14 Best Colt 1911 Pistols For Sale – Jan 2023

What is the best Colt 1911 For Sale in 2020?

The Colt 1911 is the original and still arguably the best. It’s certainly the greatest handgun of the 20th Century.

You might argue that Colt doesn’t make self-loading pistols like they used to in terms of durability. And there’s a sliver of truth to that as the manufacturer has embraced the mass market.

But that means most gun enthusiasts can afford one. That’s good.

1911 Has Made Slow Progress, Until Recently

Colt has also bought just the occasional update to John Moses Browning’s original design to give us new calibers, faster cycling, bigger mags and lightweight carry guns.

Progress has been glacial, but the M1911A1 came with a shorter trigger and cutouts for easier shooting. The biggest design changes have resulted from the civilian market, though, and good old fashioned capitalism.

In the last 20 years, after the military largely abandoned the Colt 1911 pistol, the guns have got smaller, smarter and better engineered. The end result are guns that people trust with their life each and every day, with or without a military seal of approval.

We’ve come a long way from the Colt 1911 pistol that was one of the United States’ stars in the First World War. That’s for sure.

So what are the best Colt 1911 pistols in 2023? Here are our picks…

The Gold Cup Trophy. Limited mods for national match competitions turn the standard Colt 1911 into a home defense beast too.

1. Colt Gold Cup Trophy

  • Price: $1,975.99
  • Caliber: 45 ACP Auto/ 9mm Luger
  • Barrel length: 5 inch
  • Total Length: 8.5 inch
  • Weight: 2.38lb
  • Capacity: 8+1 / 9+1

This Colt 1911 Gold Cup Trophy 45 ACP is an exceptional gun that is aimed at shooting sports. But each and every one of the modifications make this gun a mighty appealing nightstand pistol or home defense tool.

We’re not going to lie, this Colt Competition pistol was our winner for a good long while, until we decided to listen to the crowd. Trust us, this is an exceptional sidearm in almost all conditions and high quality all the way.

The night sights are useful for fast target acquisition in dim light and the Talo magwell helps fast and easy reloads. A lowered and flared port gives you faster cycling and the competition G10 grips are lightweight and consistent.

Lightweight, Match Grade 1911? Shut Up and Take My Money

The Colt Gold Cup Trophy is a tighter, lighter version of the 1911 that was built to survive a World War, with a Series 70 firing mechanism and spur-style hammer. We love the brushed stainless steel finish on this gun, too, and would take it each and every day over the eccentric brown options.

A National Match barrel is always a good thing. You also get a wide competition trigger with the fashionable three holes. The slide is also super smooth and rounded, which could help it turn into a mildly awkward carry gun. The adjustable rear sight only really helps at the range.

The Match barrel and other custom parts are all choice mods that you might consider making to a base Colt Model 1911. And it would not be cheap. So as a package, this is really one of those great gun deals as a 45 ACP Colt or a 9mm stainless pistol.

Custom Gun Without the Cost and Work

So if you buy this, you could save time and money. Your gun will also be modded and tuned by the in-house engineers at Colt. That’s worth something too.

This isn’t just a target shooter. It’s a complete 1911 pistol with some awesome aftermarket parts. They turn it into a next-level nightstand pistol and defensive handgun, and one of the best 1911 pistols on sale.

You can also get a Colt Gold Cup National Match down below, a cheaper gun. But it really isn’t the one you want. When it comes to the pistol caliber, too, again we’d go for the 45 ACP semi-auto pistol if you can handle the well-contained recoil.

Colt vs The Competition

The Kimber Rapide is a real step forward in competition spec handguns and looks like a custom gun. Springfield Armory can try its best with the Range Officer, but tan then there is Smith & Wesson.

The S&W Performance Center handguns are real potent firearms and offer a wilder look too. Check out the S&W Performance Center SW1911 here and the best S&W Firearms here.

Colt Defender 45 ACP for sale. A great concealed carry pistol and possibly the best Subcompact 1911 Officer.

2 Colt Defender Series

  • Price: $1,083.99
  • Caliber: 45 ACP/ 9mm Luger
  • Barrel: 3 inch
  • Total Length: 7 inch
  • Weight: 1.6lb
  • Capacity: 7/ 9

The Colt Defender series is the best subcompact 1911 in the world. That’s pretty much agreed…

The company ran into problems when it shortened the 5 inch slide Colt Government models to create the compact Colt Commander 1911 in the 50s for concealed carry. It fixed them, but then the US Army adopted its own precursor to the Defender model in 1972.

