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Old 09-21-2009, 9:07 AM
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Default Kimber Stainless Ultra Carry II/.45 ACP vs Colt Defender (Model O7000D) .45 ACP

Which one of the two 1911s would you buy and why?
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Old 09-21-2009, 10:00 AM
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ive always had a deep want to get a Defender but have never shot either so i cant help you there
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Old 09-21-2009, 10:33 AM
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Neither. I own a 3" 1911 but I'm not a fan of the format. I'm not a fan for two reasons. 1) Reliability: The odds that you'll get a finicky 3" are a lot higher than getting a finicky 5". This is where 10 people jump in and say that their LFG4500 is always 100% reliable. Well most do fine but the fact remains that the odds of getting a finicky beast are higher and the odds of having a FTF with your 100% reliable pistol are higher. 2) The ballistics of a 45acp coming out of a 4" barrel are much better. That 3" includes the chamber and 2" just isn't enough room to reach full velocity which effects how reliably a bullet expands.

My Ultra Carry is becoming a safe queen and is being replaced as my primary SD pistol by a a Kimber Compact CDP. The small offiers sized grip makes it just as concealable and the extra 1" of barrel improves inherent reliability and ballistics.


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Have to echo Sholling. If you're going to carry a 1911A1 go with a 4". Have been using a Kimber Pro Carry with no regrets.
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I too would go with nothing shorter than a 4" barrel.
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I'm just tagging on to say thanks now I know I'll get a 4" before I even think about a 3", My FFL has a 4" Kimber that he keeps pointing me to BNIB so....
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So Colt or Kimber in general
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Old 09-21-2009, 4:28 PM
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Have you considerred the Dan Wesson CBOB?
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Which one of the two 1911s would you buy and why? (Kimber Ultra or Colt Defender)
About 3 years ago I also wanted a 3 inch 1911 and researched these two choices. I read a lot of posts on gun sites, and tried to filter out the reason from all the emotion. I came to the conclusion that the Colt Defender had the better reputation, and bought a slightly used one. I have modified it a bit and put 1000 rounds through it since then. It has worked every time and is pretty accurate for such a short barrel gun. I trust it for defensive use, and it sure conceals easily, being so flat and small. But it holds 7+1 rounds, which is not bad for a gun its size.

I also have a 4 inch Kimber Pro CDP, and it has run perfectly for me. But it is harder to conceal because of the longer grip.



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Kimber Stainless Ultra Carry II with Corbon Pow`Rball Ammunition 45 ACP +P, Powerball, 165 GR, 1225 fps. is a great combo for me when carrying.
3" vrs 4" is a valid argument. However, the 3" is concealable and makes for an easier carry gun with a big bite.
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Default Colt or Kimber?

Either can be finicky out of the box. Both have a reputation for so-so tech support but the Colt will probably have better resale. The thing to do is see which fits your hand better.
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I love my Defender... the 3" recoil is a little crisp but easy to carry
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