21 Best 1911 45 ACP Pistols Under $1000 – Oct 2020


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The Best 1911 45ACP for $1000

They’re expensive, they’re heavy and they do like a clean, but we just don’t care. A great 1911 45 ACP is a work of art, a thing of beauty as much as a semi-auto pistol, and we love them.

They’re just a part of American history and they’re deeply satisfying things to hold in your hand. The action, the brutality, the engineering. The smell of gun oil. Don’t say you don’t get it too…

But you can easily spend a fortune on a great 1911 and eventually you have to get into diminishing returns. So what is the best 1911 you can buy for less than $1000?

We have stuck with 45 ACP weapons here, because that’s why a lot of people opt to carry a 1911 in the first place and it makes the list simpler. We have gone for different size guns, though, for variety. We’re weird like that…

Here are our contenders for the best 45 ACP 1911 in the world..

21 Best 1911 45 ACP Pistols  Under $1000 – Oct 2020

1. Kimber Custom TLE/RL II

  • Price: $1,129.94
  • Barrel: 5 inch
  • Total: 8.5 inch
  • Weight: 2.5lb
  • Capacity: 7+1

If you want a pure battle pistol, rather than the more competition oriented Colt, then the Kimber Custom TLE/RL II is the best gun here.

This is the standard issue semi-automatic 45 ACP 1911 that the LAPD SWAT team have on their hip, kind of, although it is one of a list of approved firearms for actual duty purposes.

Competition Upgrades Work For Everyone

You get a Government model, match-grade barrel and bushing, a full length steel guide rod and hi viz Tritium 3 dot night sights. There’s a Picatinny rail underneath for a weapons light.

Now you also feel the steady input of the LAPD’s finest response team. Kimber has tuned the trigger set-up, magwell and all the little details that make the difference when it matters after feedback from the best.

You and me can buy the fruits of their labor and, at less than $1000, you won’t find a finer semi-auto pistol.

The Colt 1911 Competition for sale. A great starter 1911 for target shooting, general plinking and home defense. Your first Colt?


2. Colt 1911 Competition

  • Price: $945.56
  • Barrel: 5″
  • Total Length: 8.5″
  • Weight: 2.25lb
  • Capacity: 8+1 Rounds

I’m still kind of shocked to find a full match-grade Colt competition pistol for $1000. In a good way…

That’s because all the things that make the Colt a great target pistol make it awesome as a home defense handgun. I’d sleep easier knowing this hunk of competition spec 1911 is nestled in a gun vault by the bed.

If you’re a 1911 fanatic then you probably had your eye on one of these anyway. Treat yourself and see what 80 years of glacial progress feels like in a semi-auto handgun.

Custom Gun Touches, Off The Shelf

Like John Wick, we’re partial to a competition gun because the basic mods are exactly what you would look for in a custom 1911 45.

Lighter slides, night sights, flared magwells. All that stuff. That’s what you do to a gun. So if Colt has already done the hard yards to create a match-grade pistol that can go straight on to defensive duties, that’s a good thing.

Adjustable Novak fiber optic sights sit up top and Colt has obsessively engineered the weight out of the gun to come up with a lightweight full-size 1911 that is about half a pound lighter than you’d expect.

Flat Shooter Offers Repeatability, Consistency and Security

The dual recoil springs help keep the gun flat and combat muzzle climb better than any slide porting ever could.

A stainless steel, cold hammer forged barrel is national match grade, which is all you’ll ever need in a defensive situation. Basically, the competition mods are minor, and things that help more or less everywhere.

Go into 3 Gun competition and you will upgrade to the Gold Cup Trophy before long. If you just want a cool Colt 1911, and you’re on a budget, this could be the one.

A Stylish Brushed Stainless Finish

The gun is engineered from stainless steel and comes with a brushed matte finish. It’s all business, and we like it.

