What compares to a Springfield Mil Spec/Loaded ?

What compares to a Springfield Mil Spec/Loaded ?

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    What compares to a Springfield Mil Spec/Loaded ?

    A while ago I made a thread asking about Springfield's Loaded HERE. I was hoping to find one of these at the gun show last week to be my first handgun purchase, but I only saw a couple used Mil Specs and that's it from the Springfield line. I did see a lot of Kimbers, and a few Colts and Para Ordnance.

    What model from Kimber is similar to the Loaded ?
    I looked on their site, and there have lots and lots of different models that all look nice and seem to be full of lots of customizations and stuff.

    Here a the models I checked out. Would these by similar to the SA Loaded ?
    Stainless TLE II
    Tactical Custom II
    Eclipse Custom II

    I really wish I saw more Springfields, Kimbers are all up in the $1,000 range >_<
    Would I be missing out on any features or quality if I went with the models above instead of a SA Loaded ?


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    Those are pretty close, I'd say the TLE II is the closest, as the Tactical has an alloy frame and the Eclipse has a more.

    As much as I don't care for Kimber, I'd probably take the TLE in absence of a loaded.

    The only differences between those Kimbers and the Springfield are frame material for the Tactical, finish on the others, the type of sight, (Springfield used Novaks IIRC),the absence of the ambi safety (excluding the Tactical) found on the Loaded Springfield, and the TLE and Tactical have 30LPI front strap checkering, and the Kimbers have the series II firing pin safety.

    Kimber really doesn't have anything to compare to the MILSPEC, their base gun is the regular Custom II which is kind of an in between gun from the MilSpec and the Loaded.

    You'd get better of the following on a Custom II than the MILSPEC: Sights, safeties, and pending on opinion, a better finish. However, the Loaded would have an Ambi safety, and night sights. Those are personal preference.

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    thanks for the help JD

    I'll take a look the next time the gun show comes and call around some local gun shops, but hopefully I can find a Springfield

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