Forced to Produce a Concealed 1911

Rock Island Arsenal produced the successor to the Colt 1903. The Army General Officer’s Pistol seemed to work, but with certain ammo, for occasional use. It wasn’t the daily shooter it really needed to be for the mass market. The Swenson Bobcat followed and Colt was really painted into a corner.

Defender Caused Issues For Colt

America’s favorite handgun manufacturer had to respond and spent years straightening out the problem child that was the Defender. It was worth it.

Now this is the default choice for a concealed 1911 carry pistol and there is a massive line of finishes that take the cost from around $800 to $1,300 and up. And these are off the peg guns.

You can order Colt custom shop 1911s in Defender form, if you want. But the basics remain the same.

One More Bullet or Double the Bullet Weight?

So that’s a 7+1 round magazine capacity with 45 ACP Auto, or a 9mm capacity of 8+1. It’s a single stack mag, and again I don’t think you ‘win enough’ to give up the additional impact of the 230gr hollowpoints.

Some people just prefer the controlled recoil and the terminal ballistics of the 9mm personal defense rounds in current production. But if you’re going for the added capacity of the 9mm, it’s like one bullet more…

Basic Equipment, But Solid Foundations

Other options will make a bigger difference, but the lightweight model is a pretty basic Colt in terms of the equipment. It comes with 3-Dot sights and the finish isn’t in the same league as the more expensive guns. But then that’s the point, it saves weight and money.

The lightweight isn’t really that much lighter than the stock semi-autmatic pistol. It couldn’t be to be honest. It still comes with the trademark Colt Upswept Beavertail grip safety, Novak rear sight for a fast draw and a dual recoil spring. Those are the things that count.

Most importantly, you get a reliable subcompact 1911 you can properly conceal. And they are rarer than you think…

Colt Combat Commander for sale now. Get your Colt 1911.

3. Colt Combat Commander

  • Price: $1,130.99
  • Barrel: 4.25 inch
  • Total Length: 7.75 inch
  • Weight: 1.7lb
  • Capacity: 8+1

It isn’t as pretty as the Colt Wiley Clapp Commander and Talo special editions that we can’t find right now,. But, well, the Colt Combat Commander is still pretty amazing and perhaps the most versatile Colt 1911 for sale here.

This Series 70 Combat Commander has no firing pin safety and the payoff for that is the smoothest trigger pull in the Colt family. Before you get to the major custom work anyway…

Different Sights With Brass, Not Tritium

The Novak sites come with a brass bead, rather than a fiber-optic front sight. You’re buying into the narrative with this. But that’s not a real crime. If you like the brass bead, go for it…

Other neat touches include the flat mainspring housing and a relatively long pull on the trigger. There’s a clean break, but it definitely loads up.

Now this Colt is about as good as a Combat Commander 45 ACP stainless concealed carry gun gets. It does go into competition with its own sibling, the Combat Elite line.

I get the feeling the Colt Wiley Clapp Commander Colt 1911 for sale will appeal to the mature Colt buyer, while the Combat Elite is a designer gun with a bolder look for the younger crowd. This, meanwhile, is the no fuss, functional gun that sees more active service.

Colt Combat Elite 9mm Government Model for sale. Is this the best Colt Combat Elite pistol in the family? We think so.

4. Colt Combat Elite Government Model

  • Price: $1,500.00+
  • Barrel: 5 inch
  • Total Length: 8.5″
  • Weight: 2.3lb
  • Capacity: 8+1 rounds

The Colt Combat Elite bridges the gap between custom guns and mainstream production line fare with a high-end two tone finish and lots of parts that could easily be aftermarket, but aren’t.

Weirdly they’re all have the same Colt 1911 price, more or less. Well according to the RRP. So you get a 5 inch Government Colt Model for the same price as a Defender with a 3 inch barrel. I totally get it, the engineering is the same. But it still looks wrong and makes me lean towards the full size pistol.

The pricing system is dumb, is I guess what we’re saying. Also, massive inflation and insane pricing isn’t helping its case. This is Colt custom shop pricing right now, for an off the shelf pistol.

Concealed Carry Features Abound

The Novak Low Mount Carry Night Sight on the rear and Tritium on the front give you a clear sight picture. You get a Series 80- firing pin safety for added security, a dual spring recoil system to contain those 45 ACP rounds and more. A national match grade barrel is in there too.

