I have the opportunity to get either or. What would you lean towards. Some have bashed kimber quality on here which concerns me. On the other hand SA is praised and I rarely hear complaints. So if u had the chance, what would u pick?
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I've had many Springfield 1911s and they were all great guns. Never owned a Kimber so can't speak to their quality or customer service. I would probably go with the Kimber because they are made in America. Springfield's frames are forged in Brazil. JMHO
I'd opt for the Springfield.
I have both SA and Kimber. I would go with the SA. The Brazil connection is interesting. First of all Imbel in Brazil is a large multinational arms manufacture and does really good work. Also on other forums several of the SA faithful are saying SA is now getting the frames and slides from a source in the US. Of course you have seen many of them made in the USA for years since even if they get the frames and slides from Imbel, if over 70% of the work on the finished product is done in the US, then it is made in America.
I could see Imbel dumping SA since Imbel has several large contracts to upgrade all the handguns and most of the rifles for the Brazilian Army and is probably pretty busy. I was hopeful the 9mm 1911s a lot of the units were using might find their way up here but I guess they are going to their home gaurd from one story I read.
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The Kimbers I have are in 45 and 38 super and I find them to be very accurate and dependable with excellent finishing. Both were purchased some years back, so I cannot speak to recent quality from experience.
I have a SA range Officer in 9mm and it is a very good pistol. I did have to send it back to Springfield because the trigger pull initially was about 6 pounds. they tweaked it and it is now about 4.5 and smoother. Functioning has been 100 % from the start and accuracy is good. Kimbers are a little more expensive. Good luck in your quest.
Springfield Armory hands down. Forged frame & slide. I had Wilson swap all the MIM parts with bullet proof parts. My good friend John, who works at Wilson told me they (wilson) can't/won't work on Kimber's because they are MIM frame and slides and internals. I will never own a Kimber because the snotty SOB in customer service. John said MIM parts are hard to fit. I inherited a bunch of Colt 1911's that are locked away in my safe. I got my SA 1911 A1 back from Wilson and it's just like it was from SA. I shoot my SA ALOT. Good Ole 1911! JMO
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I might be missing the boat on this MIM and cast preference stuff. I'd much rather look at the whole package. Does the weapon have the features you like at an acceptable price point? What's the barrel configuration? Rifling? Sights? Trigger pressure and let off? Does it stack or release like broken glass? Mag well? How's the service when something doesn't go the way you want?
Buying a pistol only because it's supposed to have a forged frame is like marrying a woman because you like her ear lobes. Best look at the whole package.
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I can vouch for Springfields service. 2 years ago I got their Mil-spec version 1911 on tax day, April 15. In August of that year the front sight came off the gun while I was shooting it. I contacted SA and they emailed me a return label for the slide. I sent it in on a thursday and had the slide back with new front sight by the following thursday. I've shot the heck out of it since then and the new sight is still firmly in place.