1911 Tri-lema

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  1. Gunboy

    Gunboy XDTalk Member

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    I'm in a tri-lema about whether I should get a springfield GI parkerized a R1 or a low priced kimber. I have heard little on any of them, so anything from experience is helpful.
     
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    All are excellent firearms, that being said if your looking to get into the 1911 format I would suggest you get a Rock Island Armory Tactical to learn and play with. Super fine guns and very well built, best bang for the money in the market today. If those three are the only viable options in your mind I vote SA!
     
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    mlmedina26 XDTalk Newbie

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    The SA and the R1 are hard to beat for the price and kimbers are great guns just more expensive, any of those 3 would be a good choice.
     
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    I'd go for the Kimber. They are 100% U.S. made and are high quality. I've had a couple Les Baer Customs that I sold because I prefer the Kimber, but that's just me.
     
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    Gunboy XDTalk Member

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    how cheap can I get a new kimber for?
     
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    I have no regrets about my R1. I would not pay the difference for a Kimber, in fact, wouldn't take one at an equal price.
     
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    do R1s have removable sights?
     
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    Kimber or R1 SA GI's are overpriced IMO if your looking for an SA that will be a shooter get a range officer.

    I have two Kimbers, both flawless, between the two I've set off 10k rounds of .45auto but, kinda sucks that they only offer a 1 yr warranty.
     
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    Check out the STI Spartan. It is on par with a Range Officer but weighs in at 600 bucks.
     
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    If at all possible I'd look at the Mil-Spec (not GI) and the R1 side by side and then choose. All 1911's have removable sights but some front sights are pinned in but any smith can change those out no problem. I'm not a fan of Kimbers, so yeah.
     
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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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    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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    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.

    - brickboy240
     
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    I would try the Mil-Spec in that price range.
     
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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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    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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    +1 ^^^^
    My TLE II has been a trouble free tack driver and it just feels right in your hands.

    Sent from my PC36100 using Tapatalk
     
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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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