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Old 02-06-2012, 20:11   #1
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spingfield or kimber?

Need help on deciding between a springfield champion loaded 4" or a kimber pro TLE II. Both are stainless. any thoughts on the two.
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Old 02-06-2012, 20:44   #2
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if you must go with a 1911 less than 5" i say Springfield or Colt. i have no experience with anything less than 5" though.
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Old 02-06-2012, 20:47   #3
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i have no experience with anything less than 5" though.
sorry that just sounded funny
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Old 02-06-2012, 20:56   #4
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I have the springfield in .45 and the kimber in 9mm (both 4" guns), they have both been great so far. I don't care for shiny carry guns, so prefer the Kimber for that reason (Tac Pro II, 9mm), plus I am loving the 9, it's just fun to shot, and at 10+1 it is easier for me to carry than a g26.
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Old 02-06-2012, 20:57   #5
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Springer all day long. I'd prefer a parked Springer over the stainless.
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Old 02-06-2012, 21:07   #6
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if you must go with a 1911 less than 5" i say Springfield or Colt. i have no experience with anything less than 5" though.
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Old 02-06-2012, 21:08   #7
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Unless its for carry, go with a full size model.

there are many better options in the same price range if you're dealing with 5" barrels.
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Old 02-06-2012, 21:19   #8
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For me it would be Springer.
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Old 02-07-2012, 00:35   #9
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springer. I heard horror stories on kimbers
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Old 02-07-2012, 02:47   #10
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My vote is for the Kimber. If you plan on carrying it, the stainless is perfect for that. I carry a stainless Pro carry II.
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Old 02-07-2012, 02:56   #11
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I'd get the Springfield.
However, the Kimber is a fine weapon, just be sure to throw the recoil spring
in the trash and replace with a Wolff Springs ext spring.
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Old 02-07-2012, 03:06   #12
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I'd never trust my life to anything with a Swartz safety. There's a reason Colt and the army never bothered with it.

Then again, I replace the ILS mainspring housings in my Springfields, too. I had one on a TRP that would lock up every few times the gun cycled. I know it's a rare experience, but I'll never trust one of those again.
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springer. I heard horror stories on kimbers
Springfield. My experience with Kimber was a horror story.
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For me it would be Springer.
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Old 02-07-2012, 06:52   #15
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Kimber = 1 year warranty
Springfield = Lifetime warranty.

Heck, used, second-hand Springfield even have the lifetime warranty...
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Old 02-07-2012, 07:12   #16
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Need help on deciding between a springfield champion loaded 4" or a kimber pro TLE II. Both are stainless. any thoughts on the two.
Between those two, I'd pick the Kimber TLE Pro. Checkered fronstrap, night sights and a single side safety come standard. All it needs is a trip to Mr. Rogers' neighborhood for a flush crown job. Here's a pic of my Stainless Pro Raptor with a crown job. Haven't changed the safety to a single side yet, but that's on the "to do" list.

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Old 02-07-2012, 07:33   #17
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Springfield = no firing pin safety. Also has an internal extractor.
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Old 02-07-2012, 08:58   #18
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I have Springers and Kimbers. In 4 in. only Kimber. Actually two Kimbers in 4. A CDP and HD. both are 100% and shoot great.

But so do the Springers. Although they are 3 in. and 5 in.

I have never used either customer service but what I have read over the years have to give the nod to Springfield.
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Old 02-07-2012, 09:06   #19
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Kimber all day.

I just cant warm up to Springfield for some reason. They have much better triggers out of the box than Kimber's in my experience, and every one I have shot was great... But for some reason I dont even consider a Springfield 1911 a real 1911. No clue why. They just seam like wannabes to me.

So ya, nothing much to contribute except for my unexplainable bias lol
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Old 02-07-2012, 10:02   #20
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Read the thread about the Springfield that blew up. I doubt you would get better service from any company, regardless of price.
Springfield's service is stellar, and their 1911's work great.
I've only had one Kimber, and it was garbage. I sent it back to Kimber for repairs (which took close to 2 months), and it jammed the very first round I put through it.
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