Bought one about 2 yrs ago, no issues!! fit and finish is really good. SUPER SMOOTH.My only issue is the plastic mainspring housing.
I haven't bought one recently but have friends that have.
A Colt is still a Colt. Quality is still there (in spite of what the internet says), quality control may be less than in decades past but that's a common complaint with most industries. I wouldn't hesitate to purchase a new Colt 1911, though I'd suggest you take a look at the Performance Center 1911's from Smith & Wesson (yes - I am biased) or the E-Series for much less money....Kimber's are great. My experience with them is that they look tremendous and shoot equally well - as long as they are cleaned/lubed and shooting premium ammo. My next addition will be a Sig Emperor Scorpion.
I picked up a Govt 1911 in 9mm last month. So far, I've put about 200 flawless rounds through it and it's quite the sweet shooter. When I first picked it up, I was not impressed with the fit. It felt like it had been lubed with gravel but once all of those sharp edges wore in with a bit of shooting, it has taken on a really nice smooth feel. It does rattle though, so the slide/frame fit is not the best. The roll marks are uneven, but that's a non-issue for me. Colt still uses a plastic MSH and the safety fit is among the worst I've felt on a production gun. It clicks off ok, but when engaging the thumb safety, it feels like there's a piece of balsa wood stuck in there somewhere. Both of those will be replaced shortly, so again, not a big deal to me. I have not done a detailed strip yet so cannot comment on the sear/hammer fit. On the upside, the machine work and bluing are well done.
Mixed revues from people I know that have let another Horse into the barn.
Things I have read and personal fondling tell me I will not have another one. At least not now.
Series 80 nonsense. Fit/finish etc for the proud price points.
The Rugers I have had (and still have 1 but it is no way near as built) are OK but I still like the Springers.
RO's are very solid pieces. The rear sites give some folks issues if the carry them.
Look at the Loaded models. JMHO and I have seen a few turds come from SA as with any mass produced hand gun.
No more Kimbers.....ever.
Excellent thanks for the responses so far, I know he had a base blued 1991 government model in stock, a new style 70 series blued, and a few commander sizes last week. I wouldn't hate a combat model but I really did love the blued 5' I had a couple years ago. It shot very well also so I am not too worried about actual function. Wednesday can't get here fast enough!
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Appreciate the post, your 1911 knowledge is vast! I like everything about the RO except the rear sight, and I do plan on CCing this for spells. I have read a lot of mixed as well on the Rugers, going to pass on them. I'll most likely grab a Colt but if he has a nice Springfield I will have a harder choice no doubt. I need to grab some spare mags again and an iwb holster, here we go again!
Originally Posted by churchmouse
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This is all personal preference of course. If you get the Colt I hope it treats you very well.\
Originally Posted by Fordtough25
Mags.....do not cheap out on them. Tripp/Wilson 48 series etc.
I own two current production Colt 1911s a Combat Elite and a Gold Cup. Fit and finish on both seems excellent. Both shoot well and have had exactly one failure to feed on the combat elite and thats because i limp wristed it i believe. They are a better gun than a ruger, id go as far as to say they are a better gun than a springfield as well. Are they custom 1911s no they are not but they are a damn fine production gun.
Not to start an argument but I would class the Gold Cup with a TRP and the Elite possibly with a Loaded model in the SA line.
Originally Posted by rennocneb
All 4 are excellent offerings.
That said picking your favorite Marque is a personal preference. Dropping this amount of Money on a pistol is not a casual thing for a lot of folks.
I have personally had the experience of owning/modifying several Colts and the last 4 were just turds. You expect one occasionally from any manf. but 4 in a row is just not cool.
I am to understand they are coming back a bit with the quality but also that they are not there yet.