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I suppose it's a matter of want and not need. I like having a 1911 because of its history. They're fun to shoot and are as American as apple pie. A lot of folks in these parts like shooting muzzle loaders and flintlocks. We even have a few guys that have catapults! Would I buy a 1911 as my first handgun solely for the purpose of concealed carry? No. But if you have the cash and want one, it's a good addition to the inventory.
Now in regard to your query Countrydad 1320, that's too much homework. I have a Ronin Commander .45 and it's been a good weapon. Hopefully some others on here will address the other models.
 

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For my first I bought a Springfield Armory Range Officer Operator in.45, why because I never had one.
I will never use it for EDC because of it's size so it is regulated to range use.
Just like Rob Leatham said it has everything you need and nothing you don't.
Mine shot flawless out of the box with all types of ammo and it is accurate, the finish is not fancy, but it does what I want it to do.
It's a keeper !!
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I would argue and note, if one MUST address the issues for 1, concealed carry. 2 competition, or 3 to just shoot one and i mean any of us will nominate different firearms.
For me .40 cal has always been number 1, for carry or fun, this means to me practice. Secondly if in a private capacity wanted to carry one firearm SA would just be one of many to consider.
The number of rounds in a capacity magazine would be a critical consideration, absolute reliability ranks high as does stopping power, all equal considerations. Price plays NO role or appearance. Love .357 mag and stopping power. If an issue of life and death cannot be resolved with 6 rounds than something is amiss.
 

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Pros and cons of each springfield 1911 under 1000 bucks and why. Which one would you go with....
Since Volt has only given two inputs that never answered you, I'll try. I own two 1911's. My first was the SA 1911 RO Elite in .45 and was purchased with stimulus cash. Really enjoy this pistol and if it ever 'dies' I'll probably get another. Pro: good heft, accurate and a real joy to operate. My second was my Ronin in .45 -- Same answer. If you want to know which is 'prettier', its the Ronin. The RO Elite was around $750 and the Ronin around $600. I don't carry either and neither is my CCW. They are both toys for the range. My daily carry is my P365 and I alternate with Ruger LCP Max. Hardest part (and it's not hard) is keeping up with ammo in three sizes (not counting 22LR).

Now for the Con: None -- I love 'em both.

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My first was the SA 1911 RO Elite in .45
I also have a RO Elite in .45. It's a great weapon but had been discontinued by Springfield. It has an ambi safety and good sights IMO, front slide serrations, a pic rail and G10 grips. No real downside with maybe the exception that the ejector is not pinned. No worries though, if it fails Springfield will repair it under warranty.
My Ronin Commander (4.25") is more of a basic 1911. It is two tone and looks good to my eyes. It has the same good sights and the ejector is pinned. Trigger is good in both, as can be expected with any descent 1911.
 

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Look at this like buying a car, where for a fixed price you need to decide what options you want.

Personally I would probably prioritize on the sights, barrel, and overall weight, and pass on things like an ambidextrous safety, chin rail for a laser/flashlight, or front serrations and fancy machining on the slide.
 

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I think you could zero in on your best choice by consider the following: 1) 45ACP or 9mm? 2) Standard size or reduced (EMP)? 3) All steel or aluminum frame? 4) Rail or no? 5) Barrel length government (5") or shorter? 6) Ambi thumb safety or not? 7) Color 8) Style of sights 9) Front strap checkered or smooth? 10) Grips standard or slim? In my case, I wanted 45ACP, full size government, all steel, with rail, no ambi safety, black, fiber optic front, smooth front strap. I got the Range Officer Operator (no longer offered), which had all I wanted and nothing more. Later I ordered a trigger job from the Springfield Armory custom shop and made a few other upgrades. It was my first 1911, and I love it! Although I had used XDs or XDMs for my carry gun for years, the Range Officer converted me—it's now my primary carry gun. The full size heavier steel frame in 45ACP is SO easy to shoot in terms of comfort and accuracy. Manual safeties, concealability and weight are non-issues. (I'm a skinny, lightweight, 66 year old guy, and not particularly strong.) The max 8+1 capacity is acceptable. Now I understand why people rave about 1911s.
 

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What i find satisfying and good is that we all have different criteria, needs and wants and all have for many reasons, most that we keep to ourselves in what we expect and use in firearms. Others just cannot comprehend and have their own list. Fantastic. With the post above i think your list is great and your priorities important. Well done and agree with some of them.
 

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Plus who's gonna spend 4000 dollars for tranny looking double stack 1911?
$ 4000 for what? A double stack 2011 vary from less than $500 to many thousands of dollars. Yes 1911 are obsolete as should be many manufacturers who build (or import European or South American pistols and pretend they are US production) and sell third rate pistols.
 

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$ 4000 for what? A double stack 2011 vary from less than $500 to many thousands of dollars. Yes 1911 are obsolete as should be many manufacturers who build (or import European or South American pistols and pretend they are US production) and sell third rate pistols.
Oh horse crap! The gun you mentioned costs nearly 4000 dollars. There's nothing wrong with a 1911, I have two. As far as your claim about third rate firearms, again, nonsense. You don't know what you're talking about. I know, why don't you pay attention to what happens in your little police state down under and we Americans will worry about our country.


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Why not show the CZ range, Shadow 2 (look up the price it may surprise you) is as good as many. However that would destroy your post.
If you have no idea what you are talking about say so, what garbage is this about a police state here? Stick to what you pretend to know about 1911 and leave it at that.
 

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Why not show the CZ range, Shadow 2 (look up the price it may surprise you) is as good as many. However that would destroy your post.
If you have no idea what you are talking about say so, what garbage is this about a police state here? Stick to what you pretend to know about 1911 and leave it at that.
Lol, you mention the 2011 which I look up and post it with price and now you deflect and lie. As far as police state, that's what it is down there. Now unless I'm mistaken and you don't live in Australia, then I'm wrong and apologize. But very few countries have anything resembling true freedom like we have.
 

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I would say it depends on what you plan to use it for.
I will agree,
I my case, I shot Wild Bunch and off-shoot of Cowboy Action Shooting. A fantasy match base on the Sam Peckinpah movie.
I had a a Cimarron 1911 made by Armscor, which served very well.
I happened into my Friend's FFL and consigned was as new (unfired) Springfield Milserp. (not the GI)
The owner was selling it to get a Glock 17, I happened to have a Glock 17 I had won as Door Prize,
an even trade was made.
Glocks are fine, but not my cup of tea.... I never looked back.
So, I was tickled to get the 1911
I also have an EMP also a consigners gun... I use for trail and woods carry
 

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