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Looking for a 9mm 1911 - Kimber?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Teachu2, Feb 26, 2012.

  1. Teachu2

    Teachu2 Well-Known Member

    I'm adding to my collection, and I'm thinking I'd like to have a 1911-based 9mm. I know, I know....

    My go-to gun is a Colt Series 80 in .45acp. I'd like to keep the same platform but in 9mm, as it will serve me and my family in a number of roles. In addition, I'm located in California, so if it's new (preferred) it's gotta be listed. http://certguns.doj.ca.gov/

    So far, the leading candidate is the Kimber Stainless Target II. Any others I should consider? I'd prefer the STI - but they're not listed...
  2. RH45

    RH45 Well-Known Member

    A Les Baer, or a Wilson would be towards the top of my list, unless Ed Brown makes another run of 9s.
  3. conhntr

    conhntr Well-Known Member

    A ted yost for me. Should be able to find a colt 9mm for 600-800 then around 5000 with options for heirloom to work on it.

    I coudlnt be bothered with a wilson or baer
    Last edited: Feb 26, 2012
  4. ichiban

    ichiban Well-Known Member

    That list made me very sad. If at all possible move to a free state.

    I have a Kimber Target in 9mm and it is a good gun so you be disappointed if that is what you end up with by default.

    I did a quick scan and noticed that there is a SA 9mm on the list. That would be a good choice as well.
  5. rbernie

    rbernie Well-Known Member

    The SA is nice, but will likely have clocking issues on the extractor that will need to be addressed for the pistol to be 100% reliable. (I've had two 9mm Loadeds and both had this issue, as have all of my 45ACP Loadeds and Champions... It was more pronounced of an issue with the 9x19 Springers than the 45ACP units.)

    The Kimber is very nice; I have owned both the Target/Stainless Custom line and the Aegis. The Aegis is sublime.

    I carry an Armscor 9x19 1911 to the pistol every week, and for a range beater it's been quite satisfying. You should contact the Armscor folk and see if they'll submit the 9mm for testing, since all of their other 1911 models are already on the list.
  6. galena

    galena Well-Known Member

    I really like my Kimber Pro-Carry II in 9mm, never had a problem with it. I note the CA list includes the Pro-Carry in .45ACP but not in 9mm...........stupid, stupid, stupid!!!! I left CA in 1988 and I've never been back........won't ever go back. If you have to live in CA I'd go with the Kimber Stainless Target II. If you can, vote with your feet. Keep shootin'
  7. guyfromohio

    guyfromohio Well-Known Member

    I've read great things about the EMP and it made the fruits-and-nuts list! I have to agree with California though.... the guns on that list will absolutely kill less deaderer than others not on the list.
  8. bikerdoc

    bikerdoc Moderator

    On a whim I bought Taurus PT 1911 stainless in 9mm ( I got 19 handguns and wanted an even # :) )

    Wow, I am impressed. I am more accurate with it than any of my more expensive 1911 45's or my varous CZ's

  9. Flintknapper

    Flintknapper Well-Known Member

    Para Ordnance also makes a number of 1911 platform 9mm's.

    Not saying that is what you might want, just giving you something else to look at.

    My Daughter's "Carry 9" has been flawless.

    Pretty sure its on the good to go list in Kali.
  10. berettaprofessor

    berettaprofessor Well-Known Member

    Springfield EMP 9!
  11. foxmoor

    foxmoor Well-Known Member

    STI Trojan in 9mm was my first 1911 and it's a great choice, if permitted in CA.
  12. JimStC

    JimStC Well-Known Member

    I have a Springfield Model 1911-A1 in 9mm. I did have the trigger lightened and put in a Nowlin barrel so the cost is higher than new retail. In any event it is a reliable, very accurate carry and competition gun. I also have a Baer in 9mm, 9x23 and 38 Super (just switch out barrels-not 3 guns). Obviously that is a much higher price point.
  13. Rock185

    Rock185 Well-Known Member

    Over a period of of 30+ years, I have owned 1911 type guns in 9MM by Colt, Kimber and Springfield. I have handled, but not owned the STI 9MM Trojan and U.S.P.S.A. models. The STIs seemed to be very solid, well fitted guns.

