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    Quote Originally Posted by Hulkstr8 View Post
    I very much enjoying seeing everyone's custom builds and such. I would throw mine up, but it's just a tool I've made upgrades to for function (minus the bushing comp that came with it when I bought it) and would be embarrassed next to these hi polish guns.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hulkstr8 View Post
    I very much enjoying seeing everyone's custom builds and such. I would throw mine up, but it's just a tool I've made upgrades to for function (minus the bushing comp that came with it when I bought it) and would be embarrassed next to these hi polish guns.
    I'll add that Ned's 80,000 round count blaster receives as much admiration as shiny safe queens. A good beaten reliable blaster is a beautiful thing indeed.

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    I had Nighthawk Custom build a custom spec'ced Talon II for me some 10 years ago. While overall I liked what they provided, in the long run I wasn't all that enamored with the gun. There were some things that I felt should have been scrutinized and corrected during construction and assembly, and quality recoil springs tended to have an abbreviated lifespan (some 800 rounds) before requiring replacement (or operational hiccups developed).

    Currently, the same pistol goes for over $1000 what I paid-they're around $3,400. For a semi-custom gun, I simply don't feel that objectively the value is there. I have other 1911s that shoot as well or better, and are more reliable. And my Gen 3 Glock G21 is just as accurate, and more reliable than any of them.

    I can understand the draw, and relative value (or the lack of need to quantify value per se) in a truly custom 1911. But you probably need to assess (and be knowledgeable enough to viably assess) what you want/need/are getting.

    And I think the semi-custom 1911s are ridiculously overpriced, and have been for years. Marketing, self-hype, and various gunwriters have hyper-inflated their desirability and perceived value in my opinion. While they might provide pride of ownership, quite simply they're depreciating (not appreciating) assets. While they may be intrinsically good firearms, a detailed perusal of the auction/sales sites pretty quickly establishes that they are not really prime investment choices.

    For a viable, hard-use, decently accurate, well assembled, decently finished and reliable 1911, I really don't think that you need to exceed the $1,500 mark. And there are several that can be found for under $1,000, such as a Colt Series 70 Reproduction or 1991.

    Best, Jon
    Last edited by JonInWA; 05-24-18 at 17:43.

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    I agree that the semi-customs are overpriced, but if you want a true hard-use 1911 that's ready to go and up to the task, you're GOING TO spend that $3K, whether it be up front on a sem-custom, or a few months from now when the clunker needs building.

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    Sorry, I just don't buy into (no intentional pun...) that you have to, immediately or inevitably spend $3K+ to get into a decent hard-use (and I'll define ""hard use" as one for duty/carry/competition, where the user will be expending at least 1K rounds a year through it (I know; some of us here will be expending 1K rounds a month).

    Hilton Yam in his 10-8 Performance articles laid thing out nicely, if these articles are still available. Some of the specific 1911s he stipulates as acceptable are the Springfield Armory Full Size MC Operator (which I think they now call the Loaded MC), which you can get from Bud's at just over $1K; and Colt Series 70 Reproductions and 1991s, which are both available at just under $1K. And when you go down his projected maintenance/component replacement recommendations, I don't see much requiring extraordinary expenditure until you reach the 20K roundcount.

    While an owner of these 1911s may desire to replace some components initially (such as sights, MIM action parts, et al), and perhaps have the pistol be the recipient of a dehorning or action job, these things not going to cost thousands of dollars to accomplish-and may well fall into the category of "wants" as opposed to "needs" per se.

    Interesting discussion. And, these days, realistically, for a "hard use" pistol, I personally am far more likely to go to other platforms, such as HK, Glock or Beretta. But that's perhaps just me.

    Best, Jon

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