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Old 11-07-2010, 22:52   #1
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SA or Kimber

I have been looking at 1911s for a bit now and recently shot a Springfield TRP. So the Epic debate. Whats a good quality 1911? I was looking at Springfield TRP or Kimber Warriors or TLE Full size or Pro size. All info is appreciated.
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Old 11-07-2010, 23:56   #2
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Go American Made! Check out a used Kimber Gold Combat.
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Old 11-08-2010, 02:29   #3
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Below $1000 I like Kimber, but from the TRP on up, I prefer Springfield.
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Old 11-08-2010, 02:35   #4
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I am quite pleased with my TRP at the moment.
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Old 11-08-2010, 05:46   #5
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I think the TRP is as good or better than the upper end Kimbers, but I'd take any Kimber over all of the SA guns that are below the TRP.
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Old 11-08-2010, 06:02   #6
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Go American Made! Check out a used Kimber Gold Combat.
I love my series one Gold combat, awesome gun not easy to find
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Old 11-08-2010, 06:16   #7
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The TRP looks like a nice pistol, but I haven't shot one. I have owned a SA Ultra Compact Loaded and I was disappointed with it's reliability and accuracy. I put about 600 rounds through it and sold it off.
I've had nothing but good luck with my Kimbers (Pro CDP II and Warrior). I've got about 1000 rounds or so through the CDP and probably around 5 to 6 thousand through the Warrior, no problems to speak of. The Warrior is probably my favorite pistol, and one I would gladly take with me to the middle east, given the choice.
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Old 11-08-2010, 06:21   #8
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I've seen a Warrior used through several thousand rounds in practice and competition. It's running like a champ. I've not owned or know anyone (specifically) using a Springfield. But, I would not worry about owning a Springfield as well.

Sooooo, you'll be fine with which ever you buy.
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Old 11-08-2010, 06:35   #9
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I'd say the TRP, or save a few hundred and get a STI Trojan. If you want a 4"-4.25", I'd also look at the STI Ranger2 over the Kimber Pros. If you are deadset on a 4" Kimber, the ProTLE2 is a nice gun for the money.
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Old 11-08-2010, 08:22   #10
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Below $1000 I like Kimber, but from the TRP on up, I prefer Springfield.
I still need to get a TRP (amongst other things).
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Old 11-08-2010, 09:32   #11
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The TRP for sure.
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Old 11-08-2010, 10:00   #12
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All nice pistols. Tie breaker for me was made in the USA. Custom TLE/RL II. 1000+ rounds. never a burp. It likes Federal 230g +P HST and 230g Gold Dots among others.
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Old 11-08-2010, 10:29   #13
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No contest. SA. Lifetime warranty and excellent customer service.
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Old 11-08-2010, 10:34   #14
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What's the difference between the Pro Carry HD and the Pro Carry TLE?
Sights...$202? Really......?

Edit: oh, front strap checkering?
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Old 11-08-2010, 10:43   #15
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I have been looking at 1911s for a bit now and recently shot a Springfield TRP. So the Epic debate. Whats a good quality 1911? I was looking at Springfield TRP or Kimber Warriors or TLE Full size or Pro size. All info is appreciated.
No questiona bout it, Springfield TRP.
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Old 11-08-2010, 10:45   #16
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I'd say SA TRP as well.
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Old 11-08-2010, 10:55   #17
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What's the difference between the Pro Carry HD and the Pro Carry TLE?
Sights...$202? Really......?

Edit: oh, front strap checkering?
You answered your own question. Night sights and front strap checkering are well worth a $202 upgrade.
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Old 11-08-2010, 11:30   #18
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Old 11-08-2010, 11:59   #19
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You answered your own question. Night sights and front strap checkering are well worth a $202 upgrade.
Agreed.
A different name entirely for sights and checking seems excessive, and seems to cheapen the strength of the brand's image...these should def be an option.

The TLE are also only offered in ACP, whereas the HD seems available in .38S and the non-steel versions can be had in nine.
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So both are good choices it seems. Kimber is out of NY. so its American made. Is Springfield not made in the USA? I was looking on their site (which needs more info added to it) and could not tell.
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Old 11-08-2010, 14:43   #21
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Most SA parts made in Brazil. Assembled in USA
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Old 11-08-2010, 15:09   #22
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The Warrior doesnt even offer FSC on a $1100+ gun. My recommendations on a 1911 under the TRP price would be the STI Trojan, all day, every day. But TRP over the Trojan and definitely the Kimber. I have a TRP and love it, ill probably never get rid of it. I am working on picking up a Trojan right now in 9mm. I have a Spartan, but my GF wants it so im going to sell it to her and kick in the extra $ for the Trojan
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That's what I chose in that price range.

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Old 11-08-2010, 16:55   #24
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No contest. SA. Lifetime warranty and excellent customer service.
That is my advice. The Kimber may be "nicer" in cosmetic ways and ways that don't matter a lick. But the SA's are very good guns and you have SA to back you for a lifetime with no hassles.

Kimber Customer Service usually stinks to high HEAVEN.
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Old 11-08-2010, 18:21   #25
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Go American Made! Check out a used Kimber Gold Combat.
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