Saving for a new carry .45

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    Saving for a new carry .45

    Hello everyone, forgive me if my first is a bit long-winded, but I'm searching for advice. I am currently saving for a new carry gun, and I would very much like to get a 1911-style .45, and the one I have my eye on specifically is the Kimber Ultra Carry II in stainless steel, 3" barrell. I've read some mixed reviews on the differences in safety mechanisms between first and second generation Kimbers, from what I read first gen Kimbers use Colt series 70 mechanisms and second gens use series 80. Is there one that is better than the other from a carry standpoint? I'd greatly appreciate any feedback and info that could guide me in my purchase.
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    I think Kimbers are nice guns. But here comes the however, the Kahr TP45 in my opinion is s superior weapon.

    The trigger travel is smooth as silk and safe for self defense. Single action trigger on a 1911 is very light one in my opinion one is less likely to have a inadvertent discharge with the Kahr. But do not think the Kahr is hard to shoot just the opposite it is consistent and smooth.

    The Kimber is tight and not as tolerant as a Kahr of dirt and grit.

    Kahr is more concealable.

    Accuracy is about the same I have both guns.

    Kimber is nicer looking and nicer looking than the Kahr. Probably more romantic if you will.

    Cost Kahr is less.

    Both are good companies with great customer service.

    Both made in the USA.

    Do what I did buy both. But you will carry the Kahr more.

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    I don't think it really matters what series of gun you get. Just get the gun that feels good in your hands. I don't think you could go wrong with any 1911…Well maybe Taurus.
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    I wouldn't want anything shorter than 4" in a 1911 .45.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlis914 View Post
    Hello everyone, forgive me if my first is a bit long-winded, but I'm searching for advice. I am currently saving for a new carry gun, and I would very much like to get a 1911-style .45, and the one I have my eye on specifically is the Kimber Ultra Carry II in stainless steel, 3" barrell. I've read some mixed reviews on the differences in safety mechanisms between first and second generation Kimbers, from what I read first gen Kimbers use Colt series 70 mechanisms and second gens use series 80. Is there one that is better than the other from a carry standpoint? I'd greatly appreciate any feedback and info that could guide me in my purchase.
    kimber is more of a show gun then a everyday carry i have a sig 1911 it shoots well but id say out of the two for a edc id pick a colt

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magnum View Post
    I wouldn't want anything shorter than 4" in a 1911 .45.
    Me either. I carry my 5" Kimber all the time. However......

    Welcome to the forum! Be careful asking for advice here, for you will surely get it. Get what you want.

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    I have 3 1911 in 45acp,Springfield 1911-A1 5",Ria 1911 45 compact 3.5",Colt Combat Commander XSE 4.25",I carried the RIA for at least a year,had a great trigger right out of the box,accurate and dependable and only cost 369.00.The Springfield is mainly a range/Home defense gun.The Colt is my EDC and after adding big dot nite sights it cost 3 times what the RIA cost,plus the trigger sucked,sent it in for a 4# trigger job.A 4# trigger is not too light for SD ,not when people are dropping 3.5# disconnecters in their Glocks.It's called trigger discipline.
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    For carry get a commander sized possibly alloy framed weapon. Go with steel if you can handle the weight, but if not the alloy will work - just last less time (fewer rounds). Best scenario, get a steel for shooting and an alloy for carry that are otherwise identical.
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    I have a Scandium S&W 1911 (Gunsite edition), 4.25" Commander and love it! The gun carries well due to the light weight and shoots like a dream. I also have a Colt Night Officer, 3.5" on a commander frame. Also a nice gun, but weighs a ton more due to steel. The S&W E-series has some nice selections in steel or scandium and they also have a commander model with bobbed mainspring housing (grip). Worth checking out the S&W lineup, as they have many 1911 variations to choose from......even a 3 inch, Pro Series 1911 if you so desire. Merry Christmas!

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    Kimber experience

    I have quite a number of Colt 1911s and one Kimber, the Pro CDP model with 4 inch barrel. My experience with the Kimber has been fine, and the gun has worked reliably. I also have a 3 inch 1911, the Colt Defender model. In general, I find the 3 inch guns to be easier to conceal than the 4 inch, mainly from the shorter Officer-length grip which is less likely to print on your cover garment. But the Kimbers are very good looking guns and mine has some standard features for carry that Colts generally lack, such as melting of sharp edges, front strap checkering and night sights.

    As for the Series 70 vs. Series 80 safeties, many feel that this influences the trigger pull, with the Series 70 being slightly smoother. Personally I can't tell the difference, and I have guns in both designs. Series 80 seems fine to me.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Magnum View Post
    I wouldn't want anything shorter than 4" in a 1911 .45.
    I have had many officer size 1911's that were just as trust worthy as the full size 1911's.When I have been carrying a 1911 as of late, it has been my Para P12 Limited which is a double stack officers size(3 1/2 inch barrel) 1911.
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    Springfield Mil-Spec 5" 39 ounce
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    I've done a lot of reading and see more often than not it seems like most feel that 4" is the shortest you should go on a 1911. I just bought my first carry gun/gun and went with a Kimber Pro Raptor. Handle as many as you can and see what feels best to you. If you are set on a Kimber then go for it. As long as you have a good holster and a good belt weight should be no problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magnum View Post
    I wouldn't want anything shorter than 4" in a 1911 .45.
    +1 Do some research on the risk of carrying a 3" 1911. Most of the problems with 1911 seem to be focused on the shortened barrel 1911's.
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