Nothing wrong with good guns that don't cost a bunch. My picks for this category do NOT include the CD, but I would say the ruger P97 is a safe bet as well as the CZ pistol in .45 (or 9 or 40 for that matter). If I wanted a cheap good 1911 I would get a surplus sistema before I would buy a brand new Daly. But, I have never owned a Daly, so I am talking out my ass here. If cost is a factor I say get a police trade in SW 13 or 19. Good luck to you.
I had a CD supeior grade that was a pre-enhanced model. I guess for what i had in it, it was ok.I put over 2,000 rounds threw it before I got ride of it.I never had any major problems out of the gun,but it's no kimber .I would check out 1911 forum,CD does not have a very good customer support team in my own opinon! I had problems with funny discoloring spots on the frame and they (customer support) nver would help me out and the frame was stainles IMO,save up and buy a kimber or springfield cause you'll end up wanting to unload the CD for one later on! IF you hold the CD in one hand and the kimber in the other you'll see and feel the difference,IMO! Good luck!
Pacific Arms imports a reasonalby priced base model, that with a little help-longer link, NM bushing, crown barrel is a tack driver. Ad some new sights, trigger job, beavertail, you're running for under $500.
why does everyone 'badmouth' the Daly 1911's? some of us old or poor folks don't want to/or can't afford to pay 600 and up for a 1911 just to enjoy having one for a shooter--i bought a EFS and have had no trouble with it (just a couple 100 rounds, so far) and don't intend to make it something it is not by spending another fortune putting parts in it--good for you folks that can afford the big bucks or are sincerely involved in the different target shoots that require a 'souped up' pistol--cheers
I think everyone's been pretty nice about this. The main thing has been to offer suggestions that are meant to be helpful...Nothin' wrong with that...There are so many options out there, I don't see how anyone could object to a suggestion to look at other options...Do what you want...You're the one that has to sleep with the dang thing...
One source of high quality sidearms, at low cost, are the police trade-ins. While you won't find many 1911's in this niche (although there are some Series 70 and Series 80 Governement Models from Culver City, CA on the market currently), there are frequently some real bargains to be had.
I agree with #6. Recently I picked up a Colt XS Commander for $560. Although lightly shot it must have been a real jammomatic for the previous owner since the extractor had almost no tension. After tuning it the gun has worked flawlessly for over 1k rounds. I personally would rather spend my money on a good quality used gun than a crappy new one. BTW, I recently bought a steel frame Colt ser. 70 in 9mm which was also lightly shot. Similar problem -- sloppy out of spec Colt extractor. An Aftec cured the problem and the gun is now stone reliable.
FWIW, I recently bought a Charles Daly Enhanced Compact. I bought it because I wanted to start trying my hand at some smithing work, and this was an inexpensive pistol to ruin parts on. However I was pretty impressed with the pistol, and even the local shop which hates Daly's agrees mine is pretty nice. I have done some work on it, but that was my original goal anyways. So far I have about $500 into the gun including the gun itself.
In 1911's I would set my bottom line at Springfield Armoury, Kimber, or older 70 Series Colts. From what I have seen I would stay way away from Charles Daly. There is not enough gun there for that amount of money. I understand that some people don't make a whole lot of money. I am one of them. Save a little longer and get one of the better guns, you will be glad you did.
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