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Old 07-08-2012, 17:21   #1
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The Best 9mm 1911

Who makes the best 1911 in 9mm? I hear lots and lots of good things about STI and people like the Springers. There are even a Colt or 2 out there.

It's going to be a game gun so which one would you pick?
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Old 07-08-2012, 17:35   #2
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There are several great 9mm 1911's out there. It's a very subjective question. I have three GREAT 1911's in 9mm. But that's MY opinion. They all shoot great and have been 100% reliable and look pretty damn cool to me.

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Old 07-08-2012, 17:36   #3
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Old 07-08-2012, 17:52   #4
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per the 2010 uspsa equipment survey, in the Open division, STI frames were used by 75% of the top shooters. so definitely something you should consider.

i have and like STI's steel master, but it is set up for Minor and thus a scoring handicap vs Major loads.
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Old 07-08-2012, 17:56   #5
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For IDPA there isn't a power factor so that's a non issue.
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Old 07-08-2012, 17:58   #6
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I'm in the market for a 9mm 191 as well. Check out the Ranger II and DW Guardian. SA EMP's are good too.
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Old 07-08-2012, 18:06   #7
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I had a Kimber Stainless II in 9mm that was a sweet shooter, but had less than stellar reliability. To cut costs Kimber uses the same .40 cal breech face on all their their non .45 ACP slides and as a result the extractor slot is too far over for 9mm case. No amount of extractor tweaking nor two different extractors nor three different magazines would fix it's random FTFeed and FTExtract and Double Feed. 1911's that use a true 9mm breech face seem to have a much better record of reliability. 9mm 1911's also tend to be pretty picky about magazines as well due to the shorter cartridge length. I sold mine off and picked up a Glock 17 for 9mm shooting. My G17's been flawless for over 2000 rounds. I was lucky if I got 25 rounds out of my 9mm Kimber between jams. I'm in the market for a .45ACP 1911 this time. Your mileage may vary.
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I had a Kimber Stainless II in 9mm that was a sweet shooter, but had less than stellar reliability. To cut costs Kimber uses the same .40 cal breech face on all their their non .45 ACP slides and as a result the extractor slot is too far over for 9mm case. No amount of extractor tweaking nor two different extractors nor three different magazines would fix it's random FTFeed and FTExtract and Double Feed. 1911's that use a true 9mm breech face seem to have a much better record of reliability. 9mm 1911's also tend to be pretty picky about magazines as well due to the shorter cartridge length. I sold mine off and picked up a Glock 17 for 9mm shooting. My G17's been flawless for over 2000 rounds. I was lucky if I got 25 rounds out of my 9mm Kimber between jams. I'm in the market for a .45ACP 1911 this time. Your mileage may vary.
My mileage varied greatly. Hundreds of rounds through mine, using mostly Kimber mags, which I think are complete junk. Not a single hiccup with anything and everything I ran through it. Including several different types and sizes of SD ammo. I hear about all of these Kimber issues, yet, after 9 Kimbers, I haven't had a single issue.
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Depends on how much money you want to spend.
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$1500ish.......It's going to be my ESP gun after I make master in SSP. Kinda a reward and tool for the next phase.

It just have to IDPA legal in the end.
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It won't be a self defense or home defense or zombie defense gun. It's goal in life will be to kill cardboard DRT and knock down steel.
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Who makes the best 1911 in 9mm? I hear lots and lots of good things about STI and people like the Springers. There are even a Colt or 2 out there.

It's going to be a game gun so which one would you pick?
If price was equal, I'd pick Colt. Most of the other brands are for people who want their gun "customized" from the factory. I do my own work.
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If it's a gamer gun I would stay away from Kimber, the FPS doesn't like high round counts from my experiences and it shouldn't be there in the first place. I'd go STI Trojan or Dan Wesson if you can find one.
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I had a Kimber Stainless II in 9mm that was a sweet shooter, but had less than stellar reliability. To cut costs Kimber uses the same .40 cal breech face on all their their non .45 ACP slides and as a result the extractor slot is too far over for 9mm case. No amount of extractor tweaking nor two different extractors nor three different magazines would fix it's random FTFeed and FTExtract and Double Feed. 1911's that use a true 9mm breech face seem to have a much better record of reliability. 9mm 1911's also tend to be pretty picky about magazines as well due to the shorter cartridge length. I sold mine off and picked up a Glock 17 for 9mm shooting. My G17's been flawless for over 2000 rounds. I was lucky if I got 25 rounds out of my 9mm Kimber between jams. I'm in the market for a .45ACP 1911 this time. Your mileage may vary.
Wow, if that's true Kimber is cutting more corners than previously thought.

Edit: did some searching..... that's just sad on Kimber's part. Overpriced junk.

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For a gun that's gonna see a lot of rounds, I'd personally try to spend a bit more for and pick up a Baer.
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Wow, if that's true Kimber is cutting more corners than previously thought.

Edit: did some searching..... that's just sad on Kimber's part. Overpriced junk.
I wouldn't go so far as to call them junk, but if I had known about the mis-sized breech, I would have never gotten a Kimber 9mm. Their .45 ACP pistols do have a pretty good reputation, but it sort of soured me on the brand to be honest. Oh yeah, the firing pin stop on it was EXTREMELY loose also. Extractor clocked about 20 to 30 degrees. If I pushed in the firing pin with the slide locked back, the stop would fall out. Very poorly fit. I carefully fit an EGW oversized forged stop and Wilson Combat 9mm extractor, but it still choked. BTW, I don't reload, so all I shoot is factory ammo of varying brands. I expect far better from a $900 pistol. For that kind of money, a firearm should be 100% reliable. No excuses or exceptions.
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