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Old 12-27-2010, 08:43 PM   #1
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Your opinion?

Ok I'm looking to get my first 1911 it will be awhile before that happens but I want to be ready when the time comes. I want to get something relatively inexpensive so I can afford to do some custumization. I've narrowed it down to two (but suggestions are welcome) the Springfield GI or STI Spartan if you could only have one (which this will probably be my only one) which would be your choice?
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Old 12-27-2010, 08:48 PM   #2
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Can't speak to the Spartan but if you go Springfield you should spring for the extra $50-$75 for the Milspec. The lowered and flared ejection port and upgraded sights are well worth the extra $ and it's a whole lot cheaper than paying someone to do it later.

That all said, be aware that you will spend a while lot more upgrading a pistol than if you buy the upgraded models unless you can do a lot of the work yourself. By the time I was done, my GI ran just under $2k when I could bought a Loaded model for $850, TRP for $1400, or gone Custom Shop. I know that many want the satisfaction of making the gun yours which is fine as long as you know that you will spend more in the end.
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Old 12-28-2010, 07:48 PM   #3
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I got the loaded versions both in 4" & 5" and am very happy with them...Changing grips and that's it...
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Old 12-28-2010, 10:28 PM   #4
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depending on your budget. sti spartan is awesome, S&W with titanium firing pin (very important) is 800.

want to go less expensive an have a nice shooter to upgrade later? citadel 460 or so. shoot it a bit if any metal shavings appear get a smith to tweak it when he installs a fusion firing control group (95 bucks probably 80 to install if you get a utilitarian smith) and your golden with g10 grips. But you can shoot it right out of the box and in truth its not bad. The new remington people are saying is great but I know nothing about it, never shot one.

IMO those are the best 3 options right now for under 1200

Things to know most mags that come with 1911s suck, wilson combat/cmc solve most malfunctions. Grease on the rails is sweetness. (well anything works except CLP it does not belong on a 1911)
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Old 12-29-2010, 07:11 AM   #5
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Can't speak to the Spartan but if you go Springfield you should spring for the extra $50-$75 for the Milspec. The lowered and flared ejection port and upgraded sights are well worth the extra $ and it's a whole lot cheaper than paying someone to do it later.

That all said, be aware that you will spend a while lot more upgrading a pistol than if you buy the upgraded models unless you can do a lot of the work yourself. By the time I was done, my GI ran just under $2k when I could bought a Loaded model for $850, TRP for $1400, or gone Custom Shop. I know that many want the satisfaction of making the gun yours which is fine as long as you know that you will spend more in the end.
I'll echo everything above...I did the same with my GI...way more in to it in upgrades than it's worth. But I LEARNED ALOT about it along the way and can do some minor work myself.

But one thing that most people don't quite talk about in relation to Springfields customer service which does seem to be phenomenal, is that you'll probably need it.
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Old 12-29-2010, 08:35 AM   #6
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Regardless of which 1911 style you choose I would stick to the SA brand. The customer service factor is a big one and when one looks at the base models that many top gunsmiths choose - SA. The STI pistols are great shooters but most models have unique features that do not share stock parts with other pistols. Kimber has followed this path as well for many of their models. The Spartan is just that but I pick the SA over a Spartan simply due to the SA customer service and the SA is so much more widely available.
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Old 12-29-2010, 09:25 PM   #7
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You can't go wrong with either but I agree and stepping up to the milspec model if you go SA.
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Old 12-29-2010, 09:42 PM   #8
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My vote would be for the RIA Match model; around $560 or so. Then what do I know; I have 3 1911's-2 in .45 and 1 in 9mm. Only changes made on any are sights to help my old eyes. Must have really gotten lucky since all three perform flawlessly and if they ain't broke I ain't gonna fix 'em.
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I love all of my Rock Island Armory 1911s!
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Old 01-17-2011, 07:17 PM   #10
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Between the GI and Spartan. Spartan hands down. I would even put it up against the Mil-spec IMO.
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