Colt has a better warranty and the kimber two tone or stainless can be bought for close to 700 bucks from a better dealer . Flip a coin ! I bought a stainless ultra 9mm , payed 712 bucks brand new locally and its been just what I expected form a small lite 1911 except my wife is now CC in ! Good defensive trigger at 4.lb 4oz after a few hundred rounds . If my wife keeps mine I'll probably buy another stainless but a pro 9mm this time . I'm not a 45 single stack guy .
There will be someone along to tell you to look at Springfield RO Compact too . Good luck .
I tend to trust Colt over Kimber. Kimber scan be picky and unreliable and require 500rds to break it in before they are expected to be reliable. Colt has a great warranty too as has been mentioned. I'd also be happy with a Ruger SR1911 or Springfield milspec, RO, or Loaded.
500 round breakin . That's funny . The 500 rounds fired is far more about the shooter getting use to a new handgun . Kimbers sell well around here and any issues have not showed up over the last generation at least . Comparable to current colt but some well say colts not what it use to be ether .
I don't remember the last time I had a handgun cause an issues and 4 of those were kahrs and there supposed 200 round break in . Doesn't les baer have a breakin .
A coworker just got a Kimber Pro Carry II in .45. We went to the range together, and I took about 25 shots with it.
I liked it, felt good in the hand. I am a Colt/DW guy. But the Kimber was very nice. As to break in, couldn't tell you.
My Colt commander in 9mm, has been flawless.
Personally I am a Colt guy, EDC is a .45. Best buddy has a Kimber and it's been as reliable for him as my Colt has been for me . I'd go rent both (if possible) and send a few pills down range and see what shoots the best from your perspective.
I know you like a 45 but performance from 45 in 3" barrel is not all that and small 9MM version is more reliable and more controllable . With wilson 9 rounds in the mag makes for a good carry option with 10 round mags back up .
You might need a better holster to aid in your commander concealment . I carry a sig p320 compact now some years with a tp40 kahr and tried to like a 45 acp with the ct45 kahr . That's not a small pistol that is very close to your commander along with my p320c for size but both are wider in the frame . Grip , maybe not . I use a comp-tac neutral in a 3:30 carry . As adjustable as that holster is for both can and height is hard not to like it and have no issues with a button down or loose t shirt .
I have the Kimber Pro Carry II. I put night sights on it and use Wilson 8 rd mags. I was surprised at how accurate it is. Never had a problem. What break in? Are you going to shoot it or leave it in the closet?
I think the Colt has better small parts. I have and still own Kimber's and Springfields, but my favorite are Colts. However, the Kimber's that I have owned all shot well, but I have seen a little more small parts breakage with them based on experiences by some of my friends.
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