Which is better COLT or KIMBER


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paulk
February 14, 2008, 07:54 PM
i want to know about which one is better bettween COLT 1911 or KIMBER 1911?

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Steve H
February 14, 2008, 07:56 PM
Chevy

steelyblue
February 14, 2008, 08:03 PM
The one I have!!! Which ever one you shoot better with, or drool over before you buy.

Brian Williams
February 14, 2008, 08:27 PM
Ford
Colt



Tis about autoloaders, moving now

DENALI
February 14, 2008, 08:37 PM
Kimber vs Colt :eek: No offense but these types of questions tend to ignite savage verbal combat:uhoh:often resulting in ego damage:(to the various combatants. That said, Rampant Colt still stirs my juices more than just about anything this side of sex:what:....

Lonestar49
February 14, 2008, 09:03 PM
...

Pony-Up.. take the ride with the horse-gun


Ls

Zach S
February 14, 2008, 09:05 PM
I like series I kimbers. And Colts.

chrisintx
February 14, 2008, 09:18 PM
Dodge

Samuel Adams
February 14, 2008, 09:47 PM
Packard. I like the classics.

Stevie-Ray
February 14, 2008, 10:27 PM
Colt





and Ford

meef
February 14, 2008, 10:32 PM
The Colt is generally better than the Kimber, except when it isn't.

:cool:

Now if I could just figure out which was better - french toast or corned beef hash and eggs - I'd have it made.

:cool:

weisse52
February 14, 2008, 10:33 PM
Colt!

And then Springfield :evil:

Big Boomer
February 14, 2008, 10:34 PM
Colt, but don't tell Kimber, they might get their feelings hurt.

coyotehitman
February 14, 2008, 10:38 PM
I believe Colts sell because they are Colts and will hold their value better....again because they say Colt on them. I do not see anything outstanding about them. Look at them objectively and see which one you like best.

wditto
February 14, 2008, 11:42 PM
looking at them to see which is better is similar to trying to dance to math......the one that functions is always the best; copies of the best are just that, copies....Colt is the original

Valkman
February 15, 2008, 12:04 AM
My 3 Kimbers are great and my one Colt is a POS. You decide!

Soldier0117
February 15, 2008, 12:21 AM
Both are excellent.

10-Ring
February 15, 2008, 12:27 AM
Of course my Colt is the best one ever made, matched by no other! :neener:

Black Majik
February 15, 2008, 12:38 AM
Glock

IndianaBoy
February 15, 2008, 12:50 AM
Dan Wesson

Defensory
February 15, 2008, 03:36 AM
I've owned several different models of both brands. If I could only own one, it would be Kimber. I say that with no intent to diss Colt. All things considered, I firmly believe Kimber to be a better 1911.

I say that as a man whose first 1911 was a Colt. And no, I'm not a Kimber dealer. :)

Mainiac
February 15, 2008, 08:42 AM
KIMBER


FORD


Blueberry pancakes

First Shirt
February 15, 2008, 08:46 AM
Kimber. I've owned several Colts, doubt that I'll ever own another one. (Unless someone wants to give me a Series 70 Combat Commander in .45)

SRT1
February 15, 2008, 08:57 AM
I was a bit spoiled as my first ever 1911 was a series 70 Colt Gold Cup as a young man. Now that I own Kimber, Colt and Springfield, I believe I would come down on the side of Kimber as opposed to an "off the shelf" Colt. There are no really meaningful differences, just personal preferences that Kimber adresses that Colt hasn't that's all. I would feel comfortable with either one, so I would reiterate some points above - Pick the one that suits YOU the best and fits your price range the best. If it's to be a daily carry weapon, pick the model with the bells and whistles that you want on a weapon already in place out of the box.
IMHO you can't go wrong with either brand.
Good luck!
SRT

Walkalong
February 15, 2008, 10:29 AM
Colt (no FPS model) over Kimber for me probably, but I love my Kimber CDPII Ultra.(except for the FPS) :)

I also love my accurized Series 80 Colt with the "spacer" in place of the FPS parts. :D

My new to me Springfield Custom is pretty d*** sweet too. ;)

So, for me I think:

1. Colt (depending on the model)
2: Springfield (depending on the model)
3: Kimber

All are fine guns.

