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14th May 2006, 09:46
I just wanted to ask a question about S&W 1911 models. I'm really seriously considering buying one but I have no background on S&W's quality as compaired to other 1911 companies. Any insights from S&W owners will be deeply appreciated. Oh, my spending limit is $900.00. Can I get a good S&W 1911 for that much?
Thanks and God Bless!
14th May 2006, 10:56
I`ve got a SW1911 SS 108284. It has a little over 500 rounds through it with no malfunctions at all. I paid $835.00 including tax. I really do not think SW gets enough credit for there 1911`s. They are very good pistols. I`ve changed a few things on mine. Mainly for looks. Extended mag well,Extended mag release, Grips, Grip screws, Tactical safety single sided, GI type plunger and guide rod.
14th May 2006, 10:57
Oh by the way. Welcome to the forum.
14th May 2006, 21:43
I have their bottom of the line model with Novak sights and no front slde serrations and absolutely love this pistol. Fit and function are great and it's very accurate. I paid $750 for mine here in CA
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14th May 2006, 22:19
I have a model 108284 And in my personal opinion it is one of the best 1911s on the market today. Smith & wesson has a reputation for making fine firearms and belive me they did their home work and got this one right.If I were one of the other manufactures I would be looking over my shoulder. I won't own any other. Just my .02 worth. :D
14th May 2006, 22:51
I recently picked up a PD model with the 4 1/4" barrel. It it very nice, a real lightweight compared to standard models. Recoil is a little "snappy", but I'm sure that's due to the lighter weight. (I've not fired other 1911's) I got the PD because I plan to carry, and weight was a consideration.
14th May 2006, 22:54
It is hard to find a more reliable 1911 for under $800. I have had zero malfunctions with mine and I put several hundred rounds through it from different kinds of mags and filled with different types of ammo. It is 10oz lighter than most 1911s and comes with the nice features like 3-dot sights, serrated front strap, front cocking serrations, beavertail safety, commander-type hammer, three-hole trigger, "tactical" thumb-safety, full-length guide rod, flat mainspring housing, etc. etc.:
Didn't change anything but the grips on my S&W scandium 1911PD.
15th May 2006, 02:19
My Smith & Wesson SW1911Sc is just as accurate, good looking and more reliable than my Kimber Custom CDP II, which cost $200 more than the S&W, although my S&W doesn't have the ambidextrous safety or the night sights that my Kimber does. I still wouldn't give up either pistol. For the money, S&W's 1911 pistols cannot be beaten.
15th May 2006, 12:53
My new sc is without a doubt the best gun I've ever bought.. and I've bought several. Right out of the box, beautiful fit and finish. ..flawless operation with about 300 rounds thru it.
and it's real pretty:
15th May 2006, 18:34
I purchased a SW1911 basic all steel gun after waiting forever for Springfield to market their promised 45 GAP. I fell in love with the S&W quality. I quess they got tired of others taking credit for their product by putting their name on their forgings. I then within a week ordered a SW1911PD Gun Site Edition. Kimber never tweaked by fancy as their product always seemed overpriced and gun shop gossip said they grouped like @#$%. I own 2 S&W revolvers and their quality is unmatched. Enough rambling. BUY S&W.
17th May 2006, 21:00
I have two and am waiting on a third. Best 1911's I have ever owned.
17th May 2006, 21:24
Just tried out a couple of new Wilson Combat magazines. My 108285 and 108282 both came with blued (Act) magazines. 8 holes on the left at 7 yds, 8 holes on the right at 10 yds, all with the 108282. Operation was the same as with the Act magazines (no problems at all). These are the basic (cheapest) 1911 models that S&W offers and I am very happy with them. I also had a Springfield that I gave to my brother after I shot my first Smith. I don't think you can go wrong by buying a S&W.
