Gold Combat Stainless II vs. STI Trojan SS

Gold Combat Stainless II vs. STI Trojan SS

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    Question Gold Combat Stainless II vs. STI Trojan SS

    (I recently posted this on 1911forum.com but the lack of the responses over there made me post it here too. Hopefully there will be more interest in my thread here along with knowledgeable answers)



    I'm looking for a CCW gun and it comes down between these two.
    It must be stainless steel and full size.
    I do have two Kimbers and I'm happy with them, I do not have problem buying another Kimber, but I'd like to look somewhere else now, just for a change.
    *Gold Combat Stainless II - a CCW gun as it should be for me.
    Magwell, night sights for about $1500

    *STI Trojan SS from Brazos $1293 where it would be double checked for function. Then I would add a magwell for $70-80 but I still want night sights so their prices would equal. (STI + magwell+ night sights might be more)

    Let me hear what you think Folks- Guys.
    [I'm opened for other options too- however I have not find anything in this price range yet what would grab my attention.]

    Any help-opinions appreciated.


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    you're going to spend $1200 on a CCW gun?
    I hope you never have to use it.
    It's going to be gone to some evidence locker and probably never see the light of day again.
    Me? I'd go with a Springer Mil Spec and a trigger jpb and that's my CCW.
    Just my take.

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    Nice looking guns

    I wanted to make sure I knew what these guns looked like, so I checked them on the Kimber and STI websites. They are both good looking guns, and I'm sure they should both function 100%, given the custom shop treatment both will receive. I posted pictures of them below.

    I guess I would tend to go with the STI, simply because you have two Kimbers already and I think variety is good. STI has a great reputation. I also note that the STI has a single side thumb safety, which I think is more practical on a carry gun (assuming that you are not left handed). The STI also comes without a magwell and the Kimber has a magwell - I don't think a magwell is very important on a carry gun and it adds some length to the grip, making it harder to conceal. Magwells are fine on competition and home defense guns, I think.

    Although some people (including you) like to carry full size steel 1911s, I have found them to be a little large and heavy for easy concealment and carry, and personally prefer a 4 inch barrel and aluminum frame for carry in a 1911. I don't think one gives up much shootability in the smaller gun, in exchange for a lot of comfort in carrying.





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    I agree with pogo2 that a 4 - 4-1/4" barrel length would be a better choice for CC. However, if your set on the 5" you may want to check out www.thehighroad.org and scroll down to the Group Buy Deals & Contest forum near the bottom of the page. They have a group buy for STI guns going on now. Prices are excellent from what I've heard..........Bob
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    I haven't had your experience with Kimbers, but I prefer magwells and ambi-safties on my 1911's so my initial inclination would be toward the Kimber. What gives me pause is the 3.5-4 lbs. spec'd trigger pull. That's a bit light for my taste.

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    In that price range you could get one of these:

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    STI.
    Tool steel parts, NO passive firing pin foobaz or series II safety, better cst svc.
    5" 1911s are as easy as any real fighting gun to carry, in the proper holster and belt.

    Dan

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    AirForceShooter,
    price is relative. IF it ever saves his ninnuts, he wont care what he paid for it. And since he's already got other pistols in the same platform, he just holsters one of those till his siezed pistol is released.

    Dan

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    A) There isn't a Kimber made I'd pay $1,500.00 bones for.

    B) Between the two I'd go with the STI.

    C) If it were me and in those price ranges I'd go with a Baer too. I can pick up a Les Baer for about $1,200.00 to $1,695.00 that will smoke Kimbers quality and I like and have Kimbers and carry one most day's.

    D) I'd also look at Dan Wesson, a lot of gun for the money there.


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    Brazos is GTG, as is the Trojan, as long as either you or Brazos are running a function-check. I have two BLSs- I love the package, but had some tight chamber issues(resolved). STIs just have a different feel that I'm partial to.....

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    STI would be my pick.

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