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Premium Autoloader

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Eustachius234, Feb 17, 2009.

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  1. Eustachius234

    Eustachius234 Member

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    I'm looking to get a premium autoloader. My caliber choices are 9mm Luger & .45ACP, and my current considerations are the Sig P226 Navy, or the Kimber 1911 Desert Warrior. What would y'all get?
     
  2. Jason_G

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    The one that's not a Kimber *stirs the pot* :D

    Seriously though, I'm sure lots of folks have Kimbers that have zero issues, but IMHO there are better 1911s for the money.

    Between the two, I would get the Sig personally. You'll get different answers though.


    Edit to add: I don't want the Kimber folks coming down from the mountains on me, I guess I should add that the folks that get good ones (which is the vast majority) really like theirs. I just have seen to many boo-boos that should have never left the factory, many on guns that are supposedly "custom shop" guns...

    Jason
     
  3. Quack

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    a different 1911
     
  4. Eustachius234

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    Quack: what 1911 do you think is better than the Kimber?
     
  5. TIMC

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    I'm with you, I would say those are great choices. I love my Kimber warrior and my P-226 blackwater which are for the most part the same guns you are looking at.
     
  6. 9mmepiphany

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    i'd avoid the Kimber too... if you're really looking for a premium gun without going high end production. the best bang for the buck in the 1911 market is a Dan Wesson

    alot of folks like the 226 Navy, but it's really just an anchor etched on a regular 226...and serveral of them have rough triggers. one of the best Sig 226 models is the 226ST in 9mm but they're hard to find. a 226 Elite is more common and you gain a beavertail and their Short Reset Trigger. if you'd prefer a SAO pistol, a premium 226 would be the X-5 which is awesome...you can save some money by getting the Competition instead of the L-1
     
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    I own the Sig p226 in both 9mm and .40 (with the drop in .357 Sig barrel), both have been 100% reliable and very accurate. The Kimbers are very pretty pistols, but if I had to depend on one or the other I would always choose the Sig.
     
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    I just checked out the Sig P226 Elite & the Elite Stainless. Wow, the Elite Stainless sure is a looker. Do y'all think that all that extra weight on the Stainless makes it a pain to carry, or shoot?
     
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    The STI Trojan is another 1911 at the Dan Wesson's price-point, and which also probably bests the Kimber in terms of quality.
     
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    STI Trojan & Dan Wesson IMHO are better guns than the Kimber. you can also get these in 9mm. 9mm 1911's are fun to shoot.
     
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    "Better Than A Kimber"


    Les Baer 1911~! ;)
     
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    What Ala Dan said.

    There is no way you can understand the Les Baer thing . . . until you get one. You can find excellent used ones for $1,400-$1,500, new ones around $1,600.

    I recently picked up a NIB Les Baer for $1568.00 delivered. You cannot compare a Les Baer to a Kimber (I have a superb Kimber) or a Dan Wesson.

    Apples to Tomatoes.
     
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    where's the HK love here? :D

    budsgunshop has a regular p226 on sale - CPO edition for like $530ish.

    premium autoloader to me means HK or sig :D They tell me it's #1 and #2 on reliability.. but who knows.. not like i'm gonna roll'em around in the mud
     
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    HK, Sig, or one of these 1911s:

    Dan Wesson
    Colt
    Springfield Armory
    Les Baer
    Ed Brown

    Wilson Combat
    Nighthawk
    Full Custom
     
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    I would get the Sig, just for the edge in reliability. (I've owned more than one of both brands, Sigs are great, I will never buy another Kimber product)
     
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    I've got a Springfield Armory Trophy Match 1911 and love it. Para Ordnance also makes a great 1911
     
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    One call to Kimber customer service would make choose any other handgun, premium or otherwise... I'll never own another!
     
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    A Yost, et al. reworked Browning HiPower would seem to meet the true definition of a premium autoloader. :)
     
  20. Jason_G

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    Most definitely.

    Jason
     
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    I got nothing but H&K love inside of me:) H&K = THE premium modern combat handgun

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    Hmph. If you want the top of the line, get a Sig P210 or Pardini GT45.
     
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    What's your definition of premium? For me neither Kimber or Sig fall into the "premium" category. Both are very good weapons, but I would opt for an STI. They make some very fine 1911s. If you want to go a step further you can look at some true custom 1911s from SVI, Les Baer, etc.
     
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