I'm Feeling The Need for a 1911

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by mrm14, Feb 20, 2010.

  1. mrm14

    mrm14 Active Member

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    O.K. I've been milling over getting a 1911 for about 2 years now. It didn't happen last year due to the build of my target rifle. It didn't happen the year before due to a spendy trap and skeet O/U shotgun I absolutely had to have.

    This year, after April, by god, I got to get a 1911.

    I've narrowed down my choices for a 1911 to the Kimber Gold Match Stainless in .45 ACP and the Springfield Trophy Match Stainless in .45 ACP.

    For those of you on this forum who know both of these 1911 brand pistols well, and I know theres more than a couple of you, I would like to know the comparative pro's and con's of each of these 1911 pistol brands if any.

    I have .41 mag. and .44 mag revolvers and thats all I've shot most of my life when it comes to pistols. Except for back in the 1970's when my brother had a Colt 1911. At that time I couldnt hit the broad side of a 20 foot barn door at 5 feet with any kind of pistol. Since then I've become a tad more than fairly proficient with the revolvers.

    Anyhow, I would like comparative info from those in the know of the Kimber and Springfield 1911's because I cant decide between the two yet and it's driving me nuts.
     
  2. NGIB

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    I have a 1st generation Kimber Gold Match (circa 97) and a Springer Legend TGO. Both are fine guns and will do what they're supposed to do. You're comparing very similar products so about all that we can offer are opinions.

    Personally, I favor Springer over Kimber - all else being equal. No real reason but as I said, it's opinion...
     

  3. Road_Hogg2XL

    Road_Hogg2XL New Member

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    I have 3 Kimbers, they are all very nice and shoot well! I got something on one (a solvent) that removed the bluing on the slide. The Factory Service was just great! My pistols are all very easy to shoot and are accurate.
     
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  4. Dillinger

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    You have one the most complete collections of kick *** M14's on the Interwebz and you don't own a 1911?!?! :eek:

    Blasphemy!!

    You are hearby banned from posting until you add one to your arsenal.

    Get out to the gun store and do the right thing. :p

    JD
     
  5. riggergreg

    riggergreg New Member

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    Get either one. Won't matter. Once you have one, you'll have to get another anyway:D
     
  6. mrm14

    mrm14 Active Member

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    JD give a brother a break here. I want your input on the Kimber VS the Springfield 1911 in the models I've narrowed it down to. I know their very close and I'm going nuts trying to decide. Also, whats your thoughts on the Colt Gold cup National Match Cane suggested. PM me if you have to. My sanity is at stake here and if you havn't figured it out yet I'm very loosely glued togeather mentally as it is. :D

    BTW M14's Rock has alot more M-14/M1A's than I do. I have only one up and running now.
     
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  7. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    I've never owned a Kimber and my only Colt right now is a 1927 Sistema, so no help there. I had a Springfield Mil Spec and loved it.
     
  8. NGIB

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    I've owned a Colt Gold Cup NM as well, another very nice target grade 1911. You can't go wrong with any of the three so make the leap. My flagship is a Springer Legend TGO and as I said - I'm partial to Springers...

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  9. Dillinger

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    That's right! I get you dog legged op rod guys confused. LOL

    Hmm, have to do some research as I am not overly familiar with any of the models listed. Glancing information and pawing at best in my background on these models.

    Between Kimber and Springfield, I think they are pretty much an even money crap shoot at the moment for their production guns. If you go into their custom shops, then you get different options with different price tags assigned and that is where the rubber meets the road.

    I will do some research and see what I find out for you.

    JD
     
  10. matt g

    matt g New Member Supporter

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    Kimbers are 100% American made and American sourced. That's enough to keep me from buying a Springer as it is for many Government agencies at the local, state and federal level.
     
  11. NGIB

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    I hear this a lot and to me it matters not one bit. I make my purchases based on the best value for my $$$ - not on where it's made. While Springer does use forgings from Brazil, lot's of folks in Geneso Il are glad that not everyone feels as you do...
     
  12. matt g

    matt g New Member Supporter

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    I've heard stories of bad pistols coming out of Kimber. I've heard stories of bad lots coming out of Springfield.

    Your Dollar, spend it how you see fit.
     
  13. mrm14

    mrm14 Active Member

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    O.K. I've had the oppertunity to shoot, disassemble, reassemble and inspect inner and outer parts fit of the Kimber, Springfield, Colt, S&W, and Wilson Combat 1911's. I've chosen the Wilson Combat Classic Supergrade 1911 in .45ACP. The Wilson Combat 1911 just seemed the smoothist and best fit of the other brands I was able to get my hands on.
     
  14. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    Very nice piece! When can we see some pictures of the new additon??
     
  15. lonyaeger

    lonyaeger New Member

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    Beautiful pistol! Did you already buy it?
     
  16. mrm14

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    Havn't bought it yet. Most likely after April or May. Taxes due April 15th for me and job I just finished and invoiced today should be paid by end of April. I should be able to cut myself a pretty good "pay check" then and I can buy it.
     
  17. skullcrusher

    skullcrusher New Member

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    I looked at the Wilson's and drooled and put a couple on the wish list. Nice looking, very tight and well built.

    If I had the $ to drop on one, I would have. Range report will be due after you get it worked in. :)
     
  18. lonyaeger

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    The particular model is listed at "starting at $4,475" on the Wilson website. Is that what you're coming up with for a price?
     
  19. mrm14

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    No, the gun shop I went to stocks alot of the Wilson Combat 1911's and the price tag on the Classic Super Grades ranged from $2300.00 to $2900.00. The one I looked at actually is $ 2649.00. They did have some models of Wilson Combat pistols over $4000.00 however. I asked the dealer if the price would go up in a couple of months or so and he said no they'll stay the same price through the end of the year at his shop.

    This is a new gun store in the area and it looked like they had in the counter display case every model of Wilson Combat 1911's made. I figure the shop must have made a very large pruchase of these 1911's to offer these prices. Regardless, I'll be there either the end of April or May to lay down my money, fill out the paper work, and wait my 10 days.
     
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