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To rail or not to rail...That is the question

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by LarryD1130, Aug 6, 2011.

  1. LarryD1130


    Aug 31, 2009
    Pittsburgh, PA
    What do you guys think of accessory rails on 1911's?

    I'm about to buy a Kimber Custom TLE II and I'm debating if I should get the one with the rail or not. I don't really like how it looks but it could be useful especially since I plan on getting a Streamlight TLR-2s for my Glock 23.

    Also, what do you think of the Kimber?
  2. Quack

    Quack Rent this space

    Jan 7, 2002
    NE Ohio
    not a Kimber fan here.

    i have a railed 1911 for home use.


  3. TKR Reptiles

    TKR Reptiles Thread Killer

    Oct 19, 2010
    Norman, OK
    I am a big fan of railed 1911's ... The TLE is a good choice, but I would recommend a Operator...

  4. limbkiller


    Mar 25, 2011
    I can't stand them. But some love them. I can see why some blind old guys might want a rail.:tongueout:
    COTEFT #8
    Last edited: Aug 6, 2011
  5. GJ1981

    GJ1981 Pitying Fools

    Feb 10, 2008
    If a 1911 has a light rail, it should be cut in just ruins the "classic" lines. Well, that's the comments I seen around here in the past pertaining to light rails on 1911's.

    I could honestly care less about the looks of my pistols, if you want a light on your pistol, go for it.

    <a href=";current=DSC01247.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

    As for Kimber's...I dunno anymore. I had a TLE and it wasn't too bad, had a few issues but nothing major.
    Last edited: Aug 6, 2011
  6. Z28ricer


    Aug 4, 2005
    Tampa, FL
    Sure why not, you'll either end up selling it, and not liking 1911's, or you'll buy more, and some may or may not have rails.

  7. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

    Nov 24, 2005
    Mmmmmmmm looks delicious! :drool:

    Anyrate, I've been thinking of using a Champion Operator for my next.
  8. skdmrklcy

    skdmrklcy Duck and Cover

    Jun 10, 2004
    North of Cinci, Ohio
    If you are going to use the rail go for it.

    I am not a super fan of the rail, but they can be handy.
  9. MD357


    Jul 13, 2008
    Stop worrying about the looks of a 1911 and worry about it's function. If you plan to use a WML to defend yourself then I'd say it's imperative.

    Hint: Should you use it, the BG will never worry about getting shot with an "ugly" gun. :supergrin:
    Last edited: Aug 6, 2011
  10. Z28ricer


    Aug 4, 2005
    Tampa, FL
    This, worry about the finish if you want looks, otherwise determine what you need/want on a functionality basis.
  11. polizei1

    polizei1 It WAS Quack

    Feb 3, 2009
    Cincinnati, OH
    The only way a rail belongs on a 1911 is if a light is attached to it! Rails are meant for duty and home defense IMO. I've never understood why someone would want to carry a railed 1911 for concealed carry. :dunno:

    As for the Kimber, I have no personal experience. Search around the'll probably find a lot of love-it, hate-it.
  12. SouthpawShootr

    SouthpawShootr NRA Life Member

    Aug 17, 2001
    Chesapeake, Va
    I figure I have to have at least one around with a rail for HD duty. I have 2 right now. My best choice was a Sig Tac-Ops. Nice gun for the money. I actually looked around for a Kimber TLE RLII before purchasing my Sig but there were none to be found locally and none of the local shops distributors had them. I was partial to the TLE b/c I already have one without the rail and it's been a stellar performer.
  13. engineer151515


    Nov 3, 2003
    I've owned both in the Kimber TLE.

    I did not care for the rail because the balance of the weapon "felt different", it was incompatible with the leather holsters I had for 1911's and the Surefire 200 weapons light did not fit snugly on the rail. I could shift it along the rail because the rail spacings were just slightly too wide. I put a piece of electrical tape in the slot to snug things up but would have to replace the tape with each cleaning. I wanted to like it because I like weapons lights on the nightstand weapon but, in the end, it just annoyed me.

    Last edited: Aug 6, 2011
  14. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    Not a fan here.

    However, if I used a 1911 for HD, I'd have one with a rail.
  15. pistolwrench

    pistolwrench Dremel jockey

    Jul 27, 2009
    Pol nailed it!
    The only exception is the Dawson rail. But even that set-up is not compatible with most quality holsters.
    I need two pistols. One with a rail mounted white light for home defense and border camping.
    Another for everyday concealed carry.
  16. Hokie1911

    Hokie1911 >

    Dec 26, 2003
    NE Ohio
    BINGO. One for the holster. One with a light for the nightstand.

    You should post some railed build pics. You LTW fellers seem fond of the Dawson rail so let's see some.