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Thread: Found a used Safari Arms Enforcer 1911 today

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    So I was at a local gun shop distributing Oregon gun rights pamphlets and plugging OCDO when I saw a 4" 1911 pistol (been wanting one). My interest was piqued. Then I saw that it was $550. Then wheels started turning. So anyway, if I can somehow sort of maybe try to get a hold of this gun, what do I need to look for to make sure it's in good shape? the lands and grooves looked fine. I didn't see any weird wear marks on the slide or around the barrel. The slide seemed to fit alright. There was just the TINIEST amount of lateral play. I mean barely perceptible. Trigger had a little take-up, but nothing like my XD. $550 seems too good to be true. Anybody have other suggestions for other stuff I should be looking for? Thanks in advance.

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    Well, I don't know anything about Safari Arms specifically, but excellent 1911s can be had in that price range. Taurus makes the PT1911 which has excellent fit and finish ($550 maybe), and Rock Island Armory makes a variety of 1911s which are excellent guns (I have two: a GI and the "Tactical" model; the Tactical cost me $420).

    Now, once again, I know basically nothing about Safari Arms, so I can't speak one way or the other as far as this specific gun goes.

    My point is just that, excellent 1911s can be had in the price range.

    Find a few guides like this and read them before buying any used pistol:

    http://www.coolgunsite.com/buying/buying.htm

    http://forum.m1911.org/showthread.php?t=4576

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    Just to reinforce what Marshaul said, $550 can get you a fine new 1911 if you want it to.

    This page is linked to in the first site he referenced, but it's worth pointing out separately:

    http://www.coolgunsite.com/funcheck/function.htm

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    Yes, I should have been more clear. That's exactly what I meant - those prices for the PT1911 and the RIA Tactical are for *new* guns.

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    These are said to be quality pieces - never owned one myself though.
    According to the Blue Book of Gun Values "Prices average in the $1,500 range."

    Safari Arms was bought by Olympic Arms (AR15 people) in 1987. All 1911 after 2004 carry Olympic branding. http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/Every...il.aspx?id=857

    http://www.triplebreakproducts.com/Olympic/1911.htm

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    I think you're misreading. $1500-2000 is the price range for the various "commemorative" editions listed.

    Most of the SA 1911s are more like $700-850 new.

    http://www.triplebreakproducts.com/O...tchmaster1.htm

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    marshaul wrote:
    I think you're misreading. $1500-2000 is the price range for the various "commemorative" editions listed.

    Most of the SA 1911s are more like $700-850 new.

    http://www.triplebreakproducts.com/O...tchmaster1.htm
    You are correct - I didn't go far enough in my previous post.

    Yata hey
    Better to not open your mouth and be thought the fool, than to open it and remove all doubt.

    You will not rise to the occasion; you will fall back on your level of training. Archilochus, 650 BC

    Old and treacherous will beat young and skilled every time. Yata hey.

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