The Kimber is really nice!!!!!
This is a discussion on Tough choice between 3 guns within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I voted M&P .40, but only because my Kimber Ultra Carry II was very finicky...if yours is working well, then I would go with the ...
S&W M&P 40 Compact, Crimson Trace
Kimber Ultra Carry II, Crimson Trace
S&W Airweight .380 bug, Crimson Trace
I voted M&P .40, but only because my Kimber Ultra Carry II was very finicky...if yours is working well, then I would go with the Kimber.
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The Kimber is really nice!!!!!
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Kimbers are sweet, but as far as true reliability and firepower. I would recommend the M&P for sure.
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.45 ACP... all I have to say
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You should carry one spare magazine not because you may or may not need the extra ammo but, because the magazine is the weakest link in any semi-auto pistol.
Stuff happens and it's possible to blow off a magazine floor-plate.
You magazine spring could snap at a really inopportune and worst possible time.
During rapid fire defensive shooting you may follow up a squib with a hot one and while the gun may still be perfectly functional you could damage and blow the entire magazine right out of the firearm.
You could also lose your one mag in an unexpected scuffle.
So carrying one spare magazine is always a prudent idea.
Personally I should go for the Kimber, but that is because I am a huge fan of the 1911. I agree with other posts; I should carry an extra mag in case of malfunction.
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A Kimber in .45, I have two of them...great guns.
Some don't like them, but then every gun has someone who doesn't like them, don't they?
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I chose the S&W Airweight. Thats what I carry with two speed strips. Doesnt take up much room no matter what you are wearing and it eliminates the magazine problem that most people are refering to.
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My vote goes for a the 1911 and a spare mag.
I currently carry a Kimber Ultra Carry II in a CrossBreed Deluxe and love it. It has been reliable for me every time it's been used/abused. I also carry a spare magazine.
Between the Kimber and M&P (which I'm not so familiar with) I you've got a 10 round magazine vs. the .45s 7 rounder. I'm not a fan of .40 S&W but if you are, and if you're comfortable with the M&P, I think that may be my deciding factor if you're not carrying a spare mag.
Revolvers are great; compact and reliable. As you mentioned 5 rounds isn't much, it would definitely be the first one I'd drop off of my list if it was identical to yours.
For what it's worth (i.e., I know you didn't ask), I'd dump the laser sight on whatever I chose as a defense firearm. Our local sheriff's department doesn't allow lasers on officers' guns because their shooting times decreased as they either fumbled with a pressure switch or looked for the dot on the target. I know this isn't the case everywhere, and it has been documented that a dot on an assailants chest MAY diffuse a bad situation. But that's not a given outcome and lasers seem to me to be a bell or whistle at best.
Let us know what you decide!
Here is one close to what you are considering....
Ed Brown Kobra Carry | HK P7M8, P2000sk, P30s | Sig P238, P239SAS, 1911 C3, P232, P938 | Colt Defender, Mustang Pocketlite, 1911 | Rohrbaugh R9 | Kimber Covert Ultra II | Browning HP, Buckmark 22LR(suppressed| Walter PPK(1966) | Kahr PM9 Black Rose |
Of the three, the Kimber got my vote.
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I'll take a .45 every time!
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Speaking just for myself, I would choose the S&W airweight revolver. Why, you ask? Because of the 3 mentioned, it would be the most likely to be on my person in time of need due to ease of carry. Again, I'm speaking for myself.
If all 3 were at hand should the shtf, I'd grab the Kimber first and the M&P 40 second...
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