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The 1911 pistol turns 100 this year, and I turn 45.

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The 1911 pistol turned 100 this year, and I turn 45. 1911.  45.   I think there is something poetic about that.  Maybe not, but it was a good excuse to pick up a new .45.

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I assume you were at the showplace today  ;)

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No.  I actually ordered this two weeks ago and it came in yesterday. 

I was at the SGK Gun Show a few weeks ago in Hampton.

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Well darn I know today was supposedly the big gun show at the showplace. Regardless that's a nice 1911 enjoy!

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Man I love those guns. However, once I filled my HD needs, my gun budget has given up most its funds to home upgrades and fishing budgets.

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That's a beauty. How 'bout some of your other guns?

I'd like to see the collection!

8-)

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Here are my other Sig Sauers. 

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is that a pellet gun? ive never seen sights like that before.

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Great looking group of Sig's Micro. I really like my P226 but wish it had a rail on it for a light, I guess it's not new enough.

As for the 1911's I'm hoping to add one to my collection by the end of summer. With the 100th anniversary it's been a great time to read alot of articles and read about these for someone who didn't know much about them.

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is that a pellet gun? ive never seen sights like that before.

1981 M1911A1 Colt (Government)

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Very Very nice....I've been thinking it's time for a new 45 as well. 

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Here are my other Sig Sauers.

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That p220 Elite .45 Auto is going to be my first gun when i turn 21. Those things are gorgeous.

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is that a pellet gun? ive never seen sights like that before.

The sights are unusual, but those vertical serrations scream "Colt." 

I bet that gun is dead-balls-on-accurate.   

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Very Very nice....I've been thinking it's time for a new 45 as well.

It's always a good time to buy a new .45. The good part is there are so many good manufacturers out there right now turning out outstanding guns. Sig, Kimber, Colt, Springfield...

But I can see you wearing an Ed Brown http://www.edbrown.com/customhandguns.htm or a Wilson Combat http://www.wilsoncombat.com/.

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That p220 Elite .45 Auto is going to be my first gun when i turn 21. Those things are gorgeous.

As much as I love 1911s, the Sig P220 is arguably one of the best .45 pistols ever developed.   I have three and would trust my life to them.  If the SHTF, I'd rather have a P220 in my hand than a 1911.  I love the decocker, the trigger, the overall ergonomics.  I'm just better with a P220 than a 1911. 

The P220 Stainless Elite in the photo is very nice.  I will say it is significantly heavier then the standard P220 (pictured with the light).  And it doesn't conceal as well.  That upswept beavertail pokes me when carrying in a high-ride holster.   I much prefer carrying my alloy framed P220s. 

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Nice. Never been a big Sig fan, but....

Love my Combat Commander. Buddy I bought it from still wants it back. He sold it to get cash to buy a Glock, then hated the thing  ;D

Years ago, I horse-traded into a Norinco 1911 style pistol, chambered in .30cal carbine! Reasonable to shoot, but too heavy to carry. Didn't keep it long.

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is that a pellet gun? ive never seen sights like that before.

The sights are unusual, but those vertical serrations scream "Colt."

I bet that gun is dead-balls-on-accurate.

Rear sights are adjustable. My dad spent a lot of time dialing it in.

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That p220 Elite .45 Auto is going to be my first gun when i turn 21. Those things are gorgeous.

As much as I love 1911s, the Sig P220 is arguably one of the best .45 pistols ever developed. I have three and would trust my life to them. If the SHTF, I'd rather have a P220 in my hand than a 1911. I love the decocker, the trigger, the overall ergonomics. I'm just better with a P220 than a 1911.

The P220 Stainless Elite in the photo is very nice. I will say it is significantly heavier then the standard P220 (pictured with the light). And it doesn't conceal as well. That upswept beavertail pokes me when carrying in a high-ride holster. I much prefer carrying my alloy framed P220s.

Thanks for the input!  :) And although it may be a little harder to conceal, I like a gun with a little bit of attitude. 

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dream pistols:

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Micro, I've heard of some controversy around Kimbers. What is your take?

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Believe it or not, that was the pistol I was considering buying instead of the Sig 1911 I did buy.

Kimber (and Sig Sauer, too) had a few models with certain features that were troublesome when they were first introduced and those troubles were widely reported on the net and people formed strong opinions. But by and large, Kimber makes a top-shelf production pistol and they are among the finest available.

A few months ago I had a Colt Commander customized by a gunsmith named Mario Ruffino, who was a top gunsmith in the '50s-'80s. He gave many of the current 1911 modification techniques to guys like Dick Hienie and Bill Wilson. He was also Abercrombie and Fitch's head gunsmith for many years. I asked him his favortite brand of 1911. He liked many of them. But he told me today he had very high regard for Kimbers and does a lot of work on them for customers. He holds them in high regard. That's high praise.

I like Kimbers and would buy one in a heart beat. Not only are their pistols great, but their rear sites are fantastic.

The only Kimbers (or any brand 1911) I would avoid are the alloy framed models wthout a barrel with integral feed ramp. (The Pro Carry II you mentioned HAS the barrel with the integral fee ramp.) The models that have the feed ramps built into the frame will, after awhile of rounds sliding over that alloy, will chew through the anodizing and dig into the soft aluminum. I've seen it in a friend's gun. Steel framed Kimbers, and alloy framed Kimbers with barrels with integral feed ramps are fantastic.

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Believe it or not, that was the pistol I was considering buying instead of the Sig 1911 I did buy.

Kimber (and Sig Sauer, too) had a few models with certain features that were troublesome when they were first introduced and those troubles were widely reported on the net and people formed strong opinions. But by and large, Kimber makes a top-shelf production pistol and they are among the finest available.

A few months ago I had a Colt Commander customized by a gunsmith named Mario Ruffino, who was a top gunsmith in the '50s-'80s. He gave many of the current 1911 modification techniques to guys like Dick Hienie and Bill Wilson. He was also Abercrombie and Fitch's head gunsmith for many years. I asked him his favortite brand of 1911. He liked many of them. But he told me today he had very high regard for Kimbers and does a lot of work on them for customers. He holds them in high regard. That's high praise.

I like Kimbers and would buy one in a heart beat. Not only are their pistols great, but their rear sites are fantastic.

The only Kimbers (or any brand 1911) I would avoid are the alloy framed models wthout a barrel with integral feed ramp. (The Pro Carry II you mentioned HAS the barrel with the integral fee ramp.) The models that have the feed ramps built into the frame will, after awhile of rounds sliding over that alloy, will chew through the anodizing and dig into the soft aluminum. I've seen it in a friend's gun. Steel framed Kimbers, and alloy framed Kimbers with barrels with integral feed ramps are fantastic.

FWIW, I owned that exact gun along with a Pro CDP. The CDP was a nice little gun, but the Stainless Pro Carry II was the most unreliable piece of crap I've ever owned. Paid $679 for it brand new, and sunk another $700+ into it trying to make it reliable enough to actually carry. Didn't help. I wound up trading it for a heavily worked Sig P239 SAS, and never looked back.

I'd buy another 1911, but definitely not a Kimber. If I was in the market for another one, I'd be looking for another Dan Wesson.

A polished turd...

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