G10 checkered grips complete the look and an epic, epic gun. At this price, you simply won’t find a better shooting 1911.

We know the Gold Cup Trophy won our 1911s under $2000 post, and this one came very close. This is about as much 1911 as you can reasonably expect for $1,000. If it’s your winner, we can see your point too.

For even better Colt 1911 pistols, check our list of the best Colts for sale in 2020 here.

Springfield Armory 19

3. Springfield Armory 1911 Loaded

  • Price: $929.99
  • Barrel: 5 inch
  • Total: 8.6 inch
  • Weight: 2.5lb
  • Capacity: 7+1

The Springfield Armory 1911 Loaded is certainly one of the best pistols for the money and there are people reading this right now that can’t believe it lost to a Colt.

You might be right. On another day this match-grade 1911 could easily have taken the honors. It’s arguably a better all-round semi-auto pistol, but when margins get this tight it really depends on your brand loyalty and personal feel.

There’s a two-piece, full length guide rod, an Armory Kote forged steel frame and the finishing touches include a skeletonized trigger and hammer. Low profile combat sights are part of the package, but we would upgrade those with night sights.

But this is a real solid 1911 under $1000, and it’s a gun you could happily shoot for years to come.

Smith & Wesson 1911E. A great 1911 pistol for less than $1000. This is the top of the line SW1911, before you get to the awesome Performance Center guns.

4. Smith & Wesson SW1911 E Series

  • Price: $851.99
  • Barrel: 5″
  • Total Length: 8.7″
  • Weight: 2.5lb
  • Capacity: 8+1 Rounds

This is a beautiful looking gun . We love the matte black finish or the stainless, the slide work and the 5 inch barrel. it’s all perfect, and it’s all yours for slightly more than $1,000.

The glass bead engraving is pretty special.The hammer and trigger are skeletonized, the whole gun weighs in at a respectable 2.43lb and you get 8+1 when it comes to capacity.

The Deluxe Version of the SW1911

The Smith & Wesson SW1911E is the premium production line 1911. It slots in well above the entry level gun, but well below the S&W Performance Center custom guns that star in our best 1911s under $2000 post.

In this price range, though, this is the gun that flies the flag for S&W with checkered wood grips and solid finishing touches from the 1911 parts bin. Is it good enough to hang with the best guns here?

EAA Tanfoglio Witness Commander 1911 Polymer. A plastic 1911, finally. Buy your gun here.

5. Tanfoglio Witness Polymer 1911 Match Pro

  • Price: $718
  • Barrel Length: 5″
  • Total Length: 8.58″
  • Weight: 2lb
  • Capacity: 8+1 Rounds

A plastic 1911 pistol chambered in 45 ACP? Yes, really, finally it’s here and to be honest, the Tanfoglio Witness 1911 Polymer should probably have got here sooner.

We are used to polymer striker-fired pistols, but a polymer frame 1911? Why not? It should work just as well…

Now there are more competent guns lower on the list. But it’s our job to show you new and interesting things, too. And a 5″, Government model 1911 that weighs in at 2lb is pretty damned cool.

That might be enough to tempt some people to carry a 1911 as an EDC. Or to have one as a back-up, or just to shoot it for fun.

All the parts are standard full-size 1911, so you can upgrade and turn this plastic 1911 into a monster of a tactical pistol. As the start of a DIY 1911 build, we kind of like the concept too.

A polymer 1911 is fun, different and there’s no reason why it shouldn’t work. Get one, and see what you think.

Want to see some other next gen 1911s that bring John Moses Browning’s invention kicking and screaming into the modern world? Check this post.

Springfield Armory Range Officer, a great Commander sized 1911 for less than $1000. Buy guns online at your favorite gunbroker now.

6. Springfield Armory Range Officer Champion

  • Price: $779.99
  • Barrel Length: 4.25″
  • Total Length: 7.6″
  • Weight: 1.88lb
  • Capacity: 7+1 Rounds

Is the Springfield Range Officer Champion really that good? Yes, we think it’s every bit a match for the Colt, it has a little more flair when it comes to the design and it’s the handgun we would choose given the two.

