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Old 07-19-2015, 11:41 AM   #1
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Hello All,
I find myself paying installments for 2 Kimbers. The Combat II and the Match II. How I got to this place is beyond even my understanding. But the fact is that, in a couple of months, I shall have both.
My question is-Are these 2 guns as identical as they look?
It appears to me that the only difference is in the sights. The Match II has adjustable sights. The Combat II Has fixed sights. I think the barrels are different too.
The only other difference that I can see is that the Combat II is made in Kimber's Custom Shop, and the Match II is a "Production" model.
I see myself selling one or the other. Which would you keep?
Or dose it make no difference.
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Old 07-19-2015, 11:48 AM   #2
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I just had 14 stitches removed from my trigger hand. Still very tender. But I will be back on the range next week.
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Old 07-19-2015, 01:01 PM   #3
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99.8% (I just made that up) of all pistols are as accurate as they can be with fixed sights. Adjustable sights are for rifles (89.738% of gun owners agree).
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Yeah, I'd be keeping the Combat.
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Old 07-20-2015, 08:32 AM   #5
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Only one answer?
I was only asking if those two guns are really as identical as they look?
Remember, I am fairly new to Kimbers.
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Welcome to the world of "nuances." Or as salesmen refer to these differences, "features."

Essentially, the "gun" is actually the receiver. What you fasten to it are the features that best suit you. Like a long or short trigger, a flat or arched mainspring housing, etc.

The better question to ask is what's the deciding factor for you?
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Only one answer?
I was only asking if those two guns are really as identical as they look?
Remember, I am fairly new to Kimbers.
Hey WildBill, in my opinion you are buying/paying for two very similar pistols. Is that a bad thing? Not really. Will the Combat be more accurate than the Match or vice versa? Maybe. Do you have enough shooting skill to shoot one better than the other? Maybe.
The best I can tell the differences between the two are as already stated are Match adjustable and Combat night sights.
The Match pistol barrel is a Match Grade Stainless with Match Grade Bushing.
The Combat pistol barrel is a Crowned, Bushingless Bull Barrel.
Is one barrel type better than the other? Million Dollar Question.

I have four Kimber's that are Ultra models, each has it's own merits and I love them all, they all look different.

I guess if I was in your shoes, unless the shop you are buying them from would let me change one of my choices, which should not be a big deal since you have yet to take possession. Then I would take the Combat and the Match and test fire at least 50 rounds thru each one then make my pick. I would probably want to keep both but if that was not possible I would most likely choose...wait for it!

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Thanks everyone! I am inclined to keep the COMBAT. But I will fire both before I sell one. If I sell either.
Maybe I will just buy a set of 2 holsters and walk around my property like that red-headed cowboy character in Bugs Bunny cartoons. That will scare the Hell out of my neighbors without me doing anything illegal.
Kids already run into their houses when I walk down the street.
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Originally Posted by wildbillbugman View Post
Thanks everyone! I am inclined to keep the COMBAT. But I will fire both before I sell one. If I sell either.
Maybe I will just buy a set of 2 holsters and walk around my property like that red-headed cowboy character in Bugs Bunny cartoons. That will scare the Hell out of my neighbors without me doing anything illegal.
Kids already run into their houses when I walk down the street.
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I generally don't have any problems buying a used pistol/rifle, but some do. IMO, decide if you are going to sell one or the other and try to sell before shooting. If it's "new" and has been fired, and now for sale, the questions is "what is wrong with it?". YMMV.
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Wink Pick One??

Well Bill, the choice boils down to what you plan to do with the pistol that you keep. The main use for the Match II is high level competitive shooting. This is the area that benefits from being equipped with the match grade barrel and the adjustable sights. If you are not into competition and just plan to use your pistol for range practice and self defense, then the Combat II is the natural choice.

However, as you mentioned, carrying both, like Yosemite Sam, is also an option. Have you ever actually tried shooting two pistols, one in each hand, like Josey Wales? It is an absolute hoot!!! A friend and I had identical 5 1/2" Ruger Super Single Sixes. We would take turns shooting both at the same time. The targets of choice were a string of 6 inch long 2 x 4 stubs. (My wife worked for a builder at the time and I could pick up all the scraps I wanted.) The idea was to clear a string of 10 stubs with the 12 shots available. Great fun!!! Try it before you sell one of them!! Maybe after that you won't sell one of them!! Choices, choices, choices.......
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