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    Kimber .45 for a first gun?

    Purchasing first handgun for home protection and target shooting, and to conceal if needed.
    Looking at Kimber pro carry II.
    But also looking at the custom with 5" barrel.

    It would be the only gun I own and I want to do it right.


    Recommendations?

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    Re: Kimber .45 for a first gun?

    What kind of budget do you have for ammo and accessories such as extra magazines?

    The 1911 pattern pistol makes for a good first gun, but it will take some more familiarization than some others, especially when getting into carry.

    I would probably opt for a steel framed Pro sized gun if you're serious about only one gun.

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    I'd not rec a kimber as first gun, or a 1911 as a carry gun (too big).
    Every kimber owner I"ve ever talked to has had to 'break in' their gun for up to 1000 rounds for it to be reliable. Not a great idea for a first gun or a carry gun IMO.

    A SW M&P, a SA XDm, a Glock are all better choices - cheaper, lighter, more reliable out of the gate and just as accurate if not more so. Also, don't go too small- smaller is harder to control (aim), will have more felt recoil, and may have issues with 'limp wristing' in 45 (less so in 9mm).

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    if you are dedicated to keeping with it and learning - nothing wrong with a 1911 45
    as to that model i can't say
    i'd probably get a ruger 1911 or springfield 1911
    as to CCW - some do but most don't carry a 45

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    Nothing wrong with a 1911 as a carry gun. I do most every day, either a full size or Commander size. Nothing wrong with a .45 ACP either, but it will take practice. As for Kimber, there may be a break in period. My .38 Super Pro Carry II HD is, I think, over it's break in at 1000 rounds. I don't trust it just yet for carry, but it's getting there. The .45's that I have I do trust. The biggest issue that I've seen on the 1911 is to make swiping the safety off a natural event, you don't even think about it, it just happens when you draw the pistol. Get someone that is knowledgable to teach you how to shoot the 1911 correctly and then practice, practice, practice.

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    Nothing wrong with a 1911 as a carry gun. I do most every day, either a full size or Commander size. Nothing wrong with a .45 ACP either, but it will take practice. As for Kimber, there may be a break in period. My .38 Super Pro Carry II HD is, I think, over it's break in at 1000 rounds. I don't trust it just yet for carry, but it's getting there. The .45's that I have I do trust. The biggest issue that I've seen on the 1911 is to make swiping the safety off a natural event, you don't even think about it, it just happens when you draw the pistol. Get someone that is knowledgable to teach you how to shoot the 1911 correctly and then practice, practice, practice.

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    I've carried a 1911 full sized, and commander-sized for over 40 years... every day. Suits me just fine. Quite a few of the gals I've taught in that time also carry 1911's... daily.... several of my shooting friends also carry 1911's. I have Colts, Kimbers, Sigs, Dan Wesson's, and S&W 1911's and they all have functioned just fine. All that is relevant only to me. Personal preference is what counts, and you'd be better off with trying one/some 1911's out and see what YOU think, so you can make an educated decision. I wouldn't presume to select your shoes for you either..... just sayin'

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    Finally!

    Someone is thinking about getting a good gun for their first handgun for once... Too many times i hear, "well gee I only want to spend $349.99 with tax"

    Yes, a Kimber .45 ANYTHING would make a good first gun! And may I say you have damn fine good taste!

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    I know I'm going to get flamed for this, but here goes.

    I've shot a fair share of Kimbers. They can be finicky at times. Sometimes they shoot, sometimes they don't. That's coming from Kimber owners that I know. Well.....the ones that are being honest.

    You should never have to "break-in" a firearm. They should shoot just fine, right out of the box. "Breaking in a firearm" is an old wive's tale.

    I've heard tales that Kimber themselves, say that their guns need to be broken-in. I've owned 100's of new handguns, and never had to break one in. I've never owned a Kimber, and if I had, maybe I'd be saying something different.

    Kimber = Over-priced and over-rated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paratrooper View Post
    I know I'm going to get flamed for this, but here goes.

    I've shot a fair share of Kimbers. They can be finicky at times. Sometimes they shoot, sometimes they don't. That's coming from Kimber owners that I know. Well.....the ones that are being honest.

    You should never have to "break-in" a firearm. They should shoot just fine, right out of the box. "Breaking in a firearm" is an old wive's tale.

    I've heard tales that Kimber themselves, say that their guns need to be broken-in. I've owned 100's of new handguns, and never had to break one in. I've never owned a Kimber, and if I had, maybe I'd be saying something different.

    Kimber = Over-priced and over-rated.
    Opinions don't always translate into fact.....

    Well.....the ones that are being honest.
    I'm not sure who that crack is supposed to reflect on. Likely not me, as you don't know me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by usmcj View Post
    Opinions don't always translate into fact.....

    I'm not sure who that crack is supposed to reflect on. Likely not me, as you don't know me.

    I have some friends that own Kimbers that wouldn't admit it, if they were having feed / functions issues with them.

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    Thank you sir. I do appreciate the clarification.

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    I do think at one time, when Kimber was first on the market, they offered some very good, hand-crafted firearms.

    But, that was long ago, long before they stepped up production to keep up with the market.

    As production ramps up, quality control tends to suffer.

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    I just bought a new full sized Kimber 1911. Can someone tell me what the breakin is for. Mine feeds & fires everything I put in it. It holds a tight group & i've ran about 250-300 rounds thru it so far.

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    Re: Kimber .45 for a first gun?

    Quote Originally Posted by shoot4fun View Post
    I just bought a new full sized Kimber 1911. Can someone tell me what the breakin is for. Mine feeds & fires everything I put in it. It holds a tight group & i've ran about 250-300 rounds thru it so far.
    That isn't always the case, and the full size guns are typically the least fussy of any make of 1911.

    Some guns need the break-in, others don't.

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    What do you mean by "trust it for carry?"

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    And yeah, I really don't want to go cheap for a first gun, I just want to make sure I get quality for the money. I believe it's going to be a lifetime investment anyway.

    Is a 5" barrel concealable? Or too big? I'm a big guy 5'10" 270 don't know if my larger frame hides it better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VAMarine View Post
    What kind of budget do you have for ammo and accessories such as extra magazines?

    The 1911 pattern pistol makes for a good first gun, but it will take some more familiarization than some others, especially when getting into carry.

    I would probably opt for a steel framed Pro sized gun if you're serious about only one gun.

    I have an open budget for ammo and accessories, but my state of NY also has a clip max of 10, I think


    What other accessories would I need besides ammo, cartridges, and holster?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Golden View Post
    What do you mean by "trust it for carry?"
    You want your carry gun to be 100% reliable, i.e. it should go bang every time you pull the trigger without problems (no FTE's, FTFeed's, FTFire's).

    Concealing a 5" barreled pistol is doable even though it will be harder than concealing a smaller gun (with a 3" barrel, for example). But smaller guns would have more recoil and would be more prone to limp wristing and therefore, bigger guns will be easier to shoot for beginners.

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    I have a full size Kimber that I bought new about 2 years ago, never had to go through any break-in period with it. It shoots everything I toss down it including lead reloads. Believe me when I say; if I had a problem it I would say so. I must just be lucky, I have numerous pistols/revolvers and have not had any problems with any of them. I do clean them after shooting and do properly lubricate them.
    Just sayin'!!

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