OK a lot of this is down to personal preference, but we tried to take that out the equation and look for reviews from owners. You don’t need to look too hard to find Springfield 1911 reviews along the lines of:

The best handgun I own.

The straightest shooting gun in my collection.

Reliable, beautiful and accurate. It goes with me everywhere.

This is high praise indeed for something that is absolutely not a Glock. You get the traditional 1911 limitations. It’s a 7+1, which can leave you feeling a little outgunned, but then you remember the 45 ACP. You only have to hit them once…

Alloy Frame, Lightweight 1911

This is the compact version that isn’t just cut down. The company opted for a lightweight aluminum frame, rather than steel, to save a precious few more ounces. The final weight of 1.88lb is competitive, if not mindblowing.

Springfield’s custom workshop can certainly produce something lighter for you. But expect to pay more than $1000, much more, when you buy your custom gun.

The main spring housing is technically a traditional 1911 style, but it does come with Springfield Armory’s patented technology. It has the traditional short military combat trigger and a safety, but you also get the grip safety that should help prevent accidental discharges.

Not everybody loves Springfield Armory, and we get that, but we think this could be the best 1911 for sale right now. in this price band.

But if you’re flexible and just want the best 45 ACP Compact carry gun for sale, then try this list.

Kimber Aegis Elite Ultra Compact 1911 carry pistol. Buy your concealed carry 1911 subcompact today at the world's favorite gunbroker.


8. Kimber Aegis Elite Ultra Compact 1911

  • Price: $862.50
  • Barrel: 3″
  • Total Length: 6.8″
  • Weight: 1.56lb
  • Capacity: 7+1 Rounds

Why would you want to conceal carry a 1911? Well some folks just prefer em, is all.

The Kimber packs a solid 7+1 capacity of mule kick 45 ACP into a 6.8 inch overall length and an aluminum frame. That just about gives you the option of using at as an EDC and some people aren’t too keen on putting striker-fired polymer pistols in their pants.

So if you’re an old-school 1911 guy and want something to slip under your clothes, then the Kimber Aegis Elite Ultra is a total work of art. It might just be the sub-compact 1911 with an alloy frame you have been looking for.

It does weigh in at a relatively svelte 1.56lb, so the company has done well to strip the fat and provide a low-key 1911 for your EDC.

Colt Lightweight Commander for sale. One of the best concealed carry 1911 pistols for sale in 2020.

9. Colt Lightweight Commander

  • Price: $800.99
  • Barrel: 4.25
  • Total Length: 7.75 inch
  • Weight: 1.84lb
  • Capacity: 9+1

Colt handguns are not cheap, and this compact 1911 is absolutely pushing the $1000 budget to the limit. But it’s worth every cent.

This is the understated, blued version of the classic Commander 45 ACP with a 4.25 inch barrel. You get the Dual Spring Recoil system, Colt branded grips and Novak sights on top of a beautifully constructed semi-auto pistol that should last you a lifetime.

You need to maintain your Colt, and you should need Colt parts and accessories from time to time. Chances are you’ll need to have her reblued, too, or live with the patina of your time together.

If you treat it well, though, this can be a gun for life.

Ruger SR1911 Target. A great handgun you have to own if you want to take your 45 ACP shooting to the next level.

10. Ruger SR1911 Target

  • Price: $827.78
  • Barrel: 5″
  • Total Length: 8.67″
  • Weight: 2.44lb
  • Capacity: 8+1 Rounds

The Ruger SR1911 is one of the best semi-auto handguns in history and you simply have to own one once in your life. It isn’t a clever 1911, it’s just a beautiful one that does everything well.

Like several others here, the Ruger SR1911 Target comes with a few choice mods for basic competition shooting. It comes with a narrative too.

