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spingfield or kimber?

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by 23glock32, Feb 6, 2012.


  1. 23glock32

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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.
     

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  2. majette

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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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  4. Wild Gene

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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.
     
  5. Roy D. Mercer

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    Springer all day long. I'd prefer a parked Springer over the stainless.
     
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  7. bac1023

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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.
     
  8. craig19

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    For me it would be Springer.
     
  9. never enough

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    springer. I heard horror stories on kimbers
     
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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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    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.
     
  12. crazymoose

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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.
     
  13. clancy

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    Springfield. My experience with Kimber was a horror story.
     
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    Colt. :tongueout:
     
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    Kimber = 1 year warranty
    Springfield = Lifetime warranty.

    Heck, used, second-hand Springfield even have the lifetime warranty...
     
  16. glock2740

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    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. :cool: 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. :)

    [​IMG]
     
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  17. OUSooner

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    Springfield = no firing pin safety. Also has an internal extractor.
     
  18. itstime

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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.
     
  19. jaklcrow

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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. :dunno:

    So ya, nothing much to contribute except for my unexplainable bias lol
     
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  20. SpringerTGO

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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.