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Congratulations on your new Kimber. I too came from years of Glock 19’s and sold them all last year and bought my first Kimber. Pro Raptor II in 45 and blued finish. I carried this Pro Raptor for a year and recently bought a Kimber Stainless II. Yes, I drank the Kimber CoolAid. Love them both.




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RIA makes a 911 style pistol in 10 mm called the tac ultra. Nice weapon got it a few years back & yes all 10'1 got a kick but the RIA is no beast by any means. I am sure the Kimber is nice yet you can buy two RIA's for the price of one Kimber. Is the Kimber better? Yes I would say. At twice the price? Nay!
You are absolutely correct, I have both the RIA/ultra tac and a Kimber tle/rl custom I I in 10mm, they're both excellent shooters, the RIA has a slight more recoil than the Kimber but the Kimber has a rail making it heavier,the Kimber is the best looking weapon by far but as shooter's not much difference and the endurance is yet to be determined but yes you can buy 2 RI's for the price of 1 Kimber
 

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RIA makes a 911 style pistol in 10 mm called the tac ultra. Nice weapon got it a few years back & yes all 10'1 got a kick but the RIA is no beast by any means. I am sure the Kimber is nice yet you can buy two RIA's for the price of one Kimber. Is the Kimber better? Yes I would say. At twice the price? Nay!
Yes, the Kimber is a much nicer gun, and we'll worth the price.

I bought a RIA government (Rock series) in .45 acp.
They are good reliable 1911s, and are great staring points for custom builds.
I replaced the internals with Wilson Combat Bulletproof parts, polished everything inside, and tuned the trigger. Gave it to my son.
It's a fantastic gun, but still nowhere near the level of fit and finish of my Kimber, even after the work.
The Kimber will hold the majority of it's value on the secondary market, the RIA, not so much.

The additional premium for the Kimber lies in it's fit and finish, attention to detail and "Made in the USA" lineage.
It also costs more to build guns in the US than the Philippines.

Kimbers really aren't that expensive compared to other well built US made 1911s.
 

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Kimbers really aren't that expensive compared to other well built US made 1911s.
That's a really good point that often gets lost on new gun buyers. Especially if they aren't indoctrinated in the cult of 1911. I believe Kimber is an exceptional 1911 pattern pistol for the money. You can spend less on a 1911, but have to spend more to get equivalent Kimber quality. An RIA or Girsan are just fine, but nowhere near the fit and finish of Kimber. It's not hard to spend 3 grand on a high-quality 1911. Given that Kimber is a good value.
 

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I feel Kimber is the best value for the money in a 1911, hands down.

Second would be BUL Armory. You cannot buy a better 1911 for under $800.

Dan Wesson would be third.
 
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