As many gun owners are quick to remind, 1911s won two World Wars and the fascination with John Browning’s design hasn’t dwindled since Allies meet Axis. If you’re dying to have your own piece of gun history or you just can’t get enough of that 1911 design, let us do the heavy lifting with some solid 1911 recommendations for every budget.


If you’re looking to add a 1911 to your gun cabinet but don’t want to spend all your dough in the process, foreign 1911 makers — like Rock Island Armory, Taurus and American Tactical Imports – are your best bets.

If you’re strapped for cash, the ATI Firepower Xtreme is the most budget-friendly model coming in around $350. Boasting 8+1 rounds of .45 ACP, the ATI 1911 weighs in at 37-ounces with a 5-inch barrel and mahogany grips. ATI doesn’t float your boat?

Try a Rock Island Armory GI Standard, with an MSRP just under $400. The GI Standard comes with a 9mm, 10+1 design. Using wood grips that offset a black, stainless steel frame, the GI Standard weighs in at 39.5-ounces with a 5-inch barrel.

The Taurus 1911 is also an option for cost-conscious consumers, retailing for around $470. The Taurus brings an all back design and 8+1 rounds of .45 ACP. The 1911 boasts a 5-inch barrel and weight at 42-ounces.

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