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Mike, I decided to start a new thread over here to keep things on-topic. As you know I've been researching this 1911 thing for a little while. The problem is, the longer I research, the higher my tastes go. At this point I have seriously shortened my list to three models in the $900 range give or take. (a far cry from the Rock Island or Norinco I was originally looking for)

They are:

SW1911SC

Dan Wesson Patriot Ed Brown Bob-Tail

STI Ranger II

(All Commander sized)

It is not likely I will get to shoot any of these anywhere without buying. In fact the only one I'm likely to be able to fondle in a shop might be the SW.

But with my realization that the 1911 involves some "reach" problems, and that fact that my tastes keep going up and up, I may just be better off forgetting about a 1911 until I hit the lottery and put some money into gettting my High Power worked on a bit.

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I guess it depends on what the "reach" is. A few years ago CDNN had arsenal refinished Colt contract Argentine 1927s for $400. These are Colt manufactured in Hartford on Colt machines using Colt steel. The only difference between them and a 1911A1 is the slide stamping. I got one. Saweeeeet!

These were a 10,000 unit contract built around 1928 that recently came back into the country. Being refinished kept the price down. WTH, I got the "stoopid" mark on the frame by the slidestop already! :oops:

I think the Argy Systemas were going for about $300 around the same time.
 

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Nemo:

Unless things have changed recently, JLD no longer works with Crufflers. They are concentrating on their long long production, and the last time I contacted JLD, they were out of stock on the Sistema 27s.

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Well, since my wants are a bit higher than my funds along with the fact that I am a complete newby with 1911 style guns, I think I'm going to go for the RIA with a 4" barrell that my local shop as for $300. After I play with it for a while and put some more money aside I'll haves a better idea of what I want besides just nice looks.

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Ed:

If you plan on doing any add-ons to the RIA, check to be sure the parts are interchangeable with the 1911s. Others here may know the answer to that. IIRC, some of the Philippine 1911-style pistols (i.e. Charles Daly, originally) were not completely parts compatible.

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harvey said:
Ed:

If you plan on doing any add-ons to the RIA, check to be sure the parts are interchangeable with the 1911s.
They ARE interchangeable...a few companies parts may need "slight" modification for an exact fit, but so is the case with any 1911 firearm. Also $300 is a pretty good price, about the cheapest I've seen is $270ish and that was a "net" sale that woulda had to have had shipping and processing fees tacked on...
 

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If you check out the comments on the RIA's on the 1911Forum:

http://www.1911forum.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=32

you will see many, many positive comments. Also, and even more importantly, a rep from the U.S. distribution center in Nevada is a regular poster and they seem to quickly take care of any problems a buyer might have.

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YEah, IMHO, it and the Springfield are the best thing going right now (price to quality ratio)....
 
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