This is a discussion on 1911's within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I love my two Kimbers...both CDP's...an Ultra and a Compact.
I trust them both...smooth shooters.
I do see a Wilson or Brown in my future...maybe ...
December 9th, 2008 10:00 PM
I love my two Kimbers...both CDP's...an Ultra and a Compact.
I trust them both...smooth shooters.
I do see a Wilson or Brown in my future...maybe both...
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December 9th, 2008 10:17 PM
There is no "best", some are better than others, but there is no one 1911 to be king of them all.
I would say that generally the top tier guns are better as a whole than the lower two tiers, the top tier being your Baers, Wilsons, NHCs, Fusions, etc.
Personally, I find the Baers to be the most bang for the buck out of the top tier guns as they cost slightly less than the Wilsons, NHCs, and Browns.
Another option that is picking up steam is Fusion Firearms.
For more of my thoughts on "Which 1911" check out the following.
So you want to buy a 1911(Part 1)
So you want to buy a 1911(Part 2)
So you want to buy a 1911(Part 3)
So you want to buy a 1911(Part 4)
The above links are just my thoughts on the matter, nothing more and definitely not gospel, make an informed decision, and don't discount what others consider snobbery or just bad luck.
December 9th, 2008 11:33 PM
Why ask the question if you already have the answer??? After 20,000 rounds through Kimbers Colts and Smith---The Colt and Smith are the least likely to fail and most likely to fire. Some Kimbers are temperamental and require a few trips home to shoot right.
December 10th, 2008 07:19 PM
Try a Para Ordnance LDA trigger for a light smooth trigger :). Just my 2 cents, my first and current 1911 is a 18-9 LDA Ltd.
For trigger pull: The Smith is the lightest and smoothest. Then the Kimber, Wesson and Daly. 2nd Through 3rd are all very close.
What I like
- Nice finish (3 tone, stainless, black and silver coating)
- Good target sights
- Ramped barrel
- Power extractor for better shell extraction
- comes with 3 stainless mags
- 18+1 capacity
- LDA Trigger, long, but so smooth and light
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December 15th, 2008 04:37 PM
For high end I would go with a Les Baer and then an Ed Brown.
Mid priced, Springfield Armory Loaded or Kimber TL
Bottom end a Springfield G.I. or Para has just released a G.I. type for $600 list.
If I could find one a Rock River Tactical would be my favorite about $1400 + (Not a Rock Island)
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December 15th, 2008 07:08 PM
Three Dan Wessons.
One Colt Combat Commander XSE.
One Para Limited.
One Sig Sauer.
One Ed Brown Kobra Carry. Of course, this one is the Cadillac of the group.
I like em all. Wessons are great buys, and the Kimbers are nice firearms.
To each their own. I have owned, shot and enjoyed most manufacturers of the 1911. Opinions vary, but in the end, your dime man..Luck.
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December 17th, 2008 11:30 AM
December 17th, 2008 11:46 AM
I'd love to carry a Colt New Agent or a Defender...They fit my hand way to well for me to still not own one.
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December 17th, 2008 01:19 PM
My Kimber Tactical Ultra II has never had a misfire, stovepipe, or blockage of any kind. It is the only pistol other than my Glocks that I can say that about and it made me a lover of 1911's. I'd love to have a nicer (aka more expensive) 1911 but right now the Kimber will have to do. What a shame.
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December 17th, 2008 01:33 PM
It mostly doesn't matter which one you buy. You can add any feature that you like to any one of them, as long as they are within standard 1911 specs.
I have seen cheap $200 Norincos that were customized to the hilt and were great shooters.
I personally have the Colt XSE Combat Commander and like it. But I liked the full sized 1911A1 that was assigned to me while I was in the Army, too.
Some of them are too over-priced IMO. Take the Mark Morris customs, for example. $10,000 for a 1911? Give me a freaking break. I guess I like function over form.
December 17th, 2008 09:42 PM
Choosing is the hard part. I have a Sprinfield Loaded and never had any problem until last weekend and the guide rod end (fits under the barrel near the link) broke and I have contacted Springfield and they want me to ship it back (on their dime ) to fix. I really don't think this is a normal issue and it was just a fluke
My carry gun is a Kimber UC II. Had issue with the magazine not letting the bullet nose go up the ramp causing a jam. Switched to Wilson mags and it will eat everything I feed it. So get the one for carry or one for target...tought decision...too bad I don't have that problem
December 17th, 2008 09:57 PM
I have one of those and love it thoroughly.
Originally Posted by redrick
No MIM (it actually uses all Ed Brown parts now), good fit and finish. Good customer service should you need it. Comes standard with night sights too which is always a plus for me. About $930 NIB.
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December 17th, 2008 10:05 PM
I like Colts alot, but think the nod goes to Kimber, out of the box.
December 17th, 2008 10:43 PM
I have always heard (or read) that the 1911 trigger is the best there is. Not having fired a 1911, could someone describe what is so good about the trigger? Thanks in advance.
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