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Struggling with a new 1911 choice - Sig or Kimber

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Old 11-17-2013, 12:33 AM   #11
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Colt or STI.
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Old 11-17-2013, 12:47 AM   #12
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I believe that few give their 1911 a beating like I do.
My Kimber has been up to the physical abuse, it is accurate and reliable. No complaints here.

Kimber makes so many models from so many materials, they are very different in many respets.

My Covert is 3" alloy, It is a daily carry regardless of the chore, mowing fields, painting, woodworking, welding, cleaning the chicken coop. whatever.
It always shoots well, even when dirty.
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Old 11-17-2013, 11:35 AM   #13
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I have a stigma against Kimber.

When they started out, their prices were lower than anyone's.

I prefer to have the piece of mind of having a limited lifetime warranty over a 1 year limited warranty for the same price.
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Old 11-17-2013, 12:28 PM   #14
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I don't understand the Kimber haters either. I have 3, and they have been as accurate and reliable as anything I've owned. My 4" CDP has been my carry gun for nearly 20 years now. It is utterly reliable , light weight, almost as accurate as my full size steel frame .45's, and a joy to carry with the "bar of soap" carry bevel treatment. Other pics are of my Match Target w/ Cerakote and Kimber Rimfire. I have not needed any warranty work, and doubt that I ever will.
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Old 11-17-2013, 02:19 PM   #15
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I've had both. Sig has a better warranty. You get a lot of gun for your money with Sig.

But I have 2 Kimber Stainless Targets in 9mm and 10mm. Both can be had new for under $1000 and they are fantastic gun. Much tighter than the Sigs I've owned. Any Kimber over $1000 and I think you just pay for the name. Under $1k, they are great guns.
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Originally Posted by Gatoragn View Post
Very few carry guns are joys to shoot, alloy frames, shorter barrels make for snappier recoils.

Whatever the OP decides to purchase, compare guns of the same class to make the decision, i.e. full size Kimber vs full size Sig.
i actually believed that to be true, for most pistols, dependent upon the caliber they were chambered in.

i had always owned nothing but Government Model sized 1911's over the years, quite a few, and bought a SA Loaded Micro Compact 45 that has the 3" barrel. i fully expected the recoil to be stiffer due to it's barrel length, frame material and size. i was very suprised at the fact that it wasn't at all that much more recoil. the recoil does feel differently, but not harsh by any means. even the wife enjoys shooting with it and hits decently with it.

again life proves there are exceptions to every rule.

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Old 11-17-2013, 03:39 PM   #17
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Kimber makes a pretty gun, but their warranty (only 1 year) sucks. I'd go with the Sig instead.
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Old 11-17-2013, 03:44 PM   #18
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I have a kimber 1911 and love it that being said I would buy the sig.
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Old 11-17-2013, 03:58 PM   #19
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My brother is a Kimber lover. There is a range near his home. I usually shoot 500 rounds through a kimber every time I visit. I have yet to have a complaint with any of his Kimbers. Kimbers are expensive but you get night sights that are an added value.

I have never fired a sig 1911. I have no opinion on sig.
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Old 11-17-2013, 04:44 PM   #20
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A friend traded for a Kimber and I wanted a 45 with a light rail, we were trying to work out a trade when I came across this article in the link above. Now I might have been able to go for it anyway because I'm not a hard user like a cop or a grunt, but my buddy was into the gun at a premium and I don't see the value. I honestly think I would buy a Ruger first simply because if you leave it stock they will fix it or replace it if it tears up. And as a multiple mini 14 owner I can be pretty critical of Ruger. Don't know about a Sig 1911 but everything I've seen from them looks good.
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