The lightweight construction is seriously good. single stack 1911, but is it good enough?

Colt Elite Rivals

This Government Colt model is a seriously expensive gun, and even in Commander form, it’s harder to justify the cost.

Let’s face it, a Springfield Armory Range Officer Champion is much less money, and a Kimber Gold Combat II or Kimber Rapide can be had for this kind of cash if you shop around. The Rapide is the race gun that the Combat Elite wants to be, so that’s a tough fight.

Now the Combat Elite is going into a warzone. But it’s a gun. That’s literally what it’s built for.

Custom 1911 Pistol Design Cues

The brushed stainless steel and contrasting matte black coating work wonders. Look close and you’ll see that black PVD covers every contour, curve and exposed edge.

This is a custom 1911, or Colt M1991 if we’re being pedantic. The price works when it’s this much pistol and this is a great carry gun in Commander form and the Government Colt 45 ACP is a stylish pistol.

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5. Colt Gold Cup National Match

  • Price: $1,344.99
  • Barrel: 5 inch
  • Total Length: 8.5 inch
  • Weight: 2.4lb
  • Capacity: 8+1

This Colt Gold Cup National Match model has been with us since the 1950s and has evolved into a model line in its own right that can suit your budget and skill level.

This is cheaper than the stainless model thanks to the blued finish. You can still adjust the trigger pull, the Bomar sights and you get a competition barrel.

Replace the sights and you’re well on your way to a tactical pistol. Keep it like this and you have one of the best 1911 pistols for a near entry level price. Get your Colt 1911 competition now.

Colt Talo Eli Whitney. A special edition Colt Series 70 that pays tribute

6. Colt Talo Eli Whitney

  • Price: $1,938.99
  • Barrel: 5 inch
  • Total Length: 8.5 inch
  • Weight: 2.2lb
  • Capacity: 8+1

Talo has produced this Colt Series 70 Limited Edition to pay tribute to the great American inventor Eli Whitney.

As well as creating the first cotton gin, Whitney was heavily involved in the firearms industry. He was the first to ditch wrought iron for steel for gun barrels. Whitney Armory also refined the art of mass production for military muskets and then more advanced firearms, producing the best guns of the era.

Now Talo has been in bed with Colt since the early 90s. It was the time of Miami Vice, the Wolf of Wall Street, WWE’s Attitude era and fancy 1911 Talo special Edition Colts with big price tags.

Competition Model as a Basis

It’s a proud tradition that continues to this day. Now the Eli Whitney Talo Limited Edition is a Colt Competition Series 70 Government at heart. That’s a solid foundation.

All Talo had to do was choose the G10 grips, VZ Disruptive Hyene Burl, if you want the specifics. And the Novak adjustable fiber optic sights. Add some frontstrap checkering on the mainspring housing, and an undercut trigger guard, and Talo’s Colt 1911 45 ACP is definitely better.

Could you do this yourself to a Colt Competition Series 70 Government semi auto loading pistol? Well I guess so, but then you wouldn’t have the rich back story of Eli Whitney. So there’s that.

Also it comes brand new in box with the custom work done. That and the constant pull oif a new Colt 1911 for sale is enough to empty the shelves of this Limited Edition.

So if you’re tempted, don’t wait.

Colt Wiley Clapp pistols are also great. So if you spot one of those, again buy it while you can. There isn’t much from Colt Wiley Clapp out there right now though. Not that we can see…

Colt Mfg Gold Cup Trophy Lite 9mm handgun for sale. Get yours today.

7. Colt Mfg Gold Cup Lite

  • Price: $1,444.99
  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Barre length: 5 inch
  • Total: 8 inch
  • Weight: 2.37lb
  • Capacity: 8+1

The Colt Mfg Gold Cup Lite looks like the competition shooter, but is a Colt 1911 for sale with a much better pistol price. That matters to lots of people.

It’s the style and some of the substance of the Colt 1911 competition model, which is more than enough for a lot of you. It’s a stainless single action Colt 1911 Government Model, brand new in box, that looks great. The thumb safety,grips, everthing looks right and basically feels right.

Get the Gold Cup Trophy vibe, without the big price point and the hand fitted frame and slide.

Colt Mustang 380 Auto. A smaller, polymer 1911 style carry pistol you really might want.

