The Best 1911 for any Budget

The 1911 is made by several different manufacturers at many different price points. This list ranges from $500 all the way up to $4000 with the
Nighthawk Custom 1911. Most 1911s are chambered in 45 ACP but we even included a 9mm 1911 and a 38 Super 1911. This list should will give you a 1911 option for every budget, from $500 to $4000, along with some factors that make the 1911 such a popular choice among various shooters.


The 1911 utilizes a single-action trigger that allows for a crisp and consistent trigger pull with every shot. The trigger is one of the major advantages of the 1911 and adds much-needed accuracy.


1911 pistols were designed to be reliable and easy to shoot. A gun that was trusted by the military for decades is definitely an option to consider. Very few firearms stand the test of time and last as a viable option as long as the 1911 has.


With the 1911 being in service for over a century, many companies have created their own model of the 1911. This means shooters have countless options when it comes to budget and design. Brands like Kimber, Tisas, Wilson Combat, Browning, and many others all produce 1911 Pistols. With this broad spectrum of pistols also comes an assortment of parts, sights, and holsters compatible with the 1911.


Even with the reliable design of the 1911, one of the biggest selling points for the 1911 is style. The 1911 is an attractive design that comes in many options and varieties. It has been seen in countless films and has made an impact on generations of shooters. MidwayUSA offers 1911’s with wood grips and stainless steel frames like the Smith & Wesson 1911 TA, black finishes like that of the Kimber 1911 Rapide Scorpius, and everything in between!


Springfield Armory Mil-Spec Defender 1911 Semi-Automatic Pistol 45 ACP 5" Barrel 7-Round Parkerized Wood

The Springfield Armory Mil-Spec, like all Springfield 1911s, features a carbon steel frame and slide that is fully forged, rather than cast, for the utmost durability. The 5-inch Match Grade stainless steel barrel is also forged for lifetimes of use. The slide has slanted serrations and the mainspring housing is the original arched style found on GI issue 1911-A1s. The Mil-Spec 1911 also features fixed 3-dot sights, a lowered and flared ejection port, and a single-sided thumb safety. Each Mil-Spec comes with fully-checkered wood grips, unique to this Defenders Series model. This classic 1911 has a Parkerized finish to combat corrosion, and comes with one 7-round magazine.

What Customers Are Saying

Worth it.

Well made and straight shooter. No need to hesitate on buy this you won't be disappointed.
- Unfknrl, 10/13/2019

About Springfield Armory

Resurrected in 1974 by the Reese family, Springfield Armory has grown to become a premier manufacturer of quality firearms. Their obsession for improved manufacturing techniques and cutting-edge design allows them to develop products loyal to Springfield’s heritage while ensuring progression in American firearms. Springfield Armory is the leading maker of our country’s iconic 1911, SA-35 and M1A models, the exciting SAINT series of rifles and pistols, the custom-grade Model 2020 bolt-action family of hunting rifles, the Echelon Pistol, and the Hellcat Pistol. Anchored by our rich history and inspired to break new ground, our proudest legacy is giving you the tools to defend yours. striker-fired solutions, every Springfield Armory firearm is built on a foundation of excellence.

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Colt 1911 Classic Pistol

When you think of a 1911, you think of Colt. A tribute to the revered Commercial Government Model pistols of the past, the 1911 Classic features the Series 70 firing system and rollmarks, national match barrel, staked on front sights, and spurred hammer. This firearm is a pure and simple 1911, designed for you to make it your own.


  • Series 70 firing system and rollmarks
  • National match barrel
  • Staked on front sights
  • Spurred hammer

What Customers Are Saying

Great firearm

The nicest barebones 1911 made
- Devin, 7/16/2023

About Colt

Samuel Colt was issued the US Patent for the first Colt Firearm in 1836 and subsequently began constructing his first factory. In 1847 Samuel H. Walker of the US Army collaborated with Colt to develop a more powerful revolver known as the Walker. Colt has been providing quality firearms for the US military throughout history and continues to do so today. Colt is known for its classic revolvers and pistols as well as their semi-automatic rifles and accessories. Their top models, like the Anaconda and Python are legendary guns that are a favorite of many. Today, Colt is a highly sought-after brand for many collectors and firearms enthusiasts around the world.

