Kimber, Springfield or ???

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    Kimber, Springfield or ???

    In the fun shop today and a guy was looking at a SW airlite &/or a M&P in .357. After he and the salesperson finished talking I told him that I had a M&P 340. He offered to buy so I don't know what to do. I could take that money and some more and get a .45 but which one? Which .45 would you get if the deal went through? Thanks,
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    Springfield Armory, my Son has one. Great Gun.

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    Love my Springer EMP 9mm actually had it at the range today....have not had a hiccup in 600+ rounds. My Kimber Crimson Carry may go on the auction block as soon as my EB Kobra Carry arrives. Not because of any issues, it just does not get any range time.
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    For me, it would be a Kimber or possibly a Dan Wesson Valor. Either one would make me extremely happy.
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    Take your pick... Springfield, Kimber, Colt or Dan Wesson. From what I hear ( a pretty respectable gunsmith).... the new Springfields are a pretty good value.
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    Look at the Rock Island Armory 1911s. Mine, and most every one you read about, eats everything it is fed. Best value on a quality 1911 out there today. If that is not an option you'd consider, I would go for the Springfield. Quality and reputation are great. I won't get into the Kimber discussion. All I'll say is they are pretty guns.
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    My opinion, based soley upon my personal experience...

    If you want a 1911 & are choosing between Kimber and Springfield, it is a crap shoot. I have a Kimber Pro Carry II that had issues when it was new. Ultimately, it went back to Kimber and is now 100%. FWIW, I found Kimber's customer service to be great.

    I recently purchased a Springfield LW Champion Bi-Tone. The Springer was being sold on consignment as a new gun having been purchased by the original owner +/- 4 years ago, put in the safe & never fired. It had a couple of issues with ball ammo early on, but had major issues with almost any JHP ammo I tried. Now, after some 500+ rounds of ball ammo & some tweaking, it has been running at 100%.

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    Being a 1911 guy, I applaud your good taste. But let me add this; I recently picked up a M&P mid sized 45 and my first range day was a dream. And I shot it better than my 1991. Surprised and embarrassed. In any case, don't leave that out of consideration. Fine gun.
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    I would go for the Springer any day of the week over a Kimber. I'll never deal with those jerks in Yonkers, NY again.
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    springer to me seems a lot more forgiving in general - kimbers are great i like them but their tolerances and so close they can be finicky sometimes - i vote springer loaded
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    Be sure to factor Springfield's excellent customer service into your selection process.
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    kimber is a better gun than the springer

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    ^^^ thats a profound statement - care to elaborate in what ways??
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    My vote is for the Springfield.

    I have a Kimber and two Springers. The Kimber is a lightweight 4" and has never bobbled a round once I got rid of the lousy magazine that came with it (I use Wilson and Tripps instead).

    I have two full-size Springfields, a basic one that's 20 years old and a 1-year old TRP. Both needed minor throating work to reliably feed everything I feed 'em, but these would be the last handguns I would get rid of.

    My reservation about Kimbers is that all but the SIS models use the Swartz firing pin safety system, a complexity that solves a nearly non-existent problem. Springfields are blessedly free of Series 80, Swartz and other firing pin safeties which keep lawyers happier than gunsmiths.
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    Umm all good choices. I myself would stay with springer. Love all of mine. I have had Kimbers, traded or sold. I have never parted with a springer. They just work. Great Value. Even a G.I. or Mill-Spec. looks and feels like more gun then your paying for. Kimbers, yea there nice, I feel there is more money in there name then in the product itself. I can't imagine spending money on the kimber over the Springer.

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