Kimber Desert Warrior

Kimber Desert Warrior

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    Kimber Desert Warrior

    OK Gang, I need your help.

    I've been without a 1911 for a few years, and don't like to carry them for self defensive purposes as I'm much more of a "point and shoot" type person. I am considering getting a Kimber Desert Warrior to fill the 1911 spot in my safe.

    I will use it at the range, plinking and when out 4x4'ing. What do ya'all think? How does this pistola rate? I can and have concealed a Gov't size 45 before, but that will not be this gun's primary purpose.

    Thanks in advance, Biker


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    Other Will Disagree but i will not buy a Kimber Again untill they get the problems they are having fixed .. in other words probley never as they keep using cheap MIM parts..

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    I own several Kimbers and the only problem I've had is the finish on my Tac Pro's safety is already worn.
    i have a Warrior (non desert) and I've never had a problem from it at all. It ran probably 100 rounds today without a hitch
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    For your intended purposed, the DW is overkill, I don't care for OD, Tan, Dark earth etc. etc. on my guns, I'm not fighting in the sandbox anymore and even when I was, my black rifle fit in just fine. Why spend more money on a rail and tan finish.

    If I wanted a railed Kimber, I would get the regular Warrior, as it is still a pre series II config. (no firing pin safety), but not the DW, and that's only if I wanted a railed Kimber.

    From what you're telling us:

    I will use it at the range, plinking and when out 4x4'ing. What do ya'all think?
    I think you can get a gun with the same quality, for less money.

    Get a Springfield Loaded model or a nice Colt.

    As stated, why spend money on a rail your not going to use, and in a finish that doesn't any purpose other than "looking tacticool" I can think of better "different" color schemes than coyote brown or whatever it is.

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    The other 1911 Pistols I'm considering are the Kimber Warrior and the Springfield Operator.

    Basically, I have some money to burn and want to "burn" it wisely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BikerRN View Post
    The other 1911 Pistols I'm considering are the Kimber Warrior and the Springfield Operator.

    Basically, I have some money to burn and want to "burn" it wisely.
    Which Operator?

    There's the MC Operator, The LW Operator, The Champion Operator, and the much coveted by me...TRP Operator.

    If your'e talking about the TRP Operator, buy it and don't look back!

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    Save a Little Extra Coin and then go custom be it Les Baer or Ed Brown

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bud White View Post
    Save a Little Extra Coin and then go custom be it Les Baer or Ed Brown
    Always sound advice, but I still find that Springfield gives you more "options" for your $$$$

    Then again, I like my Baer more than any other 1911 I've laid hands on.

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    Buy a Les Baer for a little extra. No MIM.
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    Definately save the money and buy a Baer or Brown, you wont regret it,

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    Quote Originally Posted by JD View Post
    Which Operator?

    There's the MC Operator, The LW Operator, The Champion Operator, and the much coveted by me...TRP Operator.

    If your'e talking about the TRP Operator, buy it and don't look back!
    Personally I wouldn't get any other SA Operator model than the TRP. I agree. However they seem hard to find, even online. Most have back ordered status on them. I waited six months before Impact Guns sent me "IN STOCK" notice in my email box.

    I guess their popularity and reliability have spoken for themselves.
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    You can buy the MC Operator and never look back. I bought one a few months ago and have been in lover ever since. It has the OD/Black finish.

    Honestly, I am very impressed with the Gun. In fact a couple of weeks ago I took it to the range to shoot with some friends who own Wilson's and they too were impressed. In fact one commented that he thought I got a Wilson for about 1k less than he had to pay for his. YMMV but I don't think you will be disappointed.
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    I've had my Desert Warrior for about a year and a half and love it. Extremely accurate and reliable. I purchased it to be be my primary home defense handgun and it fills the bill quite nicely. It's all steel with no Swartz safety.

    There are lots of other 1911s out there, custom and otherwise, more and less expensive. I'm very pleased with my Kimbers, as are quite a few of my friends with theirs. Pick whatever suits you the best.

    Original grips with the Insight M3XL mounted.


    Backstrap & night sights.


    First trip to the range, w/ Weaver stance.


    With Kimber Rosewood grips.


    And some Tucker Gunleather for carrying it.
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    The Desert Warrior I have examined at the local Sportsman's Warehouse is a Series I pistol (that is, no Schwartz thingy). It is priced at $1150, which is a good price now for a quality 1911. I do not like the accessory rail, but if this feature is of use to you (as it is to many people), then I would go for it. Kimber has fair customer support, and they only produce a few Series I pistols now. Strike while the iron is hot. A Les Baer model is a fine pistol, but do you want to pay three times more for a truck gun? I am sure you will enjoy the Kimber Desert Warrior.

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