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I am a law enforcement officer, and I, as many of us, would love to have a new Heinie or Burns custom pistol for my carry gun. I do not have an issue with the cost, my problem is the wait. Well, there is a price that's a little too much, perhaps :wink:

My main concern is the time line. I am starting a new job sometime in the future, and am purchasing a 1911 for the job. Unfortunately, I may only have two weeks (or less) notice for this job. Therefore, I do not have the time to wait 2+ months for even minor smithing. I also want to have the best I can carry until I get the full-house built.

My question to all is, what would you purchase under such constraints? Perhaps a base model Kimber or Springfield Armory, then get them customized down the road; however there are things about both that I dislike (FLGR, MIM parts, etc). I figure these things can be changed fairly easily. My other option was to go with a Les Baer TRS, or a Wilson CQB.

Any opinions will be greatly appreciated.

Stay low, move slow...

Eric
 

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I am not a LEO but here are my thoughts on carry gun selection. I know of many LEO's who carry a SIG .45, they have a great deal of confidence with them out of the box. If funds allow and I had to make such a decision my choice would be a SIG first. The 1911 would come later when time was allowed for checking the gun out over a period of time.
My experience with purchasing 1911's has been the Wilson's (I have 2) have performed without fail from day one. I have purchased 1911's from two other mfg and they presented issues from day one.
Opinions are free, they are my experiences with 1911's. If faced with does it work every day every time I would sure shoot it for quite awhile to determine reliability.
I believe discussions will help your selection, good luck.
 

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If you are simply looking for a gun to kill time until you can get the gun of your dreams, I would recommend a Glock. They are just as reliable as anything else out of the box, and they fill the need for a utilitarian weapon quite nicely. I am a die-hard 1911 guy too, but the Glock should not be overlooked as a moderately priced means to keep you happy, until Dane or Richard makes you happier. :smile:
 

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If you need something that works and you need
it in a hurry, go buy a Glock. Have a good set of Sights installed, then have your 1911 done the way you want it. We do Sight turn arounds on Glocks the same day we get the slide. If the Sights are in Stock, which they are most of the time.
 

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Not a cop, but a Glock .45 [or a 10mm] with a grip reduction by Dane Burns, and Heinie night sights added on at the same time, makes an excellent low entry cost piece. Turn around from BCP on these has been very quick, in my experience. Re-contouring the grip does this pistol a great service. The way it should come from the factory.
 

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I carry a Glock 23 often. However, I recently fired a Glock 30. I was very suprised to find that the felt recoil of the 30 was a LOT less than the Glock 23. I still don't understand it, but it was very suprising. FWIW.

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I appreciate the advice, and agree wholeheartedly about the Glock. I have a G22 that has performed w/out any malfunctions since day one. Unfortunately, i can't carry a Glock at the new job. How strange is that...a place that will let me carry a 1911, but not a Glock. Strange, these goings on. I apologize, in my initial post I should have included that it will be limited to 1911's.

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I have purchased several Kimbers and Springfields. The pistols ran fine out of the box.

For best reliability choose a full size single stack and use Wilson 7 round magazines (8 rounders work just fine too).
Also, don't use grease on the slide rails. Grease will slow the slide velocity down and can cause jams.

Good Luck!
 

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Call Bill Laughridge at Cylinder and Slide.
He has full custom Caspians plus some others in stock.
He is in Fremont Nebraska.
Not only is he a member of the guide but I think he has two other smiths that are members also.
He built a BHP shooter for me. It is sweet, accurate, reliable. His work is awesome.

He has an 800 number and a web site.
 

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Gosh. How did H&K get left out? Emclain, you are SO lucky to find a job/agency that allows you to carry a 1911. Mine used to, but now all we can carry on the job are issued G-19s and 26s. I'm waiting on a couple of Kimbers from Dane (check out his "Wave" front strap treatment). I can also recommend Novak's, Jim Garthwaite, Jim Hoag, and Dick Heinie for custom 1911s. For a 1911 quickie, go with a Wilson CQB, Protector, or a Les Baer Thunder Ranch Special. All of my recommendations are from personal ownership and use. These guys' guns work. You're a cop, too, so you'll understand why I recommend a hard chrome finish on a duty gun. Good luck!
 

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Check out P-T Partners. Terry(a really nice
guy by the way)has some full house guns in
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Emclain, get a copy of The Gun List. There are several distributors out there who carry Wilson and Les Baer at very attractive prices. The mfgrs. will also sell to you on a letterhead, usually at a substantial discount. THere are bargains to be had on the various gun auction pages, too.
 

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If I were looking at a 1911, I would get a Springfield or 1991A1 Colt. I would reliability test it with duty ammo and call it good until you get done what you need. For a duty gun, that should be sights you can see, a trigger job if needed, and dehorning.

If you want to go the DA route, a Sig 220 is hard to beat.

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