Smith and Wesson
Dan Wesson PTE-S
Charles Daly EFS
Kimber Ultra Carry II
What’s the best out of the box. I hear Kimbers are the best. But I have seen a couple of kimber’s that didn't seem right to me. Anyways I also hear everyone has to own a Colt, But to me. It is more of a status symbol more than anything. Because from what I hear. You have to have a Colt worked on by a good gunsmith for it to be a great gun.
I know Kimber’s, Dan Wesson, Springfield’s and a few others are very sought after guns. I know that STI'S are great guns, and also have the price tags to prove it. But they are more for competitions. But what is the best all around 1911's and why other than personal preference.
I am new to 1911's But I have to tell you I learn quick. I am going to test the 4. I just got. Three of the 4 are like new. The S&W is a shooter. Or it has been. The others feel and look new. I hear Charles Daly is low on the totem pole. But I have to tell you. It doesn't feel like it. Other than it is not my beloved stainless steel. I like this gun.
So hear are my observations.
For looks and feel: I like the Dan Wesson. It is a work of art. Nice sharp clean and tight workmanship. Engraving are flawless. Next is the Smith, Daly and kimber. What I don't like about the kimber is the blasted finish. It just seems a little rough to me. Not really bead blaster but maybe something else a little coarser. Where the Smith is really smooth, But the draw back to the Smith is that it scratches easier.
For the trigger action: I like the kimber It is a short throw before it fires. Next the Smith then Daly. The Daly doesn't really have a throw. It has a very short trigger. The Wesson has the longest throw of them all. I will probably have that looked at.
For trigger pull: The Smith is the lightest and smoothest. Then the Kimber, Wesson and Daly. 2nd Through 3rd are all very close.
For the slide action: The Smith feels very smooth rocking the slide back and forth. Then the Wesson, Daly and Kimber. This might not be fair to Kimber since it is an Ultra Carry model.
For user friendly: I like the Wesson. But wish it had an ambidextrous safety. The Daly has one and it looks much nicer than the pins showing. then the Kimber. I don't like the ribbing on the Smith. It is the hardest to get a good grip on to slide a round into the chamber.
Hopefully I will get out this week and see how they perform. It is going to be along day at the range.