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help me decide on a 1911

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Ian's Dad, Sep 17, 2009.

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  1. Ian's Dad

    Ian's Dad Member

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    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.
     
  2. TheBill

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    Springfield
     
  3. GodGuns&Guitars

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    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.
     
  4. Old Jimmy

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    I love my Springfield loaded and I have had more than a few 45's.
     
  5. surjimmy

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    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.
     
  6. Mags

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    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 and my Kimber.
     
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    By the way in the accuracy department my Kimber whoops the Springfield.
     
  9. goose2

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    I certainly don't agree with the above statement. Check out the accuracy of my "SPRINGFIELD".
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    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.
     
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    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
     
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    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. :)
     
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    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.
     
  14. metallic

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    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!
     
  15. DeepSouth

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    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?
     
  16. tango2echo

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    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.

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    Standard THR Answer: Get both ;)

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

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    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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