What 1911 45 ACP to buy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OD* View Post
    Colt is currently using 4 MIM parts, sear, disconnector, magazine catch and magazine catch lock.
    Sorry... four.

    What's that, like a dozen less than the next guy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by C hawk Glock View Post
    How many does Kimber use?
    Their slides, frames and barrels aren't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zacii View Post
    I am leery of Kimber because of their bad customer service reputations. Anyone can get a lemon, but which company will go the extra mile to make it right?

    I'm no expert on 1911s, just an aficionado. If you want real good info on 1911s, just look up JD's blog here on DC.com.

    I like Springfield's Milspec and Loaded.

    For the Colt's, I like the 1991 series, or the XSE.

    Beware, my opinion is just that, an opinion. And mine isn't as well informed, or experienced, as many others' on this site.
    I went to my favorite gun shop today that has every model of Springfield and Kimber 1911 on hand. I spent about 45 minutes comparing the Springfield Champion and Kimber Stainless Pro TLE/RL (among other Springfield and Kimber models). I wasn't sure which to get, and then I saw a Colt XSE Combat Commander. I pulled the slide back, racked it forward, dry-fired it once and new instantly it was a winner! I bought it today, so I'll pick it up on Monday after waiting Illinois' mandatory 72 hour wait period. I plan on putting at least 100 rounds through it on Monday. Very excited; thanks for the suggestion!

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    As far as the whole MIM thing goes, there is a very in depth discussion of MIM pros and cons somewhere on this board. What it boiled down to was that QUALITY MIM parts are sometimes better than machined parts. They can be made to exacting tolerances and require less, if any hand fitting. The problem arises when the MIM process is shortcutted. That's when you get weak parts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OD* View Post
    Their slides, frames and barrels aren't.
    Yet
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chicago45 View Post
    I went to my favorite gun shop today that has every model of Springfield and Kimber 1911 on hand. I spent about 45 minutes comparing the Springfield Champion and Kimber Stainless Pro TLE/RL (among other Springfield and Kimber models). I wasn't sure which to get, and then I saw a Colt XSE Combat Commander. I pulled the slide back, racked it forward, dry-fired it once and new instantly it was a winner! I bought it today, so I'll pick it up on Monday after waiting Illinois' mandatory 72 hour wait period. I plan on putting at least 100 rounds through it on Monday. Very excited; thanks for the suggestion!
    Congrats Chi. I haven't fired one of these but they do feel nice in the mitt. Enjoy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deadguy View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chicago45 View Post
    I went to my favorite gun shop today that has every model of Springfield and Kimber 1911 on hand. I spent about 45 minutes comparing the Springfield Champion and Kimber Stainless Pro TLE/RL (among other Springfield and Kimber models). I wasn't sure which to get, and then I saw a Colt XSE Combat Commander. I pulled the slide back, racked it forward, dry-fired it once and new instantly it was a winner! I bought it today, so I'll pick it up on Monday after waiting Illinois' mandatory 72 hour wait period. I plan on putting at least 100 rounds through it on Monday. Very excited; thanks for the suggestion!

    Very nice

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    Quote Originally Posted by zacii View Post
    Very nice

    Of course you know that pictures are obligatory, right?
    Will do! I'm pretty excited being that it's my first 1911.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zacii View Post
    Colt or Springfield

    I am skeptical of Kimbers.

    If ya got a money tree, then there are other options
    Springfield Loaded is hard to beat. That's my choice for this price for a 1911.

    However, I prefer my Glock 30 or 36, more than 1911s.


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    On the hunt for a 1911 - opinions please.

    I want a 1911 for concealed carry and have narrowed it down to a SA Champion Operator vs. an STI Ranger II. Thoughts on value, reliability, need for gunsmith tuning? BTW - what doesb MIM stand for? Thanks for your opinions.

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    get whats fits your hand and wallet!

    I like my Kimbers, never had a problem and can shoot very well with it. The Springfields are nice for less money. The Sigs are also nice if you like the feel. I also like the H&K USP in .45 I know a guy who had a Para with the double stack and it was a lemon of a pistol. It got sent down the road along with his S&W 1911.
    My next purchase will be the H&K USP .45 cal. just to add to my collection. I will still carry the 1911 style over that one.
    I like the 45 cal for defense.

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    Here's the new Colt! Ran 50 rounds through it and I can say I haven't fired a better firearm!

    https://plus.google.com/photos/10713...CNmF-Z_QqeSVGA


    (The other ones are a S&W 627 Pro .357 Mag and a S&W Sigma .40--had to show them off.)
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