17th May 2006, 22:02
:) IT is May 17th as I write this and two weeks ago at the gun show you could buy new in the box Smith's for $750 to $850 plus tax. Thats every model except the two they had that came out of the custom shop at Smith. My wife has a Model 108282 and it is one of the finest guns I have ever shot. IMO you will get everything you wish for in a Smith. My next one will be a 45 Smith for sure. ( for me ). Plus I can't afford those high dollar custom guns anyway. :lm:
Shoot fast make one hole...
19th May 2006, 17:37
At times I want one of the custom 1911sa but then I read in some of the posts here they sometimes they need to go back for work. For $2000+ those custom guns should be flawless every time, I understand it can`t be, and you do get fit, finish and accuracy. The two S&Ws I bought at about $750 each looked great, the finish was very good, and accuracy better than I can hold. About 3000 rds. out of the 108282 and 2200rds. for the 108285 never a failure of any kind. I have other 1911s that I love but, it is hard beat the S&Ws for the money and what you get.
20th May 2006, 01:24
I have a 1911Sc that I'm very pleased by. It's very well made; everything is nicely fitted. All the parts seem to be first quality. It's accurate, and it's been completely reliable. The trigger on mine is a little on the heavy side at about 5.5 pounds, but it's very crisp and quite manageable. And a slightly heavy trigger, if crisp, isn't a bad idea in a general purpose and possible carry gun.
I think S&W makes a high quality product, and they have for many years. If one of he S&W 1911 models has the features you want at your price, it would be a fine choice.
22nd May 2006, 05:56
I have a sw1911. Paid 750 for it. It shoots fantastic. My experience is limited o a safari Arms and a Springfield TRP, but the Smith shoots extremely nice. 400 rounds through it so far and NO malfunctions of any kind.
I am currently shopping for a Gunsight, thanks to First Sergeant and others.
23rd May 2006, 15:07
Never a problem with mine.
Tried one out first at the S&W Range, prior to release in the PRM, and knew I needed one. Got it right after it was approved for sale in the PRM.
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26th May 2006, 18:14
I can't wait until tomorrow. I made some target stands and I have about 500 rounds to blow through.
26th May 2006, 22:03
I had wanted a 1911 model pistol so bad for so long but it seemed that it would never happen. I would check out every gun store I would find in the area and looked at all the various brands. Then one day I stopped in at a store in Wisconsin where my dad had purchased some pistols just to see what they had. In the case were Kimbers, Springfields, Paras, and several other top brands. At first I passed the S&W thinking there would be no way I could afford it but as I looked at the prices of the basic models in the other brands and how reasonable they were I looked at the price of the S&W and could not believe it was correct! To be sure as this would be my only purchase I carefully looked at the kimberS, Springfield loadeds etc against the S&W and I could not find a Pistol that I liked any better period and with the price difference it was a no brainer. I have over 1000 rounds through it and have had nothing but total satisfaction with it. It seems so right that I can't find any thing to add or modify on it which for me is rare. I say go with a S&W 1911 and you will not regret your choice.
29th May 2006, 12:14
First Sergeant knows...many companies that have some success owe thanks to S&W doing forge work for them. Any American should go to Springfield, MA and take the plant tour. Their revolvers are unmatched. The 1911's are excellent and well below market value as compared to other popular models.
The entry models from most companies are not real good quality because much of the gun is jobbed out overseas, ect. or not up to standard (sorry Colt union workers). In CA, I see the SW1911 for 750-850 all the time. This was Gun of the Year a couple years ago when it was released, and was equivalent to a mild custom at the time. A great gun, as well as their top models. I looked at everything and got a SW1911, and then a PC1911. Can't argue with top quality and customer service.
29th May 2006, 12:26
I feel the same way. I took look at the Smith, noticed right away the slide to frame fit. All the little things, skeletonized hammer, trigger with travel adjustments. Beveled mag well. For the money, I'd say you can't go wrong.
30th May 2006, 19:51
$900 for the best deal:
Auction Arms has a new SW1911DK for $899.
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