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    Question Should I have my head examined?

    Iím about to bust-a-move and would appreciate some opinions before I do something stupid. Been looking for something to replace my Kimber Pro CDP II for primary carrying.

    Looked at and/or tried many pistols lately and have decided on the Sig P239 in .40 and eventually getting a .357 barrel for it. Shot one yesterday in .357 with a Houge grip and just knew that is the setup I'm after. My thinking is I could shoot .40 at the range to save a few bucks or go to the .357.

    Found a NIB P239 .40 in a local shop for $640 (includes a Houge grip). This shop buys/trades, and I'm seriously considering approaching the guy about a trade of some sort to ease the financial pain.

    I love the Kimber, but it needs some work done to it before I will be comfortable carrying it C/L. Right now she is in near perfect condition, with only a slight wear mark on the frame. If I get her worked on, the value goes down. I already have parts (Brown MSH and thumb safety), two spare springs, six mags, and almumagrips. Sparks vmax iwb holster too.

    To tell you the truth, I no longer want to carry a 1911, even if I do the mods to the Kimber. What to you think would be a reasonable move?

    TIA

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    I, for one, do not care for the P239; it feels like a heavy block in my hand. With this said, two of my friends love to shoot my P239 40 S&W. I am sure I paid $525 for mine and it has night sights. Regards, Richard

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    I personally think the 1911 is the most comftorable gun there is to carry with the odveous exceptions of pocket pistols. That being said i carry a pt145 but that is more a cost issue to me than anything carry guns get banged up and i would rather carry a 360 dollar gun (that i have shot alot and has proven reliablity) than a 700 dollar gun.

    Another thing i would say is if its not conftorable then you wont carry it so keep that in mind when you go looking.

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    1. The price is currently about right. If I am remembering correctly, that is about what they sell it for where I work.

    2. If you aren't comfortable with the gun, even after you fix things, you still won't ever be comfortable with it.

    3. Don't expect to get anywhere near what the gun is worth in a trade with a dealer. Actually, they will pretty much give you next to nothing for it. You will probably be lucky to score over $250 in a trade with a dealer. So consider your options carefully if you decide to get rid of the gun.

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    I'm in almost the opposite boat. I have a great pistol in the Sig SP 2022 but I keep having a mental affair with a standard size 1911. The Sig is fantastic but for more than half my life I've viewed the 1911 as "the" pistol...

    Sad...

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    I realize I sound like an idiot. I'm okay with that.

    The issue with the 1911 for me is carrying it cocked and locked. It is a bit unnerving to, at the end of the day, remove it from my IWB holster and find it aint locked. Or to check it mid day and sure enough, thumb safety has been disengaged.

    This does not happen often, and I attribute it to the ambi safety getting knocked off by something during everyday actions. Getting in or out of the car, office chair, who knows. I just do not like the idea of carrying a unlocked .45 in my pants.

    Easy enough fix, just loose the ambi safety. This is what I started to do, but it is something I do not want to attempt doing myself. Not drop in parts, needs fitting by someone who knows what they are doing, especially with the series II Kimber.

    My ex-instructor and now shooting buddy thinks I am a fool to carry a 1911 cocked and locked. "To many better options out there" he says. Others have made similar comments too. Not that I care most of the time, but I do respect my ex-instructors opinion. I should mention that he loves to shoot my Kimber.

    Just been thinking about all this lately, and last week the thing was unlocked again. Something with a decocker in da/sa would make me feel better. I liked the Sig a lot.

    BTW, I'm keeping the Kimber and forking out the dough. Thanks for your opinions.

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    Is the barrel conversion to a .357 pretty straight forward?

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    I have zero experience with this, so take it for what itís worth.

    My understanding is the barrel swap is very easy to perform. There is a difference in the performance of the .357 round that needs to be considered. The .40 is slower than the .357, and a gun will come with sights that are for the original caliber.

    I was told that if you want to do the barrel swap thing, it is best to start with a gun chambered in .40 so that when you change to .357 your point of impact is ever so slightly high of your point of aim. If you start with a .357 gun when you go to .40 your point of impact will be below your point of aim and covered up by your sights.

    The difference gets worse the further away the target is but is a very small difference. You just donít want to cover your point of impact with your sights. Better slightly high than low. Hope this makes sense.

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    Thanks! seems logical to me. Keep us updated

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    I'll disagree with your buddy's assement. Thats just my opinion. If it were me, I'd lose the ambi safety, problem solved. BUUUTTTT, if you're not comfy with it.......the SIG is a fine weapon and will serve you well.

    Bottom line. Get something reliable, YOU are comfortable with.

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    +1 with JW. When Someone tells me not to carry my 1911 on cock and lock I have troubles with that.

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    A 1911 with the hammer down is a $600.00+ steel rock if the SHTF.

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    I just wouldn't trade any gun. If you can't buy the Sig outright then save untill you can. Keep all of them you can get. There may come a day when you can't get any more.

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