Originally Posted by DodgeThis
Thank you all for your input. After reading your opinions and checking with a few specialists and hobbyists, I believe i may just pick up a really nice one and have some mods done to it as I see more of what I want. I looked at Kimber's pro covert. what can you tell me about it? I think that fits my personality pretty well.
Since you said the is a long, long (etc.) project, why don't you start by buying ammunition in the chosen caliber when you can afford it? Buy 1-2 boxes when you have the money available and just store them until you get the gun. They don't go bad, and when you get the gun, you'll have ammunition available to use the gun whenever you have the time.
As to the Kimber - they either seem to work really well or are problematic. Getting them fixed by Kimber seems to be a hit or miss experience as well. If I were you, I'd look at something like a Springfield or Colt at the low end.
Originally, you said that you wanted to spend $2K to $6K - that puts you anywhere from a Dan Wesson to a Wilson. I have Dan Wessons, Les Baers, Springfields, and Wilsons. All of the guns have been shot in excess of 1,000 rounds, and in the case of the Wessons over 3,000 in the last year.
All have run flawlessy, and have never needed the attention of the manufacturer - which is exactly how guns should work.
Under ~$2k, the Dan Wessons and the Colt Special Combat. At ~$2K gun I'd look at Baers or something like an Ed Brown Special Forces or stepping up a little, one of the Kobra series. In the ~$3k the Wilson CQB or CQB Elite. After that you're in the fairly high end and would have to make a choice between a true custom from a gunsmith or a high-end semicustom like a Brown Custom Classic or Wilson Super Grade.
The only problem I can see, is depending upon how long you foresee this going on - you may never save enough to get to your goal unless your savings rate exceeds the price increases by the manufacturers.
You might want to put a finite time period on this with a dollar amount at the end so that you can realistically project the savings rate you'll need to get to your goal.
Start shopping the gun auction websites and every so often you can run across a really nice gun at a great price if you have the money available.