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Old 07-27-2018, 01:09 AM   #1
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Help with a Kimber 45

Just looking for the most reliable and durable Kimber 45. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 07-27-2018, 06:21 AM   #2
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You'd be good with any .45 Kimber makes. They all came from the factory a little tight and need to be broken (shot) in but once you've done that you are golden.
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Originally Posted by Rangers13 View Post
Just looking for the most reliable and durable Kimber 45. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Ahdunno if there's going to be that much variation, Rick. Buying a Kimber is like buying a Boglioli suit. First and foremost, you need to decide on the size. Then decide on the style-blazer, double breasted, tuxedo. Then you need to figure out the accessories-shoes, tie, cuff links. Regardless of which suit you choose, you're going to look fabulous with your new Kimber.

So with the Kimber, do you want the full size, the Pro, or the Ultra? What style do you like the most? I like the KHX. Do you want a laser with that? I suppose a full size pistol is going to be inherently less prone to difficulties than the smaller guns, but the difference is probably going to be inconsequential. So just buy the coolest and prettiest Kimber, and have fun shooting it.
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It depends on what you're going to use it for, but for low maintenance and reliability, I'd go full size Stainless II. If you want something to throw around the truck, my sensitive, gun loving self says buy a used low-end, but functioning 1911 that someone has already banged up.
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Old 07-27-2018, 09:09 AM   #5
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I think you'd have a hard time finding one that isn't durable and doesn't hold up well to whatever you would dish out. Everyone is different, but I am pretty picky about my firearms. I have never had an issue, especially a quality issue with any of my Kimbers.
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I agree with Chuck, as long as you pick a true Kimber 1911 you can't go wrong with any Kimber model. The size could make a difference depending upon what it's job is going to be. All models can do it all, range, hunting, concealed carry, home defense just some models do that better than others.

I have all sizes, if I could only have one size the Ultra's do it all for me. You mileage may vary.
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Originally Posted by Bigdog View Post
It depends on what you're going to use it for, but for low maintenance and reliability, I'd go full size Stainless II. If you want something to throw around the truck, my sensitive, gun loving self says buy a used low-end, but functioning 1911 that someone has already banged up.

"throw around the truck" Makes my skin crawl!!
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"throw around the truck" Makes my skin crawl!!
mine too..."durable" is a funny word for nice pistols, so I was trying to say, if it's going to be a beater, buy a beater, not a nice Kimber.
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I agree with Chuck, as long as you pick a true Kimber 1911 you can't go wrong with any Kimber model.

I have all sizes, if I could only have one size the Ultra's do it all for me. You mileage may vary.
Yep, the Ultra platform is the one for me.
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Damn Rick!!! You tryin' to start a fight around here?? Yeah when it comes to Kimbers and 1911s in general, everyone likes something different. As for me I don't really care for "little" 1911s but as others have said it depends on what you plan on doing with it. But if you're looking for a range gun, just a nice gun for shooting, get a full size. It will handle the recoil better and you get a longer sight radius that will help you shoot it better.

For EDC you may want to look at the smaller frame or even alloy frame guns. For my two cents I want nothing smaller than a "Commander" size 1911.

Next thing you'll be asking, "What's the best beer?"..."Who makes the best truck".....or "What's the best bourbon" …. insta-gator II !!!....

("Throw it around the truck !!!! ….oh the horror !!!") My "throw it around" gun is a $200 Ruger 10/22 with open sights and plastic stock. I keep the little 10 rd mag in the gun (doesn't get in the way of throwing), another 25rd "banana mag" and a box of shells in the pocket behind the seat.
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