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Kimber Compact Stainless II

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by JEEPX, Jun 6, 2011.

  1. I am thinking about buying a Compact Stainless II. I like the 4" barrel, and the short butt.
    Once proven reliable, it would be used for CCW.

    Before spending my money, I would like your opinions on this pistol and on Kimber.

    I appropriate any help.
     
  2. HAIL CAESAR

    HAIL CAESAR Senior Member

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    It is a good gun. But go ahead and order the (correct ) Wolf spring for it now.
     


  3. Hokie1911

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    Therein lies the argument. You will get a lot of differing opinion about this regarding Kimber. Personally, I'd look elsewhere, but it's your dime. If you want a Kimber, go for it.
     
  4. HAIL CAESAR

    HAIL CAESAR Senior Member

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    I might look at the STI Guardian or the DW CCO first........
     
  5. Rimcrew

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    Not a Mimber Fan; take a look at the Baer Stinger.
     
  6. Hokie1911

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    These are 2 wise individuals. STI Guardian would be my first choice. :thumbsup:

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  7. My experience with Kimber, is a Seris 1 Royal. It has been flawless.

    The consensus seems to be that the Kimber, is not worh it.

    I have no experience with either of mentioned brands.

    I do know that GT Distributors in Rossville carries STI. I have seen them but never handled or shot one.

    The Les Baer I have no experience with either.

    I have safe full of HK's, but only the one 1911.

    My daughter is starting at UT Knoville this fall. Money is not tight, but I do not want spend 2k on a pisol.

    Thanks for the replies
     
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  8. Hokie1911

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    Buy STI with confidence. Best bang-for-the-buck 1911s and excellent customer service if it is ever needed. The Guardian runs $1k.

    Bravo on your choice of HKs btw. :thumbsup:
     
  9. hokieshooterG23,

    I will look seriously at STI. GT does carry them. I can stop by after work. I like that. By that I mean, I can actually put my hands on them and handle them.

    Thank-you for your help.
     
  10. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

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    Well, I'll step up and give Kimber some love. I haven't had any issues with any of mine, and I have a several. The Compact makes for a great CC 1911. I haven't swapped any springs to make mine run, but I do recommend using either Wilson or Tripp Cobra mags. I also break my Kimbers in by running them REALLY wet, and racking the slide without a mag in the gun about 200 times before I ever even fire a round through it. Shoot about 250 rounds of factory 230gr FMJ, then run 50-100 rounds of whatever you plan on carrying in it and you should be good to go. If you want to start off with new springs, it can't hurt, but I never have. :wavey:
     
  11. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

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    I see you're in Georgia, are you going to stop by Adventure Outdoors on Cobb in Atlanta? They have a ton of STI's in stock. I was working down there last summer and that place is loaded with guns, no pun intended, :cool:, with guns. They have most models made by STI, or at least they did. :)
     


  12. When I do get toward Atlanta, I will have to check this Adventure Outdoors out. :cool:

    GT Distributors in Rossville, carries STI. They are right up the road, and only 15 minutes away
     
  13. Hokie1911

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    No problem. I'm not bashing Kimber by any means. I had a Pro Carry 2 and had no problems at all with it. There are just better options IMHO.
     
  14. cole

    cole Millennium Member

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    Kimber is a good gun most of the time, but priced too close to better guns. I have (current tense) a Compact Series 1 that's excellent. Had (past tense) a Series II 5" Target which was fine. But, I'll not buy another Series II. FYI: The current standard Compact has a aluminum frame, which is not for me.
     
  15. Poorshot

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    I was in GT today and they had a few STI's and two Kimbers. A Kimber Stainless Pro Carry II with night sights and an Ultra Carry II with night sights. I am buying an Ultra Carry II/NS tomorrow from one of their customers. I have a Pro Carry II that I love and have never had a malfunction. It is my favorite 1911.
     
  16. alwaysshootin

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    I wouldn't hesitate on purchasing a Kimber, the five I've owned have been everything you'd want from a 1911!:wavey:
     
  17. The Compact/CCO arrangement just doesn't balance well for me, so I carry the 3" guns and get along great.

    I have an older Kimber Stainless Ultra Carry that has been completely reliable.

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