I have NOT sold any Colts I have had. I have only sold one Springfield I have had and I only sold it because it was a LW 5" gun and I decided I did not like LW 5" guns. Great gun (Loaded Model) I have sold a couple of Kimbers and don't regret it. My 2 cents.

possum
February 15, 2008, 11:10 AM
kimber has been having and plaqued by alot of qc problems, it would be sometime before i ever think about a kimber.

SlamFire1
February 15, 2008, 11:49 AM
I asked a local High Volume Gunstore why they don't carry Colt M1911's anymore.

The reply was that the Colt was too expensive, and they were embarrassed to sell them at that price when they "were not that well made".

I assume that they were referring to how loose a Colt M1911 is compared to a Springfield or Kimber.

I know that the bargin basement Springfield GI M1911's that I picked up have a tighter frame to slide fit than the average series 80 model.

The unfortunate fact is that Colt has let its tooling and capitial equipment wear out.

You can look at the 2006 production numbers from the ATF, http://www.atf.gov/firearms/stats/afmer/afmer2006.pdf

Colt made 11534 pistols larger than 9mm, I suspect that most of those were Colt SAA for the Cowboy action shooters, and Kimber made 57, 851.

The market was walked away from Colt as much as Colt has walked away from the market.

They are making their money on the M4 military contracts.

smokingun45
February 15, 2008, 11:52 AM
Sig 226/220

:D

1911NM
February 15, 2008, 12:06 PM
Chevy.

I have a Kimber, but still would like a pony gun

clemsonu0219
February 15, 2008, 12:20 PM
Kimber, almost everyone of their guns are solid. Which one(s) are you looking at? I also believe that with Colt you are paying for the name more so than the quality.

Dobe
February 15, 2008, 12:32 PM
I like series I kimbers. And Colts.

Same

Mainiac
February 15, 2008, 12:32 PM
A buddy of mine sent his Colt 1911 back to Colt to have some work done. Had the pistol for a few years, what a shooter, he just wanted a little custom stuff done. They screwed it up royally, then wouldn't stand behind what they did. Not in any way. I'll never put a dime in Colt's pocket in any way. Period.

Zach S
February 15, 2008, 02:38 PM
kimber has been having and plaqued by alot of qc problems, it would be sometime before i ever think about a kimber.
Whis is why I specified series I kimbers. And Colts.

SlamFire1
February 15, 2008, 02:41 PM
A buddy of mine sent his Colt 1911 back to Colt to have some work done. Had the pistol for a few years, what a shooter, he just wanted a little custom stuff done. They screwed it up royally, then wouldn't stand behind what they did. Not in any way. I'll never put a dime in Colt's pocket in any way. Period.


I will agree with that! If you want to make your Colt a reliable pistol, send it to people who know how to make a reliable M1911: Wilson Combat Arms.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v479/SlamFire/Pistols%20various/ReducedColtCombatEliteRightsideview.jpg


This pistol peened its first frame out in less than 3000 rounds. While Colt replaced the frame, they did not fix the out of tolerance problem that was causing too early of an unlock. And Coltís warranty was around one year, so it was only a matter of time till I needed another frame. But Wilson Combat made it right, and while the pistol was visiting, I had them add things. And everything works the way it should, in fact better.

This barrel is an example of Coltís Finest. This was on a high dollar Colt TargetMaster. If you notice, there is a shadow in the barrel, just in the machined groove between the lugs. That is not a coincidence, that ring is a manufacturing defect. In the cutting of the groove, Colt somehow constricted the barrel.

It actually shot well, as well as you can expect an out of the box Colt M1911 to shoot.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v479/SlamFire/Pistols%20various/ColtTrademarkonbarrelDSCN2796.jpg


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v479/SlamFire/Pistols%20various/BestringinbarrelDSCN2815.jpg

Still, the little Pony on the side will keep the value of the firearm high. Even if the Chinese start making them with the Colt trademark.