8. Colt Mustang XSP

  • Price: $790.99
  • Caliber: .380 ACP
  • Barrel: 2.75 inch
  • Total Length: 5.5 inch
  • Weight: 0.6lb
  • Capacity: 6+1

Is the small polymer 380 ACP even a true Colt 1911 38 Super? It’s close enough, the times are changing, and we’re including it.

The polymer frame helps keep the weight down to a near unbelievable 0.6lb for these smaller caliber pistols. And you still get a CNC machined slide and 6 rounds of personal defense at your disposal, plus one…

Even the Defender is a little on the clunky side, but this Colt 38 Super is less than half the weight and yet comes with a alot of the safety features that attract us to 1911 Colt pistols in the first place. For deep concealed carry, it’s perfect.

This Colt 1911 38 Super is a fun little gun and it is ideal as a pocket pistol or sock gun. You really can’t say that about much else here. The construction isn’t as high quality as the others, which we guess is inevitable and the trade-off.

What is the best Colt 1911 For Sale in 2022? The Colt Delta Elite 10mm pistol is right up there. Get your Colt handgun online right now.

9. Colt Delta Elite 10mm

  • Price: $1,638.99
  • Caliber: 10mm
  • Barrel: 5 inch
  • Total Length: 8.5″
  • Weight: 2.19lb
  • Capacity: 8+1 rounds

10mm Auto really is the Spinal Tap of the firearms industry. Whatever you’ve got, 10mm is that little bit louder and stronger. So it’s better right?

Well that’s what the FBI decided after an ill-fated shootout in Dade County, when 9mm ammo just didn’t stop the suspects.

A massive switch to 10mm Auto handguns cost untold millions, and now the Law Enforcement Agencies have pretty much all reverted to the much-improved 9mm Luger. But that still leaves this curiosity of a semi-automatic pistol that alot of people will tell you is their favorite Colt 1911 pistol.

I can see why.

Lightweight 1911 For Special Agents

Essentially this is a battle pistol and carry gun for suited law enforcement agents first and foremost. So it’s seriously light for a full-size 1911 at 2.18lb. The shorter grip and Novak-style sights help you draw from a carry holster or even a shoulder holster.

It’s a smart design and proves you don’t always need a carry contour on the heel to make a practical 1911. The beavertail grip safety is elegant simplicity that puts your hand in the perfect position.

Modified, Lighter, Custom 1911 Handgun

This is a Series 80 that has been with since the late 80s and it has evolved slightly, but not much. The lowered and flared ejection port, composite grips and classic upswet beavertail grip safety were all good.

Lightweight Parts Look Great Too

The wide triple port trigger and skeletonized hammer look the part too. We like it all to be honest, and we love the fact that this combat pistol with an eye towards CCW still gets serious love to this day.

As a tactical pistol, it works in competitive 10mm ammo classes. As a carry gun, it gives you an added kick over 9mm, 45 ACP and anything short of a 44 Magnum revolver. It also went through FBI testing, so of course it’s reliable and accurate.

Purist Handgun Hunters Like the Colt

Even though it’s lacking a Picatinny rail and some other finery, some handgun hunters prefer the Colt Delta Elite 10mm simply because it’s so clean and such a lightweight 1911 pistol.

It’s a purist’s 10mm handgun. You can see plenty more of the best 10mm pistols on this list, but this gun still stands tall.

Colt Combat Unit for sale. These are hard to find right now. Get your Colt pistol today.

10. Colt Combat Unit

  • Price: $1,499.99
  • Caliber: 45 ACP/ 9mm Luger
  • Barrel length: 5 inch
  • Total Length: 8.6 inch
  • Capacity: 8/ 9

The Colt Combat Unit is the tactical pistol and carry gun that is the right option for 90% of you. Yes, for almost everyone, this is the Colt 1911 pistol starter kit.

US Special Forces trainers had significant input into a gun that still turned out remarkably like a big slab of traditional 45 ACP Colt.

So why is it down here? Availability is hit and miss and has been for a while.

But the Talo magwell, low drag Novak sights front and rear and the Picatinny rail mean this is a flexible weapon. With a Decobond coat, it’s the official service pistol of the US Marines. That gun gets a separate mention elsewhere on this list and really proves these are the best handguns.

It’s the practical big Colt Model 1911 for home defense, lives in gun safes around the land, and should shoot straight and true much longer than we do. They are great guns and a part of American history.