The frame, barrel and bushing are all machined from the same bar of steel for consistent tolerances throughout the heat cycle. It’s a nice thought, although we’re well into diminishing returns here we still like the obsessive attention to detail.

That’s a perceived quality thing, and it’s clever.

An Iconic 1911 .45 ACP Auto

It’s long and heavy, but this is a proper 1911 for the range. It is also a landmark gun, even in basic form.

You owe it to yourself to have one. You can pick up a simpler Ruger 1911 cheaper than this. But the Target is almost a Ruger custom gun.

It’s a major step up for not much money, and it might set you on your way towards the seriously expensive Ruger 1911s with Koenig parts that are seriously taking the fight to Colt in the 1911s under $2000 category.

Rock Island Armory M1911-A1 Tactical full size pistol. A $500 1911 that shoots straight, true and honest. It isn't pretty, but it is a good gun.

11. Rock Island Armory M1911-A1 Tactical

  • Price: $498.99
  • Caliber: 45 ACP Auto
  • Barrel: 5″
  • Total Length: 8.75″
  • Weight: 2.49lb
  • Capacity: 8+1 Rounds

The Rock Island Armory M1911-A1 isn’t just a $1000 1911 that will blow your mind if you give it a chance. You can get this gun and change from $500…

Now it isn’t the prettiest Government model 1911 on this list. Not even close. But Rock Island semi-auto pistols have a reputation for reliability and durability. This are kind of more important.

This is a Series 70 firing mechanism with that signature skeleton trigger. It’s generally considered to be a match for anything in terms of durability. The last word in elegance and finesse, maybe not so much.

If you want a cheap 1911, well this is the big name in the budget 1911 sector, although the Springfield Mil Spec has now taken the honors in our top $500 1911 pistols post.

The Ruger SR1911 Officer is a real alternative to the Colt Defender. It's a great concealed carry 1911 45 ACP Auto handgun for sale right now.

12. Ruger SR1911 Officer

  • Price: $869.99
  • Barrel: 3.6″
  • Total Length: 7.25″
  • Weight: 1.94lb
  • Capacity: 7+1 Rounds

This is another high-spec high-price Officer size 1911 from one of the biggest names in the firearms industry.

Ruger has never quite had the level of respect that the Colt Defender has achieved. Why? Marketing probably, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with this little pocket sized M1911.

The brushed steel finish on this gun actually makes it sexier. The barrel is beveled for a rapid draw, the deep front facing serrations allow for a quick rack and the trigger and hammer are skeletonized.

A lowered and relieved ejection port is another finishing touch on this Series 70 firearm with a titanium firing pin. Real Novak sights, a beavertail grip safety with a pronounced memory bump, checkered mainspring housing and more, it’s all there.

More importantly, there is a triple recoil spring system. That’s one more than the Colt…

Sig Sauer 1911 Target for sale. An elegant 1911 with match grade mods that is a real option for a carry pistol with new sights.

13. Sig Sauer 1911 Target

  • Price: $879.99
  • Barrel: 5″
  • Total Length: 8.7″
  • Weight: 2.6lb
  • Capacity: 8+1 Rounds

At 2.6lb and 8.7 inches long, this full-size Sig Sauer 1911 comes with an 8+1 capacity and a supremely accurate five inch barrel.

It’s a simple, clean gun to look at. Sig has the This is the People if you want flash. This is just a tack sharp gun for home defense or possibly open carry. It’s too big for a CCW, that’s for sure.

This is a functional gun, it isn’t one for sitting round looking at it. You get a great grip safety/thumb safety combination for the security and safety conscious among you. When you do shoot, though, it’s a prodigiously powerful gun that makes the most of the round.

