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« on: February 05, 2011, 06:36:35 PM »
what are some of the most expensive 1911s money can buy? not just the old army pistols but also new custom jobs too.

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« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2011, 06:58:59 PM »
I think either les bear or Wilson the get expensive.

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« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2011, 12:14:52 PM »
Wilson for production guns but a custom can cost a lot more.

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« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2011, 12:17:05 PM »
i dig the crap out of the wilson guns. after we buy our house i think a wilson my be next on the list of guns to buy after my ar build.

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« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2011, 12:38:36 PM »
There was some rare Colt forsale on an auction a couple of weeks ago that was up to something like $80,000+... That expensive enough for ya.

I have two higher end 1911s... An Ed Brown Special Forces, and a Custom Shop Springfield. The Springer was $3k. But, it will likely be the only gun I spend that much on. That's a lot of change...

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« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2011, 10:21:33 PM »

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« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2011, 08:07:26 PM »
Thats a nice looking wilson

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« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2011, 09:30:08 PM »
This is a pic of my Custom Shop Springfield:

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« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2011, 10:21:21 PM »
Good lookin Springer sir.
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« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2011, 08:59:42 AM »
Thanks :) :)

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« Reply #10 on: February 10, 2011, 03:25:59 PM »
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This is a pic of my Custom Shop Springfield:


It is nice.
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« Reply #11 on: February 16, 2011, 04:36:17 PM »
Probably not the most expensive, but I think it's up there. :cool:
http://www.morriscustompistols.com/1911%20work.htm

Another excellent builder, if you can get him to build one for you.  He's very well know on Glock Talk.
http://www.rogersprecision.com/

Ahhh.  The good old Valtro.  These are no long available, but if you find one, they are $5000 and above.
http://www.valtrousa.com/handguns.html

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« Reply #12 on: February 16, 2011, 08:40:16 PM »
These guys can get up there pretty high...

http://www.sviguns.com/

and of course, here's a totally different kind of gun pr0n
http://doubletapper.blogspot.com/2009/08/pimped-out-guns-iraq-edition.html

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« Reply #13 on: February 21, 2011, 08:35:27 PM »
What specifically is in the Fusions, Wilsons, Les Baer's, etc. that makes them $2k better than a Colt or Sprinfield?  I really think it's paying for the name more than anything, but that's somebody fromt he outside looking in talking.

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« Reply #14 on: February 21, 2011, 09:05:18 PM »
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What specifically is in the Fusions, Wilsons, Les Baer's, etc. that makes them $2k better than a Colt or Sprinfield?  I really think it's paying for the name more than anything, but that's somebody fromt he outside looking in talking.

 
I've answered this question before in great detail. I can't remember everything I've said before, but I'll try my best...

I used to believe the same thing, but slowly worked my way up the food chain. I lusted after the higher end models for years - and I finally took the plunge one day... But, I have found old posts FROM ME on other forums - stating essentially the same thing...

But, now that I own 2 semi customs/customs... I have no interest in anything else (standard production 1911 wise) for the most part.. I am making an exception in buying a full rail TRP operator, but only because I like the look of the fullrail, and they are pretty rare. But, standard production 1911s don't do it for me anymore...

The price isn't for everyone. But, there IS a difference. When I pick up a cheaper model 1911 now and then, and I handle it, I can many "flaws" that bug me... And when I say flaws, I can tell that the quality isn't just the same. But, you don't necessarily feel the difference just by shooting 1  mag through someone else's 1911. I have shot many higher end 1911s over the year - when people on the range let me shoot a few rounds thru their gun.

Some people won't ever "get it." And, I can honestly say that until you actually own one, you may never "get it." I'm not trying to be a gun snob or anything - in stating that I don't like standard production 1911s anymore. But the fit and finish and attention to detail is much greater on the higher end 1911s. And while I have shot many 1911s over the years that are accurate, I can say that without a doubt, my Ed Brown 1911 is the most accurate 1911 in 45acp I have ever owned (my other high end 1911 is 9mm, and it is the most accurate 9mm handgun I have ever owned, period).

Of course, despite my interest in high end 1911s - what do I use as a carry gun? A Beretta 92FS. So, I'm not an exclusive 1911 guy.
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« Reply #15 on: February 21, 2011, 09:16:46 PM »
Nighthawk Custom, Les Baer, and Ed Brown are pretty much what I consider to be expensive.  There are smaller shops right there with them, but they are the big names.  They are hand fitted and finished, which costs lots of labor hours.  It's the finer details that run the price up, but usually makes them more reliable and accurate, as well.

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« Reply #16 on: February 21, 2011, 09:26:50 PM »
Shipwreck said it pretty well.

I've always heard that you buy a Colt and ship it to a 'smith before you ever take it out of the box...
I don't believe there is a single production line 1911 on the market that will ever come close to the hand built customs.

I think a good analogy is to compare a production Harley with a custom chopper.  They both get you to your destination (hopefully), but chicks dig the chopper.

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« Reply #17 on: February 27, 2011, 05:31:42 AM »
I messed up and got a really great gunsmith to build me a custom .308 WIN bolt gun. I was damaged goods after that, next was a Wilson Combat 1911 and downhill from there. I have told friends that have asked me to pull the trigger on that bolt gun and I warn them that it is a dark path they are about to walk down and if their wife calls I will hang up.  I didn't let any of my ex-wives yell at me so I am not going to let theirs for dang sure.

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« Reply #18 on: February 28, 2011, 04:34:20 PM »
Shipwreck said it well, but the other way I can explain it is like this... It depends on what you are looking for.

You can spend lots of money and get a Rock Island Arsenol studded with diamonds and it WILL be the most expensive 1911 ever produced, but in regards to customization, the sky is the limit. If you want 5 rails on it so you can mount a laser, light, vertical foregrip, extra mag and a coffeemaker on your pistol, you can get it.

IMHO Ed Brown is making the finest "trophy wife that you bring to cocktail parties" 1911's.

IMHO Les Baer is making the finest "Supermodel Nympho that you take to the Ted Nugent concert" 1911's.

Wilson and Nighthawk make fine products but their commercialism has cost them some quality and customer service points in my book. I handled a NH custom this weekend at Spring Guns and Ammo that I just was not $2600 worth of impressed with it. On the other hand, if I had the money, I'd sent $3600 to Ed Brown for a Classic Custom done EXACTLY the way I wanted it in a heart beat.

In the same vein, I had a Kimber Pro Tactical for 6 years that was my primary carry piece. It NEVER had a FTEx, FTEj, FTF at all, in the 6 years and 10k rounds I put through it. It was plenty servicable, and I bought it used for $750 at Gander Mountain in Spring. It was a fantastic piece. But my tastes changed, I appreciated the customized elements of my friends guns, and I made the deadly mistake of shooting my friends Ed Brown Special Forces. SO!... I sold the Kimber and I ordered a Brown.

If you're happy with the way your Taurus or RIA functions, more power to you. (For the record, Taurus PT1911's are pretty slick for $600!)
« Last Edit: February 28, 2011, 04:37:00 PM by phideaux_2003 »

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« Reply #19 on: February 28, 2011, 04:38:50 PM »
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I messed up and got a really great gunsmith to build me a custom .308 WIN bolt gun. I was damaged goods after that, next was a Wilson Combat 1911 and downhill from there. I have told friends that have asked me to pull the trigger on that bolt gun and I warn them that it is a dark path they are about to walk down and if their wife calls I will hang up.  I didn't let any of my ex-wives yell at me so I am not going to let theirs for dang sure.

 

This is more accurate than I can express in words. You're dead on deadlast.