    The standard Colts use the traditional unramped type barrel. In my experience, these sometimes require a little tuning to be 100% reliable in 9MM. I have had better results with the more recent pistols that use the ramped typed barrels.

    Last year I purchased a new Springfield Loaded Target 9MM. Nice looking, but sorry to say, not a very good gun in stock condition. Pretty rough overall; some of the internal machine work just not right, barrel loose ( bunch of up/down and fore and aft movement in breech area when in battery ), unreliable with several types of factory ammo, one of the most inaccurate pistols I've owned. I purchased it with custom work in mind, so wasn't too dismayed. I see Springfields praised quite often, so I guess I just happened to get one that wasn't as well put together. I have handled another new Loaded Target 9MM in a gun shop since purchasing mine. Can't say about reliability/accuracy obviously, but it appeared to be rougher than mine, with the same issues. Years ago, my early Springfield Trophy match had to go back for a new slide under warranty. More recently. my brother's 9MM EMP, went back for several issues. Came back with issues corrected, a new slide and I forget what else. Both those guns were very nice after the serious warranty work. I guess we just haven't had very good luck with Springfields as received...

    I currently have a Kimber Target II 9MM. It, and the previous Target IIs in 9MM and .38 super I have owned, were just excellent guns from the beginning. All were/are 100% reliable with any ammo I tried,accurate, well fitted and finished, barrels/slide/frame fitted very well for production guns, etc. None of the infamous MIM patrs broke in any of them.

    I have owned Baer and other higher end type guns, but not in 9MM. I suspect those guns chambered in 9MM would be very nice indeed.
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2012
  14. Johannes_Paulsen

    Johannes_Paulsen Well-Known Member

    I have a 9mm EMP and love it - works very well as EDC. However, it did require a trip back to Springfield to pin the extractor and have a few other things adjusted. It has worked 100% since getting it back, and Springfield was completely no-hassle about doing the fixes and shipping it to and fro and their expense...but just wanted to let you know this in the interests of full disclosure.
  15. Byrd666

    Byrd666 Well-Known Member

    EMP 9mm. I have the EMP .40 and love it
  16. JimStC

    JimStC Well-Known Member

    Very accurate comments. My Springfield was intended to be a Steel Competition gun. So, I bought it with more $$ in the budget to get it right. From the factory it did need help......
  17. BYJO4

    BYJO4 Well-Known Member

    I have a Kimber SS Target II in 9MM with 6,000 rounds thru it thus far. It has been accurate and 100% reliable since day one.
  18. Demitrios

    Demitrios Well-Known Member

    Since you already have a go to gun for self defense then here's an interesting concept, get yourself a Rock Island TCM Micromag. It's a double stack 1911, so you'll be able to shoot more rounds AND on top of that it comes with a drop in barrel for 9mm, no changing anything else. It goes for about $600 and it's made by a company me and many others have nothing but good things to say about.

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  19. Teachu2

    Teachu2 Well-Known Member

    Thank you all for the input. I was wondering if I was going to hear horror stories re the Kimber, but none here! The others are options I've already considered - really want a STI, but:

    Not on the CA list, and seriously, folks, I'm not moving away from my parents, kids, grandkids, in-laws, friends, job, home, and business relationships just to expand the list of available firearms....

    No point in going to a double-stack platform for me - I want to keep the feel of the 1911 but shoot 9mm, and 10 rounds is all I get in California, even if the original design holds 485,373,170 + 1 in the chamber.

    If I were looking to build a custom gun, I could start with a RIA or other 38 Super and go from there, but I'd rather buy a $1000 reliable, reasonably accurate factory gun for this one.
  20. ChasMack

    ChasMack Well-Known Member

    For what it's worth, I have had a Kimber Aegis 9mm for maybe 3 years now. It's a tack driver! It also has never given me any problems when shooting reloads, various brands.

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