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Buying my first 1911

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I am looking to buy a 1911. I have owned a sig 1911 for a short period of time, however it was sent back to sig and replaced with a rifle due to some pretty bad QC issues. So this time around I figured I'd join the forum and get the necessary information before spending a bunch of money.

I would like to spend less than $2k and preferably closer to $1500. I would like a full sized 1911, that will be used for Home defense and range. I've been able to find a few Dan Wesson's online that have gotten my attention, but I have never been able to handle one. any recommendations on other brands or specific 1911's that are made with quality parts and fitting?

So to start I should tell you guys what I already have. I have 3 Sig Sauers, I have a p220 match elite 10mm, a p220 in 45, a p229 stainless elite in 40. I think sig makes amazing products. With that being said, when I was shopping for my 1911 about a year ago I went with their "top of the line" 1911, The sig sauer 1911 Max in 45. Upon receiving the pistol it had an EXTREMELY loose slide to frame fit, it basically rattled. The rear sight was loose and would also rattle. The cocking serrations had horrible machining marks. Considering it cost me about $1400 I was pretty disappointed. I'm still a huge Sig fan, but since I had a bad experience with their 1911 line I wanted to explore other options.

In response to some of your posts, I already have a 10mm which I believe is hard to beat (and expensive to shoot), I'd prefer to stick to a 45 maybe even a 9mm. So I don't want a 10mm 1911.

I am open to target oriented 1911's as well considering I have 3 sigs that can be used for home defense. I like the idea of the les Baer, as well as many of the other suggestions I've read.
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You will not find better fit or finish under $2000 than Dan Wesson in a production pistol. One other option is to buy a base gun (Colt or Springfield would be my choice) and send it to a reputable smith for a full build. You can easily keep it under $2000. IMHO, a Dan Wesson Valor in blue or stainless is a hell of a gun at $1500, duty treat finish at $1800 is still good value as well.
 

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Four reasons to choose Springfield Armory® TRP® over Dan Wesson® Valor®:

• Black standard thickness G10 (VZ Grips Tactical Diamond Black G10) on the Springfield Armory™ TRP® as opposed to VZ Slim Line G10 grips on the Dan Wesson® Valor®.

• Wide-mouth funneled S&A (Smith & Alexander) Magwell on the Springfield Armory™ TRP® as opposed to no magwell on the Dan Wesson® Valor®.

• Novak®-style, low profile, combat 3-Dot Trijicon® tritium sights (Made by Springfield Armory® with Trijicon® tritium inserts.) on the Springfield Armory® TRP® as opposed to tactical ledge tritium night sight [single tritium vial dead-center below the sight’s notch] ledge sights on the Dan Wesson® Valor®.

• The Springfield Armory™ TRP® is approximately $300 less expensive than the Dan Wesson® Valor® yet it’s still at the top of the Springfield Armory® production line.
All very subjective except for the price difference. And that's more like $200. And for $200 more you get a better fit and finished gun with no mim (if that bothers you) in the Valor. I like the TRP but I'd never buy one unless they remove the hideous TRP and TACTICAL roll marks. They are terrible.
 
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