im curious if anyone can tell me what the finish on the kimber nightstar LW OI is made of. Does anyone carry this gun? If you do carry, how tough is the finish? will a kidex holster rub off the finish?
Welcome to the forum from Dimondale, Mi. samsqwanch. Because it's a limited production gun I'd suggest you give Kimbers Customer service a call. They should be able to answer any question you have about the gun.
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Up front I'll admit I'm 'old-school leather' kind of guy, always have been. My personal limited experience with Kydex was not a pleasant one, as after six months using one IWB (BladeTech), I call it the "Fine Finish Remover".
A high quality lined leather rig from one of the known makers is not only handmade art, it's like a fitted glove to the individual weapon, and will last an entire lifetime if cared for properly. We're talking personal EDC here, not duty.
Some will disagree, but that's my findings over a very long period of time. YMMV
That is a really nice looking pistol and a great price. However with an aluminum frame painted with KimPro ll finish I think you will soon see signs of wear if you intend to carry it every day and use any kind of holster. We have seen many examples of that type of finish wear and what's worse is corrosion caused by sweat that was not cleaned off properly, especially when carried inside the waistband in hot humid climates. Even after all that said it's a beautiful looking pistol and I wouldn't mind having one. But I wouldn't carry it every day in a holster, inside or outside the waistband. If you want a 1911 for EDC I would strongly consider and all stainless steel model. JMHO
Carrying a 1911 without iron sights... no thanks. That said, I have battery optic-only range guns and very much enjoy them. But the LW OI has an aluminum frame which I wouldn't want for a range gun. The configuration of the gun would be a more important consideration for me than the finish.
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