Originally Posted by custom1911
So I've had many many 1911"s over the years but I don't currently have one. I'm in the market hard for one and I've narrowed it down too three! I'm looking at the Springfield range officer, kimber stainless target 2 or the colt gold up trophy. I assume that the kimber and SA will run about the same as far as action and accuracy. But the big question is it worth the extra money to buy the colt? I've had several several Kimbers and from my experience the more u spend the guns don't get any better, unless u step to the custom shop series obviously. U get more bells an whistles but the gun itself isn't any better. So would it be worth spending the extra 500 to buy the colt or will they shoot the same as far as recoil and accuracy? I hope someone is knowledgeable about SA and colt bc I am def not!
The Range Officer is a bit more entry level when compared to the rest of the group you are considering. A fine shooter, but not a direct competitor for a Gold Cup or even the Target II. Nor is it intended to be. It's designed to get price conscious shooters into the game. Which it does nicely. It would very likely serve you well for many years, but it's no Gold Cup. Of the Springfield stable, a fairer comparison would be with the Trophy Match.
Of your three choices, to the exclusion of all other options, I'd go with the Colt.
I have a problem with Kimber's one year warranty. IMHO, if you want to play in the big leagues with a premium price structure, you should have a competitive warranty. (Whether you buy into Kimber's reputation for lapses in quality is an entirely different discussion.)
FWIW, I own a SA Trophy Match and it is an excellent pistol.
Oh, one more thing about Springfields, you will want to budget for a trigger job. One humorous explanation that I've heard is that the Springfield Armory Legal Department does the triggers. While not horrible, the trigger on my TM didn't hold a candle to the ones on my Dan Wessons. One $45 trigger job later and it's excellent.
Say...Have you had a look at the Dan Wesson product line?