Kimber or Custom 1911?

Discussion in 'Handguns' started by B4Infantryman, Sep 15, 2009.

  1. B4Infantryman

    B4Infantryman New Member

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    I own two Kimber 1911's, a Desert Warrior and a TLE II. I love them both and have never had a problem. My question is, is it really worth the price to go custom(Les bauer, Ed Brown, Wilson, ect...) or is a Kimber almost just as good? The Kimbers meet my needs but I have never shot a custom 1911. What d you guys think?
     


  2. Texas1911

    Texas1911 TGT Addict

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    It depends on if you like the little things.

    The custom guns are much higher quality than Kimber. I don't say that to degrade Kimber's product, but you aren't going to get the same quality out of a more manufactured product, than a very experienced 1911 smith building one.

    Things that you'll notice are better triggers (Kimbers have alot of creep) and glass smooth actions. That's the main benefit. Some may be more reliable, and most will be more accurate, but honestly, it's debatable if you'll notice a difference in accuracy with a human attached to it.

    If you want a happy medium, that isn't much more than a Kimber then I'd suggest looking into STI. They have hand built single stacks that are definitely a step above a Kimber, but you can buy one for $1000 - 1500, unlike some of the "custom" 1911s that will run you $2000+. Les Baer is another choice that I like, but STI is closer.
     
  3. ethan

    ethan New Member

    i would have to say that there's alot of factors to be considered, firstly, and as i type this i realize who you are and i giggle cause i wanted a friend request, your handle leaves alot to the imagination (rolls eyes), but im gonna type this for the benefit of the masses, whatever my opinion is worth.

    you have to ask yourself, what is your purpose, is it excbelusively a pampered concealed gun or is this gonna be somethin you're runnin combat oriented courses with, because as we all know, things break, kimber, as you know, was the first company to really offer match grade and or custom style accessories on a mass producing CNC machining line, which means parts become more readily available, thus, if something breaks, you can get parts to fix it. if you're the type of person that pushes your gun to the breaking point and beyond, this is something that should appeal to you.

    if a pampered road queen (not saying there's anythign wrong, just different wants and needs) if thats your style, and you're willing to spend the cash, sure, why not get a nice true custom gun, the problem i've seen, from talking with people that own "custom hand fitted" guns is that they have lower tolerances, and should something break, because the pieces were made by hand, you might have inherent inconsistencies, not saying this is always true, but if something breaks, you might not be able to replace it with a drop in part, you'd have to send it back to whomever made it OR send it to a local smith/armorer who can refabricate your part.

    as you yourself know, i dont own custom, i've shot a few, personally, unless they were actually custom modded actions and what not, i couldnt tell the difference from a shooting point of view

    either way, nobody is wrong and i'm not in any way shape or form bashing on custom guns, some people are in the market for sheer unadulterated perfection, because gun making is an artform, you get what you pay for
     
  4. navyguy

    navyguy TGT Addict

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    Welcome to the forum.

    IMO Kimbers are great production 1911's. They sometimes take some breaking in, but once they are tuned, they are accurate dependable, and pretty good looking.

    Are the makes you listed it worth it? Your budget will probably be the guide on that. They are quite a bit more expensive. But on the other hand, they will hold value much better. I'd like to have one some day, but at this point, I'm afraid it would become a safe queen.
     
  5. Texas1911

    Texas1911 TGT Addict

    May 29, 2017
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    Very valid points. I think at the point you have 2 additional guns, you already have all the parts you need, and they are conveniently assembled ... quite simply, bring both guns. This is El Paso, not Iraq ... look similar, sand, brown people, etc. but it's not the same. Unless you are getting into roaming shoot-outs the worst you are going to encounter is your local IDPA match. Which case ... again, bring both guns.

    That is one good thing about STI as well ... you got alot of local sources. The manufacturer, Dave Dawson, etc. When my STI malfunctioned, I took it to STI and they fixed it while I waited. If my Kimber did that, I'd be out days.
     
  6. B4Infantryman

    B4Infantryman New Member

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    Haha i like El Paso humor. I know its not Iraq, but im the king of what if's. I want my gun to run no matter what, under any and all circumstances.
     
  7. Texas1911

    Texas1911 TGT Addict

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    Buy a Glock.
     
  8. Flight954

    Flight954 Active Member

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    Save money and get an HK45, you'll not be disappointed:happy0001:
    Welcome to TGT
     
  9. B4Infantryman

    B4Infantryman New Member

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    I already own a Glock and I like it, but nothing beats the feel of a 1911. 1911 is my prefered pistol and I dont plan on changing so please stick to the original question.
     
  10. B4Infantryman

    B4Infantryman New Member

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    Thanks for all the welcomes everyone:) In addition to guns I spend alot of time on motorcycle forums and I see alot of immaturity and rude comments, this is usually not the case with gun people. I like that I can come to a forum like this and talk with people with different opinions and preferences but in the end we all share a passion for guns and we can come together on that fact.
     

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