Are my eyes playing tricks on me?
So as some of you know (as it's been pretty much all I have talked about for the past 2 weeks) I am going to be purchasing a commander size 1911 here in the next few weeks. I went to my LGS on Wednesday to put my hands on both the Kimber Pro Carry II and the Springfield Lightweight Loaded Operator.
They both felt "good" but the Kimber felt better however I am more drawn to the SA because I think it's the better value (Guaranteed out of the box, comes with night sites, 2 mags). So, here's the thing. I am big on weight and general comfort while carrying. This is where I wonder if it's more my eyes tricking my brain or if there REALLY a difference.
I know that the Kimber weighs about 3 OZ less then the SA however overall it just felt more light and sleek and thin. Other then the weight I'm pretty sure the dimensions are the same. I looked at the grip panels and they seemed to be the same thickness so I don't think that was it. I seriously wonder if see the blocky accessory rail on a pistol that is generally known for it's smooth sexy lines and its just making me THINK that it's is not as sleek and thin as the Kimber.
Sorry for spamming so much about this topic lately. This is my first pistol purchase where I said "I am going to buy myself something nice and (with in reason) I'm not going to pay attention to the price. I'm going to buy it because I like it and want it." So I am trying to make the most informed decision I can. Being fairly new to 1911's doesn't help much either haha.
Part of my concern is that I found myself leaning towards the SA BECAUSE of the value and I said I wasn't going to make this purchased based on cost. I don't care so much about the extra mag as I have quite a few mags for my Colt series 80 but the night nights did catch my attention. That's a savings of at least 100.00 right off the bat.
Then there's the customer service. Everyone I talk to says SA's customer service is fantastic. MOST people say Kimber's is good but most people don't put them on par with SA.
Then there's the break in period. SA guarantees their stuff out of the box where The Kimber requires a 200 round break in. Now granted I would put at least 200 rounds through any gun I was planning on carrying however if I get 3 FTE in the first 100 with the SA I can send it right back but kimber will say it's still with in the break in period. But when it comes down to it this kind of cycles back to cost. Because of the possibility of a double break in the Kimber may end up costing more but yet again I said I wasn't going to make this purchase based on cost.
And last but not least I have to look at the finish. Both look great out of the box but there have been some reports of the finish on the Pro carry not wearing to great. Actually, I found a few threads stating that in 2-3 weeks people's Kimber's looked like they were a year old. This DOES bother me and bother me quite a bit. It's kind of a cost issue but not so much as it doesnt matter WHAT I'm buying. If I shell out good money for a higher end item it's better be quality!
Soooooooo... I am just thoroughly confused. I guess at the end of the day what it really comes down to for me is this. Is the Kimber REALLY a lighter, thinner and sleeker pistol then the Operator or does the accessory rail just make me think that the Operator is bulkier then the Kimber. In addition does Kimbers finish just wear poorly or did they just have a batch go out with a bad finish. In the end I don't care about the night sights. I can spend 100 bucks to get some on the Kimber. If I have to spend a bit more time possibly breaking the Kimber in that's fine. I have my trusty Glock 26 I can carry while that's being done. Wow, this turned out a bit longer then I thought it was going to...