Kimber Ultra vs Springfield XD SC 40

Kimber Ultra vs Springfield XD SC 40

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    Kimber Ultra vs Springfield XD SC 40

    I am comparing the Kimer Ultra Crimson Carry II with the 3" barrel with the Springfield XD SC in 40 caliber. The Kimber is thinner, only 7 + 1 mag capacity, the XD is a little bit thicker with 9 + 1 mag capacity. Anybody carry or shoot these ? Thanks, Douger


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    You're not comparing apples to apples...you're comparing apples to steak.

    The grip of the XD is harder to conceal than the Kimber. The trigger on the XD is horrible compared to any 1911. The accuracy of the Kimber is incredible for such a tiny gun. The Kimber may require a break in period of 300-500 rounds. Mine have all ran perfect out of the box, but Kimber does recommend the break in period. As you pointed out, the XD does have a larger mag capacity.

    In any case, I would rather have the steak, so I would go with the Kimber.
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    yep steak

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    Shoot both. Yep, NY strip steak wins, hands down.

    And the Kimbers just look so darn good!
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    Thanks for the steak, I'LL TAKE IT RARE.

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    My Kimber Ultra is a superb sidearm...it goes nowhere without me...

    Stay armed...with a Kimber Ultra...stay safe!
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    I guess my piece of steak is still on the grill. My Ultra Rator still will FTF every once in a while. I have a little over 300 rounds thru it. Other than that I can't get the grips to tighten up the screws are as tight as I would possibly tighten them. I honestly think the grips will have to be replaced, and not with an aftermarket pair, the grips on the gun are actually really nice. My Pro CDP II was pretty much flawless out of the box.

    All in all my Raptor is more acurate than I am and is very comfortable and fun to shoot. When it is finished grillin' I will keep it by my side. I do believe this is an apple to steak comparison and I will wait till my steak is "just right" and "savor the flavor".

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    Steak!

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    +1 on the steak. I love my Ultra Carry, and made a convert out of an XD-9 fan to the point he gave up his beloved 17+1 for the 7+1 of the Kimber UC II.

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    STEAK for sure, really not even comparible
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    at the risk of offending our resident 1911 acolytes, I do like them apples. yup, it is thick and probably harder to conceal, but that xd sc eats HPs/ball ammo that I feed it w/o hiccups. it is also darn accurate at 15 yards. the first time that I shot it I had to ask myself, did I do that?

    I am afraid to own a 1911. I don't want to get spoiled with that sweet trigger.. I still stick to these darned polymer xd/glock pistols. I am used to their triggers.

    don't mean no disrespect for the 1911 fans out there...
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    I'm for the "an apple a day" crowd. I'll take the dependable 'apple'.

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    MY CCW choice boiled down to either a Kimber Ultra or the M&P Compact .45. I arrived at these two choices because what was important to me was:

    1. Length of grip
    2. Weight
    3. Thickness/width

    Both are almost identical in these areas, critical to CCW, size-wise. I already knew that I wanted a .45. Personal choice--I want to make the biggest holes to cause the most blood loss if I have to use it (IMO). I'm familiar with the 1911 and never had any difficulty grouping with crappy, pieced-together Army .45s, so it boiled down to these choices for me. I liked the Inspector Gadgetness of the XD--cool looking too--but this gun was just plain way too thick to carry, IMO. The Kimber is actually a little thicker and has a little longer butt than this double-stack M&P, and IWB, the M&P is just right.

    As you can see from my User ID, I chose the M&P. I actually found one in Desert Earth (with the thumb safety like a 1911) and it was about half price compared to the Kimber.

    *Turns out that my number one priority was actually the cost of the gun. ;)

    I still think I made a good choice but I still want a Kimber too!

    One more thing on my mind is that, although I have read that Kimbers are very reliable, I have also read several bad things about Ultras not feeding properly. Never heard anything about the M&P Compact 45 not working. *I carry to encure I can have as much imput in any conflict I might find myself in--and I don't need limitations that are controllable. If I had a Kimber and was comfortable with it, I would visit a gunsmith and absolutely make sure that it fed 110% of the time.

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