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Given the recent remarks about Kimber QC, what is the best platform for a semi-custom carry weapon? I'm thinking of something that won't take a huge amount of work to get up and running, mainly just a reliability job, more user friendly safeties, better sights, better finish, maybe some scallops (without noodles or sauce). A blued Kimber was my first choice, but maybe a Colt 1991? Can I get the Series 80 FP safety reliable enough for duty work? I need to have it up and running before July so having one built from the ground up probably won't work.
 

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I don't get the anti-Series 80 bias myself. My lightly customized Colt Delta Elite shoots like a dream come true with all the Series 80 ho-has fully in effect, and the trigger is a champ. Any gunsmith that can't give you a butt-kicking trigger on a Series 80 just doesn't know what the heck they are doing IMHO.
 

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My only complaint with the Series 80 is that it adds more parts and springs that need to be maintained to insure reliability. Why add more parts when a heavier firing spring and lighter spring will remedy the drop safety concern?
 

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There is no real reason to avoid series 80 parts, any question regarding reliability with series 80 parts should be long put to rest. Dont get me wrong, im not a huge fan of the 80 series parts, but you shouldnt let these parts alone keep you from using a series 80 for a base gun.

Ive owned 3 Kimbers, and all of mine were reliable, accurate pistols. There are things about the Kimber i dont like, MIM parts, goofy slide serrations etc. This isnt meant to start another MIM thread, but the MIM parts in the 3 Kimbers i owned (sear, disconector specifically) were poor at best. Hammer seamed to be ok in all three.

I like the Springfeild Armory "Mil Spec" guns, these are good base guns. There are a few things again that i dont like- the "Brazil" stamp, sloppy serial # marks etc. Some folks dont like the front strap radius (or lack there of) but i kinda like the squareness of it, plus theres plenty of steel for any type of front strap treatment. Some of the small parts are kinda shabby at times, and i guess the biggest problems with S/A's is consistency, so make sure you can pick through 1/2 dozen or so.

Some of the later S/A's dont have the Brazil stamp, and the lettering on the serial # and emblem looks much crisper, cleaner.

I should be getting an S/A back from Larry Vickers mid month or so.
 
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Here I come to save the day! The Colt 1911A1s I have shot recently have been reliable and accurate. What does this mean? Send me all of these Colt pistols you don't want and I will feed and house them. Regards, Richard
 

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if you are looking for a basic 1911 to carry, and not have to do much with, the colt 1991A1 "SERIS 80" IS one of the best. if you can get a new one, they are great out of the box. the trigger didn't take me anytime to get used to, and with the two i have, i have never had a jam or fail to feed. the price on these aren't bad, and if you want the commander size, those work great too. the only thing i have done to mine is add wood grips and i put night sights on the one i carry on duty.
don't let that fact that these guns look plain fool you, they are great pistols, very basic, very reliable. not much needed to keep these guns running. my carry colt has at least a couple thousand rounds in it, and have never had a failure of anypart, and it shoots where i aim.

i can't say enough about these BASIC pistols, they do what they were made to do, and they do it quite well!

russel the cop
 
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