View Poll Results: Which 1911 brand do you prefer?

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  • Springfield

    323 22.92%
  • Kimber

    378 26.83%
  • Colt

    265 18.81%
  • Smith and Wesson

    86 6.10%
  • Para

    75 5.32%
  • Other (If so, please list)

    282 20.01%
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    ... and according to me, I'm always right. Hahaha!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holly View Post
    ... and according to me, I'm always right. Hahaha!
    I quit arguing with females many years ago. I didn't get this old being stupid...... but then, some would argue that as well....

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    Quote Originally Posted by usmcj View Post
    I quit arguing with females many years ago. I didn't get this old being stupid...... but then, some would argue that as well....
    Hahaha! I like the way you think.

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    Voted other, My STI Range Master is my favorite followed by my Colt ser.70
    TGR

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    Other. I own a Sig 1911 tac ops. I purchased it for a very reasonable price, I feel like with the sigs you get more for your money.

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    Got to be Kimber for me. I have 2 (Covert and Pro Carry II)

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    I have two colt 1911 s / one that has never been fired, mkIV series 70 gold cup, a long story on that one, but the other is a regular shooter, and one of my favorites. So my vote goes with colt, they are the original, tried and true, but i will not bash or say anything about the other 1911 models as i also own a Kimber, which is a fine gun. Any 1911 style platform should be a good gun, so this should have been a who like the 1911 question, cause I like em all.....

    "When I was just a baby my mama told me. Son, Always be a good boy, don't ever play with guns." ~~ Johnny Cash

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    Quote Originally Posted by JerryMac View Post
    "When I was just a baby my mama told me. Son, Always be a good boy, don't ever play with guns." ~~ Johnny Cash
    Unless they're 1911's......

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    Right now, I seem to have become a Dan Wesson guy by default.
    I got a CCO last summer. Last friday I ended up buying a a PM7 40 used. It was too good of a deal ($699) to ignore and I had been thinking of a full sized .40 S&W anyway... Time permitting, I will be giving it a full run on the range this afternoon.
    I also own a Colt (Safe queen: Commemorative) and a Springfield Armory Trophy Match.
    What the future holds is an entirely different issue.

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    Springfield Armory Mil-Spec........


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    One word. Colt. That is all.

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    One word...two syllables....Kim ber

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    1st-Colts-2nd-Kimbers-3th-Sig 1911's..

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    [QUOTE=Holly;241121]Really? Colt is FOURTH??? Lame...

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    There are many good brands but my vote is for Kimber. I was always a fan of the classic companies like Colt, Springfield... but decided to give Kimber a chance and the difference is amazing. They are very reliable, incredibly accurate, and they look amazing. I have one of the Kimber custom shop 1911's and have never shot a better gun. If .45 ammo was cheaper I would only shoot that gun.

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    Good to hear from another person who appreciates Kimber 1911's.

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    I've owned quite a few different 1911s over the years including an incredible 70 series Colt which I should have never sold. However, I recently purchased a Kimber custom (Super Carry) and after my first few shots with it at the range I knew it was THE ONE. Beautifully built, perfect ergonomics, aluminum frame, internal extractor and no dang firing pin block! Trigger is crisp and clean and it fed and fired flawlessly. My hat is off to Kimber for producing a gun that would make John Browning proud.



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    There is a Wilson, and S&W that I want. I am really wanting the new Ruger one also. is it just me or has anyone else been hearing about alot of problems with the Kimber's?

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    I voted ....kimber pro raptor II ....

    and my XD. 45 tactical is like a polymer 1911..

    Both amazing guns ...

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    I voted Springfield.

    I prefer weapons made overseas, Brazil or the Philippines. My other choice would have been Rock Island.

    I only use milspecs. I don't use boutique guns, nothing tighter or smaller than government. You can identify a boutique manufacturer by the fact that there's no milspec in their product line. Tight and small are both less reliable than milspec. I don't use weapons with Novaks or bumps on the beavertail. No dots on the sights, no glow-in-the-dark, nothing that eliminates options.

    If you took a straight up 1915 M1911, the only changes I would make would be a beavertail with no bump and larger (blade) sights. If you took a straight up 1945 M1911A1, the only changes would be a beavertail with no bump, large blade sights and a straight mainspring housing.

    Carry on.

