I'm thinking I've decided on the Springfield Champion Operator for my next carry gun. I don't have a ton of experience with 1911 and I want something that will be carryable and fun to shoot at the range.
My second pick would be a Kimber Crimson Trace II in commander size. However, I have heard from two people now saying that they have been having quality control issues. If I pay $1100 for a pistol, it better be flawless.
Thoughts? Experiences? Pick?
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October 25, 2011, 10:15 PM
I'm not sure it is realistic to expect a mid-priced 1911 to be flawless...you'll be very disappointed if your expectations are out of line with the market.
Between the two, I think you'd have a better chance of reliable function with the Springfield. The best thing you can do to insure this would be to learn to properly maintain it and purchase good quality magazines to feed it.
October 25, 2011, 10:30 PM
From a 1911 perspective, both Springfield and Kimber make 4" barreled pistols. The standard for a "Commander" size is 4.25" barrel. The Springfield Operator also has a rail which is also odd for a 1911 and especially so for a "Commander" length. Both also come with bull barrels, while the typical 1911 has a short guide rod and barrel bushing. Theses departures from the norm may make things more difficult for you. If you don't need to put a light on it you may be better off with a model without a rail.
Those two items, 4" barrel and a rail, may make finding a holster more difficult than a standard rail-less 4.25" Commander. It won't be impossible, but it will be more difficult.
Of the two, the Springfield will have a much better warrantee.
Colt is always a good option. Here is a thorough review of a Colt Commander.
It really has everything you'll most likely need.
October 26, 2011, 01:14 PM
As noted all SA Operators have rails, however SA also offers a variety of loaded 1911’s without rails, including the Champion. The variety of holsters available for non railed versions is much greater than holsters for railed versions.
That said, my favorite Operator is the Champion. An excellent balance between the Micro and Government models. :)