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Guys,

I was thinking of buying my first 1911. I have been looking at the Kimber Warrior. Since they just came out in February I haven't been able to examine one. I have looked at a few other Kimbers.

I have a couple of questions.

First, does anybody have any experience with the warriors? Are they that much better than a Custom II?

What is the advantage to the full length guide rod in the 1911 over the stock short one? (The warrior has the short rod, the Custom II I looked at had the full length rod)

Any info you guys provide would be a great help.

Thanks in advance.

Rummer
 

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I haven't found any advantages or disadvantages to the long or short guides. They both work fine, and my guns are for precision target shooting, so accuracy needs to be excellent. I don't know about the Warrior but I have a Kimber Gold Match and it is a very fine pistol that has been excellent and reliable.

My only complaint is that for the price of the Gold Match, I expected the trigger pull to be better. Mine was a bit creepy and needed work. My theory now is that if contemplating a high-dollar 1911, go with a semi custom like a Wilson gun. The cost of some of the Kimbers puts them in a league where you are better off going to a custom or semi-custom shop.

I have done it that way since buying the Kimber and believe it is the best way to go. Good things happen to a gun when a good gunsmith has the time to give the gun the attention it deserves. I have a lot of respect for what a good gunsmith can do. I recommend you consider this option. If the numbers don't look good to you, then at least identify a 1911 gunsmith and consider tuning the trigger or other features that you feel need work. Don't give this kind of work to a general gunsmith, you need a pistolsmith that knows 1911s.
 

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In case of the Kimbers you're paying for marketing. In the case of the custom and semi-custom you're paying for gunsmithing.
 
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