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Hey all,

I think I am ready to sell mu Kimber Pro Carry to a buddy and then step up to a really nice 1911. Trouble is that there are so many that catch my eye. I cannot go above 1 grand, if I could then that would make it easier.
The only one that is on the radar screen right now is the Kimber Eclipse, with either 4 or 5 inch barrel. I have heard really good things about these and they look good as well.
Let me know your ideas on this one.

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Nala
 

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STI Trojan. Lists for about $970 likely sells ofor less.

I have an STI and 2 Kimbers. Fit & finish and general parts quality is way better than my Kimbers. Reliability is a wash since I never had any problems with any of them. Other advantage of the STI is no MIM parts.
http://www.stiguns.com

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Although not listed on their website, GunSite had several custom 1911's for $1000 or less. They were built on Springfield frames and saved money by minimizing extreme accuracy enhancements such as custom barrel but seemed to be quite the deal. They'd be great for self-defense where 3" at 25 yards is plenty of accuracy - and better than most of us can shoot.
 

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Kimber Eclipse

I have 2 Custom Eclipses and 1 Ultra Eclipse. I love the things and carry a Custom and the Ultra every day.
 

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It sounds to me that you really like the Eclipse and was simply looking for vindication of your choice. Go get one then. I have one and really like the looks of it. I admittedly haven't fired mine that much yet, but then again it's one of those guns that I'd prefer to keep new-looking.

Aside from that, if I was in a situation where I had to go buy a gun right now and had only $1000 to spend, it would be a Colt M1991A1 or similar. I'd spend the extra money on mags, ammo and suitable carry gear.

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I'm with dsk on this one - a brand new blued 5" Colt Government Model, (do we still call them 1991A1?) or the stainless version for $100 more. That leaves me money for a REALLY GOOD Holster/Belt/Mag Pouch, quality magazines and either a fair amount of ammo or some change to get started in reloading. (I personally recommend the Dillion 550 or 650 Progressive reloaders.)

2-400 Rounds of breakin/proving rounds would immediately go down range. With current production Colts I would not expect to actually NEED to change anything. But given that I have a little change left, I would, per my preference, install a Cylinder and Slide Spring Steel Extractor, a Videki trigger, and double diamond walnut grips.

"Really Nice?" At only a little above $1000 (you might get it for close to your $1000 limit if the dealer likes you) I would certainly go with the new "Carry Model Gold Cup", the new stainless one with the Videki/BoMar combination standard out of the Colt Custom Shop box. More than the equal of any of the copies, and certainly more dependable out of the box.

You asked for ideas - go look at the new Colts before you waste money on a "creampuff" clone.

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You have been given many good options. The best 1911 under $1,000 in my opinion would be the Stainless Gold Cup Trophy. Very nice pistol and accurate to boot. Plus, it comes out of Colt's Custom Shop.

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This a a semi-custom niche that is not being utilized. Gunsite used to make a $1000 semi-custom gun. Rock River still may. I think one of the gunsmith's should put one of these out as a standard offering.

I did see above that Gunsite offers these but does not advertise them. I wonder why they don't advertise them.

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