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Limited to 45cal.

Which make and model is best overall? (You'd think 1911 would sufficient for model but it does not seem so.)

Same thing for best carry.

Same best sights.

Same best for the money.

Please limit all to 45 Cal.
 

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I am a Colt man myself.. Hard to beat the original, even thought Browning was the designer.. Colt M45
Then I would say Les Baer and Ed Brown would have to be up there too but you will pay top dollar for those two. Some like Kimber but I am not really a big fan myself. Sig even has a nice 1911 now. It just depends on what you want and how much you wan to to spend. As far as I'm concerned, the 1911 is the best handgun there is IMO!

If you want a great gun and sights for a decent price I would go with the Colt with Novak sights!
 

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I own a Wilson. Purchase it back in 1998 and has had 8,000 rounds shot. It is still just as good as the day I got it.
 

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I think the few factory upgrades that come standard on the Springfield Mil-spec 1911's are sufficient. Beveled magwell, lowered and relieved ejection port, throated feed ramp and high profile sights.
 

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I would carry a 45 Colt revolver if I had to use that caliber - Probably a Ruger so I could get a bit more velocity out of it.

I know it's not a 45 ACP but it is 45 caliber.
 

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I am going to get shot for this.
There so many. you can way over spend on so called upgrade parts you do not need or name brands you do not need.
The best over all bang for your buck in today's market for a single stack 1911 is the Ruger SR1911
It is a full size 1911, ready to fight out of the box and a lot more weapon than you are paying for.
This is one of those sleeping beauty cases, you don't hear about, many never heard of it and it is a real gem.
 
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I am going to get shot for this.
There so many. you can way over spend on so called upgrade parts you do not need or name brands you do not need.
The best over all bang for your buck in today's market for a single stack 1911 is the Ruger SR1911
It is a full size 1911, ready to fight out of the box and a lot more weapon than you are paying for.
This is one of those sleeping beauty cases, you don't hear about, many never heard of it and it is a real gem.
I have never fired it myself but have heard some good things about it..
 

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Might I suggest a M&P 45 or a Glock 21. I've changed what I carry, no more 1911's, and went with a Glock 20 in 10mm. I know you want a 45 which is why I mentioned the 45's. The reason is round count a power level. One gun, one mag with 16 rounds, with no reloads, at a level the 45 can never reach.
Don't get me wrong I love the 1911 45 but it doesn't make sense to me to carry. Just thought I'd give you something else to think about.
 

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I like my Springfield XD.
 

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I am going to get shot for this.
There so many. you can way over spend on so called upgrade parts you do not need or name brands you do not need.
The best over all bang for your buck in today's market for a single stack 1911 is the Ruger SR1911
It is a full size 1911, ready to fight out of the box and a lot more weapon than you are paying for.
This is one of those sleeping beauty cases, you don't hear about, many never heard of it and it is a real gem.
I have one. Its a beauty. And at $700 its a steal.
 

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I have one. Its a beauty. And at $700 its a steal.
Yes you do. Best kept secret in the 1911
It shoots every bit as well as my Para with the mods and match grade barrel
 

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I've had a few different models of 1911, and my favorite (thus far) has been my Sig Scorpion. Very good gun, excellent accuracy, sights, grip, etc. Little pricey though. Really depends on what you want in the gun, and how much you're willing to invest.

And since everybody loves gun porn:
 

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The only 45 1911 I have is the WWII pistol my dad got from an army officer in Hawaii in 1943 Dec. I'm not certain of the details of that transaction but I believe cards were involved and they were "Bridge" players into the 1990's. It still functions flawlessly with the original barrel and nothing but modern magazines.

I owned 2 others. One a series 70 Colt Gold Cup that I bartered away years ago. The other a very affordable ($525 total cost) Phillipine made Rock Island Armory that I bought about 3 years ago, used to about 700 rnds and sold for the same amount I had into it. I would not hesitate to buy another and in fact may. I've never owned a " high end " 1911 but I never hear their owners complain and most of them rave. I'd rather have 3 affordable firearms so long as they function right ( and the RIA does) then one expensive one. Just me.
 

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I have a couple, 70 series Gold Cup and a pre-2001 1991 compact, officer's model, whatever . . . The little .45 is my favorite.
 

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On duty I carry an H&K USP .45 Compact. This and it's full size counterpart are hard to beat. I had a Glock 21, like the full sized USP that's alot of gun to lug around. Off duty I carry a Kimber CDP pro II mid sized .45. The 1911's are definately picky about what hollow point ammo they prefer so that is a consideration. Every gun I just mentioned is a reliable firearm. If cost is a consideration Glock is your Huckleberry. If money is no object, Wilson CQB, Ed Brown Kobra Karry, Nighthawk.....etc. etc.
 

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I'm gonna have to go with the Taurus PT-1911. It has a lot of "custom" grade features, and at about $550 street price, is a lot of bang for the buck. I've put about 400 rounds through mine without any issues so far, and it's super accurate.
 
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