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Old 02-03-2023, 06:21 AM   #1
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Old 02-03-2023, 06:28 AM   #2
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One's way more expensive than the other. That's like comparing Rock River to Daniel Defense. It all depends on what you want to pay. They'll both do the same thing. They'll both last you your whole life if you take care of them. I'm not paying double for a pistol that won't make a robber or psychopath extra dead.
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Old 02-03-2023, 06:48 AM   #3
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LOL at rock river v Daniel defense!

OP when it comes to 1911s its all about personal preference and what you want out of the gun.

If you just want a 1911 platform to plink with then get the Ruger. If you want a better built ďhigher endĒ 1911 then there are several options out there.


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Old 02-03-2023, 07:50 AM   #4
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My experience with Kimber is, look elsewhere.


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Old 02-03-2023, 07:54 AM   #5
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Old 02-03-2023, 07:58 AM   #6
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Never owned a Kimber, but I have been completely satisfied with my Ruger! It's been extremely accurate and has never jammed on me.
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Old 02-03-2023, 07:59 AM   #7
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Between those 2, Ruger everyday.
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Old 02-03-2023, 08:16 AM   #8
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Isn't the Ruger frame investment cast? As good as Investment cast has been proven. When it comes to 1911's for me. I want a billet/forged frame/slide in blue steel with wood.
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Old 02-03-2023, 08:26 AM   #9
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That Ruger sounds like a sack of nails if you shake it, but it will cycle and feed. Kimber is a hit or miss. Investment wise the Colt would be the top pick.
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Old 02-03-2023, 08:36 AM   #10
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Old 02-03-2023, 08:36 AM   #11
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Iíd go Sig, but thatís just me!

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Old 02-03-2023, 08:56 AM   #12
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Go spend twice as much on a boutique gun if you want fancy, or go spend $500 on a Rock Island that shoots and cycles as good as any sub $1000 1911.
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Old 02-03-2023, 09:26 AM   #13
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Old 02-03-2023, 09:46 AM   #14
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Have had great luck with several Kimbers, 45 and 10mm. I'm an average pistol shot but noticed an improvement with my Kimber over 80 series Colt. For right around $1,000 you can get checkered front strap and night sights included. Never shot a Ruger but like what I have seen and heard. Lower price point. Friend has one and likes it. Whichever you get, plan on buying after market mags.
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Old 02-03-2023, 09:50 AM   #15
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I've had them all, the budget ones anyways, I'll say under $1500.

That's budget to some and not to others. I haven't ventured into higher end ones.

I think you can tell a big difference in the lower end versus the higher end budget guns.

I have a couple of Kimber Ultra Carry IIs and love them, also Springfield Range Officers and an EMP that are just as good.

I've owned and sold some Rugers, Rock Island, and such because they just weren't as smooth and in my opinion not as accurate.

Honestly, the most accurate 1911 I have is a Springfield RO Compact in 9mm with the bull barrel. It was like an $800 gun at the time and runs as good as any I have.

Don't overlook Springfields lineup.
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Old 02-03-2023, 10:14 AM   #16
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it's pretty hard to find a ruger that doesn't work ...
it's also pretty hard to find a newer kimber that does work...
at least that has been my experience.

same goes for the new springfield prodigy ... countless videos on youtube of QC issues... there is a reason why the price on them is dropping...
Springfield in general makes quality products and i'm sure they will fix the prodigy. i'd love one once they get the kinks out.

given the choice , i'd take the ruger over the kimber any day.
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Old 02-03-2023, 05:42 PM   #17
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I've owned on Kimber and it broke. There is little pot metal firing pin block that will break at sometime in it's life. When, who know but it will give up the ghost at one point with heavy use. Sorry, but I can't chance that with a firearm.

