'm inviting the flames, but …
I personally like the Taurus PT1911
Forged frame
All the bells & whistles
Hand fitted
Better than decent trigger (I compared to SA, RIA, Rem & another I don't remember)
Lifetime warranty
Goes bang everytime
Zero issues
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Old March 27, 2013, 06:20 AM   #33
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Taurii are either awesome or utter crap. Tends to be based on the mood of the person/machine making your gun that day.

Their CS also sucks.

I'd take a heavily used Norinco over a Taurus any day.
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Old March 27, 2013, 09:07 AM   #34
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+1 for the ruger. Recently picked up a commander sized SR1911 and it is quickly becoming my favorite pistol.
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Old May 2, 2013, 10:10 PM   #35
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I would go with the Ruger Sr1911. Best bang for your buck.

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Old May 2, 2013, 10:50 PM   #36
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Old May 3, 2013, 06:16 AM   #37
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Here's a reccomendation you probably dont want to hear. Why are 1911s so over priced? $750.00 gets you a low capacity entry level gun. Oh boy How about reevaluating your purchase. You want a Full size steel Gun that shoots 45 acp Try 1. Smith 4566 tsw 2. 4566 3. 4506 4. sig P-220 5. CZ-97 All these guns can be had for less than $750.00 new or near new. And, they are top of the line guns, not entry level. Good Luck
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Old May 3, 2013, 04:28 PM   #38
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Darn it all to heck. It is really frustrating to see all the "get the Ruger SR 1911" comments.

I have been looking for one for 2 years now. Not to be found in Omaha unless you camp out on the gun shelves and then you'd probably be at the wrong store.

They seem to come in 1 or 3 at a time and gone within a couple of hours. Lowest price around here has been $700. Had a chance at one in Iowa but they wanted $750 plus shipping and FFL fees.

On the other hand I will give my vote for the Desert Eagle 1911G. Great shooter. Love mine. Remington R1 is also nice. Have 2 of those now. RIA is a yes also.
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I vote save up your money and buy high quality gun like a Dan Wesson.
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There isn't much difference you can tell right away between different 1911 labels, until you shoot them side by side. That's probably not going to happen.

My 2 cents however would be the sights. The rest being close as it is, the sights make more difference than even the grips. If you prefer say Fiber Optics, than Remington R1 Enhanced (right at your budget ceiling). About $50more would buy you a Kimber with the Novaks. Just hold one at the store, point in a safe direction and see how quickly you can acquire a target.
Sights can of course be changed later, but the dovetail kind especially can be a PITA. So use the opportunity to get the best sight picture for you by choosing the right model.
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