Advice: Used Auto-Ord 1911....$395...should I???

Discussion in 'Buy / Sell / Trade - Firearms' started by rajl, Mar 8, 2007.

  1. rajl

    rajl New Member

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    I found a used Auto-Ordnance 1911 for $395 (maybe able to negotiate to $350) from a private party. The man knows very little about guns or Auto-Ordnance. He can only describe it as “blued†and “exact copy of .45 govt†model.

    I have several questions here:

    1) What can anyone tell me about Auto-Ordnance 1911’s? Are they good guns? Bad guns? Any quirks that they usually have? Things I should watch out for when checking this gun out?

    2) Does anyone how do Auto-Ord 1911’s handle hollow-points? I know that the 1911 platform has a spotty history with non-FMJ rounds, and I have a requirement that all pistols I own have to be able to shoot defensive ammo if I so choose.

    3) Is this a good price for a used Auto-Ord?

    4) What kind of gun-smithing would I have to do to this thing, if any?

    5) Any other things I should know?
     
  2. Doc Holliday

    Doc Holliday New Member

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    The only thing that I can help out with is the price. I saw a used one in a shop the other day in good shape around $350.
     

  3. Doc Holliday

    Doc Holliday New Member

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    More advice to you. I was curious as well so I read up on these and the reviews were not favorable.

    I want a 1911 but I don't want to pay an arm in a leg for it. The two best choices for an inexpensive but quality 1911 would be either a Springfield G.I. for $450 or look at a Rock Island Armory from the Phillipeans.

    I am going to get the Springfield eventually.
     
  4. rajl

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    I ended up not getting it. Apparently they're ok if you buy one from when after Kahr took over, but they are complete )#*$%& if you get a pre-Kahr model. The one I was looking at was a pre-Kahr model, so I just abandoned it.
     
  5. tj2000

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    1911??????????????????????

    Guys,
    Might I recomend a PT1911 from Taurus? I have one and have put over 1K rounds though it and it still looks great and shoots great and I got mine for $329 at Bargin Barn in Jasper. I bought it last month and the guy said every one they get in they sell almost that day. The only part I changed was the hard plastic paddles and went to tactical rubber ones. Believe me when I say it is a good gun because I own 9 other 1911's and I enjoy taking it along with a couple others to the range.
    Take care,
    :shoot:
     
  6. rajl

    rajl New Member

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    I would, but I've had nothing but bad experiences with other Taurus pistols. My first revolver, an m82, was brand new and had timing problems in the cylinder. My Taurus PT-145 had to be sent back to the factory for slide work because it jammed on feeding every round of ammo I put through (ball, hp, etc). It would fire, jam on loading the next bullet from the magazine. I would then fix the problem, fire it, and see it jam again.

    Too much of a PITA. I think I'd rather save my money and get a basic Kimber Custom II or Springfield Mil-Spec (maybe even a Springfield loaded, but the Mil-Spec is good enough for what I am looking for).

    Also, everywhere I've seen the PT-1911 for sale, it has had a ridiculous dealer markup.
     
  7. Adam5

    Adam5 Atlanta Overwatch

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    It's not a 1911, but if you are looking for a nice .45 I would suggest a Baby Eagle. I sed to have one in brushed stainless that I loved. It was very accurate, had near perfect balance, and was a pleasure to shoot. MY only complaint was that you have to use factory mags. I was told that you could use EAA Witness mags, but they didn't work right. I sold it last fall because I wanted to start carrying and it was kinda heavy for CCW use.
     
  8. tj2000

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    Basic Kimber????

    rajl,
    I wish I could talk you out of Kimber but I love all 5 of mine. had I known you where thinking in that direction I would have suggested you save more than a little and buy a Kimber. I don't know what you consider a basic Kimber but I will tell you that their "basic" is still around a base price of $800 (new).
    Buyer beware if you want a used Kimber because even as good as Kimber's are, they still have had their share of quality issues get to the general public and I would hate for you to buy one that someone has had trouble with and you get a bad tast for a great brand of semi-autos. I have purchased 2 used ones the custome tactical II and the ultra carry II and they perform flawlessly but I knew who owned them and how they where taken care of. Hope this helps?
    Take care,
     
  9. rajl

    rajl New Member

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    tj2000,

    I know how expensive Kimber's can be. The Custom II is what I would call their "no-frills" model, relatively speaking. It's got more on it than a GI-Clone, but it doesn't have all their super-dooper custom work that the $1300 models of theirs have either.

    I say that I'm considering the Kimber or Springfield, because I've heard great things about both of them, and have had consistently bad experiences with my Taurus pistols. I also believe you get what you pay for, to a certain extent. If I found a PT-1911 that wasn't over priced (I've seen them selling for $700 and $800 at gun stores because of the demand), I might consider it; especially with the deal you got. But I think I'm less likely to have problems with a new, out-of-box 1911 than a use one I know nothing about, or even a cheap, new one.
     
  10. rajl

    rajl New Member

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    On a side note, I've driven by the Bargain Barn in Jasper before, but never been inside it. How is their gun selection?
     
  11. Adam5

    Adam5 Atlanta Overwatch

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    If you are Kimber shopping, call Forsyth Pawn in Cumming. Their number is 770-844-8800. They had a nice selection of them last Sat when I bought my Ruger MKIII. They also have very good prices.