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Old 02-21-2008, 10:25 PM   #1
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Hi all. I'm new to the site and am looking forward to learning all i can before i make a purchase. I'm looking to purchase my first gun. I really like the 1911 style handgun. from what i have researched I have narrowed it down to the Kimber custom II, and the springfield black stainless "loaded".both .45's. anyone like one over the the other, and why. Any ideas on which one i should get???? mainly it would be for target fun, probably not for carrying.
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Old 02-21-2008, 11:17 PM   #2
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..if i was a rich-man i would have to buy me a S&W 1911 45 cal
but shoot the one i like runs about $1300.00 but there is not
a thing wrong with the two you spoke about,

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Old 02-22-2008, 12:50 AM   #3
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Both are fantastic firearms. I personal like the Kimber better, just based on looks which we all know means nothing. The .45 I own is a S&M.
I have had my eye on the Kimber myself, and really want to add that to my
collection. But the live in girl friend & mother of my child said I can't purchase
another firearm until she gets a "ring"

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Have owned both, and I still own the Kimber. Should give you an idea of my opinion

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I also recommend Kimber.

They're American-made, whereas Springfield is Brazilian. I've owned 1911's by both makers, and I'll give the nod to Kimber when it comes to overall quality.

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Love my Kimber.

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Both Springfield and Kimber make a very good gun. I'm sure somebody gets a "lemon" now and then, but chances are you will be happy with either. Since this is your first gun, I wanted to make sure that you knew there are some fine 1911 makers out there that you did not mention. Smith & Wesson, Charles Daly, and Dan Wesson are three other brands I would look at. I was impressed with the quality of the last Dan Wesson I looked at, Charles Daly is hard to beat in price, and S&W is always a good choice IMHO.

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thanks for the info! from the ones i have looked at these two are my favorite, and I'm trying to keep the cost below a grand if possible. I'll be sure to research up on these other models though.
if anyone else has any more opinions they are definately welcome!
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thanks for the info! from the ones i have looked at these two are my favorite, and I'm trying to keep the cost below a grand if possible. I'll be sure to research up on these other models though.
if anyone else has any more opinions they are definately welcome!
thanks for all the help-
I'm seeing plenty of Kimbers on Gun Broker in the sub-$1k range. Look for a Custom II, rather than one of their tricked out pistols. Really, they all shot the same. Kimber makes most of their money off of the tactical crowd these days, so your best value will lie in the Custom IIs or the Compact IIs.

Happy hunting!
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I prefer Kimber myself....that being said I have a friend on a smaller budget and he is looking hard at the new Taurus 1911.

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