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Old 06-02-2011, 07:43 PM   #11
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I've seen too many negative reports about Kimber for me to give them my money, especially when there are so many other 1911 manufacturers selling around the same price point.

I fondled one of the Rugers in the shop and loved it, but I haven't had the chance to shoot one. My only concerns with Ruger are: 1) their new models frequently have bugs and 2) their "improved" internal extractor. I don't know what they mean by "improved." If that means that only the Ruger extractor will fit it, then I wouldn't be thrilled. If the extractor on another brand of 1911 doesn't perform, you can always replace it with a Wilson or some other after-market part; but if you can only use their extractor and it sucks, you're stuck.

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I've seen too many negative reports about Kimber for me to give them my money, especially when there are so many other 1911 manufacturers selling around the same price point.

I fondled one of the Rugers in the shop and loved it, but I haven't had the chance to shoot one. My only concerns with Ruger are: 1) their new models frequently have bugs and 2) their "improved" internal extractor. I don't know what they mean by "improved." If that means that only the Ruger extractor will fit it, then I wouldn't be thrilled. If the extractor on another brand of 1911 doesn't perform, you can always replace it with a Wilson or some other after-market part; but if you can only use their extractor and it sucks, you're stuck.
I've got three Kimbers...only problem I ever had was with the first one, it didn't like the mag that came with it, got the Kim-Pros and the problem went away. The other two came with the Kim-Pros...NO PROBLEMS! Shot the heck out of my Ruger and I think it is outstanding, currently in the shop getting ambi-safety installed, that and my custom monogramed grips are the only changes I will make to it.
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I've seen too many negative reports about Kimber for me to give them my money, especially when there are so many other 1911 manufacturers selling around the same price point.

I fondled one of the Rugers in the shop and loved it, but I haven't had the chance to shoot one. My only concerns with Ruger are: 1) their new models frequently have bugs and 2) their "improved" internal extractor. I don't know what they mean by "improved." If that means that only the Ruger extractor will fit it, then I wouldn't be thrilled. If the extractor on another brand of 1911 doesn't perform, you can always replace it with a Wilson or some other after-market part; but if you can only use their extractor and it sucks, you're stuck.
Check the numbers. How many Kimber 1911's do they put out in a year comparatively? Ofcourse you are going to read bad reviews. They have many many more customers!!
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Now those are some fine 1911 style pistols. Are they all 45s? If you are running out of room in your gun safe I will be glad to store some of them for you. Seriously those are some fine pieces you have there! And KIM's picture of the New Ruger is also impressive. I have never held one or checked them out at the present time. Looks good!

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I really like the ruger also. The only real negative thing I have heard about it is it being cast vs forged. I don't think for the amount of shooting I will be doing with it that it would be a problem for me, but is something kinda at the back of my mind I guess.

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Just the frame of the Ruger is cast-the slide is machined. I wouldn't even give the fact that the frame is cast a second thought. After all, Ruger pioneered the mass casting process (investment cast lost wax process) for firearms. I've never heard of a casting part from Ruger failing with 1st hand experience. Having said all that there's nothing wrong with Kimbers.

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I've seen too many negative reports about Kimber for me to give them my money, especially when there are so many other 1911 manufacturers selling around the same price point.

I fondled one of the Rugers in the shop and loved it, but I haven't had the chance to shoot one. My only concerns with Ruger are: 1) their new models frequently have bugs and 2) their "improved" internal extractor. I don't know what they mean by "improved." If that means that only the Ruger extractor will fit it, then I wouldn't be thrilled. If the extractor on another brand of 1911 doesn't perform, you can always replace it with a Wilson or some other after-market part; but if you can only use their extractor and it sucks, you're stuck.

Apparently you haven't read my review http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f76/kimber-america-kimber-stainless-tle-ii-41042/

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Check the numbers. How many Kimber 1911's do they put out in a year comparatively? Ofcourse you are going to read bad reviews. They have many many more customers!!
Exactly, it is the same reason people see so many Glock problems. There are simply more of them!
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I am fairly new to shooting handguns but have a hankering to get a 1911. Although I obviously like some of the higher end guns, I think it would be wise to start out with something a little bit less. What has caught my eye is the Kimber Custom series and the new Ruger SR1911. I've read a fair amount in some searches that I have done on here. Just kinda curious on any other input. Personally at this point I am leaning toward something like a Kimber Custom or TLE. Any opinion/factual input would be great. Thanks.
Another VERY happy multiple Kimber owner (not just 1911s but rifles too). BUT I would not hesitate to buy a Ruger 1911. You should check out the Springfield Armory Loaded too. A lot f gun for the money.
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Now those are some fine 1911 style pistols. Are they all 45s? If you are running out of room in your gun safe I will be glad to store some of them for you. Seriously those are some fine pieces you have there! And KIM's picture of the New Ruger is also impressive. I have never held one or checked them out at the present time. Looks good!

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would it be safe to say that there isn't just one specific good brand out there, that there are multiple makers with great weapons. Like this Ruger, I really really like the way it looks, and it has a fairly tempting price tag on it. You guys are doing a fair job of talking me into one. hahahaha

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