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    Quote Originally Posted by Elmer Fudd View Post
    Nice signature and thanks for the response. I honestly thought Dan Wesson's were more expensive. I checked a used one out before at a local shop and it was by far the nicest gun I've ever held. I racked the slide and it felt like it was on bearings. Really everything about the gun was smooooth. Do you have any experience with the A2's? My local shop has them for 1300 new.
    No experience with the A2 but if you like that classic style and an all steel frame it looks like a great choice. Show your local shop this and see if they'll knock off a $100.

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    $1300 is practically MSRP.

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    Right now you can get the Springfield .45ACP MilSpec Defender series at a deep discount. I picked one up for $499 they are normally MSRP of $780. Springfield has a special going on. [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

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    The Dan Wesson A2 is a sweet pistol. $1300.00 is too much to pay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elmer Fudd View Post
    Thanks for a detailed response exactly the kind of info I was hoping for. Will certainly look into the springfields.
    I too was looking to swap out my G22 EDC and decided to go back to 1911. I replaced a Colt Commander 1911 with the Glock G22 in 1993. Then I had to sell the Colt because I needed cash. Second worst sale decision I ever made. Last year I replaced the Colt I had sold with a Springfield 1911 A1 Loaded. I was and still am highly impressed with the Springfield. I am lefty and the Loaded model offered an ambi thumb safety that I needed.

    I still use the Glock G22 for EDC. Over the years I have gotten used to the snap of the 40 S&W recoil. The first time I took the Springfield out to the range I felt like I was watching a slow motion movie of a semi auto being fired. The difference is visible... To me anyway.

    Springfield now offers a gun they released in 2007. it is a 1911 chambered in 40 S&W. The Springfield EMP4 will be my next gun. ( I am pretty sure ) They are going just now for around $1000. I am waiting till the price comes down a bit and till my local gun store has one in stock as I do want to hold it before I buy it. As I understand it the EMP stands for Enhanced Micro Pistol. I don't want to buy till I hold one in case the grip turns out to be like the grip on the G42. No where to put my pinky finger.

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    Leedi got an EMP, years ago, when they first came out. They were originally offered only in 9x19mm. She loves hers. Its the only 9x19mm pistol she likes.

    The story goes; Springfield originally designed the pistol around the .45 GAP round. Supposedly, they took a 1911 and shrunk every part by approximately one-third. Then they realized the .45 GAP was a turkey that was never going to fly so they offered it in 9x19mm and, later, in .40 S&W.

    I think it would be neat to have one chambered in .45 GAP. Just to have.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elmer Fudd View Post
    Hello all this will be my first 1911. Currently open carry a Glock 22 but its a little fat/wide at least for me. Very familiar with the 1911 platform what I am not familiar with is the quality difference between manufacturers. I have 1200 for the purchase and searching for a full size model in 45. Mainly seeking high quality fit and finish. I don't care about fancy engraving or anything like that just well made reliable firearm. Currently looking at sig and kimber. Any suggestions or info comparing manufacturers will be appreciated.
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    You can also go used with that kind of budget.

    Dan Wesson, S&W Performance Center, Les Baer, Springfield TRP are within reach. Our FFLS charge $10 or $20 around here, so Gunbroker becomes popular for shopping.

    A new 1911 requires break in. Sometimes around 400 rounds. That’s why I always went pre owned. They were broken in, and I didn’t want to pay retail.

    Others require additional fitting or tuning, though, that was not the case with higher end ones that I have own, such as the Mars Armament THUG Colt 1911, Wilson CQB, Ed Brown Kobra Carry, Ed Brown Special Forces, Guncrafter No Name, etc.


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    If you're lucky enough to find one, Norinco used to make a pretty respectable 1911A1. But that would probably only cost you @600$, sorry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spookster View Post
    Right now you can get the Springfield .45ACP MilSpec Defender series at a deep discount. I picked one up for $499 they are normally MSRP of $780. Springfield has a special going on. [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
    Saw this too late there's no more in stock or I would have ordered it 2 minutes ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elmer Fudd View Post
    Saw this too late there's no more in stock or I would have ordered it 2 minutes ago.
    Yeah they sold out pretty fast. They only shipped a limited quantity to dealers. My local gun store was only able to get 4 of them. They got them in at 2pm, posted it on their Facebook page at 5pm and was sold out by 6pm. I saw their FB post and made a beeline to the store. I got the first one and the other 3 sold while I was filling out my 4473.
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    I live in NJ so there’s no CCW. We can. Barely own the a handgun anymore but I’ve have been looking at the RIA compact 1911. Good reviews and it looks like a bad ass.
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