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1911 Tri-lema

This is a discussion on 1911 Tri-lema within the M1911 forums, part of the Other Handgun Talk category; I've had several Kimbers and they have all been excellent, still have a Grand Raptor. But I picked up a STI Guardian and it is ...


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Old 03-01-2012, 05:53 AM   #11
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I've had several Kimbers and they have all been excellent, still have a Grand Raptor. But I picked up a STI Guardian and it is fantastic, very very accurate.
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Old 03-01-2012, 08:32 AM   #12
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The STI Guardian looks very nice. But the STI Spartan is a lower grade made in the Philipines by armscor, and I believe the RI is made there also. Kimber's customer service is top notch, the one year warranty is not really an issue.
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Old 03-01-2012, 11:06 AM   #13
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If you peruse the 1911 Kimber forums, you will find that the lower tier Kimbers (Custom II, TLE, etc.) are the ones that are less troublesome. I know my TLE II has been stellar. I honestly did not think it would turn out to be this good but it is what it is! LOL

Going on 4 years and have never needed their warranty or customer service...the thing just keeps on shooting and shooting well.

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Old 03-01-2012, 01:12 PM   #14
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I would try the Mil-Spec in that price range.
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Old 03-01-2012, 01:46 PM   #15
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SA GI is great, but no features. Might be good for a first 1911 to see what you may want in the future. A Mil Spec would be better sights and upgrades . The Range officer is a great gun for the money.

Don't have any experience with the R1, but good write ups.

Not a Kimber fan. Had one and had alot of problems with it and bad CS. Got it fixed, on my own and gave it to a buddy. It's now GTG, but I just don't like them now. Way too many other good 1911's on the market.

I like my Rock Island. Really good gun for the money.

Good luck...you will do good with any that you have listed.
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Old 03-01-2012, 02:21 PM   #16
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A buddy of mine won a SA GI at a competition and said that the slide had to be machined to accept new sights. Not sure if he did it to accommodate a particular sight or if he was unable to find any replacement sights at all. He had to have the front and rear re-dovetailed, then the slide had to be refinished, and when it didn't match the frame he had the frame done too. $$$.

I won a SA GI in 2010 and based on his experience I decided not to try to modify it. With the original sights it didn't really work for anything I'd want to use it for, so rather than sell my first gun won at competition I decided to give it to my dad, who's only ever owned long guns, as a 60th birthday gift. When I showed it to him he got pretty emotional, then explained that it was probably identical to what his dad carried in WWII. I hadn't even thought about that. Definitely one of the coolest experiences of my life!
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If you peruse the 1911 Kimber forums, you will find that the lower tier Kimbers (Custom II, TLE, etc.) are the ones that are less troublesome. I know my TLE II has been stellar. I honestly did not think it would turn out to be this good but it is what it is! LOL

Going on 4 years and have never needed their warranty or customer service...the thing just keeps on shooting and shooting well.

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Old 03-01-2012, 03:24 PM   #18
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Kimber. Bought mine used for $650, had it refinished in Cerakote. Not one problem yet, love it!

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