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Old 12-12-2008, 10:05 PM
Ol'Scratch Ol'Scratch is offline
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Kimber vs. Rock Island

I sold my Sigma (didn’t like it, didn’t fit) and bought a Rock Island .45. It came with an 8 round Novak mag, case, instructions and a fired case. The pistol is well built and not too sloppy. It is accurate enough. I was able to get good groups at 25 feet, 50 feet and 75 feet. Now that doesn’t mean the shots were on top of each other. They did open up, but I hit what I was aiming at with a respectable group. I was hooked.
My Rock Island was the first 1911 I purchased. I am a long gun guy and this was only the second handgun I ever purchased. I broke it in and only had one problem-the slide failed to stay open once. I also started reloading .45 and it feeds hollow points, semi wads, and of course round nose ammo (what some call ball). I have decided the .45 cal round is good for my purposes and the 1911 platform fits my hand. It works for me; it may not work for others.
I succumbed to the election paranoia and sold a PTR-91 to get another 1911. The PTR jammed and didn’t fit me that well, so I dumped it.
I looked at a Springfield mil spec and a Springfield mil spec in stainless. Both pistols had gravelly sticky triggers. They were not as nice as my Rock Island. So I looked at a Kimber Custom II.
The trigger on the Kimber was nice. It broke cleanly with great trigger pull. When I pulled the slide back, it felt like it was on ball bearings. I fell in love with it. I ended up spending 200 out of pocket after selling the rifle.
It took me a little while to get used to my Kimber, But it is more accurate than my Rock. I can line shots up in a straight line right next to each other with 200-grain semi wad reloads. My rock opened up quite a bit. I am still refining my recipe. I may find something that the Rock likes and I can tighten up my groups. My Kimber is comfortable, reliable and accurate. My Rock isn’t as accurate (even with factory ammo), has more felt recoil but was cheaper. I guess what I am saying is-my Kimber had better shoot well, I paid a lot more for it. The Kimber only had a few hiccups during the break in period. It also doesn’t like the Kimber Mags. I had failure to feeds on the first and last rounds on occasion in both pistols using the Kimber mags. I only use them for practice, I picked up a couple of Wilson Combat mags and they run great in both pistols. The Novak worried me because of the above-described issue with the failure to hold the slide back. It has, however, never created the same problem with the Kimber.
I guess where I am going with this is this. Use what you want to. It is still a free country. I love both pistols. They have their own unique personality. I don’t even feel comfortable comparing the two because they seem so different.
A parting note about my Kimber. When I was having trouble with it, the guy who sold it to me asked if he could shoot it to see what the problem was (before I got used to it, it didn’t appear to shoot as accurately as the Rock). He fired it and put three shots almost right on top of each other. He said the pistol had one of the best triggers he had ever felt.
If you are going to ‘customize a pistol’ save your money and buy a pistol that has already been customized. Don’t spend a bunch of money customizing your Rock. Enjoy it as a great mil spec pistol.
If I could only keep one pistol it would be the Kimber. It has such a sweet trigger and fits very well. I am glad I have never had to make a choice because I do love them both.

Last edited by Ol'Scratch; 12-13-2008 at 06:59 AM.
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Old 12-12-2008, 11:45 PM
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Sounds like you're having fun in any case! Nice note. Thanks.
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Old 12-13-2008, 06:22 PM
Craig M. Arnold Craig M. Arnold is offline
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Welcome to the 1911 Forum. I am sure that you will enjoy it here.

Thank you for your comments about your Rock Island and Kimber. I have several Kimbers (pre-series II) and really like all of them.

If you have a chance, post some pictures of you 1911s. We all love pictures.

Best regards.
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