https://sightm1911.com/lib/tech/Kimber_SII_FPB.htm

I don't even think Kimber sales the part, they just mail it to you when it breaks. I would step up to Springfield, STI, or a Remington R1.
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Old 02-03-2023, 05:53 PM   #18
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I know you mentioned Ruger and Kimber, and there have been a lot of other good suggestions. You might also check out Dan Wesson.
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Old 02-03-2023, 05:53 PM   #19
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I had a Kimber desert warrior and it was one of the most inaccurate pistols I’ve ever owned. I won’t ever buy another.
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Old 02-03-2023, 05:55 PM   #20
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I've looked at Bull Armory's 1911 pistol a few weeks ago and thought it was a good gun for its price range.
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Old 02-03-2023, 08:44 PM   #21
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My son has a Dan Wesson. I have a Ruger commander. The DW is the sweetest shooting 45 that I have ever picked up.
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Old 02-04-2023, 06:46 AM   #22
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Donít over look a Springfield.


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Old 02-04-2023, 06:47 AM   #23
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One's way more expensive than the other. That's like comparing Rock River to Daniel Defense. It all depends on what you want to pay. They'll both do the same thing. They'll both last you your whole life if you take care of them. I'm not paying double for a pistol that won't make a robber or psychopath extra dead.

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Old 02-04-2023, 07:52 AM   #24
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I’ve owned a bunch of 1911’s (STI, S&W, Springfield, Colt, Baer, Brown, Wilson, Kimber, and a couple full custom builds) but never a Ruger. My personal experience having owned several Kimbers is that I’ve never had a single problem with any of them, and I don’t know anyone personally who has. If I found one that tickled my fancy, I wouldn’t hesitate buying it today.
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Old 02-04-2023, 08:04 AM   #25
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I've owned one Kimber and most likely will never own another one. Accuracy sucked but trigger was really good. My Rock Islands are the most accurate of all my 1911's. Even better than my Sig C3 carry gun. What makes or breaks a good 1911 to me is if it will stand up to the torture of being converted to .45 super. So far all my RIA's have been bullet proof
I really really like this new double stack TAC ULTRA FS HC 45ACP also known as the RIA 2011. Most accurate out of the box 1911 I have ever had my hands on.
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Old 02-04-2023, 10:41 AM   #26
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If you shoot them enough most pistols are going to malfunction at some time. Most 1911 issues are magazine or ammo related. They tend to be more sensitive to those 2 things than other pistols, especially older ones. You won't go wrong with Kimber, Springfield or Ruger. All 3 good solid manufacturers and if you do have an issue it is most likely easily taken care of. The full size are going to run best. The smaller more compact you get, the finickier they get. My full size and commander size Kimbers and Colt will feed just about any kind of ammo I run in them with little to no break in. A buddy has an ultra compact Kimber that required a break in period and is picky about what ammo it feeds. Same with an older Colt Officers model I carry, it is more selective about what ammo feeds reliably. I'm sure the Wilson Combat, Dan Wesson or STI do shoot better but most people don't shoot good enough to justify paying 2 or 3 or 4 times the price over an entry or mid level 1911. Some do fell different in the hand. Pick up each one and buy what feels good in the hand and fits your budget.
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Old 02-04-2023, 08:38 PM   #27
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For what it’s worth I have a Ruger 1911 and it has never missed a beat. It doesn’t have the tolerances of my colts but it has never miss-fed, Miss fired or jammed. The gun is filthy and a beater and I trust it
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Old 02-04-2023, 09:07 PM   #28
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I’ve never had an issue with my kimber custom ii, the ruger is good too. There are a lot of good “budget” 1911s. None of them are close to a Dan Wesson mentioned above but they’re a fraction of the price
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Old 02-05-2023, 08:47 AM   #30
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And you're one of those weirdos that likes to get on here and contradict every opinion I have like you have a personal vendetta against me. Y'all need to get a **** life is what you ought to do. There's a few of y'all on here that I think get off on that.

This is a forum. Not everyone's going to agree with everyone else or have the same opinion as you. I think it's ridiculous to overpay for a pistol that has a fancy name when a Rock Island Armory or something half the price of it will do the same thing. Tools are the same way. You're paying for that name on it in a lot of cases. And Kimber ain't no different.

