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Old 01-18-2016, 11:53 AM
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Looking at 1911 at a local gun store. They have a S&W, E model in .45, stainless and a Kimber, .45 cl stainless with bout $50.00 difference in favor of the Kimber(Kimber Stainless Pro). Which would be the better deal in the long run? Both are new in the box. Looked at another Kimber at another gun store (the same model) and the barrel was rusty. Opinions helpful.
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Old 01-18-2016, 12:14 PM
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I would buy the kimber. I have several and am happy with them.
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Old 01-18-2016, 12:25 PM
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Opinions helpful.
Are those your only two choices or will you accept other suggestions?
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Old 01-18-2016, 02:14 PM
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Given those two choices I would pick the S&W E Series. I have both brands by the way.
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Old 01-18-2016, 02:16 PM
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Are those your only two choices or will you accept other suggestions?
Whatever you have to offer will be appreciated.

I already have a Springfield RO, Remington R1; 2 Kimber CC Ultras ( 9mm & .45) an older Colt Cc and a Ruger CMD.
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Old 01-18-2016, 02:23 PM
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Buy both and ditch the Remington!

I have both and wouldn't part with either.
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Old 01-18-2016, 02:35 PM
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Whatever you have to offer will be appreciated.

I already have a Springfield RO, Remington R1; 2 Kimber CC Ultras ( 9mm & .45) an older Colt Cc and a Ruger CMD.
Based on what you already have in your possession I think I would go with the S&W E series.
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Old 01-18-2016, 02:36 PM
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Looking at 1911 at a local gun store. They have a S&W, E model in .45, stainless and a Kimber, .45 cl stainless with bout $50.00 difference in favor of the Kimber(Kimber Stainless Pro). Which would be the better deal in the long run? Both are new in the box. Looked at another Kimber at another gun store (the same model) and the barrel was rusty. Opinions helpful.
I'd get the Kimber in a heartbeat. I don't like 1911s with external extractor (that is, if that SW has an external extractor). Rust on a Kimber's barrel is a non issue for me. Just scrub away that rust with oil and scouring pad.

Be guided by your own preference. I have 2 cheaper models of Kimber, the Custom II and they are both accurate and reliable shooters, craftsmanship is superb.
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Old 01-18-2016, 02:44 PM
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Buy both and ditch the Remington!
Amazing how opinions can vary. I have a Remington 1911R1 and think it's absolutely great! I also have a CZ-USA 1911A1 and like both it and the Remington better than any of my Colts. Kimbers and S&Ws don't even interest me.
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Old 01-18-2016, 03:12 PM
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To round out your collection I would pick the Smith,
Hickok45 did a range test with the E series.
He was slappin steel like ringing church bells with it,
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Old 01-18-2016, 03:56 PM
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The E-Series is a tremendous value in a 1911. It's a highly under-rated pistol, in my opinion. I know the external extractor is an issue for some, but that's primarily based on aesthetics and the desire for a certain look. An external extractor, in particular S&W's huge claw on the E-Series, is a very positive feature, in terms of function. Traditional? No. Effective? Definitely.

S&W's detailing of the pistol is also very well executed. The slide is flat-topped and serrated. A nice touch for fans of their revolvers. The front-strap is checkered. The barrel is flush-cut, which seems to be a popular trend today. The appeal of the scales is another point that's up for personal taste, but regardless, they are quite effective for gripping the slide. As for the sights, not my favorites, but they are serviceable and work quite well, besides, it's an easy enough fix. The pistol is very accurate, and very reliable. At its price, I think it's hard to beat.
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Old 01-18-2016, 04:01 PM
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An original Kimber Pro all stainless is still my favorite carry 1911. I'm not a fan of the Series-II.
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Old 01-18-2016, 06:26 PM
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Kimber

I have shot many GOLD CUP's and several others.

My favorite now is an old { KIMBER - CLASSIC GOLD MATCH.
I am not saying there are not other great 1911's

I will say that buying this, taxes included, for under $750.00 was a good buy!
It does everything my other 45's did and perhaps even better.
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Old 01-18-2016, 06:39 PM
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E series all day long it's a tremendous value and customer service is much better if you ever need it.
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Old 01-18-2016, 06:45 PM
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Old 01-18-2016, 06:56 PM
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E series! First, Or both?
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Old 01-18-2016, 07:02 PM
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oversold

Kimber has being over sold commercially and really they are not that special, to have one that really is a great weapon to have you need to have them custom make it other wise they are just as common as any commercial handgun out there.
I would go with the E, not to many build and they will not make the scales on a 1911 again.
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Old 01-18-2016, 07:05 PM
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Kimber I have the same in black and love it
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Old 01-18-2016, 07:44 PM
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Smith. Their E series are very well built and their CS is far above Kimbers.
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Old 01-18-2016, 08:13 PM
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I own an original Kimber Custom and a pre-E Series S&W. Both have been reliable and accurate, but if I was getting one today I would definitely choose the E Series. My GF has one and it is a lot of gun for the money. If you ever need it, S&W customer service is far superior.
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Old 01-18-2016, 08:54 PM
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As you can see, we all have opinions. Buy the one YOU like.
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Old 01-18-2016, 09:13 PM
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S&W for me . . . in 9 mm
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Old 01-18-2016, 09:20 PM
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I would prefer the Kimber. I would have to do a pretty thorough internal inspection due to the rust on the barrel. It may be an indication of a storage problem. Probably not, but I would have to check. ( to satisify a slight OCD tendency ) As noted earlier if that's the only place with rust not a concern at all.
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Old 01-18-2016, 10:46 PM
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S&W, E model in .45.
A lot of good suggestions. Good luck in your selection!
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Old 01-19-2016, 07:25 AM
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I have both a Kimber Classic Gold Match and several E series Smiths. I would go with the Smith. Never been happy with the Kimber.
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