Taurus PT1911 - One of the cheapest 1911 guns for sale online

14. Taurus PT 1911

  • Price: $584.99
  • Barrel: 5″
  • Total Length: 8.75″
  • Weight: 2.44lb
  • Capacity: 8+1 Rounds

This is an affordable 1911 that doesn’t really come with any inherent sacrifice. The blued finish is good enough and you can get an extended clip with 12+1. That is actually pretty cool.

The normal mag is a traditional 1911 8+1 and the Taurus will do everything you want it to. It’s an elegant looking gun, although it isn’t quite in the aesthetic league of the Ruger, the Springfield or the S&W.

You know you’re saving money with this gun, but if you just want a 1911 and you don’t want to break the bank, the Taurus is a solid choice.

What about the Taurus reliability problems you hear about in the corners of the web? Yeah, you probably will have to strip your gun from time to time and effect repairs. If you want a metronome of a 1911, then the Taurus isn’t the safest bet.

Rock Island Armory M1911 CS Standard handgun for sale. A budget concealed carry 1911 with a reputation for reliability.

15. Rock Island Armory M1911 CS

  • Price: $499.99
  • Barrel: 3.5″
  • Total Length: 7.3″
  • Weight: 2.47lb
  • Capacity: 7+1 Rounds

Yes, we’re going there. Rock Island semi-automatic handguns don’t look all that much, but they do make exceedingly good shooting guns. There is nothing fancy here, apart from the price.

The parkerized finish will get its own patina, but this is a very nice compact 1911 that can fit just about anywhere.

You get 7+1 rounds, owners will tell you that the finish isn’t the best, but the gun is an honest and true shooter that never lets them down. That’s the most important thing, not the walnut in the grips.

So if you want a straightforward 1911 that will spit lead all day and doesn’t have to be a prom queen, save your money and get one of these superb guns.

Have a look at the full Rock Island Armory range. You can spend a lot, but don’t. These are good, cheap 1911 handguns and this more or less Commander 45 ACP will do the job.

Magnum Research Desert Eagle 1911 U Series. A subcompact 1911 that's ideal for concealed carry and a real Colt rival.

16. Desert Eagle 1911 Undercover

  • Price: $799.99
  • Barrel: 3″
  • Total Length: 6.85″
  • Weight: 1.6lb
  • Capacity: 6+1 Rounds

It’s another semi-auto CCW 1911 you can get under your clothes, and it’s a cute looking thing. There’s none of the full-blown histrionics you get with Magnum Research’s full-size 50 Cal Desert Eagle, but this one is a gun you could actually live with as a concealed carry.

You get a 6+1 capacity, a 6.85 inch overall length and a fairly hefty 1.6lb. You really have to justify this as an EDC compared to the other, largely striker-fired polymer pistols.

A new Defender-sized 1911 45 will always get a healthy dose of side-eye, because they’re so difficult to get right. Magnum Research has spent its life harnessing too much power in one handgun, though, and we think it can do this.

This is a relative newcomer to the sub-compact 1911 fold, but it’s a real contender and a great small gun. It’s a high price item that does go head-to-head with the Colt Defender.

But you could argue that it’s such a well-appointed semi-auto pistol that you have to compare it to the custom guns like the Combat Elite and Ruger Officer. Do that, and this becomes a custom 1911 on a budget. And it sounds a more tempting deal…

The Sig Fastback 1911 Carry Emperor Scorpion 45 ACP for sale. This is an elegant carry gun with some serious tactical 1911 touches.

17. Sig Sauer 1911 Fastback Emperor Scorpion

  • Price: $1049.99
  • Barrel: 4.2 inch
  • Overall length: 7.7 inch
  • Weight: 2.43lb

Admit it, this thing looks fantastic. It’s slightly over the $1,000 mark by a crisp $50, but you’ll have to forgive me on that one.

This Commander 45 ACP, though, is plain arousing gunporn. The Sig Sauer Emperor Scorpion FDE is absolute gunporn at its finest in every form. The bigger gun is awesome too. But I would take one of these, in this color, in a heartbeat.