I've personally shot these different guns. It's not an opinion, it's what it is. I didn't read it from someone else or get my information from a forum. I fired it at a target and formed my own opinion. I'm not telling anyone not to buy a Kimber. Because why would I care?

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Old 02-05-2023, 08:54 AM   #31
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Taurus is not a bad 1911 either for the money.
The one I liked the best was my Colt, then my Para.

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Old 02-12-2023, 06:18 AM   #32
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And you're one of those weirdos that likes to get on here and contradict every opinion I have like you have a personal vendetta against me. Y'all need to get a **** life is what you ought to do. There's a few of y'all on here that I think get off on that.

This is a forum. Not everyone's going to agree with everyone else or have the same opinion as you. I think it's ridiculous to overpay for a pistol that has a fancy name when a Rock Island Armory or something half the price of it will do the same thing. Tools are the same way. You're paying for that name on it in a lot of cases. And Kimber ain't no different.

I've personally shot these different guns. It's not an opinion, it's what it is. I didn't read it from someone else or get my information from a forum. I fired it at a target and formed my own opinion. I'm not telling anyone not to buy a Kimber. Because why would I care?

No one has a vendetta against you and no one is going out of there way contradict your posts. Donít put yourself up on a pedestal and put your opinions out there if you donít want them countered. Like you said, this is a public forum. You should expect someone to challenge your post. Especially if the content you posted was unintelligent ignorance. Sorry but this is one of those places where you will get called on your posts. Good or bad. So donít stop getting upset every time someone has an opposing opinion. Maybe learn from them and you will get better responses.

The reason i posted what I did was because of your ridiculous analogy of rock river and Daniel defense. Those are two high quality AR manufacturers. You making that comparison clearly showed your ignorance. You post often so I think you should probably get the life.


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No one has a vendetta against you and no one is going out of there way contradict your posts. Don’t put yourself up on a pedestal and put your opinions out there if you don’t want them countered. Like you said, this is a public forum. You should expect someone to challenge your post. Especially if the content you posted was unintelligent ignorance. Sorry but this is one of those places where you will get called on your posts. Good or bad. So don’t stop getting upset every time someone has an opposing opinion. Maybe learn from them and you will get better responses.

The reason i posted what I did was because of your ridiculous analogy of rock river and Daniel defense. Those are two high quality AR manufacturers. You making that comparison clearly showed your ignorance. You post often so I think you should probably get the life.


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Yes they both are very good AR-15's which is why I made that comparison. Rock Island Armory or Springfield Armory make a good 1911 for half of what it'd costs to buy a Kimber. That name engraved in the side is what costs the money. It ain't got anything to do with how reliable the gun is. It all depends on how many bells and whistles you want on it. As far as function you can't go wrong with either.

It all depends on how much a person wants to spend on one. I don't know what that number is. Me personally, I'd rather save $500-$1,000 and still have an accurate, reliable gun. But that number of dollars might not mean much to someone else.
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Old 02-12-2023, 08:21 PM   #34
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I have a Magnum Research 1911U. Im no professional like some on here and my experience with 1911s are reduced to this one pistol. What I can tell you is it is accurate. I like it…alot
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Old 02-12-2023, 08:31 PM   #35
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i kinda like shooting my remington R1`s more than my colts .
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Old 02-13-2023, 04:18 AM   #37
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Another option that I donít believe has been mentioned yetÖFusion. The owner was a gun smith for Dan Wesson. Just bought my first and love it. Very reasonably priced as well.



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Old 02-13-2023, 04:27 PM   #38
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Another option that I donít believe has been mentioned yetÖFusion. The owner was a gun smith for Dan Wesson. Just bought my first and love it. Very reasonably priced as well.



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Old 02-13-2023, 04:48 PM   #39
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Dan Wesson or one of the older Springfield TRP. I have put alot of rounds through both with no issues. Carried both on duty as well
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