Personally, having owned four Kimbers, I would say no. Especially when you start getting into the "fancy" Kimbers that are nothing more than not-so-fancy 1911s given tacticool sounding names and a nice paint job.
For the same amount of money (and sometimes less) you can get a better 1911. Or, if you are already paying a ton of money for a 1911, save up a little more and buy a truly custom gun.
My two Kimbers have nice names, great paint jobs, and they were expensive...great guns and I have appreciated both...:image035::yup:
I have also seen other $2,500 - $3,000 (big names/quality) guns fail to the disappointment of new owners.
If it's mechanical it can fail...OMOYMV
I like mine, alot. It's my EDC. Very accurate, smooth action, easy for me to carry, and so far been very reliable. Even though it was a gift. I'd have a hard time paying close to, or over 1,000 bucks for any hand gun. Unless it just really tickles my fancy. Yes, some are worth it.
SO if you really like them, and really want a Kimber then get one.... not bad guns IMO.
I've owned 2 that came with some bugs. After the bugs were taken care of, they were very good pistols. Would I buy another? If I got a great deal on one, sure, but I'd also be prepared to invest a few more bucks in case of an infestation. :wink:
When you get upwards and over 1k, like my last Kimber would have been if it was new, there are a lot of options that might give you more than dress up for the money.
I have a 25th anniversary Kimber that I purchased 5 years ago.
I got what I felt was an excellent buy at $700.00 and it has been flawless in performance. However, a lot of what I have read and observed for Kimbers produced in the last couple of years leads me to think that they are over-priced for what you get. If I were looking today, I'd probably be looking at a Springfield.
I have a Kimber Ultra Tactical - It's a great gun, and I really like it.
Would I buy it again? No. I have a Springfield Champion that feels to me like a much better firearm, and it cost me much less. I think the Kimbers are nice, but overpriced.
I've purchased three Kimbers and all are outstanding handguns, as well as being excellent values for the prices I paid.
My EDC, an Ultra CDP II, purchased new for $925.00.
My primary home defense handgun, a Desert Warrior, purchased new for $935.00.
My latest acquisition, a Custom Stainless (5"), purchased used, in almost-new condition, for $700.
All three are utterly reliable and extremely accurate. I'd have no qualms about buying another Kimber.
As is the case for any handgun, I'd always look for the best deal and wouldn't pay MSRP. Check for features you want and figure what they're worth to you. You can take a basic 1911 and upgrade it, or purchase one with factory-added extras. Make your decision based on what delivers the best bang for the buck.
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