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Posted: 9/12/2005 8:00:27 PM EDT
I am in the market for a 1911 and I would like to hear your opinion.
Link Posted: 9/12/2005 8:09:21 PM EDT
Just don't get a Kimber with an external extractor.

Otherwise, choose the one that looks the best. They are functionally very similar.
Link Posted: 9/12/2005 8:27:10 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Combat_Jack:
Just don't get a Kimber with an external extractor.

Otherwise, choose the one that looks the best. They are functionally very similar.




Combat_Jack nailed it.

they had to go and mess with a proven design

one of the benefits of the SA is they have a lifetime warranty. I know Kimber will stand behind there product as well, but they dont have it in writing.

BTW: I own 6 1911's 3 Kimbers and 3 SAs
Link Posted: 9/12/2005 9:21:04 PM EDT
Go with the SA. They are both filled with MIM parts so there is no clear advantage there. However, the ILS locking system on the SA is much easier to remove/disable than the Series II block on the Kimber. SA uses the correct type of extractor while Kimber has an external one.

The best deal right now is to pick up a SA WW2 GI or Mil-spec model and add/replace parts to your liking or use it as a base for a custom pistol. Or, you could just leave it as is as they are quit good stock.
Link Posted: 9/13/2005 4:04:59 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/13/2005 4:12:01 PM EDT
What is your price range?
Link Posted: 9/13/2005 5:24:11 PM EDT
Keep an eye on gunbroker. I've seen some nice SA's sell for way under the typical price.

I just bought a new Milspec for $419 shipped. (won on gunbroker)

I've seen a number of loaded models sell for under $600.
Link Posted: 9/13/2005 5:40:25 PM EDT

Originally Posted By The_Gooch:
Go with the SA. They are both filled with MIM parts so there is no clear advantage there. However, the ILS locking system on the SA is much easier to remove/disable than the Series II block on the Kimber. SA uses the correct type of extractor while Kimber has an external one.

The best deal right now is to pick up a SA WW2 GI or Mil-spec model and add/replace parts to your liking or use it as a base for a custom pistol. Or, you could just leave it as is as they are quit good stock.




dang, I forgot about the series 80 and ILS... another +1 for SA
Link Posted: 9/13/2005 8:41:54 PM EDT
Smith & Wesson.

Better than both, IMHO.

Link Posted: 9/18/2005 9:50:02 PM EDT

Originally Posted By SGB:

Originally Posted By supersix4:

Originally Posted By Combat_Jack:
Just don't get a Kimber with an external extractor.

Otherwise, choose the one that looks the best. They are functionally very similar.




Combat_Jack nailed it.

they had to go and mess with a proven design

one of the benefits of the SA is they have a lifetime warranty. I know Kimber will stand behind there product as well, but they dont have it in writing.

BTW: I own 6 1911's 3 Kimbers and 3 SAs



+1 here although I've got 5 Colts and a Kimber (w/internal extractor)



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