what charlie, said riot earp said.....
Having owned Kimber, Para, and Springfield I must say that the Kimber is my favorite. In all fairness though the Springfield was one of their lesser models that is now discontinued. I carried a CZ 75B when I got my CCL. I chose that gun because of it's high capacity. Having a need for a shorter pistol I then bought the Springfield. It was a compact .45 with a double stacked mag. In my hands it was wildly inaccurate (mostly because of my woefull pistol skills at the time ). I believe the Kimber Stainless Ultra Carry II was my next pistol. I was a bit wary of going to a 7 round mag from a 16, but from the first round (which was dead center of mass 3" high) I've never thought twice about using it as my primary CCW. I have a para 14 that does nicely too. It is far too large to carry concealed on a regular basis.
I have owned a Colt, Kimber, Taurus and Springfield 1911. I currently have a Para P14. Its hard to beat 15 rounds of 45acp in a 1911 style pistol. Ought to be against the law.Well I guess it is in some places. I am drifting now.
John Moses Brownings designed Colt model 1911 and all that followed with the Colt name are great. My next pistol will be the Colt O1070XSE, it feels good and I hope it's a great shooter.
I often wish old John Browning himself started making 1911 clones after he left Colt. Now that would have been a pistol!
Kimber baby, YEAH!
Last edited by Dr.K; 06-30-2007 at 11:10 PM.
My vote is for this beauty. Les Baer slide & frame, Wilson Combat match barrel and parts, Dlask trigger, Grips by Carbon Creation. Built and tuned by TT Custom.
Last edited by rootn.tootn; 07-03-2007 at 07:05 PM.
Toss up between Les Baer and NightHawk but then there are other autos
that are favorites byt these are the 1911 favorites.
My vote is for Springfield. Why? cost, quality, accuracy, dependability
Not finding too many people having many issues with sweet lovin RIA's these days that aren't, as we say in the developer's biz, "an issue somewhere between the keyboard and the chair."
LOTS OF CUSTOM FEATURES
TIGHT FITTING TACK DRIVER
AND BEST OF ALL, LIFETIME GUARANTEE
I have been shooting and carrying 1911's for over 15 years.
I have had the good fortune to shoot some fine custom house pistols and if money was no object, I would be very happy with any LB,EB,WC,NC.
But as a lowly public servant, my budget is limited. You may not believe this, but the best bang for your buck in a 1911 is without a doubt the Taurus PT1911.
The gun I purchassed had excellent fit and finish, a very good feeling trigger, and out of the box put 8 rds into a half dollar@20yds.
While I am not a big fan of Heine sights, they work well.
This is my new carry/competition gun and I have no reservations about recommending this gun to the new 1911 owner or anyone else who wants a good reliable 1911 with many features that are extra on other companies guns.
I voted for Rock Island Armory. Great 1911 for the money.
I really enjoyed my kimber TLE/RL II. It shot much better than I could and was very very well made. I'm not a big fan of the finish on their SS pistols, but it was one tough cookie. Very well balanced.
I have Colt, Kimber Stainless Target, and Springfield EMP.
The Kimber and Springfields are very similar overall builds. The Springfield seems to have the slight advantage to detail.
since i bought one last weekend,i will say SPRINGFIELD. i have always liked springfield the best long before i bought my s.a. mil-spec
Of course everyone knows who invented the 1911, everything else is a copy. I see many Kimber fans here but I refuse to buy a Kimber due to the fact that they actually print in their manuals to break it in with 500 rounds first. I feel that a handgun (especially a high dollar one) should work out of the box.
If I had to line them up I would go in this order;
1 - Colt
2 - Les Baer
3 - Wilson Combat
4 - Sig Sauer
5 - Springfield
My 1911 of choice is Dan Wesson. I own two at the present time. One is a
C-Bob .45 acp ( my carry gun) the other is the PM7, 5" in .45 acp. These
gun have some of the smoothest actions I have ever felt. I almost got the
Springfield loaded model until I racked the slide on the Dan Wesson. It was no question as to which one was going home with me.
I voted Springfield mainly because you can still get one of the lower priced ones and have a pretty nice 1911. If you watch prices on them notice they are going up fast! It seems people are looking at them more now as a starter pistol for a custom job. I have to say though one of the best buys out of the box is that Taurus PT-1911. I mean look at what's in them..they can't help but shoot well if you're doing your part. I do wonder what makes their price drop so hard from new to 95% used.
Speaking of the PT1911, me and a friend of mine had seen where they had made some in a 9mm and 40s&w but I have yet to see one anywhere. The price guides even talk about hem but I'm starting to believe it to just be some myth put out by Taurus to make me crazy(er). Has anyone seen any of these?
I haven't been here in a while but it's nice to see the thread I started is still going strong.
My interest in guns has been renewed due to my new choice of employment. I have to go to some pretty nasty places sometimes and I'm tired of not being armed considering I went out and bought a pistol in addition to obtaining my CCW and I have yet to carry it!!!
I love my HK USPC 9mm but it's to big for me. The gun is obviously smaller than some of the weapons you guys carry but for me it just isn't something that I would want to carry everyday.
I'm leaning towards going to a snubby but I've also looked at the Glock 26, HK P2000, and others. I need to make up my mind. LOL