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Old 10-30-2011, 01:40 PM
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Need some input on 3 1911's

3 1911's have caught my eye, and I'm wondering which is the better of the 3, good or bad...any input is welcome. Thanks

Ruger: http://www.galleryofguns.com/genie/D...&zipcode=98432

Smith & Wesson: http://www.galleryofguns.com/genie/D...sit=&pid=&inv=

Springfield: http://www.galleryofguns.com/genie/D...sit=&pid=&inv=
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Old 10-30-2011, 01:55 PM
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in that price range you should consider kimber. the custom stainless 2 seems to be right up your alley. i think you get better quality with the kimber. you'll get a match grade barrel and bushing, the frame and slide are mated to each other ( gives a nice tight fit) that you dont get with the others. plus its completely made in yonkers ny.... U.S.A. i think its just a much better made pistol than the others you've mentioned. msrp is about 960 i think... the pistols you did mention are all perfectly serviceable and probably wont give you a problem. good luck!!!
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Old 10-30-2011, 02:00 PM
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Stay away from Kimber, just google kimber 1911 issues.....nuff said.
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Old 10-30-2011, 02:06 PM
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The Springfield model listed has a match grade barrel and bushing according to Springfield's site.
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Old 10-30-2011, 02:08 PM
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Of the 3 I would get the Springfield. As a side note, stainless guns with black controls look hokie. I quit doing stuff like that 15 years ago. Even then it was stainless controls on a blackened pistol. Springfields service is legendary, Ruger has not proven itself and the Smith has a silly external extractor. I would still pick the Smith over the Ruger because they have been on the market longer.
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Old 10-30-2011, 02:12 PM
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Hey, guys; they ALL have "match grade" barrels.
It's just advertising.
The question is whether they might have "match WINNING grade" barrels.
A Master class shooter said yesterday that he thought Kimber made the most accurate factory barrels.

The next question is whether you get a jewel or a lemon in the whole gun.
Lots of complaints about Kimber guns, but they are selling a lot of guns and you hear more about the problems than the successes. It's just human nature.
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Old 10-30-2011, 03:16 PM
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A Springfield Loaded is one of my test mules for my easy-loading magazine biz. Great gun. No complaints whatsoever after many thousands of rounds. I don't know what you want out of a gun (looks? features?) But for reliability & accuracy the Springer is fantastic.
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Old 10-30-2011, 03:27 PM
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I own a SR1911, and it is a great pistol. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it, and Ruger has great customer service if you ever need it.

I have a S&W SW1911, but it is a model 108282. I like it as well...great pistol, and S&W customer service is great.

I have owned a Springfield Loaded Stainless, but mine didn't have adjustable sights. It was a great pistol, but I just decided that in 1911s, I only wanted American made from American owned companies. I'm not saying everyone should feel that way...that is just my preference. Springfield does make fine guns, and their customer service is legendary.
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Old 10-30-2011, 03:46 PM
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I realize you asked about the best of the three you listed, but in that price range, I have heard nothing but excellent reports on the Springfield "Range Officer".
I have owned several Springfield 1911s and a Ruger 1911, and have nothing but good things to say about them. True, the Ruger hasn't been out long, but mine is a jewel.......especially in the price range.
As I said, you might want to check out the Springfield Range Officer. Best of luck in your decision and I hope you get a great one.
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Old 10-30-2011, 03:57 PM
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I myself like either the Smith 108482 or the SA. I am not a fan of Kimber. If you should ever need service, Smith & Wesson will send a prepaid FedEx label so the gun returns on their dime, not yours and if you've returned a gun recently, you know how expensive that can get. Smith's service is also very fast and top notch with warranty total turn around many times being 10 calender days or less. The hitch is that Smith 1911's are currently in short supply because manufacture was shifted from Springfield to their Maine autoloader facility. This plant has all new CNC machining stations and computer code.

The Ruger is also a nice gun which is in short supply but not as nice as the Smith IMHO. While I would pick it third of the group, all three are very close and you won't be disappointed in any of the three.



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Old 10-30-2011, 04:55 PM
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I don't have any experience with the Ruger but it is getting good reviews from actual users and the gun magazines - for what that's worth. Any way you go I think you be getting a darn fine 1911. The biggest difference between then will be things that you have personal preference for.

My preference leans to the S&W. Single side safety, checkered front strap, no firing pin safety, kind of cool cocking serrations, low mount sights. Plus I have one and think it is very well built and is quite accurate. Some dislike the external extractor and contrasting controls but those aren't an issue for me. YMMV.
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Old 10-30-2011, 05:02 PM
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The SR1911 is now available in all stainless. I agree that SS guns with blue or black parts look cheap and crappy.
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Old 10-30-2011, 05:03 PM
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While you're shopping, I'd suggest you consider a Colt product.

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Old 10-30-2011, 05:05 PM
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my choice would be the S&W, have owned one since the first year they came out. they make an excellent gun and with the lifetime warranty and probably the best customer service you really cant go wrong. also after 2000+ rounds you wont have to replace/adjust your silly external extractor because they just keep working, have over 7000 rounds thru mine.
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Old 10-30-2011, 05:34 PM
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I would go with the SA! They make reliable pistols and their customer service is fantastic! I own two, the TRP and Loaded lightweight champion.

The S&W PD series is supposed to be a great pistol. I know some people who own it and love it. I am yet to shoot it however.

The only Kimber I would consider is a Raptor II or Gold Combat. Other then that I have heard horror stories and Kimbers customer service does not compare to Springfields.
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Old 10-30-2011, 05:47 PM
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Stay away from Kimber, just google kimber 1911 issues.....nuff said.
Just did that..........
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Old 10-30-2011, 05:48 PM
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At the price point its hard to go wrong with the Springfield.
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Old 10-30-2011, 05:49 PM
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Stay away from Kimber, just google kimber 1911 issues.....nuff said.
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Old 10-30-2011, 10:02 PM
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Just did it as well Kimber -> Search About 280,000 results (0.14 seconds

Springfield -> Search About 1,930,000 results (0.16 seconds

Ruger -> About 1,420,000 results (0.23 seconds

Seems we all have our problems



* I used the search terms, kimber 1911 issues, Springfield 1911 issues, ruger 1911 issues

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Old 10-30-2011, 11:29 PM
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I own 2 of the Ruger SR1911's, used to be 3. I'd highly recommend one if you can get your hands on it. I owned that exact E series S&W. It was an early model and had a "few" issues. I've been told they are corrected now. I loved the look but didn't like the issues. Of the Springfiled's I own, I'd recommend a Range Officer but from the guns you listed I think you might have a stainless thing going on . You might also want to look at Sig Sauer as an option. I own 3 of them and recommend them as well.
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Old 10-30-2011, 11:45 PM
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Springfield

I would go with the Springfield. Nice standard 1911. There are some good ones out there I am just partial to the SA for first time buyers. I own others as well and I see just as many SAs as Colts as S&W for custom work. It is almost like asking someone the best fast food. I have also seen good things about the Ruger. Based on warranty work I would pick SA first, then S&W then Kimber.

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Old 10-31-2011, 12:28 AM
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Of the 3 you listed, I'd take the Ruger. I despise FCS.
If you're looking for a carry gun, the Colt New Agent/Defender, LWT Commander. If you're looking for something else, the SA Range Officer or Mil-Spec would be fun, as would be the Ruger.
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Old 10-31-2011, 01:28 AM
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None of the above.
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Old 10-31-2011, 08:44 AM
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The springfield, then the Ruger.
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Old 10-31-2011, 08:57 AM
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I'd go with the S&W E Series. Then the Springfield.
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