Following yesterday’s post, I knew that people were going to ask me for my criteria in buying a new 1911 (and they did — I got a dozen emails just last night). Just to remind everyone, here’s my (much-modified) Springfield Mil-Spec (G.I.) model:
My new 1911 will have to look close to this one, except I’d like Novak sights or similar.
To recap then, here are my purchase criteria:
- between $650* and $900 retail
- bobbed hammer (no more Colt “hammer-bites” for Kimmy)
- no serrations on the front of the slide (chews up my holster, and I don’t need them anyway)
- no serrations on the front of the grip (chews up my hand in an extended range session)
- smooth (not that extruded crap) beavertail grip safety (ditto)
- decent-sized ejection port
- 5″ barrel
- fixed Novak-style rear sight
- I’m pretty agnostic about frame color (blued or stainless steel will work for me, although blue has a 51% chance, all things being equal)
*sorry, but I work my 1911s to death, and I’m unconvinced that Taurus, Iver Johnson, Metro, Rock Island et al. are up to the task. At some point down the cost curve, too many sacrifices in materials and quality have to be made — and I think that nowadays, $600 represents that point.
So these 5″ models are priced right, but fail on features:
Kimber Custom Two-tone
Remington R1 Stainless (I can live with the small rear sight)
Here’s one (Ruger SR1911) which comes thisclose, but fails because of a single feature
See what I mean? [sigh] I guess I’ll end up with the Ruger SR1911, but have a gunsmith replace the grip safety with a traditional “flat” one. And those stupid grips on the blued model will go bye-bye as well.
Watch this space.