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Old 05-17-2018, 05:56 AM
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Colt Combat Unit vs. Kimber Warrior 2017

Been looking at getting myself a new toy and I just can't decide between these two guns. I own a couple of Springfields, an STI 2011, a Wilson. I've previously owned a Kimber Custom II and didn't really have any problems with it.

Colt Combat Unit: I like how it's a combat oriented gun, and I've never owned a colt before. I don't like how it has a proprietarily lower rail compared to most other 1911's and that it is series 80. I also don't like how Colt cheaped out and do the front strap checkering in-house now instead of sending it to Pete Single.

Kimber Warrior 2017: I like how it now has front strap checkering, and it has no firing pin safety. Gun looks nice...but it is a still "a Kimber" and the rear sight dovetail is a proprietary cut meaning I can't run my favorite 10-8 rear sight.

I can get the Colt Combat Unit at my LGS brand new for an amazing price...like a couple hundred dollars cheaper than the cheapest you can Google it online for. Kimber Warrior will prob be around $1200 at my LGS.


What say you? Which one do you think is superior for an HD/SD/Combat/Duty oriented role?



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Old 05-17-2018, 07:22 AM
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While I didn't personally have any issues with the Custom II that I owned years ago (only put a few 100 rounds through it), Kimber generally is overpriced for what you get, with crappy Customer service.
Kimber is never really an answer for any question for me.
Then again, I'm not a colt fanboy, but out of the 2 you mentioned, Colt will be better.
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Old 05-17-2018, 07:48 AM
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I believe either is a good choice. Presently I have two Kimbers and 13 Colts, but at the end of the day I would go with the Colt.
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Old 05-17-2018, 09:31 AM
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Of the two I’m pretty sure that the Colt has the upper hand in this fight.
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Old 05-17-2018, 10:34 AM
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I could be wrong, but I believe the Kimber has Swartz safety. If it does, I would not gripe about the Colt being a Series 80. Some would argue Series 80 system is superior to the Swartz (I have no evidence of this, other than most manufacturers use the Series 80 design, if they want a firing pin block.). Firing bin block designs aside, Colt has an overall better reputation, and appears to have more consistent quality control.
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Old 05-17-2018, 10:41 AM
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While I didn't personally have any issues with the Custom II that I owned years ago (only put a few 100 rounds through it), Kimber generally is overpriced for what you get, with crappy Customer service.
Kimber is never really an answer for any question for me.
Then again, I'm not a colt fanboy, but out of the 2 you mentioned, Colt will be better.

No experience with either, however the poor or crappy customer service seems to come up quite often when it comes to Kimber. Iíve never seen this as a positive attribute when considering purchasing anything and typically is enough to prevent me from buying those brands when it comes to anything. No matter the product and how good it can be there are always mistakes and if the customer service sucks where do you go from there?? Your kind of stuck then arenít you.
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Old 05-17-2018, 08:21 PM
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My Kimber has been damn good. One of my Colts needed a trip home before being reliable, the other needed Wilson magazines. I love my Colts, and my son loves the Kimber since he took it from me. Can't lose either way, but I would go Colt. I want a CCU.
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Old 05-18-2018, 02:48 AM
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Dan Wesson Specialist is the answer to this question.. Far nicer and better built gun then either for not a whole lot more money.. And no proprietary crap to deal with or series 80 nonsense..
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Old 05-18-2018, 07:46 AM
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Is that true, OP, your location stated you are in " CA "??? If true, then you should get the Colt because we can hardly get brand new Colts in CA unless its PPT. Also, if you get the Colt, you will be helping a struggling gun company to survive. Kimber does not need help because they are doing well selling all that they produce, in fact, they are expanding by opening a new plant in Alabama.

Me, I prefer the Kimber Warrior if as you say....it doesn't have the Swartz safety. If it has the Swartz safety, I'd get the Colt but not the " Combat Unit ". I'd get the Colt Competition because that is what I like.

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Old 05-18-2018, 07:53 AM
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I'm a pretty huge Kimber lover; I bought my first Custom II when a comparable model from Colt was a few hundred dollars more. Both of my Kimbers have been phenomenal. On top of this, I really like the Kimber warrior.

That said, I would buy the CCU in a heartbeat; especially if you can get it at a great deal. I believe the CCU was developed at a high point at the Colt factory under Brent's leadership, and I have heard nothing but amazing things about it. There always is the allure of owning a Colt 1911 as well.
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Old 05-18-2018, 08:00 AM
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Over years I've had 2 Colts. After I bought my 2nd Kimber I happily sold the Colts.
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