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Old December 25th, 2011, 11:39 AM
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1911 love?

Question for the gun guys. just when I thought I had everything I need/want in my collection I have decided I have to have a 1911 45. I want a very good one. Thinking Kimber or Sig. What are some other good suggestions?
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Old December 25th, 2011, 12:09 PM
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I like my kimber tle rl for its looks, durability and history but I have to admit its not my best shooter, my hk usp full size .45 allows me to shoot much more quickly and accurately. Ymmv
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Old December 25th, 2011, 12:28 PM
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I have a US issue 1911 from about 1922. It a true 1911, not the A1 which began production in 1927 (I think). It's my absolute favorite.
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I'm getting ready to get a 1911 next week. Looking at true USGI models and not a knock off.
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US Issue 1911, sometimes the original is the best
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Old December 25th, 2011, 12:35 PM
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I have a 1991A1 in flat black. Love it. Hoping to update the hammer/ trigger/ sights soon. I enjoy it more than the Sig or glock
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Old December 25th, 2011, 05:49 PM
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I've heard good things about the new Ruger 1911 but I haven't handled one yet.
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Old December 25th, 2011, 06:28 PM
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Have a Springfield 1911A1 (well, actually gave it to the ex wife b/c she loved it). If I was buying now and going full size nothing like the original. If I wanted something other than the standard I'd go Kimber for out of the box value.
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I have the Kimber Custom Target II. I also have a HK USP .45 (version 1). The HK is nice, but the Kimber is just SO much nicer.
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Old December 25th, 2011, 06:49 PM
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I'm a huge Sig fan and think I will get a kimber when I'm ready for a 1911.
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Kimber Ultra Carry II...amazingly accurate gun.
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I'm a huge Sig fan and think I will get a kimber when I'm ready for a 1911.
I'm also a big fan of Sigs (normally shoot a P226 Blackwater Tactical), but definitely go with a Kimber 1911. I've shot a friend's Kimber a few times and love it. Wilson Combat also makes great 1911's, but I'd say Kimber is the gold standard.
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I'm also a big fan of Sigs (normally shoot a P226 Blackwater Tactical), but definitely go with a Kimber 1911. I've shot a friend's Kimber a few times and love it. Wilson Combat also makes great 1911's, but I'd say Kimber is the gold standard.
I have a 226 navy NSW, W. German 220, and 232... Have you shot a 2022? Great gun for the money. The Blackwater is pretty sweet.
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Depending on what you can spend there is a wide spectrum to chose from. Do you want a rail or not? I really good Springfield is the TRP Operator, Wilson Combat are top of the line but costly. Stay away from the Nighthawk, they look cool but if anything goes wrong (they have a history of problems) it will take forever to get them to fix it. You can get a newer Colt, have the trigger done and make some other upgrades and then you have the real deal, try to stay away from the pre 60s or 70s colts unless you just want to look at it, they are made from much softer steel and the tolerances are not even close to the newer ones. For the price I dont think you can beat the Kimber, for a factory gun with all the little upgrades that make them shoot well they are great. Look around, a lot of guys buy some sweet ass guns, put them in their safe and never take them out until they need to sell them to raise cash for their next "must have" gun. Try gunbroker.com or calguns.net. I have to agree with Neil, the HK USP is a really sweet shooting gun and I love shooting mine but there is nothing like the feel of that all steel 1911 going off in your hand. Good luck finding something that puts that grin on your face when you shoot it.
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I've got a Kimber TLE RLII and I'm very happy with it. Springfield Armory is good, and Wilson Combat and Nighthawk Custom are some other high-end 1911 manufacturers. Ensure that you use quality mags, i.e. Wilson Combat.
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Currently have a Nighthawk Custom GRP. Really great gun although a bit pricey. Nighthawk makes some fabulous handguns.
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C'mon, folks! A real 1911 should be a Colt. With pin-up grips, if possible.
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Range and non-interpersonal use: Springfield GI since it's a good approximation of the real-deal WW2 piece.

Carry and social use: any 5" Kimber that suits your fancy.
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The problem with 1911's is that they are an inherently VERY unreliable gun. In truth, even the "semi-custom's" still don't fix this issue. That said, when done right, I don't think there has ever been a better pistol built. If I were you, I would look at having one custom made by a good gunsmith. You don't need a Bob Rodgers gun (although he's an awesome, awesome guy) - but you do need someone that understands where their flaws are, and how to fix 'em. The top tier gunsmiths separate themselves from the rest with their fit and finish. If you'd like some pointers on gunsmiths, shoot me a pm, or check out 1911forum.com If you don't mind the hike, there are a couple of good guys that I used to compete with @ Millenium Custom in West Palm Beach. Don't be scared by the race guns, they'll build anything you want. I'd stay away from Sig 1911's - even Max Michele couldn't get one to run right - and he's sponsored by them. Springfield Custom shop seems to be putting out some nice one's lately. And if you'd like to know which manufacture one of the best gunsmiths in the world recommends if you're not going to have work done to it... Les Baer.

All this said, if you're going to have work done to it... do it on a Colt!

Hope this helps... I rarely have input on this site (I'm a retard when it comes to mechanics) - finally a topic I am qualified to offer some advice on.

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If you must have a boat anchor *LOL*

A - I think you ought to have the real one and get a Browning 1911
( I have one in the safe, never shoot it, but is one of those pieces of history I had to have )

B - Every 1911 owner/shooter has one to compensate the lack of penis length ( like a corvette ) *LMAO*

C - I much rather have/shoot ( another toy in the safe ) a 50AE Magnum Research DE, if looking like a modernized version of Harry Callahan is needed
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