It’s a Single Action Only 1911 that pays tribute to the original and points to the future. It looks like a custom gun, especially with that FDE polymerized finish that gives it such a different look.

Mass Market Pistol With Premium Finish

But the checkering on the frame and perfectly engineered safety, artistically skeletonized trigger and hammer and the grip safety all combine to create a gun that could easily sell for more than $1000.

Piranha-textured G10 Magwell grips complete the look of the gun, and as you would expect it fires like a dream. This is an 8+1 handgun and with the rounded heel and slightly lighter weight, it is a carry option.

It’s also a fashion gun, a tribute to the best 1911 battle pistols and just a cool 45 handgun.

Devil Dog Arms 1911 45 ACP. One of the new breed of .45 Cal 1911s with aggressive, slimline design and carry gun features.

18. Devil Dog Arms DDA-1911 Tactical

  • Price: $949.99
  • Caliber: 45 Auto ACP
  • Barrel: 5 inch
  • Total: 8.75 inch
  • Weight: 2.6lb

Devil Dog Arms has muscled in on in the action of late. Aggressive designs, slimline guns that can be your EDC and a fierce reputation for engineering excellence have helped turn a boutique manufacturer into something more.

The name is a nickname for the US Marines in full Pit Bull mode and it kind of embodies the brand. This semi-automatic basically has the Colt Combat Unit Rail Gun in its sights, and that is an institution that stars in our 1911s under $2000 list.

It’s a bold move, but DDA could secure a younger audience with keener pricing and a fresher look. The engineering, though, is every bit as good as the benchmark Colt 1911 45.

Machined Steel, Not Forged

Every gun is machined from barstock to standards that go beyond what you’d expect to see in this price range. It’s custom gunsmithing for budget 1911 money.

The front strap gets 22LPi checkering, the barrel and bushing are match-grade, double stress relieved to ensure consistency and longevity. That barrel is button-rifled for added precision.

It’s a one-piece magwell and flat mainspring housing, and the whole gun is topped off with hi visibility, low drag night sights. You get a huge beavertail, too, with the grip safety all present and correct.

It doesn’t have a full length guide rod, instead it’s two pieces, but it all works well and smooth to be fair. And the single action trigger has a super clean break.

The whole gun is easy to manipulate thanks to the forward serrations, the recoil isn’t so bad thanks in part to the weight and we just like this gun.

Get one, you will too.

Remington R1 Enhanced 1911 for sale. A starter target pistol or a carry gun. It's heavy, but match grade. Buy your gun online now. In stock!


19. Remington 1911 R1 Enhanced

  • Price: $802.99
  • Barrel: 5 inch
  • Total Length: 8.5 inch
  • Weight: 2.5lb
  • Capacity: 8+1 Rounds

Remington promises a match-grade shooter’s semi-automatic that will serve you just as well in your home.

It’s an 8.5-inch gun, so we’ve given up on CCW here. Instead it’s a spectacular home defense weapon that could be the equalizer when you need it most.

This is a gun I’d want in a bedside biometric safe as a last line of defense. That or an AK-47 under the bed, that works too.

Apart from the shotguns, Remington really doesn’t get much love on these pages. We know that, and we have our reasons. Largely we just don’t think the guns are good enough across the board, but when they are, they really are.

This is a competition spec handgun that is reasonably priced. It wouldn’t quite tempt me away from the Colt or the Sig, but the online gun reviews so far are pretty positive.

The Remington R1 Enhanced is a solid gun that can easily mix it with more expensive rivals on the range. That makes it the best Remington handgun we have seen in a while.

Auto Ordnance M1911A1 pistol for sale. A classic 1911, nothing too fancy

20. Auto Ordnance Thompson M1911A1

  • Price: $549.99
  • Caliber: 45 ACP Auto
  • Barrel: 5 inch
  • Total: 8.5 inch
  • Weight: 2.44lb
  • Capacity: 7+1

Auto Ordnance used to be one of the main players in the firearms industry, but times change. Now the company is a shadow of its former self, but it still has a solid reputation for its basic 1911 .45 Auto handguns and replica Tommy Guns.

