I seriously doubt that Kimber forges their own frame so who knows where it comes from and like Dakota said, if 70% of its made in the USA, then they can say its Made In USA. I actually think its a lower percentage than that. Ruger claims that every part of their 1911 right down to springs, pins and screws is made in USA.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
Not exactly. They all use MIM parts to some degree. They most expensive SA does not but all others do use some, even the $1400 TRP. IT all comes down to the quality of the raw materials an QC. Their slides an frame are forged.Springfield Armory hands down. Forged frame & slide. No MIM parts.
Well....yes and no. Forged is stronger an starts with better steel. What you will always hear is that cast and MIM is just as good WHEN done right. Features are great to have but not when it's made poorly. They tend to break fast(er). Have you ever bought a wrench at Harbor Freight and have it snap in half? That's poor cast. This is also the reason why it's cheaper. Just like the reason why WC is more expensive. Not just because of their attention to detail but also cause they start with better steel (tool steel) and forge.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.