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Old 09-21-2011, 06:08 PM
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Next 1911 S&W or Kimber

Okay, ya'll it's input time. As much as I love my issued S&W M&P, after having my Kimber ultra carry for a few months now I think I'm going to transition fully to 1911s. Which means I need to get myself a full size one. Now I have shot both and can't really decide, so I'm looking for real world feed back good or bad between a Kimber Custom TLE/RL II or an S&W 1911PD.

Be it smoothness, accuracy/sights , fit/finish, feeding, malfunctions...whatever.

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Wow! I'm surprised nobody has responded to this one. Let's face it, spending other peoples money is fun .

Consider looking at Para USA. They make wicked good 1911s including double stacks. Something about a 14+1 45 ACPs loaded up that is intimidating. They also make classic single stack 1911s and are all priced similarly to the other major manufacturers. Their newest addition is the Para GI. It's a no frills, classic full sized 1911 that has their match barrel and a good set of sites for between $500 and $600 depending on where you buy.

The double stack design uses a different feed ramp because of the stacking and has been known to stove pipe. That said, any gunsmith that is familiar with Para double stacks can fix this in a heartbeat and Para will fix it for you as well at no charge. If you have a double stack and have the feed system worked on it is not likely to EVER jam in anyway after that. They are one of those "never fails to shoot" names in 1911s.

The single stack versions all use the classic feed ramp and simply always work. They are all very accurate no matter which style you get.

Just my 2 cents in spending your money.

Ken....
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Wow! I'm surprised nobody has responded to this one. Let's face it, spending other peoples money is fun .

Consider looking at Para USA. They make wicked good 1911s including double stacks. Something about a 14+1 45 ACPs loaded up that is intimidating. They also make classic single stack 1911s and are all priced similarly to the other major manufacturers. Their newest addition is the Para GI. It's a no frills, classic full sized 1911 that has their match barrel and a good set of sites for between $500 and $600 depending on where you buy.

The double stack design uses a different feed ramp because of the stacking and has been known to stove pipe. That said, any gunsmith that is familiar with Para double stacks can fix this in a heartbeat and Para will fix it for you as well at no charge. If you have a double stack and have the feed system worked on it is not likely to EVER jam in anyway after that. They are one of those "never fails to shoot" names in 1911s.

The single stack versions all use the classic feed ramp and simply always work. They are all very accurate no matter which style you get.

Just my 2 cents in spending your money.

Ken....
While I appreciate the suggestions, I do not like the paras. They just don't feel as nice in my hands when shooting.

I'm really leaning toward the Kimber becuase I have found little info on the S&W and besides my ultra carry is a great gun to carry and shoot.

My buddy just bought a Springfield operator, but I wasn't a huge fan of it for some reason.
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Nothing but great words from me about my Kimber.
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While I appreciate the suggestions, I do not like the paras. They just don't feel as nice in my hands when shooting.

I'm really leaning toward the Kimber becuase I have found little info on the S&W and besides my ultra carry is a great gun to carry and shoot.

My buddy just bought a Springfield operator, but I wasn't a huge fan of it for some reason.
I certainly understand. Kimber makes an outstanding 1911. I found interest in Para after handling one of their single stacks. The only other Paras I've handled or shot were double stacks and did feel different. When I had an opportunity to shoot a single stack I found it to feel very comfortable and not at all "different" like the double stack. Anyway, it was just my 2 cents as Kimber was always my number 1 choice until I got a shot at a single stack Para.

Ken....
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That's an easy answer Smith 1911, cost being the only reason both are excellent performers.
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Turbostang,

I have the custom tle/rl II and it is a nail driver.

I've put a bunch of rounds through it and it has never failed. The night sights are great and the rail fits my streamlight well.

I guess if I had to find something bad to say is that during the summer, it doesn't conceal all that great under a t-shirt and it gets to be a pain to disassemble to clean.

I'll take those few negatives with the quality of the weapon though. Hope this helps your decision.
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1911forum.com has a ton of great info on it.
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Ordered the Kimber yesterday . It's about three weeks out for my dealer, but soon I will be rocking the full size Kimber to go with my ultra carry !
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