Buying my first 1911

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  1. rowdyredneck

    rowdyredneck New Member

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    I'm finally going to take the plunge and buy my first 1911. I've pretty much narrowed down my choices between the stainless Kimber Gold Match II and the Springfield stainless Trophy Match. I know this is largely a matter of personal preference, but I was curious what you guys would recommend and why?
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    Buy the SA and forget the Mimber. The SA comes with a lifetime warranty and the Mimber 1 yr. SA has a custom shop and Mimber doesn't. The trophy match is a better gun. Have problems with a mimber and they will tell you to shoot 500nrds before you call them again. SA sends a tag to send it to them to be fixed. Not even a choice IMO. For the price we pay for guns today they should run straight from the box.
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  3. Hawg

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    Whut limbkiller said.
  4. Shooter45

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    I've been shooting 1911's for many years both for fun and competition. I've owned many Springfield and Kimber 1911's and never had any problems with any of them. Both are good 1911's in my opinion and I have never used a warranty on any pistol. No need.
    When I work on a 1911, it's because I want to change something to make it shoot a tighter group than a factory pistol is going to.
    I own the 1st Kimber Custom Target 1911 to arrive in my area. It will group with my Les Baer Premier II at 25 and 50 yds. I did some fitting and a trigger job on it but it grouped well before.
    I don't own any stainless 1911's for a good reason.
    There have been some fitting problems with Springfield lately so inspect it closely before buying. I hear the tales about Kimber but haven't had one on my bench that was problematic. I'm thinking mostly thay are not torn down and cleaned before firing or bad mags. Just because the 1911 is new doesn't mean it doesn't need to have the factory anti rust goop cleaned out.
    Buy what you want because it's your money. If it has a problem, fix it. It's a 1911 and it will work.
    It's your money and your choice. Good luck. :)
  5. old semperfi

    old semperfi New Member

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    i quit buying 1911s a few years back.i now build my own and i like it better that way.in order to answer your question you have left out some critical info.ae what is it to be,a target gun that is given special diet of your favorite ammo or a highly reliable 1911 for defense that will not hiccup with almost any ammo. old semperfi
  6. rowdyredneck

    rowdyredneck New Member

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    It will be mainly a target gun. I debated for a long time whether to go with adjustable target sights or combat sights. I like the smooth, clean look of the combat sights but I don't care for the sharp corners of the target sights. I think for the type of shooting I intend to do they would work better though.
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    I think they are both great pistols.
  8. zakar4evr

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    From a very good friend of mine who got me into the 1911 pistol.He states that the new springfield range officer is the best production to purchase from the box,no mim parts,good quilty forged steel,like the dan wesson cbob when it first came out,cost around $800-$900 dollars and you can pick up the range officer for around $750.00 or try to get Ken Hackathorn to build you one,if you want to wait about 3 years about the wait time for one of his.Enjoy it,sure is fun buying a nice new 1911,hope you have many good years with it....Zakar...
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    Got a good friend who is doing the same thing old,he has bought six 1911 colt full size and he has done all the upgrades himself.He is really having a lot of fun and doing a great job to by the way.I believe you two have a good idea,think I'm gonna try to start doing the same.Thanks to you and those out there like my friend,who give us with lessor knowledge the confidence and fortitude to take a chance....Zakar...
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    Also if you're doing mainly target shooting, why not give the STI Spartan a look?
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    Kimber does indeed take a few hundred rounds to break it in.... but that's not as bad as a Dan Wesson i had. It sprayed like an old man with prostrate issues until it had about 1500 rounds thru it. It must have had a burr or something?

    The best 1911s i ever owned were Colts.... I never did get around to trying Sig Sauers 1911s. The grips that come on sigs felt weird so i never bought one.

    mike
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    I would go with the best because your only gonna chase the adiction for better and better you will save alot of money buying the best from the start smith wesson performance center 1911 45 cal black or stainless i have black if you havent shot one your missing something accurate accurate gun smoothest triger i ever felt in my opinion nothing comes close to this gun except something with add ons tinkerd with but out of the box i`m still waiting to see something of this quality in a 45 i also have the sw 1911 9mm pro sieries stainless nice gun acurate good triger but not like the pc sieries and for carry i like my colt pocket lite

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    dam how do i resize my posts this happens every time i post a pic ? sorry people
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    Cap't Jack..

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    Whatever you buy, if it is stainless steel make sure you keep the rails lubed well.

    I use a light coat of a graphite/grease made by Gunslick. This will help prevent galling of the slide on a long day at the range. SS firearms may have a tendency to gall or bind if not sufficiently lubed. Just my $.02 worth.
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    I too would go with the Springer. I have a Springer and have had to use the warranty due to a safety issue. Springfield was excellent in their service and for the original owner has a fantastic warranty. Kimber only has one year. I am not a gun smith so warranties matter to me.
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    I don't like the Springfield 1911 mostly because of the insane grip that it originally comes with but it's pretty accurate. I am not a fan of Kimber, I'd rather get Sig 1911.
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    Insane grip ??? All 1911 frames are the same. Explain as I'm stumped by the comment.
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    Never having owned either my comments will probably be of little help, but I know one thing about Kimber. A few years back they advertized that they were the exclusive 1911 of Marine Corps spec ops. Then suddenly the USMC dropped them due to problems encountered in the field. It seemed like after that you started hearing a lot of complaints about the reliability of Kimber. It seems as if when stories like this start to spread among novice shooters that opinions are expressed which blur the lines between fact and fiction.

    The truth is that the Marines were using their Kimbers in the sandy dusty conditions in the middleeast. Apparently the Kimber tolerances were so tight that it's performance was effected by this environment. Now with my admittedly very limited knowledge, I would think that since you want a 1911 for target use, a pistol with tolerances that tight would be exactly what you want.

    You often hear competive shooters say that their target pistols are more finnicky than your everyday 1911. My entry level Para is extremely reliable. Does that make it better than a Kimber? With my level of expertise I can't in all honesty make any recommendations but if I could afford one, I'd own a Kimber in a heartbeat.
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