Help me decide...

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by slip, Dec 10, 2009.

  1. slip

    slip New Member

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    As I am anticipating my retrieval of my FOID card, I have narrowed my purchase down to TWO guns... Help me decide which is better...

    S.A. Operator
    Kimber Warrior

    Owners, please chime in and help me :)

    TIA.
    Jer
     
  2. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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    Neither is "better" than the other - it just depends on which appeals to you more. I own a high-end Kimber and 2 high-end Springers and they are about equals in all categories...
     

  3. Flint Rock

    Flint Rock New Member

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    Why didn't a Smith & Wesson model make your list of choices? I would take a S&W over a Springfield (I've never had good luck with a Springer anyway), and a Kimber will always be a runner up for me. Dan Wesson is turning out some quality guns that are at the price point you are looking at and are worth a look.
     
  4. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    IMHO, the S&W isn't a true 1911 pattern pistol.

    The external extractor ruins the lines of the 1911.

    It is a S&W fix of a non-issue.
     
  5. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    Well, you might have a bit of a problem in the new category, because I don't think Kimber is putting out the Warrior currently. Used, I am sure they can be had.

    Both are good weapons. I would put them about neck and neck on quality and across the board. I believe the Warrior does come with Kimber's KimPro finish, which is corresion and wear resistant. I don't know if the Operator does.

    The Operator has an ambi safety, which I do not like as it tends to snag on shirts when carrying. Then again, I shoot right hanged, so I don't need an ambi safety.

    Both of them are pretty pricey, so you need to really weigh the choices carefully and decide on what YOU like best.

    I have shot both and they both are nice guns. That said, I don't own either one of them.

    JD
     
  6. hopps402

    hopps402 New Member

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    Where do you live?

    Since you need a foid card, you either live in the northeast or in Illinois. Either way, I doubt you have a concealed carry license.

    So what will you be using this pistol for?

    Once I know, I can give you my opinion.
     
  7. slip

    slip New Member

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    I received my foid card already. IL Doesn't offer CCL's so I'm sol there.

    Since I will be doing USPSA, I can't use either guns I wanted for the division I'm going to be doing due to the rails. I decided I'm going with the STI Trojan.
     
  8. matt g

    matt g New Member Supporter

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    The Kimber is made in America and puts food on the table of American gunsmiths and machinists.

    The Springer is made elsewhere and puts money into the pockets of American executives.

    Your choice, dude.
     
  9. slip

    slip New Member

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    Hmm.. That's not a very good way to base my decision. It's like saying what would you rather have, a Toyota or a Chevy?

    We all know toyota is a better and more superior company than Chevy, but just because Chevy is American doesn't mean I'm going to buy it. Why settle for something less just because it's American made? (not bashing on kimber)

    Sorry I'm harsh about it, but that's how I feel.
     
  10. Flint Rock

    Flint Rock New Member

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    Like I said, Smith & Wesson or Dan Wesson, both are in the price range you are looking at.
     
  11. tugger

    tugger New Member

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    Which 1911?

    I would seriously check ouy Dan Wesson. I bouhgt my first one in 2004 and never looked back. I currently own 16 Wessons , mostly Pre-CZ guns. My every day carry weapon is a Patriot bob-tail in .45 ACP. Dan Wessons in my opinion give the most bang for your buck. Excellent fit and finish for a production piece that won't break the bank. Check'em out.