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I'll start off saying there's some good news and bad news associated with my posting. I'll get straight to the bad news which is, the Wilson Combat Service Grade 1911 that this post is about doesn't belong to me. Now that I have that little nugget out of the way, onto the good news. My brother-in-law is an engraver and he recently came in contact with a client who has said 1911 and that wishes to have some work performed on it. When my BIL accepted the firearm, the owner stated that if he or any of his friends wished to shoot it, that'd be alright. Well, the BIL is covered with work at the moment and declined but I'm one who never declines to opportunity to shoot someone else's gun, especially something as nice as this Wilson. So I took it out today and ran around 100 rounds of Federal 230 gr. ball through it at just 15 yards. I have to say it's a very nice, very accurate shooter as one would expect from a higher end 1911. The tolerances were very tight, great slide to frame fit and no slop of which to speak.

As nice as it felt in the hands, as great as the fit and finish were and how it performed, I personally couldn't justify paying what the owner did which was probably north of 2K. I shot it only marginally better than the PT1911 & Ruger 1911 and that is on me and not completely indicative of how well it shoots overall, especially with someone else behind the trigger. I'm thankful for the opportunity however to have slung a few of those big ole .45 caliber slugs thought it, like Hickok45 is apt to say but am just as happy with 1911s by Taurus, Ruger and undoubtedly would feel the same of lower priced examples by other manufacturers.
 

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I've never understood people's desire to buy a gun that costs $2000 or more, when you can buy a comparable gun that is likely just as accurate for hundreds less. I'm sure it's a great gun though.
Agreed. The PT1911 is a great gun for the money and will get the job done every time, ditto for the SR1911.
 

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There are probably people on this forum who could stand next to me at a range with their 4" Taurus and outshoot me and my Diamondback. Would I trade it? Heck, no.
 
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I would say that It depends on what you are looking for in a weapon?
or better what you are willing to accept?
I own a small handful of 1911 and few other 45 acp pistols. these run from RIA/Taurus up through Dan Wesson and Colt Elites.
no doubt that the DW, the CZ 97, Colt are much nicer guns, better on the resale market, ultra reliable.
The most accurate of the 45 is the Springfield Range Officer, about a 800-900 dollar real world price weapon.
MY most accurate hand weapons are that and the CZ Shadow -2 (a real world 1150-1200 dollar weapon), and 2 Tanfoglio Elite Match (800-850 real world price weapons. )
let me assure you that the Tanfoglio , the CZ shadow are by far the smoothest. best produced and most accurate of the bunch.
the attention to detail inside and out is superb.
But I carry a CZ P-01, but quality is still way above a 300 dollar weapon.
 
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While the lower end 1911's are combat accurate, they are not even close as the higher end 1911's. How many PT1911 or SR1911 do you see on the line at Camp Perry? I own 1911's from the low end to the high end, actually the most accurate one is the one I built but I have $2000 in parts that I had to fit.
 

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Seeing as they can make functional 1911's in shacks and back alleys in the Philippines, I can say the 1911 isn't that complex or difficult of a design. And ALL of those are hand fitted. The difference comes about because of materials used, and the expertise of the smiths. For the higher end firearms, Close enough doesn't come into play unless they want to be close enough to still having a job.
 
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