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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

    LarryD1130

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    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

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    not a Kimber fan here.

    i have a railed 1911 for home use.

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  3. TKR Reptiles

    TKR Reptiles Thread Killer

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

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  4. limbkiller

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    I can't stand them. But some love them. I can see why some blind old guys might want a rail.:tongueout:
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  5. GJ1981

    GJ1981 Pitying Fools

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    If a 1911 has a light rail, it should be cut in half...it 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.




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

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    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.

    :rofl:
     
  7. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

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    Mmmmmmmm looks delicious! :drool:


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

    skdmrklcy Duck and Cover

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    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

    MD357

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    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:
     
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  10. Z28ricer

    Z28ricer

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    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

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    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 forums...you'll probably find a lot of love-it, hate-it.
     
  12. SouthpawShootr

    SouthpawShootr NRA Life Member

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    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

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    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.

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  14. bac1023

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    Not a fan here.

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

    pistolwrench Dremel jockey

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    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 >

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    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.

    :needspics: