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Old 01-30-2012, 08:49 AM   #31
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Hello zed, I have owned several 1911 type 9MMs over a good many years, to include Colts, Springfields and Kimbers. I have found the more recent type 9MM 1911s, that come from the factory with the ramped barrels, to be the most trouble free as far as functional reliability with a variety of 9MM ammo. I think some of the guns mentioned have the traditional non-ramped barrels, as used in the Colts, etc. They can be reliable, but within my experience with at least three Colt 9MMs, and one Colt 9MM Conversion Kit, a little work was needed to make them so. I have had the best luck, by far, with the Kimber 9MMs. Over a period of several years, I have owned three Target IIs in 9MM. All have functioned 100% with any ammo I tried, to include reloads, NATO, +P, +P+, various bullet shapes and weights,etc. I have owned Colts for decades and was suspecious of Kimbers for years. But, having now owned five, my opinion has changed. My current production Springfield Loaded Target 9MM, sad to say, has not performed nearly as well. It has been more like that stereotypical 1911 9MM "jammamatic" we have all heard about.

Anyway, I wonder if a Kimber 9MM Target II might possibly be found for approximately the money you want to spend. Just .02 worth from an old guy that has owned and used 9MM 1911s many years.

BTW, My much maligned Kimbers have not broken a single part, MIM or otherwise... ymmv

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For some reason they are really hard to find in california. I have a friend who works at a gun store and he says they are having trouble keeping most 1911's in stock, in any caliber. The store closest to me can get the Kimber Stainless Target II for about $1150 after tax and background check. For this reason, I am now considering building one if I can get the bare reciever from brownells. I figure I can build a better gun than I could buy off the shelf. We'll see, though, I still have a lot of research to do.

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For some reason they are really hard to find in california. I have a friend who works at a gun store and he says they are having trouble keeping most 1911's in stock, in any caliber. The store closest to me can get the Kimber Stainless Target II for about $1150 after tax and background check. For this reason, I am now considering building one if I can get the bare reciever from brownells. I figure I can build a better gun than I could buy off the shelf. We'll see, though, I still have a lot of research to do.

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Did you check on the catalog?
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zed, Just thought I'd mention something about building your own. I have never built a complete gun, but have done a lot of my own hobby gunsmithing on my own guns for years. I've been to the Colt armorer's school multiple times, have gunsmiting books, a small milling machine, bead blast cabinet, gunsmithing tools, etc. Most every little project I've done ended up being more labor intensive, time consuming and expensive than I'd planned. I suppose with enough quality parts, I could build a better gun than a Target II, but I wouldn't bet my life on it. I guess what I'm saying, as a guy who has screwed up his share of expensive gun parts, is to learn all you can, use the best parts you can afford, use the proper tools and don't hurry. BTW, I have used Brownells a lot for years. They have about everything under the sun for your project, and anything in stock is usually at your door in a week or less...

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here's a few 1911's around $500 .Springfeild Armory GI,Auto Ordnance,Metro Arms and Para Usa .Someone else may be able to help you on the conversion .I have a couple Sigs i could convert to .40 .357sig and 9mm .

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The 1911 and the AR-15 catalogs are on their way.

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