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Posted: 12/18/2001 11:48:06 AM EDT
I need some advice on which 1911-A1 style to get. Kimber - Stainless Ultra Carry or Springfield Armory - Custom Loaded Ultra-Compact Will be .45ACP for concelled carry. I have a standard Colt 1911-A1 which is tough to carry sometimes. I'm leaning towards the Springfield, and since the knowledge of members on AR15.com is second to none, I wanted to see what pro's or con's are to either of these models. Thanks in advance.
Link Posted: 12/18/2001 11:51:54 AM EDT
You can't go wrong with a Kimber. The Ultra Carry is very nice...I think you'll be happy with it. I can't say much about the SA. I've shot some & they do shoot extremely well. I'm just partial to Kimbers.
Link Posted: 12/18/2001 11:58:24 AM EDT
They are both great pistols, and you can't make a bad choice. I prefer a "black" gun for carry, myself. Tyler
Link Posted: 12/18/2001 12:05:13 PM EDT
Springfield my .02$
Link Posted: 12/18/2001 12:10:38 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/18/2001 12:11:33 PM EDT
Also, FullRange, be sure to try your post at our HANDGUNS website [;)] [url]www.handguns.ar15.com[/url] Tyler
Link Posted: 12/18/2001 12:15:11 PM EDT
TylerDurden - that is the other issue that I am still tossing around. Black or Silver? The pratical/tactical side of my brain says "black" The lusting of all things metal and shiny (cars, bikes, other) says "Stainless" ................... I now know which finish I am going to get! thanks
Link Posted: 12/18/2001 12:15:36 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/18/2001 12:08:22 PM EDT by Jarhead_22]
They are both just about bombproof and have stood the test of time. It comes down to a simple preference for one model or the other. Like TylerDurden, I prefer a black, or at least blued, pistol for CCW. OT: Is anyone else seriously distracted by cnatra's sig pic? [whacko]
Link Posted: 12/18/2001 12:16:08 PM EDT
I would take the Kimber over the Springfield. I just dislike the squared front strap on the Springfield. It is just uncomfortable as heck to hold. The kimg=ber has a grip contour more ot the original colt grip. Other then the grip issue, both gun are excellent product. I personally are planning to purchase a Springfield TRP Operator, I made this decision is because of the forward mounting points, and also the TRP series has the rounded front strap and it is checkered.
Link Posted: 12/18/2001 4:50:54 PM EDT
SA End discussion cpermd
Link Posted: 12/18/2001 4:52:43 PM EDT
My vote is for the Kimber. I've got two and they are great 1911's.
Link Posted: 12/18/2001 5:42:24 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/18/2001 5:35:50 PM EDT by 5subslr5]
Originally Posted By FullRange: I need some advice on which 1911-A1 style to get. Kimber - Stainless Ultra Carry or Springfield Armory - Custom Loaded Ultra-Compact Will be .45ACP for concelled carry. I have a standard Colt 1911-A1 which is tough to carry sometimes. Just a quick dumb question. Have you held both these pistols ? The reason I ask is because you've had a full size 1911. Are your hands small enough to stay on the shortened grip ? I really like the small-framed pistols you've chosen but due to my big, ugly hands I can't properly hold these guns. If your hands fit I would rate the Kimber at 10. and the Springfield at maybe 9.7. Both are fine handguns. (Personally, personally I don't like any gun for a carry gun that's not blued or black - don't like things that reflect in the night.)
Link Posted: 12/19/2001 3:01:07 PM EDT
Since I do not have a Sprigngfield I can't really comment on its quality but is would be very hard to beat a Kimber. Out of my other .45s (Colt, S&W, Para, and an old Star) the only one that is superior to the Kimber is the S&W 945, but at $1400 it had better be better than one of my $1000 Kimbers. I am happy to have 5 Kimbers in my collection and love them all, I would buy another if I have any more needs for a 1911. One problem I have noticed is that the factory magazines suck. The shooting star followers they use are junk but I have heard that they recently changed the followers to a different brand.
Link Posted: 12/19/2001 3:23:12 PM EDT
Have you considered the Colt Defender? They come with bulky Hogue grips but you can take them off. Lighter and much cheaper than Kimber and Springfield. I have a Springfield 1911-A1 Full Size "Loaded" and love it. No rip on Springfield however, given only the two, I would pic the Kimber.
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