Looks like around $550-$600 < http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/SearchResults.aspx?Keywords=Springfield+GI >
What are your reservations about polymer guns? Personal bias withstanding, polymer-frame guns are just as good as steel-frame guns. Polymer is substantially lighter and pretty durable. Steel is heavier and more durable. There are varied, anecdotal stories of polymer guns having a 20 year life span, but I haven't seen any hard evidence. Take care of it and it will last a long time.1911's are not for everyone.
That's understood and a good point; after thorough research however I am shying away from polymer framed sidearms and I want something that is as dependable as possible (planning on keeping it indefinitely) and I want a design that has been "tried and true."
If you are planning on keeping it that long I would get a kimber or a colt. Dont get me wrong, springfield 1911's are good for the money, but for a couple hundred dollars over your stated price of $700 you can have an off the shelf gun that seems like it has spent time at a gun smith.I agree about the glock and other polymer guns being very good in general. I'm leaning towards the 1911 b/c I hope to purchase one sidearm to last me the next 50 years (or if I find myself in a situation in which I cannot purchase another weapon...)
Skip the Kimber's, stick with the Springfield "Loaded" guns and spend less and get a better weapon.If you are planning on keeping it that long I would get a kimber or a colt. Dont get me wrong, springfield 1911's are good for the money, but for a couple hundred dollars over your stated price of $700 you can have an off the shelf gun that seems like it has spent time at a gun smith.
In my personal opinion the best value in 1911's right now is the kimber crimson carry. You can find them for around $1000 brand new, and if you are lucky to find a used one you can find them in the neighborhood of $700-800. Taking away the $300 lasergrips usually cost, you get kimber quality for $400-500.
If you are dead set on a springfield 1911 I wouldnt give more than $550 after taxes.
Check out craigslist. I see a lot of springfield 1911's on there before they get flagged.
My sentiments exactly. That's why I'm leaning towards the 1911. One doesn't need to explain why Rangers Lead The Way, nor does one have to explain the advantages of a well built 1911.The peak of reliability and durability in a handgun is a custom built 5" 1911 in 45 ACP