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Got to hold (not shoot) a Kimber 1911 RAPIDE in 9mm.
When reviewing the Kimber web site, I never paid much attention to this due to the price, but in person it really caught my eye. I believe it was the (Scorpius) version.
It looks sharp and felt like a solid piece of metal.

At about $1700-$1800 this puts the price range where people tend to purchase other custom 9mm 1911s.
I could get 2 new Kimber 1911s for the price of this one.

As a result, I have the following questions.

What am I getting for almost twice the cost?
Is all the extra money spent on the aesthetics?
Are the internals match grade parts?
Is the barrel a match grade barrel over other Kimber 1911s?
Does it shoot that much better than other Kimber 1911s?
Why get this over a custom 9mm that may have a better reputation for 1911s?
Why get this over buying 2 other Kimber 1911s?馃榾
 

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Long time Kimber owner/shooter, don't have the Rapide, but have every frame/barrel length version Kimber produces, so.....

What am I getting for almost twice the cost? Unique design, bling
Is all the extra money spent on the aesthetics? Basically, yes
Are the internals match grade parts? Kimber claims all their pistols have match-grade barrels/parts
Is the barrel a match grade barrel over other Kimber 1911s? See above
Does it shoot that much better than other Kimber 1911s? IMO, most likely not, they all seem to shoot quite well
Why get this over a custom 9mm that may have a better reputation for 1911s? That one is completely up to you
Why get this over buying 2 other Kimber 1911s?馃榾 Because you've already said you like it...'looks sharp and is a solid piece of metal'.

In the end, it's what you want, and what you like, period. Don't think you'd be disappointed should you bring that puppy home, I've never been. (Oh, and I'm a recent lover of the 9mm in 5" 1911's, after 50+ years of the .45)
 

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The internals are the same as other Kimber 1911s.
That said, some of the features like front strap checkering and some of the unique cuts in the slide and frame would add a premium to any gun.
It's a neat gun that doesnt look like anyone elses 1911, and runs like a Kimber.

Personally I love my Kimber, but $1800 gets a nice Dan Wesson.
 

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That was for a micro 9 scorpios excuse me if I misunderstood.
Was not aware Kimber added more versions of the Rapide micro鈥檚 & 1911. I have to admit they came out with some nice color variations but IMO that鈥檚 a lot of cheese for their 1911鈥檚. Bottom line their least expensive models will perform equally well. God for bid you have to use in self defense & the attacker lives he can brag he got shot by a top of the line Kimber. Now that鈥檚 impressive
 

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. God for bid you have to use in self defense & the attacker lives he can brag he got shot by a top of the line Kimber. Now that鈥檚 impressive
Its just common courtesy.
Shooting a man with a hi point just isn't gentlemanly.馃榿
 

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@KimberQuestions I agree with Rick's answers to your questions 110%.

I agree with Ninja 17-18 big ones will get you a nice Dan Wesson.
 

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I can鈥檛 speak for the 9mm, but I handled a 10mm and 45 in the black ice. The look and feel were phenomenal. Someone really took the time to make it look as nice as possible. Very smooth too. I usually instantly turn up my nose at rubber grips but I wouldn鈥檛 have changed anything. I wouldn鈥檛 hesitate at $1,200. At $1,600 it鈥檚 pushing it further than I鈥檓 willing to go.
 

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