Kimber 4" vs 5"

Discussion in 'The 1911 Forum' started by rmruder, Jun 27, 2009.

  1. rmruder

    rmruder New Member

    Jan 31, 2009
    Hi all,

    I'm getting ready to purchase my first 1911. I have been shooting M&Ps for a while but really want the trigger of a 1911! I am looking at the Eclipse Target II and am looking for opinions on the 4" barrel vs. the 5". Is there much difference in accuracy? I assume the longer sight picture would be an advantage but how much? My M&P .40 has a 4 1/4" and my .45 has a 4 1/2". Can't tell much of a difference.......

  2. glocknut

    glocknut Active Member

    how good is your eyesight? I have VERY poor eyesight and i do better with a medium size....


  3. rmruder

    rmruder New Member

    Jan 31, 2009
    I'm getting close to the "old fart" stage at 53 and my eyesight ain't what it used to be.....Not terrible, but that's why I'm looking for all the help I can get. I don't see much difference in a 1/4" between the 2 M&Ps I have, but didn't really know about a 4" vs a 5".

  4. glocknut

    glocknut Active Member

    Personally i would choose the 4" one. My eyes would do better with it...
    But that's just me.

  5. techoca

    techoca New Member

    Nov 3, 2008
    No other gun has the feel of a full size 1911. You need to shoot both.
  6. 40CalJoe

    40CalJoe New Member

    Jun 28, 2009
    In the middle
    5". Why? IMHO, anything else is not a 1911. I always prefer a longer barrell just for the longer line of sight. If the weapon is for CCW, a full size 1911 may not be the answer and a 4" may be more practical.
  7. Doc1911

    Doc1911 New Member

    Jun 29, 2009
    Most people are more accurate with a 5". It is a great weapon. However, the Commander size weapons can be a little more concealable. So a lot of this has to do with what your plans are for the weapon. Range and home defense - 5" Government all the way. CCW, I would probably go with the shorter Commander.
  8. oscarmayer

    oscarmayer New Member

    Jun 24, 2008
    if you can carry/hide a 4in barrel on your person a 5inch wouldnt pose any problems. they made so many different holsters for a 1911, you'll be able to find one that works for you. as for the sight picture yes the 5inch is a tad better but not enough to worryabout it. so it becomes a matter of which one feels better for you.
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