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Old 02-24-2011, 12:37 AM   #11
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Thanks for the advice everyone! Looks like I have a lot of research to do. I'll have to check those suggestions out as well.

Oh, and what does everyone think of the full size vs. the long slide?

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The long slide is a pretty specialized gun and the balance is a lot different than a government model. I like mine but I actually shoot my 5" guns better right now. They are also a tad expensive - at least $250 more than an equivalent government model. Also very hard to find as the manufacturers do not make a ton of them. My Loaded Target cost me $999 online...

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I like the long slide for target practice, but I think it is impractical to carry.
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I like the long slide for target practice, but I think it is impractical to carry.
Ya think Dan.

I have OC'd this one before at a special function (where everybody was OC). Looked really impressive in the little Hume JIT slide...
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OC yeah. CC, well I have a hard enough time with .... 6".......
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Springfield is a good starting point. They have something for nearly everyone. Mine has been problem free as far as the gun is concerned (User inflicted variables are another issue.) You can't really mess up by getting a Colt either. Kimbers seem nice and well made, but stamping the name "Kimber" on a gun seems to increase the cost more than I would like.
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The long slide is a pretty specialized gun and the balance is a lot different than a government model. I like mine but I actually shoot my 5" guns better right now. They are also a tad expensive - at least $250 more than an equivalent government model. Also very hard to find as the manufacturers do not make a ton of them. My Loaded Target cost me $999 online...

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Ya think Dan.

I have OC'd this one before at a special function (where everybody was OC). Looked really impressive in the little Hume JIT slide...
Hehehe, I can imagine seeing that thing OC. I don't plan to conceal it as I have other guns for that. Sounds like I'm going to have see if I can find a place I can try the 5" and the long slide.

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Springfield is a good starting point. They have something for nearly everyone. Mine has been problem free as far as the gun is concerned (User inflicted variables are another issue.) You can't really mess up by getting a Colt either. Kimbers seem nice and well made, but stamping the name "Kimber" on a gun seems to increase the cost more than I would like.
Not the greatest pic, but here is my Springfield Trophy match:
That seems to be what I'm finding. The Kimbers seem to be as much as the Colts. I could be ignorant, but for the money I just feel like I would rather go with a Colt. I doubt this will be the only 1911 I buy and it seems like Springfield is just really coming out on top to me right now. I really like the Trophy Match series and they seem like the best bang for the buck, and being this is only my third gun that might be the best way to go starting out.
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i just bought a springfield loaded, range fun so i got it in 9mm. also my first gun.
after waiting 5 days on shipping and a 3 day law wait, tomorrow i pick her up!
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Kimber,
easy on the pocket, and never has let me down,
good luck with whatever you get
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