Perfect All-Round Tactical 1911

There’s no specialty vibe to this gun and that means there are sexier firearms on this list. That’s just how it works. But if we were actually putting our own money down for a Colt Model 1911 pistol right now then this would be the one.

If you’re only going to own one Colt, it kind of has to be this one. Well, it will be your first. We’ll get to your next guns in a moment…

In this 45 ACP vs 9mm War, 45 ACP Wins

But this is the best 45 ACP Colt service 1911 starter pack. Or you can take the 9mm pistol caliber version that was once seen as a perversion. Now it’s increasingly popular as 9mm Luger closes the gap. Still, you only get one more round of 9mm.

With that equation I’d be tempted to go for the heavier bullet weight and, dare we utter the words, stopping power…

Combat Rail vs Rivals

The Springfield Armory TRP and Kimber TLE II are the natural competition and we think the Kimber just edges it between those two. The Springfield Armory is relatively mass market, while the Kimber is custom.

While the Kimber has the measure of the Springfield Armory, though, can it match up to the Colt? It’s close and spec dependent, but if you get the right deal then yes.

Check out how a Kimber fared against the Colt in our 1911s under $2000 post here.

Colt CMC Marine pistol 45 ACP. Get the Colt 1911 the US Marines carry.

11. Colt CQBP Marine

  • Price: $1,824.99
  • Barrel: 5 inch
  • Total Length: 8.5 inch
  • Weight: 2.2lb
  • Capacity: 8+1

The United States Marine Corps is kind of picky about the official sidearm it chooses and this, the ultimate incarnation of the CCU, is the one.

Officially anyway…

Not all of them take this heavy lump of single-action metal into special operations. But the Colt Rail Gun does go with their dress uniforms and fatigues when they’re on show. That’s still cool.

Custom Combat Rail Gun, But That Color…

It really is a CCU with a Cerakote type coating in what Colt calls Desert Sand. A less charitable person might say it’s hearing aid beige and Colt pistols could do with some work on the color charts.

The Colt Close Quarters Battle pistol is a custom workshop gun, but it looks like my grandma’s living room.

Colt CQB is a custom 1911 and it is stunning, but why all the brown man? Buy your Colt CQB, or CMC Marine, here.

The CMC Marine gets combat sights, and it is the best of the best in terms of engineering. It’s just the Combat Unit Rail is 90% of the gun for a lot less money and it might be even more reliable and accurate. And isn’t beige.

But this is the Colt pistol the US Marines carry and one of the great post war 1911s because of that fact. To some of you, that’s always going to be worth the premium. And we kinda get it.

Colt XSE, a mid range 1911 with a lot of premium features. Buy yours today.

12. Colt XSE Government

  • Price: $1,092.22
  • Caliber: 45 ACP
  • Barre length: 5 inch barrel
  • Total: 8 inch
  • Weight: 2.3lb
  • Capacity: 8+1

The Colt XSE Government is a solid, mid range gun that won’t spring any surprises.

It comes with Novak sights, an upswept safety, ambi safety on the frame and some other good stuff. Including serrations on the front and back of the slide.

So yeah, the Colt XSE Government Model is a great starter Colt 1911.

The Colt 1911 Totus is an art piece, as much as an everyday carry. Get yours here.

13. Colt 1911 Totus

  • Price: $2,675.99
  • Caliber: 45 ACP
  • Barre length: 5 inch barrel
  • Total: 8 inch
  • Weight: 2.37lb
  • Capacity: 8+1

It would take a brave soul to carry the Colt Totus on the daily. But really this is an ornamental pistol for people that just love Colts.

This is 1 of 500 special pistols produced to commemorate stuff and it is officially called Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. And it is fun, and it’s still a perfectly functional Colt underneath.

Even though it looks like a South American gangster’s movie gun, there are things like a hand fitted frame and slide that suggest it should be a subtle improvement over a standard model Colt series pistol..

Colt Special Combat Government. A custom gun with a big price tag and an even bigger reputation.

14. Colt Special Combat Carry

  • Price: $1,092.22
  • Caliber: 45 ACP
  • Barre length: 5 inch barrel
  • Total: 8 inch
  • Weight: 2.37lb
  • Capacity: 8+1

The Colt Special Combat Carry is a another match grade pistol you might consider if you want a more tactical finish.

