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    New toy

    Hello all. I am thinking of buying myself a new toy. I want to get a .45auto. I just went onto the Kimber website and looked around. Now I happen to like their guns but do not like their prices. Is there any other manufacturer out there that produces a 45 caliber that looks similar to kimber?
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    Springfield makes some pretty darn nice 1911s, I just picked up a Mil-Spec (and love it) which is one of their lower-end models, you'd want to check out some of the higher end ones such as:

    Springfield Armory Operator

    Springfield Armory Loaded

    These can be had for significantly less than a Kimber. Springfield has a great reputation, too - but not Kimber's nostalgia and cult following, heh.

    You also may want to consider picking up a Mil-Spec and then adding the bells and whistles as you go, as I'm doing.

    Best of luck in your search.

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    The website is not the going price. If your dealer is charging suggested retail, it's time to find a new one. If you only want something that LOOKS like a Kimber, check out the cheap Philippino guns or the Brazilian Taurus.

    If you try the old "buy a cheap gun and add the stuff to it", you'll end up spending more and still have a cheap gun with added parts.
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    Pete is right the Springfield 1911's are really nice. I say go for a Loaded version and enjoy the heck out of it.
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    Have you read the reviews on the PT1911? That will be my next "toy". The features, the accolades, the price. Can't go wrong IMO.

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    A friend of mine really likes Para Ordnance. Bud's has some good prices on a few of their models: Para Pistol Deals

    I think the PX745s looks pretty nice.

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    Thanks for the replies guys. Gonna do a little research. But first I am going to buy me a brand new m-tack iwb holster for my glock 19. WooHoo

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    the springfield loaded and the para carry 12 look real nice
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    I have heard good things about Smith and Wesson's 1911s, an dhave shot several of my buddies multiple Springfields. They are very nice also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jwhite75 View Post
    I have heard good things about Smith and Wesson's 1911s, an dhave shot several of my buddies multiple Springfields. They are very nice also.
    I've heard a lot of good reviews on the S&W 1911's also but, personally, I couldn't buy one with an external extractor. They're also kind of pricey for what you get.

    If you have money to throw around, I say go straight for the Wilson Combat / Nighthawk Custom / etc...

    If on a budget, the Springfield pistols sure seem to be a great compromise - they're pretty high quality (even if they do lack some of the features of high-end 1911s) and don't cost an arm, leg, or firstborn.
    I'd be hesitant to get a Norinco or RIAA "knockoff", but many have had good luck with them.

    Just my two cents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ram Rod View Post
    Have you read the reviews on the PT1911? That will be my next "toy". The features, the accolades, the price. Can't go wrong IMO.

    Plus 1 on the PT1911....around 600 bucks.
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    GunBroker.com guns: New Kimber Custom II 45 ACP No Credit Card Fee (item: 98401801 ends: May-01-08 06:21:46 PM)

    Even the 'entry' level Kimbers are shooters. They are real tight. Springfields....okay. But for around $650-$700 you can get the Target II. It's a shooter.....

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