To start it off, I found this article about high end 1911’s : High End 1911s - Jackson Hole Shooting Experience (shootinjh.com)
It was no surprise to see the Cabot Big Bang Set ($4.5M) on the list. I get an email and the opportunity to make a down payment on the latest Limited Edition. With their “run of the mill” entry level models starting at ~$5K, the down payment is still outside my budget - but I still dream
Christensen Arms don’t list any 1911’s on their website anymore, so I guess I missed my chance to own a new one, but there is half a dozen available on gunbroker.com starting at ~$2k right now.
There is a Dornaus & Dixon Bren Ten on gunbroker.com right now they are asking $15k for. One would think they would offer free shipping at that price point, but no.
So, what 1911’s do you guys and gals dream about that are outside your budget, or at least outside your comfort level for budget?
I became a very practical man within first 2 years of my shooting journey.
Yes, I remember my dreams about pistols that cost over $5K… but what I would do with them these days?
There was one model I always wanted - Cabot “Lefty 1911”… but only because I wanted to surprise my colleagues on the Range and hit my buddy on the left with empty casings. But $7K for a moment of fun? Nope.
Pistol must meet one of two functions - it is either in constant use, or will be easily monetized. Because I hate selling my guns, $3K is a maximum I’m willing to spend for a 1911.
However, it is always nice to watch beautiful and unique design. I like Cabot (OAK Collection), Wilson Combat, Nighthawk Custom and Les Bear
Exactly, BeanCounter! I am not an organized competition shooter. My main competition is myself and practice improves my edge there. When I was looking for a 1911, I settled on a Springfield Armory Range Officer about the time Brownell’s was having their Grand Opening on I-80. I bought a Wilson Combat compensator, had it machined to fit, added a Kimber guide rod for the extra length and a specially made take-down tool. All totaled now I have less than $1000 (including 4 new 8-round Kimber magazines) invested in a 1911 .45 ACP that shoots like a 9 mm and holds less than 3" groups at 25 yards.
A SA factory rep told me (in answer to my question about the RO’s ability to handle +P ammo), “Hell, yeah! The gun’s built like a tank! I wouldn’t make it the standard diet but for special purposes, go for it!”
Wife bought me a Wilson Combat CQB years ago and the gun was a great investment that hat tripled in value from what we paid for it. That gun has satisfied my need for a “premium” 1911 for many years. It f I was going to take the plunge again it would be a 4” Les Baer.
Adventurism really has little to do with it. It’s more practical IF you are planning to use the gun for personal protection, family protection , plinking or EDC use because: In the case of a personal defense encounter/incident where your attacker is DOA at the hospital, the Police will probably confiscate your weapon as evidence. When you get it back I guarantee it won’t be in the same condition it was in when it left. Fancy, big name guns seem to grow legs and get a lot of range time while in the evidence lock-up.
As a member one of your benefits is $10,000 for miscellaneous expenses which includes firearm replacement f you lose it to an evidence locker. Thats why I’m not very concerned about carrying my Wilson Combat as a CC gun when I need longer range capability.
I bought a Cobra 357 magnum in 1984 for $350.00! Now, that was a good investment. NOT FOR SALE! Wilson Combat 1911 is and has been in my sights. I heard about the new 2011’s and I thought @Jerzees might fill us in on them!
Stacatto, Wilson Combat, Nighthawk, Ed Brown, Les Baer, Cabot, theres quite a few out there for high end 1911s. I think my next pistol project is going to be putting together a 7" longslide double stack 10mm 1911 from Fusion.
I heard about the new 2011’s and I thought @Jerzees might fill us in on them!
I’ll be more than happy to do this… but any particular manufacturer?
The name of 2011 is actually reserved to Staccato these days. That’s the reason the other manufacturers started their own naming, like 2311.
However I really like using 2011 for any pistol that meets original 2011 idea and design, meaning - 3 parts of the gun - slide, frame and grip (1911 doesn’t have separate grip module).
There are a lot of new or somehow new 2011-sh products. Some of them are great, some not good and some of them that are still unknown to me.
These below are top of the line:
Nighthawk Custom: TRS, SandHawk, BDS9, President DS, Bob Marvel DS
Atlas: NYX, Ares, Athena, Hyperion
TTI Pit Viper / Sand Viper
BUL SAS II
These 2011 style pistols below popped up in recent years… but I’m not happy about them. They aren’t so reliable as Staccato:
These below are still a mystery to me:
Girsan Witness 2311
Along with 2011 style firearms, there are 1911 Double Stack (DS) models that are great and worthy to look at them:
Dan Wesson (CZ) DWX and DWX-C
Wilson Combat: EDCx9, eXperior, SFT9 and SFX9
This one below is a interesting option, however cannot be considered as high-end model:
I do like the 1911 platform, but for my purposes I prefer guns that are more concealed gun friendly. Lighter and greater capacity. I love shooting the Baer, but the training I do is very tactical in nature, so there are better options for that.