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Need help picking between two 1911's

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by mpw003, Dec 30, 2012.

  1. mpw003

    mpw003

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    I am Stashing some money aside and have been considering a 1911 purchase. I have owned a handful of pistols, XD, M&P and Glocks. I always seem to go back to the glock. My experience with a 1911 is very limited. I have personally never had any issues with a 1911 but have heard all the "horror stories" about how unreliable they are and not really considered buying one until recently. I am torn between the Kimber Custom II and the SA Range Officer. If you had to pick, which one and why? I would like to get some opinions from people who do/did own either of the two. Thanks for the input.
     
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    Absolutely love my Range officer!
     

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    Absolutely the one made in USA!
     
  4. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    I'd take a Colt, but between those two, I'd take the Springfield. I trust Brazilian workers more than New Yorkers.
     
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    glock2740 Gun lover.

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    :rofl:Not poking fun at you fn, but I thought that was funny. Also not trying to start an argument, just asking why you say that?
     
  6. mpw003

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    Steel Head: How many rounds have you fired thru it and is it picky about the kind of ammo u put thru it?
     
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    I'd go for the Kimber too, given the choice of one or the other. But I wouldn't worry too much if I had to deal with the Springfield unit.

    And even though I HATE the NY Yankees, I've bought a few Kimbers and have had nothing but good luck with them.
     
  8. itstime

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    Range officer for me. Personal preference.
     
  9. Steel Head

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    I just started reloading so I've been able to shoot it a lot.
    Maybe 700rounds now.
    200+ win white box
    50 brass blazers
    150+ American eagle
    100 plus various HP including some+p
    And 150 various reloads.
    The only thing it balked on was some very mild and very short 185 jhp reloads.
     
  10. Spiffums

    Spiffums I.C.P.

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    I have had 3 1911s in my life time. An old beat up Gold Cup National Match that I sold (I know I know i was a dumb ass kid of 24 what didn't I know then!) and a Kimber series 1 and a TLE II.


    I say get the Range Officer.
     
  11. alwaysshootin

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    Between those two, I'd choose the Kimber hands down. If you threw Colt into the mix, it would still be between the Kimber, and Springfield, and of course my pick would still be the Kimber. There is nothing wrong with the Springfield, I just prefer Kimber. For under $800 for an American made 1911, the Kimber Custom II gets my money every time.
     
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    There you have it. A Kimber owner recommending a Springfield. It would be my pick as well, between the two.


    ETA: HAD one Kimber, Have two Springfields.
     
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    Here is the solution! Go to where they have one of each, grasp one at a time in your hand, and shake. The one that doesn't rattle, buy it. You will be happy with the Kimber!:supergrin:
     
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    I reload for .40s&w and i'm sure if i step up to the major league i will start to load .45. Thanks for the info.
     
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    Because my IMBEL guns are pretty sweet (SAR-48 and GI), while something about the Kimber that really cranks me the wrong way. :dunno:
     
  17. SpringerTGO

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    Some of the people have for recommending Kimber over Springfield are pretty funny.

    Saying "buy American" on a site named after Austrian weapons is amusing. Would the same poster be against H&K, German and Swiss Sigs, Walther, FN, Berreta, Holland & Holland, and Purdey, just to name a few?

    How about the "shake it and see which one rattles" post? I would think reliability and accuracy would be more important. Especially in a 1911. Kimber won't even talk to a customer for warranty repair until the gun has 500 rounds through it. Maybe that tight fitting isn't so great, if the gun won't shoot reliably out of the box.

    And speaking of warranty, Kimber's service and warranty is light years behind Springfield.
     
  18. alwaysshootin

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    The only thing that would make the Kimber recommenders funnier is if one of their usernames was KimberTGO! LOL

    As far as Kimber warranty, and service, after owning six, never needed to use either. So I can't say if they are light years behind. Of course never used Springfields either. They both seem to be good quality.

    To the original poster. Not sure of the pricing of the two, that you are considering, in your area, but around here, the RO, is $200 more than the Custom II. For me it's a no brainer. Even if they were priced the same. But, they are not! Heck you could even step up to the Kimber Target, and still be a hundred bucks cheaper. Or, you could get the Stainless Target II, and be priced identical.
     
  19. MrMurphy

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    I'd take a Springfield over an -II generation Kimber.

    Kimbers used to be excellent, the II series guns have more QC issues. Enough so some well known 1911smiths won't touch Kimbers (or Para-Ordnances, having the same issue) by choice, in a few cases, at all.

    I'd take a Colt over either. Other alternatives are Ruger, Dan Wesson and Remington in the new and not terribly screwed up category.
     
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    I like the Custom II, but would probably opt for the RO if push came to shove. Its the one without a stupid firing pin safety, for starters.