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Old 02-15-2017, 07:25 PM   #1
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Any advantage to aluminum frame guns?

Greetings Everyone...

Being relatively new to the 1911 platform, I wanted to ask if there is any advantage to aluminum frame guns vs. steel?

I have both a Kimber Pro Carry ii ( aluminum frame ) with perhaps 4- 600 rounds through it and a brand new Custom ii with perhaps 400 rounds through it. Booth are very accurate and reliable.

I have noticed that the slide to frame fit on the Custom is tighter then the Pro Carry. So other then for CCW carry any advantage to the aluminum frame?

BTW I love both these guns! Plan on more Kimber, not sure which ones yet, changing my mind all the time! Perhaps a Tactical 2 or a Stainless TLE 2.

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lighter vs recoil
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Old 02-15-2017, 07:41 PM   #3
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lighter vs recoil

With the right Guide rod spring the recoil is the same.


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Old 02-15-2017, 08:01 PM   #4
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Two Kimber Pro size guns, steel frame on top, aluminum frame on the bottom. 1400 rounds through the top, 3100 rounds through the bottom and both are equally as tight. The steel frame is 7 oz heavier then the aluminum gun but shooting them you'd never notice the difference. The biggest difference would be in carrying them I'm sure that by the end of the day you'd definitely see the advantage of the aluminum frame.

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Excellent Chuck, I could not have said that better myself.
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Old 02-15-2017, 09:06 PM   #6
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Great to hear!

I am still learning a lot. I do go camping and hiking, have already planed to carry the Pro Carry due to weight while hiking.

I shoot both guns equally the same, perhaps a bit better with the Custom ii.

Im hooked on the 1911 format, my Glocks will see less range time!

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Aluminum frame for carrying fashow! I still think a 26 oz gun for carry is still a little too much but it is totally fine in the winter season. It is definitely noticeable when you go hiking in the woods all day so I can't imagine those that carry a full steel 1911 all day would be like.

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Chuck, is the top model the Royal? Fantastic looking shooter
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Snake, I'm pretty sure that's his Classic Carry Pro.
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Old 03-01-2017, 06:59 AM   #10
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JC knows his guns

It's an early model "Classic Carry Pro" with giraffe bone grips. Kimber later replaced the bone grips with ivory colored G-10 grips.
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