View Poll Results: Which 1911 brand do you prefer?

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  • Springfield

    328 23.03%
  • Kimber

    378 26.54%
  • Colt

    270 18.96%
  • Smith and Wesson

    87 6.11%
  • Para

    76 5.34%
  • Other (If so, please list)

    285 20.01%
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    I personally own two ~ Colt Defender & Combat Elite & will get a Gold Cup in the future ~ they may not be as 'sexy' as the Kimbers (not going to start a futile Colt vs Kimber debate) but nothing beats their reliability. I would really like to have a Ed Brown Kobra though....

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    All the big vendors at the gun shows down here in Florida have all you want in S&W,and all the different models. Smiths came out with two new ones but no price on them yet. Hot sellers in my area are S&W,Springfield,Colt,& Kimber.

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    Other

    Have a Kimber Pro CDP and love it. It has been as reliable as one could hope for and more accurate than I can shoot. Tried many brands before my purchase and the Kimber was the best that I could afford at the time. No regrets, but...

    I selected OTHER because Kimber is not my favorite.

    After shooting every 1911 I could get my grubby hanks on, so far my favorite is a Les Baer TRP. However, my next purchase will most likely be a Wilson CQB Compact or Les Baer Stinger. I have found the commander size is hard to conceal and am looking for an officer size frame with a commander length slide.

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    one that shoots

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blastard View Post

    After shooting every 1911 I could get my grubby hanks on, so far my favorite is a Les Baer TRP. However, my next purchase will most likely be a Wilson CQB Compact or Les Baer Stinger. I have found the commander size is hard to conceal and am looking for an officer size frame with a commander length slide.
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    Well, U are talking about high end guns. I'd love a Nighthawk, but doubt I can ever afford one.

    Although, if I sell my telescope, and don't buy a PS90, I suppose I could save up another year or two and get one. But, unless I won the lottery, I don't think I would spend that much money on a 1911. I already payed for a $1200 one, and I much prefer my P99. As much as I like 1911s, I don't plan to spend that much or more on one again unless I just am rolling in the cash.

    As for WIlson, I don't really like the nightsights that Wilson use. But the Les Baer guns and Ed Brown guns are nice

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    Well, I own a Dan Wesson Commander Classic Bobtail .45ACP that I love the heck out of and today will take delivery of a 3" Kimber Ultra CDP II .45ACP for my personal carry gun. I think Kimber, Springfield Armory and Dan Wesson are three of the finest "production" guns made. All three seem to be very consistently high quality guns. That said, I think it's ironic that two of the most currently underrated 1911's made are also two of the oldest manufacturers...S&W and Colt. Anytime I read anything about the 1911's made by either of these companies it's overwhelmingly and very consistently positive. I'll have to say that even if I had the know-how I sure wouldn't want to go into production of 1911's in such an intensely competitive market. There are just soooooooo many brands that are extremely high quality and that's not even considering all the custom gun makers. It is indeed a VERY tough business to survive in. All the better for us though.
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    Well, I almost bought a Colt at the beginning of the year. The quality control was horrible on this gun, and some off the other Colt 1911s I have seen. U almost have to start smithing the gun afterwards in order to get a decent trigger and other stuff. Maybe the very high end expensive Colts are better. And, maybe some of the older ones. But, I for one am not a Colt fanatic.

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    The new Taurus 1911. My friend has one, great shooting pistol, especially for $470 OTD.

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    Hi All:

    New to this site this very minute. I am finding some very interesting reading here as well. I had the same dilemma about choosing a new 1911 a while back and, aside from anything custom and very expensive, my internet research seemed to indicate that the S & W lineup had all the features I wanted. I was first and foremost interested in reliability and everyone on other forums were saying that these pistols were very dependable. That was music to my ears because I had purchased my first 1911 as a retirement gift and ended up with a low end import that just doesn't work very well. So I ended up buying a Smith 108284 in stainless and have been shooting it in IDPA and USPSA for about 2 months and it has not had so much as a hiccup. I love this pistol. It had boiled down to the Smith, Kimber and Springfield for me. The Springfield just didn't seem to have what I wanted and I heard a lot of bad things about the Kimber extractors so the choice became easier. I understand Kimber had so much trouble with their external extractors that they went back to the internal. Aside from the fact that the Smith's external extractor doesn't look original, apparently they do know how to make them work reliable. Did I mention I love this pistol???? Oh yes, I think I said that once already.

    Bob

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    Colt........

