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Shopping for my 45th birthday

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For my 45th birthday next year, I plan to get myself a nice full size .45. 

I know that I want some things, checkered front strap, mag well etc.

I am undecided on half rail or no rail.

For sure want a full size 5" steel gun. 

I am considering things like the Springfield TRP, Dan Wesson discretion and maybe even a Nighthawk if I can find a good enough deal. 

I have plenty of time to work it out and want to get something that shoots great and is a pleasure to own. Trying to keep it under $3,000. 

What do I need to watch out for that would prevent me from using this gun in single stack? I normally play in limited, but might want to try a single stack match some time.

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Since you mention using in single stack.
Watch your weight, 43 oz max.
And no bull barrels.

Both reasons I cant run my TRP.

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25 minutes ago, 223to45 said:

Since you mention using in single stack.
Watch your weight, 43 oz max.
And no bull barrels.

Both reasons I cant run my TRP.

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Good advice on the weight.  A steel frame 1911 gets there pretty quick.

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I can't wait to get to 45 years old     :surprise:

 

Does that mean you're going to buy yourself a .50 for your 50th birthday ?

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1 hour ago, Hi-Power Jack said:

I can't wait to get to 45 years old     :surprise:

 

Does that mean you're going to buy yourself a .50 for your 50th birthday ?

That is not a bad idea!

I missed out on the .44 mag this year.

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15 minutes ago, Excursion12 said:

That is not a bad idea!

I missed out on the .44 mag this year.

There's still time!

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29 minutes ago, Hi-Power Jack said:

 

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🎥 THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON😉

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60 was a year of glorious additions to the inventory. Earned everyone one of them but now is not the time to skimp.

Ohraah!

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I own an Ed Brown 1911 and think the fit and finish is very nice.  Ed Brown is close to the pricing of a Nighthawk.  But you can find some deals out these for used pistols.

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Take a look at an Alchemy Prime Elite.  Rob is making some fantastic pistols and they represent an excellent value considering how well the features and craftsmanship stack up against Nighthawk, Guncrafter, and Wilson Combat.  Retail is $2995 and from your description it would be a perfect fit.  The high cut front strap feels great in the hand.  My Brimstone (CCO size) is more accurate for me than a few other Government sized pistols.

 

Alternatively, the market is very soft right now so a gently used pistol could make your budget go a long way.  I frequent 1911Addicts a lot and there  is a lot to choose from with a $3k max.

 

 

 

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Any budget? Many seem to be happy with Baer 1911s.

 

Do you expect to ever mount something on a rail?

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Highly recommend that you check out the BUL armory 1911s and 2011s.  They make an awesome 2011 for EDC which I never would have expected.

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On 9/19/2019 at 3:58 AM, perttime said:

Any budget? Many seem to be happy with Baer 1911s.

 

Do you expect to ever mount something on a rail?

About 3 k. No particular plan to mount a light, I would either go short or no rail.

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On 9/19/2019 at 4:37 AM, mjl said:

Highly recommend that you check out the BUL armory 1911s and 2011s.  They make an awesome 2011 for EDC which I never would have expected.

I have several 2011s, but will take a look at their 1911. Would you say they are close to Springfield or nighthawk in build quality?

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Make your own. For about that price you can take Bruce Piatt’s class, and buy all the parts and tools. I’m planning to do a final acid etch on mine (Damascus slide) tomorrow and all ready for my 45th. 

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I have owned (and sold) a few semicustom .45 1911s.Wilson Combat, Nighthawk, Les Baer and a SA Custom shop. 

 

If if I had to buy one of them again, it would be the Nighthawk. Of the 4, I found the fit and finish to be better than the others

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On 9/20/2019 at 5:14 PM, Excursion12 said:

I have several 2011s, but will take a look at their 1911. Would you say they are close to Springfield or nighthawk in build quality?

Better than a Springfield, I'd compare it to the  Dan Wesson models.  I'd also say better than STI

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4 hours ago, mjl said:

Better than a Springfield, I'd compare it to the  Dan Wesson models.  I'd also say better than STI

much better than STI. 

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