Which Stainless 1911?

Discussion in 'The 1911 Forum' started by mesinge2, Feb 4, 2011.


Which Stainless 1911?

Poll closed Feb 9, 2011.
  1. Dan Wesson

    5 vote(s)
  2. Smith & Wesson

    4 vote(s)
  3. Para USA

    3 vote(s)
  4. Something else, but what?

    14 vote(s)
  1. Helix_FR

    Helix_FR Active Member

    Apr 14, 2009
    Imperial, MO
    From what I understand STI will hard chrome any of their guns at a additional cost, so that may be an option.
  2. dragman

    dragman New Member

    Jan 11, 2011
    1911= Colt!!! I have all kinds and under $2000 you have Dan Wesson, Kimber, and Colt. Those are the ones I love. If you wanna spend some real money buy a NightHawk custom or a Wilson Combat.

  3. DGG!

    DGG! New Member

    Apr 6, 2010
    Having had to send back two brand new Para pxt14-45's, made especially for Marines stationed in Afghanistan, I would avoid them. The customer service is miserable and the pistols are unreliable, IMHO. It took almost four months to get them back from Para and they replaced numerous parts. These were brand new in the box guns shooting commercial 230gr FMJ rounds.

    I would suggest checking out the H&K USP 45. It is a modified 1911 design with a very strong and reliable action, and very accurate. Handles +P+ all day long!


    Please shoot one before you make your choice. Buying a gun that needs hundreds of expensive rounds of ammo for breakin shooting and a trip to the gunsmith to cleanup all the mistakes from the factory is not my idea of a pistol worth hundreds or thousands of dollars. If the Para's shot as good as they look I'd be buying more instead of selling the ones I did buy.

    Last edited: Mar 14, 2011
  4. ivarr

    ivarr New Member

    i'd HAVE to add Ed Brown to that list
  5. mesinge2

    mesinge2 Active Member

    Dec 4, 2009
    Central Florida
    Well, I ordered the Dan Wesson a few days ago and went to pick it up today only to find a surprise. There was a series of large circular gouges in the right side of the slide. The culprit was the grip screw. It was apparently loose in the box and wedged between the slide and the box and rubbing the whole time. Well, I sent it back and then the store owner (a good friend) said wait up I just got something in you might like instead. And he took out this:

    My .45 ACP Kimber Custom Stainless TLE II   1 small.jpg
    No SN 21   .45 ACP Kimber Custom Stainless TLE II.jpg

    Its a Kimber Custom TLE II. Its the same as the custom stainless II but comes with grip strap checkering and night sights. I already replaced the mag with a Wilson Combat and the grips with Double Diamond Checkered Walnut. It may not be the one I ordered but I am still quite happy. A range report will follow. BTW, never owned a Kimber; I am assuming it is +P safe.

    My .45 ACP Kimber Custom Stainless TLE II   2 small.jpg
    No SN 22   .45 ACP Kimber Custom Stainless TLE II.jpg
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2011
  6. BETH

    BETH Well-Known Member

    Jul 10, 2009
    Wow very nice don't forget range report
  7. Helix_FR

    Helix_FR Active Member

    Apr 14, 2009
    Imperial, MO
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2011
  8. jacksonco

    jacksonco New Member

    Nice looking Kimber. The walnut grips really make it look sharp.
  9. mesinge2

    mesinge2 Active Member

    Dec 4, 2009
    Central Florida
    You sure?

    After I asked the question I looked up the answer on Kimber's FAQ page:

  10. Helix_FR

    Helix_FR Active Member

    Apr 14, 2009
    Imperial, MO
    Yeah I know that they state that but here is the deal. IF you shoot any +P in that gun they don't say it won't damage it, they state that a steady diet can damage it. It's their excuse for not covering it under warranty if something does happen. So say you go out for the first time and shoot 10 rounds of +P. Unfortunately your one of the lucky ones that develops frame damage. How much is too much? Was that 10 rounds too much of a steady diet? You and I would say no but That's gonna be their excuse for not fixing it, guarantee. By stating that they are basically nulling any damage coverage. Don't risk it. Too pretty of a gun, to vague of a statement. I've seen 3 last year, all the same problem, Kimber replaced 0 frames.
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2011
  11. 1911 man

    1911 man New Member

    Sep 23, 2010
    If you are going with an expensive model I would seriously consider the dan wesson or a kimber both are outstanding
  12. Helix, I own a Springfield Mil Spec and it doesn't have allen headed screws. It's fit and finish are as good as my '42 Colt Military. Maybe I haven't stripped it down far enough, but it's all standard as far as I can see. TJ
  13. berto64

    berto64 Active Member

    As some of you know, I like OLD guns and my favs are my Randalls.

    They are beautiful and accurate. Sorry, no photos.
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