Advice wanted on bushingless 45.


April 17, 2003, 06:20 PM
I am looking at 1911's and wanted input on which to buy.I want a mid length (4 "or 5" ?) with a bull barrel .Any suggestions? I prefer Springfield or Kimber but am looking for advice.


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April 17, 2003, 06:28 PM
I have a Kimber compact stainless which has the bushingless, 'bull' or at least bulbous barrel. It is my primary carry piece. Great accuracy, 100% reliable, easy to carry/conceal and plenty of power to do the required job. I live the thing.

April 17, 2003, 08:16 PM
I've got a Eclipse Pro (4"0) and love it too, however I have a harder time shooting the 4" accurately. I even rented a 5" to see if it was the gun, and came to the conclusion that 1" does make a difference. (I heard that in another context once Hum...)

April 18, 2003, 01:07 AM
Get the Kimber. How's that for some advice?:D

April 18, 2003, 01:10 AM
I have the perfect gun for you! A Kimber Pro CDP.

This gun has not been fired and is in perfect condition! It comes with all the papers that come with it and 2 mags. I've had it for a couple months and am selling it to help pay for something else. I'm asking $800 + S/H. If you have any questions you can email me. Thanks!

April 18, 2003, 01:56 AM
What is the disadvantage of a bushing? Reliability?

April 18, 2003, 02:20 AM
Less parts is more better.

In the real world, bushing vs. no-bushing is probably a draw. There are a lot of other things that are going to go wrong before you need to worry about the bushing giving you trouble. 90-year track record, blah, blah, blah.

April 18, 2003, 10:53 AM
Critter's comments reflect my experience with the Kimber Compact . My Ultra Carry has also proven to be similarly reliable and accurate. Good luck.

April 18, 2003, 03:15 PM
Charles Daly CMS stainless with a bull barrel.

Its my favorite .45 so far. Accurate, reliable, tough and $350

April 18, 2003, 03:50 PM
I forgot to answer the question. My Series I Kimber Compact runs fine now, and is my primary carry gun, but it needed a new magazine, a new slide stop (broken), and extractor adjustment to get there. :rolleyes:

April 18, 2003, 04:49 PM
Look at STI guns. IMO, they are clearly the best value in a 1911. For a couple of hundre more than SA, you get a gun as well fitted as a Wilson. They also use first rate parts so you don't have to gut the insides and replace them all. Dawson Precision deals STI as I recall.

If you only want a .45, Valtro is a very good gun as well.

April 18, 2003, 08:35 PM
I absolutly love my Kimber CDP Pro. It is the best shooting pistol I've ever owned.

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