1911 rail gun for duty use?

1911 rail gun for duty use?

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    1911 rail gun for duty use?

    Intellectually, I have preferred the concept of gun in one hand and flashlight in the other.

    After actually practicing building clearing the other night, I am considering a duty gun w/rail.

    It will have to be a 1911.

    Currently looking at Colt and Kimber offerings, but am open to other options--Wilson looks pretty nice, but the pricetag is out of my reach.

    Anybody out there with thoughts or relevant experiences??

    THANKS!!!
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    Check out Sig's line up of 1911s. I find them impressive
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    I own 2 kimbers, and have shot several others. I would look at the tactical entry from kimber if this a true duty/HD gun. Extended magwell for easier reloads, comes with night sights, and has the rail you are looking for. That said, you can't go wrong with a Colt either.
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    Colt all the way.
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    Take a look at the Rock Islands. They might fit your need.
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    Springfield Armory Operator or Light Weight Operator, also comes in a 4" bbl , Champion model. Great customer service and they have a Lifetime Warrenty .

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    Give Springfield a look. The Operator is railed, and available in 5" or 4" barrel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harryball View Post
    Take a look at the Rock Islands. They might fit your need.
    I would not consider a RIA for duty carry.
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    Here is another idea....if you can handle the ugly extractor.

    Product: Model SW1911

    Or a Springer (my choice):

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    I am a 1911 fan. I love my Kimber. You will spend $1,800 to get into the quality and options needed to be a robust and reliable duty pistol with 8 rounds. You then get to spend the next week properly breaking it in. Then you will enjoy time with this piece of history keeping it properly tuned. This is quality time for us gun nuts. Kind of like they guy who tunes and washes his '63 Stingray so he can keep it running in peak condition.

    Or you could buy two H&K USP's, carry 13 rounds, and be done with it. Running a 1911 s a beautiful thing, but requires $$ and devotion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WC145 View Post
    I would not consider a RIA for duty carry.
    Curious why you say this? I have a RIA that is more reliable than any other gun brand that I have (Sig, Springfield and a slew of S&Ws). Is your comment based on their price, or actual experience?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WC145 View Post
    I would not consider a RIA for duty carry.
    A reason why would be nice. Any experience with them?
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    Simple, they're not built for that kind of use. They're entry level guns built to a certain price point to attract a particular market segment. The metallurgy, tolerances, and quality of the internal parts of the low buck guns from the PI, Turkey, etc. are not the same as those made by Colt, S&W, Springfield, Kimber, and so on. This is the same reason police depts and the military don't issue guns from RIA, Bersa, Taurus, Hi Point, and the like. If you want some good guidelines on picking a 1911 for duty use check out the 10-8 website.

    Yes, I have owned RIAs and they were good guns for what they were. However, when I carried a 1911 on duty I carried a Springfield and a S&W. Currently I carry a FNP45 Tactical on duty and Colt 1911s off duty and in plain clothes.
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    Springfield Operator and Kimber TLE/RL are both worth considering.

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    Well put WC145. I have owned 2 RIA's that were superb right out of the box. I wouldn't have a problem carrying one for duty if that was all I had. Given the choice, however, I would rather go with Colt, Springfield, Kimber, STI, Wilson, etc., for the reasons you stated. Absolutley nothing against RIA, but they are entry level for a reason.
    I was THIS CLOSE to getting into a Colt Rail Gun a few months back and I still kick myself for not pulling the trigger on that deal!
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