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Old 06-01-2011, 16:55   #1
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Help me choose 1911 for EDC.

I usually carry an HK USP 45C, but I've grown tired of how difficult it is to track down parts and accessories. I'm considering Kimber and Sig. But can't come up with too many other options. I know, I know. Why would I buy a 1911 from Sig? I love Sig due to their quality, reliability, and customer service (at least in my experience). The "1911 Carry Nitron" really caught my eye." I'm a fan of the non-skeletonized trigger.

http://sigsauer.com/CatalogProductDe...ry-nitron.aspx
That's the look I'm going for.

I know Wilson and Les Bayer are well regarded. But I'm just not into Bayers, except for the Thunder Ranch model.

http://www.lesbaer.com/TRS.html

Beautiful Wilson
http://www.wilsoncombat.com/p_ulc-compact.htm

Of course I shudder to think how much those cost.

Any suggestions?

By the way. What's so great about Kimber? They seem to be extremely popular, and like that they sell all the spare parts on their website. But their warranty doesn't seem very generous. I appreciate any feedback. Thanks.

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Old 06-01-2011, 17:00   #2
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Budget? Any features that are a must for you? Size of barrel that you want as a minimal?

As for Kimber's warranty, it's a 1-year from DOP. If there's an issue, most manufactures will tell you to run the 500-rounds thru it BS. I believe a gun will work or not. If not there's a QC issue.
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Old 06-01-2011, 17:00   #3
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The Wilson would be my choice if it weren't so darn expensive.
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Old 06-01-2011, 17:01   #4
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Kimber sells a lot of 1911's cause they put a LARGE amount of ads in magazines.
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Old 06-01-2011, 17:04   #5
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Kimber sells a lot of 1911's cause they put a LARGE amount of ads in magazines.
Kimber build the Special 1911 the LAPD SWAT Teams Wanted, and proved they can build quality if the order had to be quality.

For Joe Blow it is a maybe quality if the wind is blowing in that direction. JMHO.
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Old 06-01-2011, 17:09   #6
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Kimber build the Special 1911 the LAPD SWAT Teams Wanted, and proved they can build quality if the order had to be quality.

For Joe Blow it is a maybe quality if the wind is blowing in that direction. JMHO.
That's what scares me regarding Kimber. I'm no LAPD SWAT member. I'd like something with a 4" barrel. The ability to buy spare parts easily would be nice. Don't care at all about night sights. Price isn't that important. I plan to keep the gun forever, and I only plan to buy one 1911. But you know how that goes! Never say never.

Thanks for the feedback so far.

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Old 06-01-2011, 17:10   #7
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S&W makes nice 1911s. I got the E Series in the commander size bobtail.
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That's what scares me regarding Kimber. I'd like something with a 4" barrel. Price isn't that important. I plan to keep the gun forever, and I only plan to buy one 1911. But you know how that goes! Never say never.
Given your HK45C, do you want full grip or a shorter grip frame? Or how about a bobtail grip frame? Stainless or Carbon w/ sometype of coating? Two-tone or single tone? Right-handed or left-handed that requires an ambi TS?
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S&W makes nice 1911s. I got the E Series in the commander size bobtail.
I love the S&W warranty. But they are made in evil Massachusetts. j/k. Nice guns. I shot one at a range. But I'm not a huge fan.

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Old 06-01-2011, 17:15   #10
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Given your HK45C, do you want full grip or a shorter grip frame? Or how about a bobtail grip frame? Stainless or Carbon w/ sometype of coating? Two-tone or single tone? Right-handed or left-handed that requires an ambi TS?
I love the Sig. That would be my starting point. It has the look I want. But I don't mind the tactical look of the Wilson. Definitely want blued or matte rather than stainless.

http://sigsauer.com/CatalogProductDe...ry-nitron.aspx

Right handed, single tone, full size grip preferably.

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The Springfield EMP9 is the best carry weapon I've ever tried.
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Old 06-01-2011, 17:18   #12
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The Springfield EMP9 is the best carry weapon I've ever tried.
Yeah but it's only a 9mm...
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I love the Sig. That would be my starting point. It has the look I want. But I don't mind the tactical look of the Wilson. Definitely want blued or matte rather than stainless.

http://sigsauer.com/CatalogProductDe...ry-nitron.aspx

Right handed, single tone, full size grip preferably.
I'm not a big Sig fan. Just don't like the look. Nothing against their QC. But if that's what you want, then go for it. Nothing wrong with it. Some have said that given Sig's special profile on their slide, it's a little tough to fit into a traditional 1911 holster.

The Wilsons are really nice. But the Wilson that you'd listed is a shorter grip frame. So if you're looking for a full size frame, then try a different model of Wilson.
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Old 06-01-2011, 17:31   #14
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I really like the DW CCO. In fact one is sitting on the desk in front of me.
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Old 06-01-2011, 17:32   #15
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You seem to have written of Baers, any particular reason?

My Baer Stinger is my favorite EDC piece, by far, and I have a "few" others to choose from. I consider the CCO to be the perfect 1911 carry configuration.

I like to train with what I carry, so I use my Stinger to shoot weekly steel matches, and it makes me look good. It's very accurate, and eats whatever I feed it.

They can be had for around $1600 in blue. Not sure what your budget is, but it's much less than a Wilson would be.

Good luck with the decision making process. So many choices....
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Old 06-01-2011, 17:37   #16
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Without knowing what your budget is....this is kind of pointless.

$1,000 - STI Ranger2
$1,400 - DW VBOB
$2,000 and up - Ed Brown Kobra Carry, Wilson CQB Compact, etc...
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Yeah but it's only a 9mm...
9mm works just fine,.......if you know how to flippin shoot!










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Old 06-01-2011, 17:45   #18
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Kimber sells a lot of 1911's cause they put a LARGE amount of ads in magazines.
+1. in my opinion, and i know it doesn't mean crap, they're not what they used to be.
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You seem to have written of Baers, any particular reason?

My Baer Stinger is my favorite EDC piece, by far, and I have a "few" others to choose from. I consider the CCO to be the perfect 1911 carry configuration.

I like to train with what I carry, so I use my Stinger to shoot weekly steel matches, and it makes me look good. It's very accurate, and eats whatever I feed it.

They can be had for around $1600 in blue. Not sure what your budget is, but it's much less than a Wilson would be.

Good luck with the decision making process. So many choices....
i agree 100%. the stinger is the deal for edc. i wanted a few minor changes. no deal. matter of fact, if the lady i talked to could have got her hand thru the phone, i think she would have slapped me for asking!
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Old 06-01-2011, 18:27   #20
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I have the Wilson ULCc and think it's about as good a CC 1911 as you can get.

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