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Back in the middle and late 90's the dealer cost on a 1991A1 was $359...now the dealer cost on one is $605! Why? This the most basic pistol they make; I think it even has a plastic trigger! Matte finish, cheap plastic stocks, and crude sights...which are all fine if priced accordingly...I actually like the gun, a lot, but it is ridiculously overpriced! It seems like Colt has pretty much abandoned the shooting public...the items that they still make for us are so overpriced that most working class folks can't afford them. No more Anacondas, no more King Cobras, no more Pythons, no more .380's, etc.. Why? These were good guns and people liked them. I myself love the Government model .45, as well as the other firearms listed above. They just don't seem to be a very well-run company, especially when it comes to items for the shooting public. How do you folks feel about these issues? Thanks.
 

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I think your last few sentences summed it up very well. They are poorly run and don't care about the public market. I don't know how they got to be that way but its sad to see such a great legacy abandoned.
 

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It is sad that Colt has fallen so far - especially in terms of quality - when they could have controlled the market if they had chosen to. But honestly, even for a basic gun like that, it doesn't sound like their prices are out of line.
 

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Big Dog - Just curious, wouldn't you rather spend your money on a Springfield or Taurus 1911 that was all steel for about the same money? I'm not trying to be a wise-guy, just found it odd that for the price you might pick the Colt over the other ones. I don't think Colt can keep continuing to count on people desiring the rampaging horsey stamped on their guns to keep their sales numbers up in today's market.
 

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You're right Pat - if I was on a real limited budget, I would probably spend the money on a Springfield or something else - rather than the Colt at that price point or any price point for that matter - if I was looking for a "plain" 1911.

I was trying to comment on how sad it is that Colt has fallen so far in terms of semi-autos. Although you could argue, that they never were that good. I'm a Vietnam era vet - and the Colt .45 ACP's were never that good a gun. We would often have a gunners mate take 5 or 6 of them and put the best of the parts together to make up a "decent" gun. But they were never very reliable or very accurate unless someone really "tuned" one up.

In terms of entry level 1911's - for reliability and accuracy - I would put Springfield near the top. I would probably put Taurus down a little - but I don't know much about their 1911's. I think SIG is probably improving in the 1911 world - and Kimber has fallen a little - but a lot of that really depends on which model you pick. Kimber, as an example, makes a lot of guns and there is a big difference in one out of their true custom shop like the Raptor vs some of their less expensive models.

I'm not a poly fan - from any mfg - not even Wilson Combat. But I think Wilson Combat makes some of the finest custom and production 1911's on the market ( in 9mm and .45 ACP) - even better than Ed Brown or Les Baer ( but that's just my opinion ), how they feel, fit my hand, etc. But paying $2,500 for a production 1911 is not what everyone wants to do. But I'd rather have 1 Wilson Combat - than 3 lesser guns too - and there are a few out there in the used market at a good savings - just have to be patient. Take care / didn't mean to mislead you.
 

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Thanks for the reply, BD. I wasn't picking on you, believe me. Too bad Colt has handed over the market to other manufacturers, the one 1911 that really did make me want one was a friend of my Dad's that had a Series 70 National Match. I was 12 or 13 when he let me shoot it, and I just loved that pistol. I'm sure there are other makes who put one together better than those now, but that was a PRETTY 1911. Guess I'm just mad at Colt for their falling quality of workmanship in handguns and forsaking their heritage. I guess they still turn out one of the best AR-15s, though. Probably that's where their bread-and-butter is now. Enjoy your 1911s, my friend.
 
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