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Just wanted to mention, I have shot a Colt Delta Elite and my grandpa's old .45 service pistol. Both are among the finest weapons I've fired, reliable and accurate. I do have a question though. I'm looking to buy a Kimber, which model(s) do you guys suggest? Also, disassembling the Colt Delta Elite is something I've been practicing, so, since those are the only 1911s I've fired, can someone tell me if they all come apart in a similar fashion, which ones are harder etc.

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Just wanted to mention, I have shot a Colt Delta Elite and my grandpa's old .45 service pistol. Both are among the finest weapons I've fired, reliable and accurate. I do have a question though. I'm looking to buy a Kimber, which model(s) do you guys suggest? Also, disassembling the Colt Delta Elite is something I've been practicing, so, since those are the only 1911s I've fired, can someone tell me if they all come apart in a similar fashion, which ones are harder etc.
I like the Kimber Warrior, Tactical, or Eclipse.

The 3" and 4" models disassemble differently. I did not care for the little pin needed for the 4" bullbarrel.
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I too do not like the need for the little pin needed to disassemble my Kimber. 1911s should have barrel bushings and field strip without tools.

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I too do not like the need for the little pin needed to disassemble my Kimber. 1911s should have barrel bushings and field strip without tools.
My next one will!

I should have got the full size from the get go. The only way to go imo.
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How would you rate a Kimber against, say a Colt 1911, or a Remington 1911?

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How would you rate a Kimber against, say a Colt 1911, or a Remington 1911?

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I have only owned the Kimber so I couldn't really say. Ask NGIB.
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Kimber makes a good 1911 as does Colt. For me, the jury is still out on the Remington as it's new and I haven't owned one yet. The Remington is also an entry level gun so it's really not a good comparison with Kimber. With the exception of one, all of my 1911s are currently Springfield's as I like having no firing pin block and trigger linkage - less is better.

Personally, I think the best value in 1911s (that have bells & whistles) is the Springer Loaded, for entry level the Springer Mil-Spec...

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The reverse-tapered barrels, with their guide rod springs, in the Kimbers, and RIA's, and maybe others, are easier to disassemble using the pin, but it's not a requirement. I've taken all my 1911-style guns apart with no tools, and re-assembled same. It's tougher without pinning the springs back, but it's doable. My Kimbers are pre-series II, and my other 1911's are all pre-series 80 with no "extra" safeties. Like most other things gun-related, it's personal preference.

There are ALWAYS trade-offs in the selection of any handgun..... I'll deal with the reverse tapered barrel in the 4" Kimber to get the shorter barrel length for carry. My 4" and 5" Colts both use bushings and no tools, but I don't carry them... or the 4" and 5" Sigs, or the DW that also need no tools.

Many of the more recent (after 1991) 1911's tend to have tighter tolerances than the original 1911's, (my opinion) and thus tend to have more feed/ejection issues. I've taken mags loaded with JHP ammo that wouldn't feed in some later 1911's, and have it feed perfectly in my old Colts.


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While I agree with NGIB, my 2 cents is to Keep It Simple. Start with any basic 1911, determine what you like and dislike, and accessorize to your desire.

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Thank you all for the advice. My primary problem is I want a 1911 that is not terribly frustrating to disassemble. As far as shooting goes, I'd like a trigger with slightly less pull then the Delta Elite. It took me a while to get used to the trigger on the Delta when I was a kid, and I'm not good enough at this point with stripping them, to change the trigger pull(if that's even possible). So, can you guys recommend some 1911s that have a lighter trigger pull, or are they all somewhat similar?

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