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    Liking Kimber

    I've had a standard govt Springfield for years and have had no complaints. But for carry I'm trying out a Kimber Ultra RCP II from the custom shop. So far I'm pretty impressed, though it does have one limitation. But first the assets - it's small. 3" barrel. It's 7 rnd mag makes for a great full grip, though I wonder if they would consider offering a 6 rounder for even better concealability. Having said that though the gun is built to conceal. Every edge is rounded even the mag release button. The gun has a grip safety, but the beaver tail is very truncated - looks almost like a Detonics in this regard. The special finish the gun has is something I've only seen on Kimbers. It's very smooth, almost slippery. It's not paint I've been told but something like a combination between paint and bluing. This of course has a practical use for holster draw but aesthetically it rocks. The backstrap and frontstrap are fluted, and the rosewood grips also are fluted.

    The gun field strips like a standard 1911 except that the recoil spring system is different in a couple ways. First it has two springs, one inside the other. Since it does not use a bushing, to remove the recoil assembly from the slide you have to push the spring(s) forward until a small hole in the front of the plunger is visable - then you must insert a special tool that is provided. This holds the assembly in a compressed position so you can then easily slide it all out to the rear of the slide.

    The biggest draw back to the RCP is also an asset. It has no sights - not unless you consider a longitudinal slot (trench) running from front to back the entire length of the slide. The asset of course is that it makes the gun completely snag free and jives with all the other conceal carry features. The draw back is ... well ... what you'd expect from a gun with no effective sights. Slow fire shows the gun to be effective at close to medium range but in rapid fire the sight acquisition is a crap shoot. Besides not having the visible sight reference points you're also looking down a completely black slide. No worries here though, I know that if I develop a better instinctual point and fire method I could mitigate this.

    One other thing to note - the gun has an added firing pin safety. It is internal and is activated by the grip safety (which of course activates the trigger safety). Kimber warns that when reassemby of the slide to the frame you make sure the grip safety is not engaged since it will protrude the mechanism rod slightly and make it impossible to pull he slide all the way back.

    So far I've got about 300 rnds thru it. I like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JAT View Post
    wonder if they would consider offering a 6 rounder for even better concealability. Having said that though the gun is built to conceal. Every edge is rounded even the mag release button. The gun has a grip safety, but the beaver tail is very truncated - looks almost like a Detonics in this regard. The special finish the gun has is something I've only seen on Kimbers. It's very smooth, almost slippery. It's not paint I've been told but something like a combination between paint and bluing. This of course has a practical use for holster draw but aesthetically it rocks. The backstrap and frontstrap are fluted, and the rosewood grips also are fluted.

    .

    There are plenty of 6rd flush fitting mags available for the 1911, check out THESE from Wilson Combat.

    As for the gutter sight, I've often thought that mounting a fiber optic rod in the trench would be an asset, just something to think about.

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    I bought a 1911 from a friend who bought it against my advice and finally admitted it's too much for him. He is not a pistol shooter. This gun, A.T.I. G.I model 4.25 in.bbl is well made the fit ,slide to frame is very good as is the bushing to barrel. it shoots anything I feed it, hand loads and factory any type of bullet with no problems. It's a very good shooter, my favorite load of bullseye and 200gr. cast swc will shoot 2 in. or less, 25yd off the sand bags. I guess I got a good deal. This gun was mfgd. by S.A.M Philippines. My Kimber Custom ll is still my favorite.

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    The one I own that works. The one I can afford that works. If I happen to have 2, 3, 4, 5, or more 1911's, the one that I enjoy shooting the most, that happens to work.

    Other than that it's just conversation. I have shot Kimber, RIA, Nighthawk, Dan Wesson, Colt, Wilson -- of them all -- my current favorite to shoot is Nighthawk. The one I currently own is Kimber. The one I owned before, and sold, is RIA.

    I'm keeping the Kimber -- so, right now, it's my favorite. When, and if, I get another 1911 that I like better -- well then, that will be my favorite. To lust after some unatailable pistol while I own one that shoots well, goes bang every time, is accurate, and handles well seems to be self defeating. Neither a target nor a bad guy will give a darn what pistol I use if I put the round where I want it to go. No one will say, "It would have been more fatal, or hurt more if you had used a ...................... (fill in blank)".

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    Dan Wesson Razorback custom Bobtail, including the custom serial number you see.

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