help me decide on a 1911


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Ian's Dad
September 17, 2009, 07:48 PM
Narrowed it down to two at my local shop.

Kimber Custom TLE II or Springfield Loaded Stainless.

Kimber is slightly used and 150 dollars less.

This will be a range gun and rarely if ever carried.

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TheBill
September 17, 2009, 08:05 PM
Springfield

GodGuns&Guitars
September 17, 2009, 08:16 PM
I have the Custom TLE II, but to tell you the truth, either pistol will probably fill the bill. Go with your gut and let us know.

Old Jimmy
September 17, 2009, 10:01 PM
I love my Springfield loaded and I have had more than a few 45's.

surjimmy
September 17, 2009, 10:09 PM
A custom 1911 builder told me a Springfield TRP is the best 1911 off the shelf, and the Loaded was a good second. If your just going to plink with it, save you some money and get a Rock Island Tactical . I carry a Les Baer, wanted a plinker I could take to the woods and not worry. Now I'm not going to say this sub $500 gun will out do my $1800 Baer but dang. 15 yards 8 shots 1 ragged hole. You will have to get a different mag then what comes with it.

Mags
September 17, 2009, 10:13 PM
I have a Springfield loaded and have a Kimber Custom Tactical. I would go with the TLE as you get front strap checkering and it might already be broken in.
Read these threads about my range visits with my: Springfield (http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=472523) and my Kimber (http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=460133).

AcceptableUserName
September 17, 2009, 10:13 PM
Springfield.

Mags
September 17, 2009, 10:24 PM
By the way in the accuracy department my Kimber whoops the Springfield.

goose2
September 18, 2009, 01:23 AM
I certainly don't agree with the above statement. Check out the accuracy of my "SPRINGFIELD".
http://i252.photobucket.com/albums/hh4/goosetwo/DPP_00222229.jpg

metallic
September 18, 2009, 05:19 PM
I have a Pro TLE II, I like it. Haven't had a chance to handle any other 1911s other than the SIG GSR line.

Quoheleth
September 18, 2009, 06:25 PM
Flip a coin, as both are highly excellent guns. IMHO, $150 is a lot of ammo. That said, a stainless Springer Loaded sits in my safe.

Q

walker944
September 18, 2009, 06:38 PM
I have the Springfield Loaded Stainless and absolutely love it. I have an aversion to Kimber. I think they are way overpriced and more of a marketing created 'cult' brand. I won't own one. But neither will I own a Glock, Harley Davidson, etc. I'm just not a follower. That's just my opinion, and will most certainly won't be the opinion of others...but that's okay, we are all free to have an opinion. :)

MAURICE
September 18, 2009, 10:27 PM
I've got a Kimber and two Springers. I used to own another Kimber, too (sold it like an idiot). I like all of them and I think you'll be happy either way. I am also willing to bet you can't own just one. I'm planning my next two 1911 purchases already.

metallic
September 18, 2009, 11:46 PM
I am also willing to bet you can't own just one. I'm planning my next two 1911 purchases already.

That makes two of us! I've only had a 1911 for about 8 months and I already have a few new ones on the list. It's like an addiction!

DeepSouth
September 18, 2009, 11:59 PM
Springfield, if for no other reason than a lifetime warranty and great Customer Service, I wan't mention Kimbers lousy warranty, CS, and inferior weapon. Can you tell I like the Springers?

tango2echo
September 19, 2009, 12:04 AM
I currently own 11 1911a1 type pistols and have owned others. I shoot THOUSANDS of rounds of .45acp every year in competitions and practice. I do not own a Kimber currently, although I have in the past. Take that as you wish.

t2e

Nugilum
September 19, 2009, 01:21 AM
Standard THR Answer: Get both ;)

I'd get the Springfield. Springfield has been better to me than Kimber.

ichiban
September 19, 2009, 09:41 AM
Both are excellent guns and either will serve you well for many years. I'd get the Kimber and spend the savings on ammo, if you can find it.

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