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Old 04-14-2010, 03:35 PM
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Kimber - good for home defense or more for carry




I am considering a Kimber for home defense, but it seems a little high end for keeping it in my bedroom. Is it worth the premium for home defense?
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Old 04-14-2010, 03:36 PM
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I am considering a Kimber for home defense, but it seems a little high end for keeping it in my bedroom. Is it worth the premium for home defense?
How much is your life worth? By one of the regular models like a Custom II. Very nice and will protect you from the B.G.
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Old 04-14-2010, 04:27 PM
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How much is your life worth? By one of the regular models like a Custom II. Very nice and will protect you from the B.G.
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Kimber Custom TLE/RL II

Don't leave home without it !! Nightstand too
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Old 04-14-2010, 04:30 PM
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It's definitely worth its cost.....
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Old 04-14-2010, 04:34 PM
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I am considering a Kimber for home defense, but it seems a little high end for keeping it in my bedroom. Is it worth the premium for home defense?
I have a Kimber Pro Crimson Carry and it can do double duty. For home defense it has the C.T. laser grips and because it has a 4" barrel it's very concealable.
As for performance I can say this, Kimber sells more 1911's than any other manufacturer.
I love mine.
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Old 04-14-2010, 04:36 PM
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Old 04-14-2010, 04:49 PM
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Anyone else live with you, perhaps a spouse?

In my home we keep a S&W model 10 at the ready.

Reason being, Mrs. Dog is not comfortable with semi-autos.

She loves shooting my .45 1911, but in a crunch, does not like the extra thinking having to do with issues like,

Is there a round in the chamber?

Is the safety on?

Whatever.

Point and shoot works, if she can actually use it when needed.

That does not mean that my 1911 isn't handy, but is the second option.

BTW: I carry a .45 1911 everyday and have no worries if I need it, me and that gun will be up to the task.

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Old 04-14-2010, 04:52 PM
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You shouldn't just keep it in your room, carry it too. It is well worth your money to use it for both applications.
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Old 04-14-2010, 04:53 PM
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Buy 2, 1 for carry and 1 for at home.

Thats what I did, a Tactical Ultra II for EDC and a TLE Custom II

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Old 04-14-2010, 05:05 PM
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ANY 1911 shooting .45 ACP 230 gr ammo, that has been proven reliable, passes safety checks, and kept in good working order, is good for both home defense and carry.

The big variable is the owner.
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Old 04-14-2010, 06:29 PM
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Thanks guys, those kimbers look so sweet, and reliable too. I will use some of your comments in trying to convince the wife.
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Old 04-14-2010, 06:33 PM
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+1

Kimber Custom TLE/RL II

Don't leave home without it !! Nightstand too
I have the Pro version. Just remember to get light for that rail. Makes the perfect bedside companion.
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Old 04-14-2010, 07:00 PM
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Armadillo12,

Glad to hear you're thinking of a Kimber.
real good weapon either at home or as a carry.
the 45 caliber will do the job.
Here is a picture of my Kimber Ultra CDP II,
which has a 3 inch barrel.
Remember 80 percent of shootings - other than
law enforcement related happen within 20 feet between
you & the bad guy. You might think also
of the crimson laser/diode models for night time
protection.
My Kimber has a Maple Burl grip on it from Sarge, who is here on the forum.
Good luck.
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Old 04-14-2010, 07:33 PM
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A quality gun like a Kimber will be able to serve as a HD and carry gun without much fuss at all, however, I would run a few hundred rounds of my preferred defense ammo through the gun before I trusted it for such duties, and if it is to be a heavy duty carry gun I MIGHT swap out the polymer MSH for a steel unit, but other than that they pretty much have all you need in a serious defensive pistol.
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Old 04-14-2010, 09:42 PM
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yea im sure it will work and soon when my permits get here the kimber with my name on it at the gun shop will be sitting in my safe. will it have a loaded mag next to it? yea will i grab it when i hear someone going threw my house? maybe ill throw it in the back of the pants lol but im grabbing the shotgun with 6 shots of buckshot. loading it should be enough to get the point across. if your only thing you need is home protection get your self a 18" shotgun
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Old 04-14-2010, 11:40 PM
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A shotgun is hard to beat, but I don't think my wife wants a loaded shotgun next to the bed. I figure the handgun in the bedside safe will get me to my office where the long guns are (some short ones too). Thinking of putting together a saiga 20 or 12 for indoor situations.
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Old 04-14-2010, 11:58 PM
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Well, I count on this for home AND CCW:

