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Misterdollarman
07-26-2009, 2:44 AM
Please help me decide :banghead: both of 'em are in 900-1200 price range...

Thanks

ck867
07-26-2009, 2:47 AM
what is the purpose of the gun? You are comparing TWO completely different types of pistol there. Kinda difficult like apples to oranges.

Acorn556
07-26-2009, 4:40 AM
Ammo is easier to find for the 40 than the 45. I'm partial to the Kimber though. Really like that gun. Sub compact?

Rob Roy
07-26-2009, 7:51 AM
In hammer operated guns, 1911 is hands down, but I'd save up for Les Baer, which is what I am planning to do. Every time I shoot 1911, it puts a smile on my face and this is coming from a glock fan.

Misterdollarman
07-26-2009, 9:21 AM
I have the funds and this two guns are my favorites... but I only have to choose one:confused: so which one should I go for? Thanks!

Rob Roy
07-26-2009, 10:06 AM
I think you should decide which caliber is more fun to shoot for you and then the choice will be easy. Mind you, it is very difficult to come by .45 currently while .40 is available.

nickvig
07-26-2009, 2:25 PM
Did you mean P220 Equinox? You wrote .45 behind both guns.

wildhawker
07-26-2009, 2:56 PM
If it's a new Kimber 1911 vs. a P220, I'd lean towards the P220. For the same dollar as an Eclipse Custom II (or possibly under), I can have Bruce Gray do a new P220. I wouldn't buy another Kimber unless it was a killer deal.

Freagan
07-26-2009, 7:42 PM
Sig 220 gets my vote, that will be my next handgun purchase to go with my 228 :thumbsup:

AMC
07-26-2009, 10:23 PM
220

Misterdollarman
07-26-2009, 10:29 PM
Tell me why 220?

swerv512
07-26-2009, 11:04 PM
between those two, i'd go with the P220. If i could choose any gun in that range i'd go either TRP or tactical custom II

wildhawker
07-26-2009, 11:28 PM
To me, a P220 can be made into a much better pistol at what it does (albeit a different one) for about the same cost. I doubt you'll have any accuracy issues with either. It is somewhat of an apples vs. oranges, but in terms of how I would value the two the Bruce Gray P220 would win every single time vs. a factory Kimber (Eclipse or otherwise). All this, however, assumes that we're equally effective with both pistols.

I love 1911s, and consider it my go-to platform. That said, my choice is reflective of how I view the functionality and total-product of each of your options.

YMMV

Tell me why 220?

ck867
07-27-2009, 12:23 AM
are you comparing a sig p220 equinox or a sig p226 equinox which is chambered in .40?

RaymondMillbrae
07-27-2009, 3:51 AM
Mr$Man,

for carry, purchase the SIG. (That's where polymer pistols have the advantage - lightness).

But for accuracy and recoil management, get the Kimber.

I have owned (and currently own) both types of pistols - polymer and 1911's - but the 1911's are the easiest to modify for recoil management and recoil flip. Which equates to quicker follow-up shots and accuracy.

Bottom line, what are you going to use it for?

And as an added note: I own the Kimber Eclipse Custom II in 10mm, and I have switched-out a few parts to add weight (IN THE CORRECT PLACES), and replace the cost-saving MIM parts.

But bottom line, a 1911 is hard to beat for competition purposes.

In Christ: Raymond

PS: I owned a .40 caliber SIG Pro, and sold it. (Personally, I didn't like the .40 caliber). But lotz of folks are using reloaded .40 cal bullets out of their 1911 pistols for competition.

PSS: I have since removed the SIG patch from my range bag, as I no longer own a SIG pistol. But I can attest to the fact that they are the BOMB, and are drop dead dependable! (I just happen to incline towards H&K pistols for my polymer fetish).

http://x43.xanga.com/ae5f602726434249992364/o198375183.jpg

ck867
07-27-2009, 6:57 AM
the sig p220 and p226 line is not polymer....

RaymondMillbrae
07-27-2009, 7:53 AM
Darn!

Sorry about that.

Somehow, in my mind, I could have sworn they were polymer. Maybe it was because I was thinking about the SIG Pro I had, and sold.

Yea...P220's are great! (But I still incline towards the 1911's).

Sorry again. Senior moment.

In Christ: Raymond

Misterdollarman
07-27-2009, 6:15 PM
Bought a Sig 226 and will pick up next month. I might buy a Sig Equinox .40 or .45. as 2nd pistol unless I get a good deal on Eclipse. I like 1911 'coz it reminds me of my dad R.I.P. who loves 1911s. He used to be a cop and this will like remind me of his presence around the house.

B Strong
07-27-2009, 6:21 PM
If it's a new Kimber 1911 vs. a P220, I'd lean towards the P220. For the same dollar as an Eclipse Custom II (or possibly under), I can have Bruce Gray do a new P220. I wouldn't buy another Kimber unless it was a killer deal.

What Brandon posted.

I have three Kimbers - two operate 100% - one's a dog.

MiguelS
07-27-2009, 6:45 PM
Bought a Sig 226 and will pick up next month. I might buy a Sig Equinox .40 or .45. as 2nd pistol unless I get a good deal on Eclipse. I like 1911 'coz it reminds me of my dad R.I.P. who loves 1911s. He used to be a cop and this will like remind me of his presence around the house.

Cool beans, what caliber? 9mm or 40?

I was thinking about an P220 Equinox, but the grips are much wider and I did not like that. Instead I just bought a P220 for $500 used (LE issued).

I shoot the P220 much better than I do the 40 P226. It is exciting. Problem is finding ammo. So for now, I will continue to shoot the 40, since that caliber is easy to find.

I would love to shoot a 1911, but to rent one ($10) and then to pay $33 for 50 rounds is crazy.

Misterdollarman
07-27-2009, 6:55 PM
I got the 9mm one. I bought it to be a safe queen lol

hybridatsun350
07-27-2009, 8:16 PM
I'd go for the P220 if I were you. I'm not a big Kimber fan and you really can't go wrong with a SIG. Plus, the 220 Equinox is just a sweet looking gun!

I got the 9mm one. I bought it to be a safe queen lol

And it'll make a good one! The inside of my safe doesn't look as good without it! :p

wildhawker
07-27-2009, 11:49 PM
What Brandon posted.

I have three Kimbers - two operate 100% - one's a dog.

Good point Bill- if you found a nice older (pre-Schwartz) Kimber that would be the bees knees, or at the very least function tested a newer one.