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buying a 1911 mostly range use and maybe competition but could carry on ocassion

This is a discussion on buying a 1911 mostly range use and maybe competition but could carry on ocassion within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by WC145 I've owned both and they're solid guns but I prefer the Colt. When I bought my Competition I took it out ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by WC145 View Post
    I've owned both and they're solid guns but I prefer the Colt. When I bought my Competition I took it out of the box, lubed it, fired one mag through it then took it to an Action Pistol match and won single stack with it. It's very accurate, has a really good trigger, and has run 100%. I wouldn't hesitate to use it for carry, home defense, whatever. It would certainly make a good 1911 to start on, and would serve you well right out of the box while you learn what you like and don't like about the platform. I have a habit of changing stuff on my guns to get them the way I want and have several custom 1911s, in spite of that I've found that the Competition really doesn't need much, it's a nicely put together package at a reasonable price.

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    its a beauty... I am leaning that way.. is the thumb safety long enough for easy activation? not too stiff or is that just something that loosens over time?
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    Quote Originally Posted by stealthygun View Post
    its a beauty... I am leaning that way.. is the thumb safety long enough for easy activation? not too stiff or is that just something that loosens over time?
    It comes with an extended thumb safety, it's comfortable and too long or too wide. The one on my gun snicks on and off positively with what I consider an appropriate amount of effort, which nice since a lot of Colt thumb safeties have been kind of mushy in the last couple of years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stealthygun View Post
    So if I were to go full size would you go for Springfield RO or Colt competition? guess both are quality
    Colt competition without a doubt. The Colt has better parts in it as a whole. Colt uses mim for three parts. Conversely, Springfield and Kimber use mim for just about every small part in the gun.

    I currently have a competition model Colt, It is everything WC145 said it is. To put it another way, I just got the Competition model the other day, I could have gotten a RO instead, but I want the gun with higher quality components.
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    Beautiful Colt WC145
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    Quote Originally Posted by JustinTime View Post
    Colt competition without a doubt. The Colt has better parts in it as a whole. Colt uses mim for three parts. Conversely, Springfield and Kimber use mim for just about every small part in the gun.

    I currently have a competition model Colt, It is everything WC145 said it is. To put it another way, I just got the Competition model the other day, I could have gotten a RO instead, but I want the gun with higher quality components.
    I agree with you 100% on component quality. I didn't bring it up because I didn't want to bring another potentially confusing issue into the discussion.

    That said I think Springfield's MIM parts are very good, I've never heard of anyone having problems with them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WC145 View Post
    I agree with you 100% on component quality. I didn't bring it up because I didn't want to bring another potentially confusing issue into the discussion.

    That said I think Springfield's MIM parts are very good, I've never heard of anyone having problems with them.
    I agree, you don't really hear about issues with Springfield's mim. I dont wish to derail the conversation either. I only brought it up to show how I come to my conclusions. If I'm choosing between two guns, I know I want the one with better parts in it. I certainly hope someone would inform me of such, so I try to do that for others.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JustinTime View Post
    Colt competition without a doubt. The Colt has better parts in it as a whole. Colt uses mim for three parts. Conversely, Springfield and Kimber use mim for just about every small part in the gun.

    I currently have a competition model Colt, It is everything WC145 said it is. To put it another way, I just got the Competition model the other day, I could have gotten a RO instead, but I want the gun with higher quality components.
    thats good info.. I would definitely go for the Colt then.. I would like to put my hands on one first though. it seems that some are tighter than others.. mybe the next gunshow will afford me that luxury
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    Quote Originally Posted by PJH View Post
    Thanks for correcting me; I was just thinking about the slide/barrel and the grip length.
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    Will be going to this Kimber in .45 ACP, when money allows.

    If too much recoil.. there are spring kits and other mods.
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    Quote Originally Posted by clarkston_cz View Post
    Will be going to this Kimber in .45 ACP, when money allows.

    If too much recoil.. there are spring kits and other mods.
    Nice choice, I saw a used one in the gunshop today, just like that.
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    Let us know how she operates, range report would be nice.
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