Originally Posted by DarrinD
I think more like Jaguar vs Honda. 1911's aren't gtg out of the box and Glocks are. 1911's are a great gun for those born with them but I wouldn't recommend one to a new shooter. Plus, modern cartridges in JHP have closed the ballistic gap between 45 and 9.
That's a great analogy.
Jags are finicky, high-performance, intricate machines that few people really know how to work on whereas Hondas are economical, reliable, no-frills go-bugs that generally just work for their intended purpose.
Unless you have 3K-5K to fork over for a reliable Nighthawk Custom or Wilson Combat, you're better off purchasing a Glock 17 and taking a pistol course to teach you how to use the pistol. By the time you add Tritium night sights, a SureFire X300, perhaps a laser (alternative targeting method for less than ideal shooting positions), and extra magazines you still won't bring your cost up to the price of a Kimber Warrior with a rail for mounting a light.
I'm not sure why you'd limit yourself to Glocks and Kimbers, but if those are your options, then I'd take the Glock every day of the week.