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November 10, 2013 at 2:18 pm #8769
I have been looking at getting a m1911 in .45 acp. The manufactures that I am considering are STI International and Kimber. I would like to hear from those that have experience with these two companies. I have heard good stuff from both but some negative reviews on the Schwartz safety that comes on the Kimber II models. My interest for now is home defense then possibly some type of competition such as USPSA or other event.
Thank for any advice…November 11, 2013 at 11:45 am #8833
I researched these for my first 1911 several months ago and went with a Sig stainless target model. I definitely wanted stainless, otherwise my second choice would have been the Springfield Armory Range Officer. Besides stainless, I also liked the adjustable 3-dot sights and some of the extra checkering on the grip that was on the Sig. I haven’t fired it too much yet but when I have it’s worked well, although still not broken in yet. I did a lot of my research on a dedicated 1911 forum website, google it and you should find it. My third choice, but due to availability through my local FFL dealer not really an option, was the Ruger. I was quoted a very good price on one, everything on Gunbroker was at least $150 higher so I figured why not get the higher priced Sig. Good luck, let us know what you decide. Keep in mind you’re buying it so make sure your opinion is the most important, not everyone else telling you to buy what they have.November 12, 2013 at 7:06 am #8890
I pulled this out of the archives about my own search for a 1911.
Choosing a 1911 began by reading an article about its anniversary, it continued by watching a video on line by Hickok45
bout the anniversary. I watched his videos about a mill spect 1911, the Springfield Range Officer, the Ruger SR1911, replica of the original issue, and other guns. I checked out pricing at Cabelas and Gander Mountain. Checked out other online reviews and came up with a wish list.
I wanted better sights.
I wanted the beaver tail.
I wanted the black body.
My first choice was the Springfield Range officer. I contacted a friend who is a licensed dealer. He told me the bad news that gun was out of stock. He gave me similar story about the Ruger. I started looking at the Remington R1. When I saw that they had an enhanced version that included the features I was looking for, I had him order the gun. I filled out the paperwork, paid, and picked it up at the end of July.November 12, 2013 at 2:17 pm #8909
I have a Kimber that I carry all the time for the last 4 yrs, I have never had any problems with it.December 18, 2013 at 1:47 pm #10475
No brand says 1911 to me like Colt.
Their quality is much improved and quite frankly I think they are making the best they’ve ever made since General Keys took the helm. He did a lot to salvage the company and improve quality. You will find that Colt doesn’t cost any more than any of the lesser tier 1911′s and holds it resale value better than any other brand. If not a Colt make mine a Wilson.
Sadly I now carry a DAO bottomfeeder at work and off duty and my 1911′s are safe queens. When I retire I’ll go back to packing a 1911.
AZ VinceDecember 26, 2013 at 5:55 pm #10791
Go with the best of the best and buy a Colt Gold Cup Commander and be happy, happy, happy ! They don’t get any better than the original period. They say copying is the most sincere form of flattery so Colt must be the most flattered company there is. I have a great friend and brother Veteran that shot on the US Army pistol team and that is all they used. The model 1911 has the most aftermarket parts available to customize it the way you want and there are many ways to do so. Stay away from Kimber as you are paying for the name and for those that don’t know they DO NOT use stainless steel in their barrels and they will pit quickly especially if you live anywhere near one of the oceans and the salty air. There are a myriad of company’s that profess to have the best but it is just not possible to have one any better than the original still made by the original company. Now with all that said this is simply my opinion and nothing more nor less. But I am speaking from first hand experience from the one I carried while on active duty for many years ( loved it and it will indeed stop a man and I don’t care what kind of dope he is on ) as well as having a room mate/team mate shooting on the pistol team. Save yourself both regrets and money and buy the Colt. I had a fellow once tell me ” Well it only shoots bullets at 850-900 fps ! ” so I invited him to put it against his chest and pull the trigger to which of course he declined the offer.February 9, 2014 at 5:30 pm #12564
Thanks all, sorry about the delay in responding back . I was unable to log in to NAHC for a few months :(. I will take all your recommendations and look at other manufactures. I appreciate all your input. Again thank you.
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