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Old 01-03-2014, 05:40 AM   #1
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Hello from Minnesota

After many years away from firearms (ex-military) I decided to take up shooting. Started with the .22 moving up to the 9mm and am now interested in a 1911.
Kimber is going to be a definite consideration. Looking forward to gleaning some knowledge before I lay out anymore hard earned money.
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Old 01-03-2014, 07:28 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum from Northern Illinois mydogmax. What kind of a 1911 are you interested in, just something for the range or a carry gun?
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Old 01-03-2014, 07:46 AM   #4
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Hello and welcome. Patiently doing some research is what I do. These things can get pretty pricey. I usually zero in on something, then sleep on it. Just to make sure it's not an impulse buy. A grand is a grand! Besides all the usual online places, here's a site that might help with your research. http://www.genitron.com/ I just found it and it's kinda neat doing the comparisons. Check back in, to share your research/thoughts. Stay warm...

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Old 01-03-2014, 02:31 PM   #5
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Thanks for the welcome. As I am now on my computer, and not my ipad, I can be a little bit more concise about my wants and needs. First, a little background. I am an (older) ex-marine and Viet Nam veteran. One of thousands and not a big deal. Just thought I'd mention it because most of the people I know don't even know I spent time in the military. It appears that the gun owners appreciate it a bit more and a lot of them are ex-military. During boot camp I qualified with the M-14 and shot the 1911 just for familiarization. Just one mag. I then re-qualified with the M-14 while over in Okinawa just before leaving for Viet Nam.
I haven't picked up a gun since leaving the military in 1967. For some reason, last year, I decided to take up shooting again. Bought a M&P22 because I thought it was a good way to re-train myself regarding stance, grip etc. Fun gun and cheap to shoot. I now have an M&P9 on order and am looking forward to moving up to a larger caliber. However, I am now starting to drool over the 1911's. Beautiful guns but there's a huge amount to choose from. After sifting through a number of forums I've come to believe that the most popular are (excluding the very expensive ones) Kimber, Smith & Wesson and Springfield. All around the $1000 range (give or take). I've held the S&W E series. Pretty gun and about $1000 at Buds discount guns. Not sure if I want a full sized 1911. Maybe a 4"barrel would suit me better. I've been searching the YouTube videos and watching them. Also looking through Buds guns I found the Kimber pro raptor ll. Could get this for a little over $900. My uses would be for HD and range use. Don't plan to carry. How does this gun stack up to others. I know my questions are very general but I'm still in the discovery phase. Sorry for the long post. In the future they'll be no need to give my complete history. Just some rookie questions.
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Old 01-03-2014, 02:51 PM   #6
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Hello and welcome. Patiently doing some research is what I do. These things can get pretty pricey. I usually zero in on something, then sleep on it. Just to make sure it's not an impulse buy. A grand is a grand! Besides all the usual online places, here's a site that might help with your research. The Handgun Information Resource I just found it and it's kinda neat doing the comparisons. Check back in, to share your research/thoughts. Stay warm...
Thanks, I'll check that out tonight.
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Old 01-03-2014, 05:11 PM   #7
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First and foremost. Thank You and Welcome Home. Second, welcome to the group.
I think you'll find the modern 1911 is a long way from the 1940's built, Marine/Military issue 45's. They are much more precisely built with much closer tolerances. Many things that were once considered on the cutting edge of custom are now common place. Things like extended beavertails, extended slide and safety releases, fitted barrels, fluted barrels. the list goes on and on. Do your research, find a shop that rents guns or friends that have guns like you are interested in and shoot the heck out of them.
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Welcome from the Midwest. Here goes your Social Security check....
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Old 01-03-2014, 06:46 PM   #9
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Thanks for the welcome . Probably the best idea is to move my future questions to the 1911 section.
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Old 01-03-2014, 07:53 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by Mydogmax View Post
... I've come to believe that the most popular are (excluding the very expensive ones) Kimber, Smith & Wesson and Springfield. All around the $1000 range (give or take)...
Foul! I call foul. You left out Sig. I love my Kimber, but also my Sigs. Get one of each! Click on my username, then album, and you can see a few of my
1911's.
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