Eyesac
February 15, 2008, 03:30 PM
Kimber

and I like the color blue, sometimes green... What's the best color for brown bears with vests on?

Rexster
February 15, 2008, 07:20 PM
My two Colt Government Models worked fine; my three Kimbers required parts replacement to be reliable, and none worked with their factory-supplied magazines. My Kimbers were from the glory days, before the external extractors and internal firing-pin safeties, but that did not make mine great. Kimber struck out with me, and I will not waste my money on another; I don't like project guns. I have two friends who also bought Kimbers; one likes his, the other had multiple problems and also had bad experience with Kimber's customer service. I don't care how pretty their ads are, I will stay away from Kimber.

Hunter0924
February 15, 2008, 07:41 PM
Colt does build a quality pistol using quality metals.
For a dealer to say "Colt was too expensive, and they were embarrassed to sell them at that price when they were not that well made" leads me to believe they have no idea what they are talking about.
Most dealers push what they make the most money on, the mark up on Kimbers is much higher.
I prefer Colt myself.

XavierBreath
February 15, 2008, 07:55 PM
Colberfield

MaterDei
February 15, 2008, 08:04 PM
Kimber, Ford, Green, PC, Coke, Texas

Simply the best.

MICHAEL T
February 15, 2008, 08:20 PM
Well I had both Colts and Kimber. I gave the Kimber to my X wife . They both have a lot in common They Look good but unrelieable. My Colts are a stone cold relieable

hanno
February 15, 2008, 08:22 PM
I've owned a Colt Series 80 since 1997 and a Kimber Classic Custom Target since 1999. Both have had a lot of rounds through them and neither one has ever given me a problem. If I were to buy another, it would probably be a Colt since they tend to hold their value.

ewayte
February 15, 2008, 10:21 PM
I was all set to buy a Kimber SIS Ultra tonight, but rejected both samples my dealer had. Both had rust on the muzzle and the finish on the thumb safeties was thin or missing. There were also places on the slide where it was obvious that dust was present during the application of the KimPro finish.

For a tag price of just over $1,300, these guns should never have left Yonkers.

gbran
February 15, 2008, 10:52 PM
Never owned a Kimber, but I sure like my Colt.

steelyblue
February 15, 2008, 11:09 PM
2007 Dodge Charger, 2003 Chevy Suberban, Kimber Eclipse Target II

The Eclipse is the only one my wife is jealous of!

MT GUNNY
February 15, 2008, 11:49 PM
Dodge S&W

KenW.
February 16, 2008, 12:15 AM
One for each hand.

outerlimit
February 16, 2008, 12:20 AM
I like Colts. And I hate Fords. ;)

IZinterrogator
February 16, 2008, 11:44 AM
A few months back when my brother was in town, we went shooting, his Kimber CDP vs. my Colt Gunsite CCO. We both were shooting tight groups, but he had several FTRBs. Good thing my Christmas present to him was a Colt CCO. Oh, and I had just gotten back from Iraq, so my Colt hadn't been cleaned or oiled in 11 months, so it wasn't a lack of maintenance on the part of his Kimber.

asknight
February 16, 2008, 02:34 PM
Kolt and Cimber (Kilt and Comber) both make nice 1911s! :neener:

Defensory
February 18, 2008, 05:54 AM
Posted by Possum:
kimber has been having and plaqued by alot of qc problems, it would be sometime before i ever think about a kimber.

I've been shooting Colt's since the 1970's. Colt had a lot of QC problems then, and they've just gotten worse over the years.

For decades, Colt dominated the 1911 market. But in a relatively short period of time, Kimber has risen rapidly to the top and dumped Colt as the number one seller of 1911's.

There's a good reason Kimber became #1 so quickly---they produce a better made and more reliable weapon than Colt. I've owned several of both, and my first 1911 was a Colt. However, Kimber has made me a believer.

The Kimber II's put the Colt Series 80's to shame.

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