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Hi
I am a new hire to a sheriff's office that allows deputies to carry 1911's. I am new to handguns and cant decide. So far I am looking at the following all with 5" barrels
1) Sig 1911 with officer pricing 800-1000 depending on model
2) dw pointman 7
3) SA TRP operator
4) STI Titan
5) Used Eclipse with some mods from a deputy and all the mags i need for $750
6) Fusion firearms that I am still awaiting a quote on but was told baout 1400 from Bob

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This will be my first pistol and I understand that I will probably be want more and infact already do however I want to be really happy with my first so I can hold of on buying my second until after I get all the other toys on my wish list.
I greatly appreciate any and all advice
Thanks
Ken
 

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I have carried the Eclipse. Only reason I sold mine was a really close long time friend wanted it. That is a good 1911 for anyone to carry & a double excellent one for a first 1911.
All the mags you need is a great +++.
The up grades are just another +.
Others will have their own recomendations but this one is mine & I'm stickin to it.
LT
 

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I carried a Gunsite Colt on duty back when they were made by Ted. I've heard nice things about Fusion, but have no experience around them. If the Kimber is an original model, I'd sincerely consider that for the price. Be aware, the Eclipse finish won't last.
 

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I'd go with the TRP.
 

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Not being LE I can't say but it would seem the Kimber SIS (Custom for 5") would be fine. It was developed in conjunction with LAPD for their Special Investigation Section (one step beyond SWAT).
 

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From your list above I would also go with the fusion. I would go with any hand made custom gun over production guns.
 

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Fusion or the TRP. I haven't seen or handled any of the others, so I can't say, but you won't be disappointed with either of these two.
 

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When I was a LEO , I carried a Gold cup and a Kimber Custom both are great guns . I will say that you need to get at least 6 8round mags and a Serpa holster as you will need to keep it on you in a Fight.

as for your list the Sig is a good choice
 

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In all honesty, I would spend a lot of time becoming very familiar with the 1911 platform (and others) before I would start carrying one.
 

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According to the last FBI reports I saw, the average hit ratio by LEO's was between 17-20%. That's 15 yards or less. With a hi-cap Glock, there are a lot of rounds going somewhere! From my experience, the old 1911 shooters were much better shots, maybe because they had to be. Maybe it's just because most young cops aren't into guns like the old guys were.
 

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Its been a while.
I did end up buying a SA LW operator. After discussing my options with our agency firearms guru and learning The 1911 had to be springfield, kimber, Les Baer, or Wilson Combat. The Les and wilson were out of my price range. The LW Operator was the best buy i could find and some day soon I plan to buy an Ultra Carry as my BUG.
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In the Corps I always carried a .45 Colt, even when the switched, Force Recon had our choice of weapons to use. I still carry a Bobtail Dan Wesson and a Sig 220 Compact, Both I have tuned for carry 4.0 triggers pull not like my Match pistols which I range from 3 1/4- 3 1/5 Lbs on the .45's and 9mm's. My .22 has a little over a Lbs Trigger pull.
 

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Its been a while.
I did end up buying a SA LW operator. After discussing my options with our agency firearms guru and learning The 1911 had to be springfield, kimber, Les Baer, or Wilson Combat. The Les and wilson were out of my price range. The LW Operator was the best buy i could find and some day soon I plan to buy an Ultra Carry as my BUG.
Thanks
So he said, "Go buy a Springfield..." :thinking:
 

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Your department should add Nighthawk Custom to their list of approved 1911 guns. I believe the Nighthawk to be the equal (that's a small group) or better (that's a very large group) of any 1911 out there today. A discount off the published price is available to law enforcement. By buying directly from Nighthawk you would not have had to pay sales tax, which would have more than have made up for shipping and transfer fees. You would have found the Nighthawk GRP Recon to be and ideal duty carry/tactical gun, and not a big price leap up from the Springfield.
Most people are pleased with a Springfield Armory and have no issues with them. I was an the other end of the spectrum. A "Loaded" target model and a TRP that I had were both major disappointments. Both guns were returned at least once to Springfield for reliability work or repair. I would not put confidence in a Springfield until I had put a 1000 plus rounds downrange, but that's just me based on MY experience with those two guns. Good luck with yours and be careful.
 
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