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Sig Sauer 1911 Emperor Scorpion Semi-Automatic Pistol 45 ACP 5.0" Barrel 8-Round Flat Dark Earth Black

Beauty and legendary SIG SAUER reliability combine in the 1911 Emperor Scorpion Full-Size. Finished with a custom Flat Dark Earth PVD finish, the Emperor Scorpion stands out from the crowd. Extremely durable and wear resistant, the physical vapor deposition is corrosion resistant, and provides a stunning look to Emperor Scorpion variants. Rounding out the look, each Emperor Scorpion is fitted with dark Piranha textured G10 magwell grips and dark controls. Forward cocking serrations, SIGLITE night sights, and a M1913 accessory rail complete the package.



  • PVD Coated Slide and Frame
  • G10 Piranha Magwell Grips
  • G10 Mainspring Housing
  • Accessory Rail


About Sig Sauer

Born from the Swiss Wagon Factory company in 1853, the Sig Sauer brand we know today is one of the most recognized and trusted brands in the firearms and outdoor industry. In their world-class facilities, they build the toughest, most precise rifles, pistols, suppressors, optics, ammunition, and airguns, while offering the finest firearms training — all as a fully integrated system. They offer models such as the P365 Pistol, Tango Rifle Scope, MCX Rifle, and ROMEO-X Reflex Sight. They do this because they share the same drive to be the best, the same love of freedom, the same unwillingness to compromise — as those who choose their brand. SIG SAUER--NEVER SETTLE.

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Nighthawk Custom Border Special Semi-Automatic Pistol 45 ACP 4.25" Barrel 8-Round Nitride Cocobolo

Nighthawk Custom designed the Border Special model in collaboration with Sheriff Jim Wilson, the legendary border patrol officer, and county sheriff in Crockett County. Wilson was responsible for keeping our southern border secure during the cartel era of the ’80s, spending 15 years patrolling the Rio Grande, and the formation of a narcotics unit in Denton County. With over 40 years of carrying a 1911, dating back to the early ‘70s, Wilson formulated many ideas on what a fighting pistol should be. Those ideas have come together in the creation of the Border Special. It was built on a Concealed Carry Cut, Commander-sized frame and slide with the standard chambering in .45 ACP. The frame and mainspring housing have been carry optimized with scallop texturing for minimal slippage. Nighthawk outfitted the slide with a Heinie Slant Pro rear sight, a Gold Bead front sight, and the slide top is serrated for improved sight acquisition. Whether you’re protecting the border or protecting your home, you can bet your hide this pistol will get the job done.



  • Forged commander size frame and 4.25" barrel
  • Match grade .45 ACP barrel
  • Contoured carry cut
  • Fluted barrel hood
  • Scalloped front strap and mainspring housing
  • Serrated top of the slide
  • Only rear cocking serrations
  • Heinie black Slant Pro rear sight with solid gold bead front sight
  • Cocobolo double diamond grips with Nighthawk logo
  • 40 lines per inch serrated rear of slide to match rear sight
  • Crowned barrel flush with bushing
  • Lightweight, short, solid aluminum Nighthawk Custom trigger
  • Smooth recoil spring plug with thick barrel bushing
  • Completely dehorned for comfortable carry
  • Ultra hi-cut front strap
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Smith & Wesson 1911 E-Series Semi-Automatic Pistol 45 ACP 5" Barrel 8-Round Stainless Wood

Precision. Accuracy. Performance. With a remarkable selection of SW1911's, Smith & Wesson continues its tradition of innovation and its commitment to bringing shooters the finest quality high performance firearms. Smith & Wesson's variations of John Moses Browning's extremely popular 1911 design can be seen in the production, Pro Series, and Performance Center line of SW1911 pistols. These 1911's are manufactured with a wide variety of materials, finishes and unique features and are favorites in any collection.

What Customers Are Saying

Nicely made. Tight and right.

Its a 1911. What is there else to say. Its nice made. This model Does not have the intergrated fire pin block. It has the standard palm safety like the old 1911s Has full length steel guide rod. Has " loaded chamber indicator" on top of breech. And a notched beveled ejection port. Sweet feel in hand.
- Dr.Bee, 11/3/2022

About Smith & Wesson

Since 1852 Smith & Wesson has empowered Americans with the freedom, equality, and security promised by the Declaration of Independence and guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. It is this sense of safety and security that frees us to pursue our goals and dreams, define our future, and fulfill the promise of America. Smith & Wesson has been manufacturing some of the finest revolvers, pistols, and rifles for decades and is a trusted brand by law enforcement agencies and civilians around the world. They also offer many pistol and rifle parts and upgrades, as well as magazines, knives/tools, training aids, cleaning kits, and much more. MidwayUSA is proud to offer many popular Smith & Wesson Models like the M&P Pistols, 629 Revolvers, Model 500 Revolvers, and more!

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