Kimber Custom II or Colt 1991


July 9, 2008, 04:51 PM
What would you choose? Kimber or Colt? Both are similarly priced.

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July 9, 2008, 05:55 PM
Are you planning on any customization?

A trip to the gunsmith?

July 9, 2008, 05:57 PM
Well I own a Custom II already...I wanted to try out an entry level colt. It's probably not really a step up or down buying the colt.

July 9, 2008, 06:37 PM
Colt 1991 - i have one and it's been excellent.

Old Dog
July 9, 2008, 07:13 PM
I never thought I'd ever be saying this in public (long-time Colt fan) ... but, having recently purchased both new Kimbers and new Colt's, both brands' entry-level and top-of-the-line models ... I'll buy a new Kimber over a new Colt product these days, every time. Yes, I know Kimber makes more use of MIM parts, but frankly, I believe Kimber's current level of quality control exceeds Colt's, and you simply get more features on the Kimbers (i.e., night sights, frontstrap checkering, better fit and finish, etc.) for the money.

July 9, 2008, 08:51 PM
All things being equal I would get the Kimber.

July 9, 2008, 09:43 PM
Another vote for Kimber.

July 9, 2008, 09:44 PM
I've owned both -- but I still own Colt

July 9, 2008, 09:52 PM
Kimber! Better (IMO) and cheaper.

July 9, 2008, 10:01 PM
If the Kimber was a pre-series-II, I'd have to really think hard. But since it's a series II pistol, no contest.

I'd get the Colt.

(Just so nobody thinks I'm being a Colt snob, I own a Kimber Ultra Carry, and carry it almost every day. It is my most often carried sidearm. I also own a Colt 1991.)

July 9, 2008, 10:40 PM
Colt---never been impressed with Kimber 1911's---just something not quite right with em.

July 9, 2008, 10:44 PM
I own a couple Kimber series II's, and both have performed flawlessly after a combined 9000+ rounds. No malfunctions of any kind whatsoever, even during the break-in period. I shoot both hardballs and hollow points.

Whereas I've owned a Colt and a Springfield that were nothing but trouble. I sold the Colt and returned the Springfield to the dealer.

July 9, 2008, 10:46 PM
tight race....

July 9, 2008, 10:48 PM
Kimber gives me more for my money. Colt can get you more for resale. I believe you can't go wrong with a used Kimber. My used Kimber Eclipse Target II cost me $669. It has target night sights, all stainless, front strap checkering, and it groups terrific. It hasn't had a hickup in over 2000 rounds. Both of my Kimbers have been flawless, despite what I've read on the forums.:neener:

July 9, 2008, 11:41 PM
A Colt is always the right answer.

July 9, 2008, 11:50 PM
I choose Colt.
The Colt has much less MIM parts and is built closer to specs than the Kimber.

July 10, 2008, 12:00 AM
If you have a Kimber Custom II already then I'd build it up. Ambi Safety, night sights, polish the feed ramp add a Match barrel & bushing and adjust the trigger to where you like it.

July 10, 2008, 12:56 AM

July 10, 2008, 11:34 AM
Sorry to here someone stole your Kimber:D

July 10, 2008, 02:19 PM
I would go with the Kimber. I haven't been that impressed with Colts production lately.

John G
July 10, 2008, 02:46 PM
I've got a Colt 1991 Compact model. Happy as a clam.

July 10, 2008, 03:07 PM
I've owned both and would buy the Colt again.

July 10, 2008, 03:29 PM
I am very pleased with my Colt XSE.

July 10, 2008, 08:31 PM
To leave stock I would go for a Kimber in a second, but I voted Colt because it is a classy base on which to build a nice semi-custom. You can have a very personalized gun for under $1400, and best of all, it's a Colt :D


July 16, 2008, 07:13 PM
I currently own two Colts (Govt & Commander) & a newly purchased Kimber C2. Love'm all but voted Colt just because I've had them longer.

July 16, 2008, 07:28 PM
Tough call. Both are fine guns. Like some have said, you get more goodies with the Kimber.

I now own more Colts than Kimbers. Well, come to think of it, I always have I believe. :)

July 16, 2008, 07:56 PM
OK, folks. I have a pair of big newbie questions here.

#1: I've heard people question the quality of Kimber Series II pistols on more than one thread / forum. What is the concern with Series II, and how big is the prob?

#2: I'm not familiar with the abbreviation MIM. What are MIM parts and why might they be considered a disadvantage?

Sorry if these are annoying questions, but I figured this was the palce to ask.

July 16, 2008, 08:56 PM
I recently bought a Kimber, the deciding factor was the fit and finish was much nicer that the Colt XSE. After several trips to the range I am glad I went with the Kimber. Custom II or not it is very accurate and have not had one FTF after more than 1500 rounds.

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