It’s expensive and custom, but then it’s another one to consider if you have about $2,000 burning hole in your pocket. And you can find one.

The Colt Special Combat Carry isn’t easy to locate right now though. It’s the same deal with the Colt Special Combat. But if you find either one, you won’t regret buying it and using it as your new concealed carry

Now the only problem is we haven’t seen them in stock for a while.

Parts and Accessories

Colts are popular guns, so there are plenty of parts, upgrades, accessories, all that jazz. So if you want to sell your Colt and you need to spruce it up, or you just want to keep your baby fresh, this is the place. Get a new thumb safety,

Where to Buy Colt Handgun, Pistol Parts & Accessories

Colt pistols and revolvers are an institution and you can buy a ton of official and third party parts and accessories, whatever barrel you have.

That Time a Sewing Machine Company Made a Better Colt

One sort of embarrassing moment for Colt’s Manufacturing LLC came all the way back in the 1930s, just before the Second World War.

In World War I, the Army faced a pistols shortage and drafted in other companies. That worked so well that on the eve of World War II, the US government asked the Singer Sewing Machine Company to produce some sample 1911s. It was a low point for John Browning, in a way.

They were so good, that the US government drafted Singer into the war effort with more advanced manufacturing. And Colt, Springfield Armory and the Union Switch and Signal railroad company made self-loading pistols and gun parts for the troops.

Colt’s firearms weren’t quite so desirable. but they did get American troops through two World Wars. So there’s that…

Competition For the Best Colt Pistols

The Colt 1911 45 ACP is the flagbearer for the 1911 world, but there’s some serious competition out there. From the established players like Kimber, Smith & Wesson and Springfield Armory through to newcomers like Dan Wesson, there are lots of choices in the modern world.

So who are the real Colt rivals? Read on….

45 ACP 1911 from Kimber, the Rapide Black Ice. A collector's edition

Colt vs Kimber: Battle of the Titans

Colt and Kimber have been locked in a bloody war for decades. Luckily they both make guns…

Colt was the established master, Kimber joined the scene in 1979 and has now established itself as the main rival for Colt in the hearts and minds of most of the American public. It really does come down to personal preference and brand loyalty.

Kimber is a constant thorn when it comes to the best 45 1911s for $2000 competition, and the best 1911s under $1000, now we think about it. Pretty much all pistols, revolvers, everything really.

Look out for the Kimber Gold Combat that goes to war with the Colt 1911. Then there are the Kimber TLE and the Kimber Ultra Carry CDP and Pro Carry guns. There are more, obviously, and you can see those on our list of the best Kimber 1911s for sale in 2023.

The Rapide stainless pistol is one of our favorites by the way.

Dan Wesson Valor, one of the best new breed of 1911 pistols
Colt vs Dan Wesson: Custom 1911 Battle

Dan Wesson’s great grandfather was the Wesson in Smith and Wesson, so it’s fair to say the firearms industry runs in the blood.

Starting his self-named firm in 1968, Dan Wesson had an obsession with creating perfect revolvers that didn’t require the fettling and smoothing that were a part & parcel of gun ownership back in the day.

The Dan Wesson Model 15 and Model 715 revolvers were hailed as revolutions as customers could switch barrel length at home. That was a big deal back in the days of landline phones and 3 network TV…

Is Dan Wesson Better Than Colt?

Dan Wesson has gone on to carve out a formidable name with some of the best guns you can buy, both wheelguns and semi-automatic Dan Wesson 1911 pistols. In fact the modern Dan Wesson handguns are way more revered than those early engineering breakthroughs.

You’d really have to put Dan Wesson up there with Wilson Combat, Les Baer and the very finest from the Colt Custom Shop and Kimber’s finest bespoke handguns.

Personally, we’d take a Dan Wesson over the alternative Colt almost every time. But that’s us….

What are the Best Dan Wesson 1911 Pistols?

Our current favorite Dan Wesson 1911 is the Dan Wesson Specialist Commander. The pistol price is insane, but get past that and you have a single-action 1911 for life.

Also look for the Dan Wesson Valor V-Bob, which is a great carry gun if you want a 9mm pistol.

You want a Dan Wesson 1911 Government, too, there’s a Specialist for you in 45 ACP or a 9mm Stainless pistol.

If you want to buy a Dan Wesson pistol today then go here for the full line of Dan Wessons.

