It's easy to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on a 1911 - the market has almost endless possibilities for makes, models, and custom parts and finishes.  But you don't have to shell out large amounts of money for a great pistol.  Many manufacturers offer fantastic 1911s without the high-end price tag, and today we are taking a look at the three best 1911 guns that can be purchased for under $1000.

TOP CHOICE

Kimber Custom TLE II

The top choice has been a favorite of mine for years – the Kimber Custom TLE II. 

Kimber has been a renowned maker of quality 1911s for a long time.   “Custom” is the name Kimber applies to all its full-size 1911s, so you don’t have to be concerned with custom shop pricing or wait times for this one.  It is a great multi-use pistol that is ideal for any role.              

Review of the Top 1911 Pistols under 1000


Kimber TLE II

SPECS

  • Caliber – .45 Auto
  • Height – 25″
  • Length – 7″
  • Weight – 38 oz (with empty magazine)
  • Slide Material – Steel – Matte Black
  • Frame Material – Steel – Matte Black
  • Street Price – Just under $1000

Kimber Custom TLE II

The Kimber TLE II is based on the pistol carried by the LAPD SWAT Team. 

The matte black finish looks great and eliminates glare coming off the surface.  The three-dot night sights are comfortable to see and are very bright, and they make aiming a breeze and ensure you have an advantage in low light. 

An extended beavertail grip aids in comfort and control.

The hammer and trigger are both lightweight models.  The former is flat black with stainless sides, which provides an excellent look with the stainless trigger and barrel.  

The trigger pull is around 4.5 lbs from the factory and has a nice reset.  A stainless steel match grade barrel ensures accuracy.  

The combination of G10 grips and a textured front strap help the shooter control recoil.  The TLE II is very pleasant to shoot. 

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Ruger SR 1911

SPECS

  • Caliber – .45 Auto
  • Height – 45″
  • Length – 67″
  • Weight – 39 oz (with empty magazine)
  • Slide Material – Steel – Satin Stainless
  • Frame Material – Steel – Satin Stainless
  • Street Price – Just under $800

Ruger SR 1911

Want a lower price point that’s made in the USA?

The Ruger SR1911 had been a success ever since its release a few years ago.  The combination of quality and features, lower price, and the fact that it is made in the USA have been a great combination.  

The SR1911 features include a low-glare stainless finish, extended beavertail and safety, lightweight hammer and trigger, and Novak 3-dot sights.

These are all the features you’d expect to find on any 1911 costing hundreds more than the Ruger.  They have proven to be very reliable, and as with all Ruger products, it is incredibly rugged.  

It does not have a match grade barrel but is still very accurate.  The fit and finish aren’t as good as the Kimber but are nevertheless high quality, and the satin stainless has a beautiful appearance.  It is also cheaper than the TLE II.

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Springfield Armory Loaded 1911

SPECS

  • Caliber – .45 ACPo
  • Height – 5″
  • Length – 8″
  • Weight – 40 oz (with empty magazine)
  • Slide Material – Forged Carbon Steel – Parkerized
  • Frame Material – Forged Carbon Steel – Parkerized
  • Street Price – Under $850

Springfield Armory Loaded 1911

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THE BEST 1911 PISTOL UNDER $1000


Kimber Custom TLE II

These are three great 1911 pistols for under $1000, and the Kimber TLE II continues to be my favorite.  It has the best fit and finish of the three; the satin black finish looks great with the small hints of stainless and the green grips.  The action is very smooth, and the pistol shoots exceptionally well.  It has proven to be extremely reliable as well.  The Ruger and Springfield are great alternatives, but I suggest giving the Kimber a try as you are sure to be impressed.

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