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sig p220 vs. kimber 1911

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by jjwdb7, Oct 12, 2010.

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  1. jjwdb7

    jjwdb7 Member

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    if you could get either one for relatively the same price, which would you get? a sig p220 (full sized, not compact) or a kimber 1911 (again full sized). not interested in carrying something that big, just like both as collector pieces and for shooting.
     
  2. hiram2005

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    I have had both of those, and if I were to do it again, the 220 is what I would get.
     
  3. ugaarguy

    ugaarguy Moderator Staff Member

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    Maybe go to a range that rents and shoot each one? You're comparing a DA/SA auto to a SA auto. It's a bit like asking if you should buy a Corvette or an F250 triton. I mean both of those are RWD vehicles with 8 cylinder gasoline engines right?
     
  4. rikman

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    Ugaarguy,

    Good advice. I have both a Sig & Kimber. Like thhem both and 2 different guns.

    Rikman
     
  5. 9mmepiphany

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    I've had both. Sold the Kimber, carried the Sig 220 as a duty gun, used the money from the Kimber to buy a S&W 1911Sc.

    I've found that the 220 is just as accurate as the Kimber out of the box and will run longer with less attention. While I am very attached to the alloy framed 220, if I wasn't planning on carrying it, I'd look very hard at the 220ST with the stainless steel frame;

    Here's a picture of the two:

    [​IMG]
     
  6. ugaarguy

    ugaarguy Moderator Staff Member

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    Was your Kimber a Series II gun, or one of earlier vintage? The Kimbers I currently have are all older models. I think there are better 1911 options out there than current production Kimbers, but the older models can be very good values on the used market in my experience.
     
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    Have both, like both, no problems so far with either. Can't help you decide. Ergonomics wise, the 220 may be bulkier in the grip category.
     
  8. 9mmepiphany

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    Hence the Hogue aluminum grips on the ST in my picture

    It was a series II, my experience and those of shoot buddies has been that the Warrior series may be the most reliable of the recent Kimbers. The Sig 220 platform is just able to take more neglect than the 1911 platform in general under hard use.
     
  9. evan price

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    This is apples VS bananas. You should buy the one that shoots best for you.

    That said, I own a Sig 220 and a 1911 style pistol and prefer the sig 220. But it fits me better.
     
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    I love 1911's but just sold one to fund recouping my Sig P220.
    If I carry a .45auto it would be the P220.
     
  11. silversport

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    yes what was said above...if you like 1911s, you'll most likely love your Kimber...if you like DA/SA (or whatever configuration you buy in the P220) you'll most likely like your SiG...both fine weapons...the SiG P220 is manytimes said to be the finest DA/SA .45ACP made...
    Bill
     
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    P220's are great guns, can't go wrong there.
     
  13. fildugn

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    I've had 2 SIGS and 12 Kimbers. Generally, I sell the SIGs and Keep the Kimbers. Even though the SIGs have been reliable and reasonably accurate. There's just something about a nice 1911.
     
  14. BlayGlock

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    Im a 1911 guy, however, if you have never owned one get the Sig. A wise man once told me that there are two general criteria for determining whether you should own a 1911:

    http://vickerstactical.com/faqs-with-larry-vickers/
     
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    In the wake of my love for the 1911's; I have to vote for the West German
    .45 caliber SIG-SAUER P220A. IMHO, simply the BEST .45 auto made; in its
    DA/SA configuration~! ;) :D
     
  16. Zerodefect

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    Kimber, as long as it's one of the simpler <$1000 models.

    Custom, TLE, CDP, etc.
     
  17. Olympus

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    I'd personally have to go with the Kimber. Small hands make the difference between the two for me. Both are good guns. Like others have said, shoot them both and pick the one that feels the best to you. What works for you may not be what works for me, works for him, etc. Doesn't necessarily mean one person's choice is better than the others'.
     
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    My vote would go to,

    [X] P220.

    Or perhaps the P220ST if you find one.

    I loved the ST.

    Only reason I sold it was I had too many forty fives.
     
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    Uh... what? does not compute. :D
     
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    NO kimber will keep up with a P220. Im not a sig fan, but the p220 is pure perfection.

    JOe
     
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    I'd never buy a Kimber, ever! I did however buy a Sig P220SAO......If it's going to be a 1911, then I prefer the original, like this....
     
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    A closer comparison would be the SAO version of the P220. Despite its not being as slender or flat and not having quite as good a trigger as the 1911, that is what I would get as it is more likely to be reliable out of the box. I very nearly bought one in 2007, but got the SIG 1911 instead ... big mistake. :banghead:
     
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    I was ogling at a Sig 220 today; it made my 1911 cry.
     
  24. gwnorth

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    Of those two, I would have to go with the kimber. I have small hands, and the P220 (as much as I would love to have one) is just too fat in the grip for me to be really comfortable with it. A 1911's grip is fine for me though, and my only .45acp pistols are Colt 1911s.

    Although, there are some slim grips for the P220, and I've not tried one with any such on it, so maybe...
     
  25. OmutaX

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    Here's how I'd choose if I could just have one, not regarding price:

    Earlier Kimber >>> W. German P220

    Kimber Series 2 (earlier 2000's models) = German made, milled slide P220

    RIA >>> Current MIM railed P220 >>> Current Kimbers

    Some of the Kimbers manufactured as of late are so badly QC'd I would never buy a new one. The RIA is sort of a joke, but the ones I shot have been just as good as Kimbers of late. P220 with rail gets neg points from me subjectively because of the rails :p
     
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