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Kimber G10

Discussion in 'The 10 Ring' started by inspectorjj, Nov 5, 2011.

  1. I went to the range today to fire off some of my Swamp Fox 200gr. and I met a gentleman who had a rare G10 Kimber. He let me shoot it and I wanted to throw my Glock down. It was the perfect feeling gun. I was able to turn him on to Swamp Fox and he was very impressed. But, I really have to say that his Kimber G10 made me want to sell my Glock Beast. It was the smoothest gun with power that I have ever shot.
  2. jaygibson


    Dec 31, 2010
    How do these compare to the Delta Elite?

  3. attrapereves


    Sep 11, 2011
    I believe the Delta Elite's had some frame cracking problems. I'm not really sure what caused it, but I'm sure another member here knows why.

    If I were going to buy a 10mm 1911, I'd definitely get a Dan Wesson.
  4. jaygibson


    Dec 31, 2010
    I have a G20, but really want a 10mm 1911. I just have to figure out which one.
  5. rcd567


    Feb 5, 2011
    Near Glenwood, Iowa
  6. arushus

    arushus Biggest Member

    Jul 22, 2011
    NE Oklahoma
    Im most interested in wilson 10mm 1911's followed by kimber...
  7. I was drooling over a Delta Elite. I am a big 1911 fan, but I wonder how and if any of the 1911 tens could handle a steady diet of full power loads.
  8. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    No comparison there.
  9. Jitterbug


    Aug 27, 2002
    Colt fixed the cracking frame issues in the Delta long ago.

    1911's seem to be holding up to 10mm pressures quite well, as they have with .38 Super and other high pressure cartridges for many years.

    I have probably close to 1000 Double Tap and/or similar hotter handload's through my 2007 Dan Wesson CBOB, and it is running just fine without any indication of excess wear and tear. Plus another 3000 or so mild to mid-range loads. Other then a box or two of Remington UMC, I ran nothing but Double Tap for the first 500 rounds through mine.

    Nick has run quite a few warm loads through at least three 1911's that I'm aware of, a Kimber, Dan Wesson and his beautiful Fusion.

    Search around you'll find many others, I was reading about an older Delta, modified by Ted Yost just yesterday over on the S&W Forum, the guy has been running 5000 or so rounds a year through his which he said is his primary carry for the past 5-6 years. He said his favorite load was a 180 XTP at 1250 fps.

    Personally I think the latest Delta's in the $1000 range are a good buy at the moment...if you can find one. After some serious revamping at the factory the word is that the latest Colt's (all their 1911's) are the best in many a year. If I could find the cash I'd go for a 10mm Delta or a .45acp Combat Elite in a heartbeat, I've wanted a CE for many years.

    Visit the Dan Wesson forum on for more 1911/10mm info.

    For $1000-1600 the Dan Wesson is probably one of the best 1911 buys out there right now, much testing has been done comparing the D.W. to Wilson, Nighthawk, Ed Brown Baer and Fusion. And D.W. compares very favorably to the high end guns especially the latest $1500 price range models, which if you shop and get lucky might be able to find in the $1200-1400 range.

    I lucked out back in 2007 picking up the CBOB for $950 ish, it doesn't have latest and greatest small parts, but still is a very high quality handgun, if I could only own one gun this would probably be it, well other then say a Glock, which is probably the best overall choice if I could only own one.

    Being a 1911 and a 10mm at that, it has caused me to pull my hair out a time or two, but Dan Wesson Service is excellent and one trip back to the factory solved many of the issues I had with it, my only cost was $50 for shipping. The other thing I've found with 1911's is keeping the springs fresh, I now order from Wolff on a regular basis, but springs are cheap and easily replaced.

    Colt Delta and Kimber both have good reputations with their $1000 price range 1911's. STI is another good one, I'm not sure of the price range on these.

    Fusion is excellent, I'm not sure of pricing but I think it's in the $1500-2000 range.

    After another year or two or three, I'll probably have an extremely well qualified D.W. gunsmith I know do some fine tuning, small part replacement and put a new finish on mine for around $500-600. Nothing wrong with the stainless finish, I'd just prefer a black dura coat.

    1911's are going to be more finicky and higher maintenance then your Glock or say a 10** Smith, and no doubt are not as stout as either for running maximum loads long term with just inexpensive small parts replacement. But for sheer shooting enjoyment I like the 1911 platform over any other.

    The Glock at $550 is a tough act to follow, I put about another $500 or so in my old G29 trying to turn it into a 1911 so to speak with a lighter trigger, Barsto barrel for accuracy etc., with decent results. But in no way did it compare to the D.W.

    Personally I'm happy running reduced loads for most of my 10mm range usage, so I'm hoping this will extend the life of mine. After making sure it runs and is accurate I use the warmer stuff, mostly for CCW and/or woods carry.

    I go for light to midrange 10mm for urban CCW with heavier loads for the woods carry. I don't run it over what I consider to be sane full power 10mm loads.
    Last edited: Nov 6, 2011

  10. I really don't know. I haven't shot a steel gun in about 25 years. But it opened my eyes to other avenues that I am sure is going to greatly impact my play funds.