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Welp, I've posted asking about the XD/P99/CZ75, but my buddy who will be purchasing a gun with me is very curious about the Magnum Research company. Specifically, the 9mm Baby Eagle (steel, not polymer models). He likes the 1911-esque guns, but doesn't have the wallet for the majority of them.

What can you guys tell me about Magnum Research. Specifically, their reliability, accuracy, and construction. Pros? Cons?

Also, what other 1911 variants are out there that are in the price range of 400-500 dollars? Something that is pretty true to the originals. Again, he's looking specifically for a 9mm (odd size for a 1911, indeed).

Any suggestions or help in this area?
 

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I'm confused, does your friend think that a Baby Eagle is a 1911 variant? Because it's not. The baby eagle is really just a CZ clone, and to be quite honest, I like the CZ better and there are other better CZ clones for less money. As far as 1911's, I'm fond of Springfields and S&Ws, but I don't think either company makes a 9mm 1911 in that price range. In fact, I've heard from more than one source that because the 1911 was designed for the .45acp that it can be less than reliable in the smaller callibers. Again, just what I've heard, I've never had any experience with a 1911 in anything other than .45.

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No, I wasn't meaning that the Baby Eagle was a 1911 variant. Hmm, should have split the two up.

1.) He's interesting in the Baby Eagle

2.) What 1911's are there out there that are in a 9mm format and in a lower budget range?
 

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Baby Eagles are not so great. ALot of people dont like the ergonomics of them.They are basicallty a CZ clone and if you dont want the original CZ then look into the EAA Witness. It is a better clone with more options and sells for less.

As for 1911 there are no real cheap 9mm varitations so you are pretty much stuck with 45acp for the lower priced models. There are so many wonder 9mm that most 1911 makers rarely bother with the caliber.

Get the CZ or EAA Witness instead of the Baby Eagle. Trust me on this you will be much happier with those.

For teh CZ if you ever plan on carrying look into the CZ75BD. It is my favorite of the line.
 

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Mndfusion said:
baby eagle is just a clone of cz-75 and not even a great one. Not at all like the bren-10 -- ohh yea!- - miami style g-moneys! CZ-75 is better than 1911 which is a 100 year old pistol, and baby eagle..
Now the Bren 10....thats a gun to get ones hands on if they can.
I'd spend money on one.

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Ok, say your task is to find a cheap ($400-500) 1911 in classic .45ACP.

What do you guys think of the Taurus 1911b?

What other companies should he look towards?
 

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Taurus is probably the best for the money. There is an article posted on this forum regarding them.

If you want an old military looking 1911 instead for a plinker look at Auto Ordnance and Springfield. Personallly I like teh Auto Ord more and it is cheaper. Its available in Blued or Parkerized as well. Its also a bit cheaper and rarer than the mass of springfields.
 
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