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Old 04-15-2010, 12:41 PM
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My stainless UC II is my carry piece as well as one of my HD guns that resides in my bedroom at night. My other HD gun (resting comfortably in another hidden location) is my Stainless Target II...so there is absolutely nothing wrong with using a Kimber as an HD gun.
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Old 04-15-2010, 01:17 PM
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As some of the other posters have pointed out, if your safety may depend on something it is a good idea to go for quality over cost; whether at home or out and about. This is not to say that there aren't other quality options out there for less $$$, but a Kimber seems to be safe bet for either scenario (I used this logic to help persuade my wife ).
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Old 04-15-2010, 03:16 PM
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I am considering a Kimber for home defense, but it seems a little high end for keeping it in my bedroom. Is it worth the premium for home defense?
I guess it really depends what model your looking at. What model is it that makes you say a statement like that? A good quality SIG, HK etc will run you about the same or more then a base model or even a lower end Kimber Custom Shop 1911.

Honestly, I don't recommend 1911's for people who are new to using handguns for self defense. Sometimes they can be finicky and some like to be broken in and cleaned a bit.

Want a good .45acp pistol that will just work out of the box no matter what? Buy the new HK 45, not the USP, but the NEW HK 45. I don't even own one but I've shot the hell out of them and they are BAD ASS .45's, about the only .45acp I would take if I wasn't going to carry a 1911.

In fact, I want to get one this summer myself. They just work. Work very well in fact. If you ask any of the 1911 guys here on this forum who own HK 45's too, they will tell you they are awesome guns.

As far as paying a premium for any self defense gun, whats your life worth? Don't skimp on personal protection.

My $.02 cents

Oh and my bed side and daily carry gun is a Kimber Custom II. I figured if I was going to beat up a 1911, make it the cheapest reliable model Kimber sells! I carry her in a Tucker Silent Thunder IWB holster almost 24/7.


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Old 04-15-2010, 03:17 PM
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Personally, I have a Kimber Stainless Ultra Carry II for carry. I have a Glock 30 with tactical light on the rail for home defense. I think that the Glock is better because it has the rail and can hold more rounds. I also keep it locked and loaded and would not do so if I carried it as there is no thumb safety. I think that different guns are better in different situations.
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Old 04-15-2010, 05:18 PM
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I have a Custom II that is great for home defense, carry, and just plain fun. Affordable, reliable, powerful...simple.
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Old 04-15-2010, 05:58 PM
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My carry gun goes under my pillow at night. Always has. My wife puts hers in the top drawer of the nightstand right next to the bed.
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Old 04-15-2010, 07:16 PM
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Now you guys are just showing off with those photographs...
At the low end I have heard the RIA's are reliable. Some say the DA first shot of the Glock or Sig might save you in a panic. I have to say when I was young (long ago), I made that error on the safety and it almost cost me my life. Luckily I was quick back then and got a second chance. Don't think I would make that mistake again though so I am going with a 1911 once again. I am leaning toward saving a little longer and get the Kimber mainly because it is what I want.
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Old 04-15-2010, 07:26 PM
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Personally, I have a Kimber Stainless Ultra Carry II for carry. I have a Glock 30 with tactical light on the rail for home defense. I think that the Glock is better because it has the rail and can hold more rounds. I also keep it locked and loaded and would not do so if I carried it as there is no thumb safety. I think that different guns are better in different situations.
Glocks are fine for carry. Just get a holster that completely covers the trigger.

The Kimber mentioned also has a rail.
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