    ....quality, fit, finish, reliability are on par with everything out their now...I wouldn't say this a few years ago, 'cause Colt quality was non-existant...a lot has changed...recent purchases this year included a Series 70 in SS, a blue Series 70 Commander, and a WWII model; if Colts were no longer available, I would stick with the Springfield line, particularly the GI and Mil-spec models...the rest of the line is too ghetto fabulous for my tastes...as for the high dollar offerings from Wilson, Baer, Ed Brown, et al....just a monumental waste of money.

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    Favorite 1911's

    in order of preference:
    STI Edge .45
    Kimber Ultra Ten II
    Detonics Combatmaster MK 1&5

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    Wink "Well..."

    I really like Ed Brown's & Wilson's for Semi-Custom 1911's... I also build them so I guess I should say I like Mine best...

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    I wish I could show Y'all some of MY personally built... It'll have to wait on a new Cam. & some NEW build's..!

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    Colt

    To me there is nothing like a Colt.

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    Owned them all one time or another.

    I owned them all one time or another. Only one was flawless right out of the box and that was a Mitchell Arms 1995 Gold Series, I wish I still had it. Now I have a Llama IX-A fully worked and it out shoots my Sig P220 duty weapon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Method View Post
    Which 1911 brand do you prefer? If you could, list a reason why. Past/current experience? Feel, dependibility, accuracy?

    If it's not on the list, feel free to state another option.

    I am looking to get a 1911. I know, I know....I just got my USP-C 9mm you say. Well I just can't help myself. :-D

    Let the debate begin....
    In 1911s, I buy nothing but Colts. Look, features, quality, history.

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    I don't actually own one, but would like some advice on one. My boyfriend is wanting a 1911, and I'm thinking of getting him one at some stage. He has always wanted a Springfield Operator, but because of their price, someone told him that the Kimber Custom TLE/RL II is just as good.

    I'm of the opinion that if you are going to spend say $1000 on a gun, why not spend a couple hundred extra and get the one you really want. However, I'm just new to guns *and loving every minute of it*, and so I may be way off target with my line of thinking.

    Anyone have any ideas/opinions on these two?

    * Link to the Kimber Custom TLE/RL II http://www.kimberamerica.com/pistols/custom/tlerl.php

    * Link to the Springfield Operator http://www.springfield-armory.com/pr...-1911-op.shtml

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    I have had a Springfield TRP before (basically, the same as the TRP Operator w/o the rail) - It was a $1200 gun. It was not as accurate as past 1911s I have owned. It functioned w/o jams, but it never quite hit where I wanted it too. I also hated the sights. The TRP and the Operator U are talking about comes w/ night sights - only they are not your typical ones. They have barely noticeable silver circles around the tritium, instead of the nice white circles. I hated these sights. And,I have seen others complain about them on the 1911 forum before.

    Most accurate 1911 I have personally owned in the past was a Kimber Tactical 2. If it were me, I'd buy a the stainless model of the Kimber you posted the link to. I love the night sights that Kimber uses as well.

    But 1 piece of advice.... If your boyfriend WANTS that Springfield... He will never be satisfied until he gets it. If the other gun is better or worse, your boyfriend needs to come to that conclusion, or he will always lust after the Operator even though he owns the Kimber
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    Hmm interesting. Especially the bit about the sights. However I've heard a lot of negative comments about the Kimber's external extractor, as well as other issues with them, and not being as agressive as the Springfield's with 20 LPI checkering (30 on the Kimber's). I think from what I've read on this forum, as well as calguns.net I think I'll go with the Springfield.

    Anyway, thanks for the information.

    Cheers...
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    Talking Kimber EE

    Quote Originally Posted by ApocalypseWoman View Post
    Hmm interesting. Especially the bit about the sights. However I've heard a lot of negative comments about the Kimber's external extractor, as well as other issues with them, and not being as agressive as the Springfield's with 20 LPI checkering (30 on the Kimber's). I think from what I've read on this forum, as well as calguns.net I think I'll go with the Springfield.

    Anyway, thanks for the information.

    Cheers...
    Kimbers Externals are a thing of the past. I have a 5" and never have had one lick of trouble but many others have. Many of the problems were with shorter barrell lengths. Drive down to Berryville, AK and get him a Nighthawk he will love you forever. Mine is coming in about 8-10 weeks.

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    [QUOTE=Shipwreck;35154]\
    Well, U are talking about high end guns. I'd love a Nighthawk, but doubt I can ever afford one.

    I paid the extreme price just to get a Nighthawk......I had to take my wife to Branson for three days. The only reason I did was the Nighthawk plant is only 40 miles away. (OK OK the other reasons are to hurtful to mention----SHE won.)

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