The Auto Ordnance M1911 is pretty much a faithful recreation of the classic Series 80 handgun. There are some special editions, but they’re largely engraved versions of this gun. Save your money, get the basic handgun and have fun.

It’s a great 1911 for beginners.

21 Best 1911 45 ACP Pistols  Under $1000 – Oct 2020

21. Sig Sauer 1911 Ultracompact

  • Price: $889.00
  • Barrel: 3.3 inch
  • Total Length: 6.8 inch
  • Weight: 1.75lb
  • Capacity: 7+1 Rounds

It’s small, fits in your pocket or truly conceals without printing and it will deliver 7+1 rounds of 45 ACP when you need it most.

The Sig 1911 Ultracompact might not be the prettiest gun here, but it could certainly prove one of the most effective. It could be the gun that saves your life and some people carry one of these every single day.

Could this cut down 1911 be your new EDC? Or certainly an optional gun when you need to be discreet?

Order yours now and the answer will probably be yes.

Do You Want a Cheaper 1911?

We did a separate post with a lower bar, because $500 handguns tend to attract a different crowd. Some of you would view a $500 1911 with a healthy dose of side eye.

Some guns made both lists because they’re good and cheap. They are rare, exceptional firearms. But there are others like the American Tactical Imports ATI Xtreme Firepower 1911 that we decided to leave out.

American Tactical Imports has done amazing things of late, and the polymer AR-15 was one of our favorite guns of 2019 and ATI does a killer 22 Pistol.

But the Auto Ordnance and RIA guns have got you covered for the budget end here. The American Tactical Innovations simply isn’t significantly better, and you have to be to kick those two out this particular low budget bed.

Other cheap 1911s from the likes of Girsan are making a solid impact on the budget sector as well. But we couldn’t have them all here. It just didn’t seem right.

So if you want a cheaper 1911, then check out the post here.

Do you want to blow the budget?

1911s can get really expensive. In fact there are levels, layers of 1911 ownership. See you might think a Dan Wesson Vigil is insane money right now, but get the bug and you want.

Dan Wesson will be the gateway that leads to the Kimber, Colt and Springfield Armory custom workshop. Then Les Baer and Wilson Combat are waiting for you at the height of your madness.

Just a few of those guns feature in our best 1911 pistols under $2000 feature here. The Les Baer and Dan Wesson 1911 are right up the top if you want a spoiler alert.

Custom Guns Get Really Expensive, Especially 1911 45 Handguns

Some of them are more expensive than that. Wilson Combat we’re looking at you. For them you’ll have to go to our custom guns piece, where we just don’t ask the price anymore.

The factory custom shop guns get crazy and you’ll see guns from Colt, Kimber and Dan Wesson that comfortably broach the $3,000 mark. With the Wilson Combat 1911 45s, more or less all of them do and every gun is from the custom shop with a match grade barrel. They don’t know any other way.

That’s before you get to the insane offerings from STI for competition use, which are then sometimes tuned by Taran Tactical Innovations for John Wick. Those 1911s can set you back $4,000. And suddenly a $1,200 Dan Wesson Valor seems a pretty sweet deal.

And that’s marketing folks…

Where to Buy 1911 45 Ammo, Parts & Accessories

The one thing you know is that a 1911 requires proper maintenance. This isn’t a Glock. If you want an easier semi-auto pistol, then go striker-fired. If you want a 1911, get familiar with your toolkit and a good gun cleaning supplies.

Do if you’re looking for a cleaning kit, or spare parts and custom 1911 upgrades, then we have some useful people for you to meet.

Looking for high quality 1911 ammo? Then we got you covered as well. Try these sources:

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