Wilson Combat EDC X9 - An amazing handgun for sale
Colt vs Wilson Combat

Only the most expensive Colt pistols can go to war with Wilson Combat. For the most part these guns live in entirely different worlds.

A Wilson Combat CQB Elite costs more than $4,000, and that is the flagship 45 1911. You can pretty much buy two top tier Colts for that money, so why would you buy the Wilson Combat?

Well the design, engineering tolerances, everything are just off the charts. These are 1911s, but they are not the same. The Wilson Combat CQB Elite should last you a lifetime, and it as the warranty for the stainless steel frame and slide to back that up.

The Wilson Combat also looks more expensive at every turn, look at the front strap checkering, and it feels different when you fire it. So if that matters, and it does to lots of people, that’s why you spend the extra money.

Even the trigger guard comes with a sense of occasion, and the grips are icons in their own right. The night sights are sexy, too, and you will feel how good this gun is every time you pull the trigger.

The deep dive is here:

Les Baer Custom 1911 pistols

Colt vs Les Baer

Every Les Baer 1911 is unique and you can sell your gun for close to retail most the time, because they’re just that rare.

Comparing a Les Baer 1911 to a production line Colt is like pitching a Pagani against a basic Porsche. You wouldn’t expect the full review to go the Porsche’s way. So don’t do that.

The Les Baer 1911 and the finest Colt custom guns, though, now that’s a fair fight. Also Dan Wesson…

Les Baer custom pistols are some of the best 1911s on sale. Get yours here.
The Best Les Baer Pistols

The Les Baer 1911 Custom Carry, Les Baer American Handgunner Special and Les Baer 1911 Boss 45 are the headline acts. But Les Baer offers a custom service that goes as deep as your pockets.

You can buy them in the wild, but you’re more likely to find a used gun. But if you ever want to sell your gun, these are the used prices

We like the high price, high spec Les Baer 1911 Black Baer hunting pistol, and the Les Baer Premier II model as well, which is the high end flagship.

Customer Ruger SR1911. A beautiful 1911 Government.
Ruger SR1911 vs 1911 Colt

The Ruger SR1911 ranges from a budget 1911 in Officer sized with a Crimson Trace through to a full custom long slide target pistol in 10mm Auto. That is winning friends in handgun hunting circles.

You can also get Koenig custom parts on your 1911 and get a Ruger SR1911 Competition Series pistol straight off the shelf.

Check the full line of Ruger SR1911 handguns, from the cheap 1911 for EDC through to the competition handguns with full mods and a high price, go here. A Ruger SR1911 with a red dot is a thing of beauty by the way, and gets rid of the target sights.

Smith & Wesson SW1911 Performance Center. A rival for the best Colt has to offer. Get yours here.
S&W SW1911 vs Colt

Smith & Wesson is another brand with a 1911 in every class, from the no frills SW1911 through to the iconic ported slide of the SW1911 Performance Center.

You will find a Smith & Wesson 1911 for pretty much every budget here: We love the SW1911 Performance Center, but you know the name is a badge of quality you can trust.

Sig Sauer Emperor Scorpion. A fashion gun that can easily hold its own with the likes of the Combat Elite
Sig Sauer vs Colt

Now Sig Sauer isn’t the same force it once was when it comes to 1911 pistols and it can only really pick a fight with Colt in the mid-range.

But it does so many other things well at the moment that we can totally forgive that by the way. The P229 Legion is an icon, the P365 created a whole genre of micro compact 9mm handguns and the Cross rifle is doing the same with sniper rifles.

It seems reasonable, then, that the Sig Sauer Emperor Scorpion and the Sig Sauer STX are pretty much all it has to offer of note in the 1911 field right now. Well that and the Target.

We do really like the Sig Sauer, though, and the Sig Sauer Carry Fastback.

Rock Island Armory Ultra HS FS, a double stack mag 1911 with 14+1 rounds of 45 ACP.
Rock Island Armory Offers a Budget Double Stack

I know this is an odd one, but Rock Island Armory currently offers two double stack 45 ACP handguns for around $500. The full size RIA has up to 14 rounds in the larger mag, which is a massive ammount of ammo. The smaller BBR3.1 is a carry gun with 10 rounds of 45 ACP.

Again that’s huge and Rock Island Armory offers a technical advantage, not just a cheaper gun with a price that’s hard to beat. These are great guns and they are worth another look.

While you’re doing it, check out the best Glock for sale in 2023 as well.

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