Hi-cap 1911

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  1. chameleon

    chameleon XDTalk 4K Member

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    Ive looked around on the forums but have come up empty so here it is.

    I'm looking to possibly buy another 1911. My only real complaint is that I prefer hi-cap mags. I'm looking under $1000 and I'm not sure what companies make them. I know Para does and I heard Springer makes some (but I havnt been able to find any yet). Anyone with some knowledge on hi-cap 1911s would be nice to tell me how the grips feel and all that. Also, links would be appreciated. thanks,

    Chameleon out.
     
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  3. chameleon

    chameleon XDTalk 4K Member

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    thanks. its a good start. Anyone else know of any?
     
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    Those mentioned are about all you'll find in your price range. If you decide to spend a little more, there's STI, SVI, and Caspian.
     
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    To me a double stack just wouldn't feel the same.
     
  6. chameleon

    chameleon XDTalk 4K Member

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    Can anyone confirm that Springfield either does or does not have a hi-cap? I heard that they do a G.I. in hi cap but was unsuccessful in finding one.
     
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    After much experience with traditional single-stack 1911s, the hi-caps feel too chunky. But that's just me and my little girl hands.
     
  8. chameleon

    chameleon XDTalk 4K Member

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    I'll have to see if i can get my hands on one to get a feel and see if its worth it or not.
     
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    Springfield Armory

    I've seen them from time to time in the local shops. They look interesting, but it would be on my list of curiosities more so than my short list.
     
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    Para has a checkered past, so I would put at the bottom of the list of high-cap 1911's. If you're looking for custom-shop quality, and don't want to spend more than you did on your wife's engagement ring, the STI 2011 line is your best bet. Wilson has a polymer framed 1911 in 9mm for around $2k, Caspian builds their high-cap models off the STI frame, and if you want to go all-out, SVI is the best out there. They are know as the manufacturer of Noah Bennet's pistol in the TV series Heroes. If I was made of money, I'd definitely want an SVI in my collection. As someone already mentioned, Springfield has a GI spec high-cap. It's too bad they don't have the Mil-Spec in a high-cap variant, but at least they do have a high-cap model offering.

    You could always custom build one yourself. I've heard of guys piecing together 1911's with Para or STI frames, and there's nothing to be prouder of as a firearms enthusiast (what I call a certified gun-nut) than a fine 1911 you've built yourself. Of course, the question will always be with whatever you buy, "How does she run?" Hopefully, the answer will be 100%. Good luck with your purchase!
     
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    lutheranpriest is close. Para's past isn't too bad, but its not stellar.

    Caspian has its own frame. STI and SVI are essentially the same stuff. The main difference is STI makes high quality mass produced pistols. SVI makes pistols to your order.

    Rather than go the SVI route I'd just call Dan Bedell and have him build me another STI. The guns that man makes are beyond anything you can imagine.

    As for the price range you listed, you can likely get a Para for that price, and it will more than likely work just fine.
     
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    Kimber used to make a hi-cap 1911, the BP Ten II, kinda strange. It had a poly frame and 10 round standard mags and they made 13 rounders for them as well. My choice for hi-cap 1911 would be the Para P14. I have the PX745 Gun Rights Para and love it. The P14 hi-cap has all the same features as the single stacks and they have a couple of specialty models they made for Federal Boarder patrols and USAF paratroopers. A standard P14 can be had for under a grand.
     
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    Im a fan of STI pistols they are great guns for the money.
     
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    I was lookin at that Para gun rights SS and i thought it looked decent for the price. How does it feel in your hands over a single stack?
     
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