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Old September 20, 2013, 04:51 PM   #26
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I've owned one Kimber in my life; never again.

So, my vote goes to anything that says "Yonkers" on it.
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Old September 20, 2013, 05:11 PM   #27
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The only .45 that I have been unhappy with was a Rock Island Armory GI .45. It was reliable, it just shot really low. As far as the worst...I'd guess it was something made by AMT.
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Old September 20, 2013, 05:20 PM   #28
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I had a Series 80 Colt that was a bonafide piece of junk! You'd figure a sloppy gun wouldn't jam, NOT! When it didn't jam, you wouldn't brag about the accuracy either.
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Old September 20, 2013, 05:23 PM   #29
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Silicosys4, why not just file the front sight blade or similar? That's an easy fix.

Worst .45 ever, I really don't have the perspective to make an opinion on. My father's polished stainless early Colt Combat Commander was pretty awful, though, until I worked it over. Very inaccurate. I installed a Dwyer Group Gripper and match-grade bushing, though, and that fixed it. The gun was so loose that it didn't require any fitting to install either. I lightly tapped the bushing in with a wood block and hammer; tight fit, but didn't require any fitting and I could easily remove it if need be.
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Old September 20, 2013, 05:28 PM   #30
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The only place I have ever seen a Crown City Arms 1911 was in a book. I know they exist, but have never seen or handled one in person.

The Auto Ordnance 1911 .45 I had in the early 90s was the worst .45 I have ever owned. Supposedly the Kahr A/Os are much better.

Just my .02,
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Old September 20, 2013, 05:31 PM   #31
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I had a para-ordanace warthog .45 that had all kinds of feeding problems. Eventually plunger/release didn't fall back down, and when the gun was fired it ripped it out the back of the slide. Sent it to ParaOrdanace, and about a year later I got it back - with some kind of crude pakarized finish that didn't match the rest of the gun, and no sight dots, everything parkarized over. Needless to say, I got rid of it.

Oddly enough, that gun reliably cycled, yes cycled the CCI shotshell loads for .45 ACP.
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Old September 20, 2013, 05:36 PM   #32
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Originally Posted by WardenWolf View Post
Silicosys4, why not just file the front sight blade or similar? That's an easy fix.
I forgot to mention it was 4'....thats four FEET low at 25 yards. It was the G.I model with the already teeny front "nub", it would have been gone by the time I was done, lol
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Old September 20, 2013, 05:52 PM   #33
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Ruger P90. Why? Because the only person I know of to have used one in self-defense had it jam on him after 3 rounds. Could have been his maintenance (or lack-thereof). Luckily the 3 rounds he got off included one that fatally struck his attacker.
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Old September 20, 2013, 05:58 PM   #34
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Originally Posted by burk View Post
I am a self-confessed Kimber fanboy, but the second generation outside ejector Kimbers were very bad guns. They were truly jam machines, no matter how well maintained or broken in. Kimber is still replacing slides on those guns. Having said that, if I had the scratch I'd buy a new Kimber Dessert Warrior in a heartbeat. The current ones are still the best values if you want an American made 1911 to build up.

I've also heard some very negative reports on the Sig 220, from enough varied sources to keep me away.
I have a Kimber Custom II with an external extractor and it has never had a malfunction since I purchased it in 2006.
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Old September 20, 2013, 11:38 PM   #35
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Worst .45 caliber pistol has to be the 1911s made by Springfield, Colt, and Les Baer....because I can't seem to stop spending money accumulating MORE of them! Lol!
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Old September 20, 2013, 11:51 PM   #36
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Worst .45

None I've ever owned or shot. A Star Model P had a broken firing pin. After it was fixed, no problem, except finding a 2nd mag. Owned 2 Colt's, at different times. Liked all of them.
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Old September 20, 2013, 11:54 PM   #37
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Not wanting to jump on the Llama bandwagon, but my most problematic 45 was a mid-80"s Llama 1911. Wouldn't even feed hardball consistently. Accurate when it did shoot. On the other hand, I still have a Llama Omni in 45 that's both reliable and accurate. Terrible long double action trigger pull makes transitioning from first to second shot a pain to get used to.
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Old September 20, 2013, 11:57 PM   #38
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Sig's first run of GSR 1911s. My local gunsmith finally told me to trade it because I was going to have more money in repairs than I did in the gun. I will add that Sig's 1911s are some of the best value for the dollar out there. They just got off to a rough start. I learned not to by any manufacturer's new release of new product lines.
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Old September 21, 2013, 12:23 AM   #39
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The Llama Jamomatic I owned briefly in the 80s.

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Old September 21, 2013, 12:32 AM   #40
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Had a llama minimax, bought it used. Jammed every round. Had it stoned and honed and it ran like a sewing machine after that.
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Old September 21, 2013, 12:37 AM   #41
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I really don't understand all of the llama hate. I have a llama XI-C that I purchased in 1993. After over 10k rounds no problems, no broken parts. Just a few problems with ProMag mags. Just needed to tweek the mags a little and they were fine. I guess I got the only good one. BTW the llama mags have been fine.
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Old September 21, 2013, 12:38 AM   #42
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For me, RIA.
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Old September 21, 2013, 07:50 AM   #43
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My vote would have to go with the AMT Hardballer. Innovative use of stainless steel but truly horrible construction and poorly made and fitted parts made this the worst .45 I have ever encountered.
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Old September 21, 2013, 08:50 AM   #44
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I also had a external extractor Kimber ( Compact II ) that never had a jam, even in the break in period.
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Old September 21, 2013, 12:51 PM   #45
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Cobra Patriot .45. Bought it at a gun show new for $225. Trigger pull was double action, 12+lbs. Horrific. Sold it.
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Old September 21, 2013, 06:33 PM   #46
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The 1911.
Yup, I had two and didn't like 'em. I'd rather have a more modern accurate, yet reliable DA/SA, myself. If you can afford a decent 1911, you can afford a Sig Sauer.
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Old September 21, 2013, 06:36 PM   #47
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AMT Hardballer.
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Old September 21, 2013, 10:53 PM   #48
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My most problematic 45 out of the box was my Llama minimax. But as Dam it stated, with some fine tuning it runs great.
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Old September 21, 2013, 10:58 PM   #49
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+1 on the Cobra Patriot 45
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Old September 21, 2013, 11:22 PM   #50
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I remember lusting for a Cobra Patriot 45 when they first came out but I decided to wait and see how they would pan out. I'm glad I did, it seems like the idea is sound but the execution is lacking.
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