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Old 01-25-2011, 01:32 PM   #1
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I know the couple of "big boy" 1911's out there, but I have a question about 2 specifically. I am able to get a Kimber Ultra Carry and a Colt 1911 for about the same price right out of the box, which would YOU go with?

If you have a better preference than either of those two, what are they? I am currently looking for my first 1911 and want the best of the best without having to take out a second mortgage on the house.....

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Default Question about 1911's

I know the couple of "big boy" 1911's out there, but I have a question about 2 specifically. I am able to get a Kimber Ultra Carry and a Colt 1911 for about the same price right out of the box, which would YOU go with?

If you have a better preference than either of those two, what are they? I am currently looking for my first 1911 and want the best of the best without having to take out a second mortgage on the house.....

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A mod will move this shortly so no harm done. What do you want a 1911 for?

Among "production" 1911s, some folks like Colt, some like Kimber, I prefer Springfield, the list goes on and on. We have a lot of 1911s gurus here so if you tell us what you'll use it for - we can give some good advice...

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What is the intended use of said 1911?

Among "production" 1911s, some folks like Colt, some like Kimber, I prefer Springfield, the list goes on and on. We have a lot of 1911s gurus here so if you tell us what you'll use it for - we can give some good advice...

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What is the intended use of said 1911?

Among "production" 1911s, some folks like Colt, some like Kimber, I prefer Springfield, the list goes on and on. We have a lot of 1911s gurus here so if you tell us what you'll use it for - we can give some good advice...
Well, it was going to be my personal carry pistol, and my goal is to have one of each caliber in a different manufacturer, as my collection. I already have a 40 Smith and Wesson, a 308 Ruger, and I am looking at a 45. New to the gun world here so dont get all crazy laughin at me quite yet. LOL!

Either way, wanted something I could carry and shoot at the range when I felt the desire to.
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Kimber is okay, but if you want to make changes later, I would buy the Colt.

Springers are decent and can be updated. I have one that has lasted a long time and will still outshoot the latest Kimber.

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The really short barreled 1911s can be very picky and tend to eat springs. Generally I like to stay with nothing shorter than 4" as far as barrel length. While I don't currently have one - it's hard to go wrong with a Colt and they make a number of "carryable" 1911s. Canebrake will be along shorty to teach the class...

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Cool, good info. Dont know much about "upgrading" a 1911 as most of my friends have Kimbers. That would explain a lot as it seems you cant upgrade a Kimber that well. I am building an AR-15 as well so I am all about getting the best of the best parts for the gun and that would just add to the new "hobby" I have picked up. HA! The one thing that I was concerned about was value down the road, I would imagine that the Colt would hold its value much longer than the Kimber simply for the name, but I didnt want to pay for the name over quality of the Kimber as I have heard nothing but WONDERFUL from the friends that have them.

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TBH, all the name brand production 1911s will hold their value but Colt is a tad special in that regard. As far as upgrading - you can do the same stuff with any true 1911 but be sure to ask yourself why. Adding bells & whistles just for the sake of adding bells & whistles does not increase the value of the gun nor make it necessarily more reliable or accurate.

The BEST 1911 accessory, bar none, is quality magazines...

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I know you said you don't want to "mortgage the house" for the purchase but what is your budget?

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