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I ordered my SW1911PD yesterday. Black stainless finish, integrated light rail. I am super excited and can't wait for it to arrive on Wed
I have a Rock Island 1911 that is my "project gun" and have been on the lookout for a "higher end" 1911 for quite some time. I narrowed my seard down to 3 pistols. The SA Operator MC, the Kimber Custom II TLE/RL and the SW1911PD. Did alot of research on all three. Threw out the Kimber because a) it's a Kimber and b) I didn't want to buy a new 1911 only to send it back to the factory for work as I hear happens quite often with Kimbers. The SA was nice, but I had a hard time finding one in stock anywhere locally and didnt really want to have it shipped or wait two months to get it. Finally, the SW1911PD has everything I wanted and is a good price and the distributor had it in stock. I love my M&P and everything I have read about the SW1011PD says it is dead accurate and absolutely reliable. I hope it lives up to its reputation, Come on Wednesday!!!! :wink:
 

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You are gonna love that PD.



I have one with the 4.25" barrel and I love it. I have had quite a few people shoot it and promptly turn around and buy one.



Congrats!
 

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I have the 1911PD with the rail also

And it is a fantastic gun. Only 500-ish rounds through it, but no failures yet. I'm very happy with it.
 

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I have a S&W 1911, but not the PD version. I dearly love mine and am certain you will too! Congratulations and enjoy!
 

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i saw one the other day and it looked very nice. I've been leaning towards a kimber because i've heard very VERY good things about their 1911s. Let me know how this gun works for you becuase I'm interested. All I've ever owned is S&Ws
 

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I had two Kimber Ultra Carry IIs

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i saw one the other day and it looked very nice. I've been leaning towards a kimber because i've heard very VERY good things about their 1911s. Let me know how this gun works for you because I'm interested. All I've ever owned is S&Ws


Both with the external extractors and they both at least one or two FTFeed or FTExtract per magazine. They both were sent back to Kimber and were "repaired", they replaced the slide on the 5inch and "tuned" the 4 inch. They did run very well after (I sold them both), but I have never had any problems with my S&W 1911s.
 

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I've got a SW1911PD and like it quite well. I used it in a fighting pistol class and it ran pretty well.



It didn't seem to like the magazines that came with the gun though. Also, the sights stink for one-handed drills. Fortunately, both of those items can be corrected.
 

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I was looking at the S&W 1911s on their website and i'm not exaactly sure what the difference between the sw1911 and the PD versions. It is just the different metals used for the frame???

They look like great guns I wish i had the money for one. I can barely buy enough ammo as it is.

Thanks for the info.
 

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Yes, the PD is "Personal Defense" and all seem to use the Scandium alloy frame. The one I ended up ordering is the full stainless steel with 5-inch bbl and Crimson Trace laser grips. I wanted something that would hold up to abuse well and the steel frame is something that gives me a little more confidence. It's not a gun that I am likely to carry. Home defense and range toy, maybe IDPA single-stack shooter.



I'm probably going to order the Scandium frame Commander-length SW1911PD with Crimson Trace grips next and use that as a replacement for my Kimber. THAT gun will be a secondary carry gun since it's about a full pound lighter than the stainless steel gun.
 

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Re: I had two Kimber Ultra Carry IIs

What about a older Kimber without the external extractor..I have a chance to buy a Kimber compact custom..I called Kimber and all they could tell me about it was it was made in the fall of 1998...but the gun look in mint cond.....
 

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Re: I had two Kimber Ultra Carry IIs

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What about a older Kimber without the external extractor..I have a chance to buy a Kimber compact custom..I called Kimber and all they could tell me about it was it was made in the fall of 1998...but the gun look in mint cond.....


The older Kimbers are good guns. They had an internal extractor, and no firing pin safety.

And Kimber has went back to internal extractors now. Most of thier 1911s now are internal extractor. I think most of the current production Springfield Armory 1911s are good also. It really depends on how much money you want to spend.
 

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Do any of you know a good dealer with good prices on the SW 1911PDs? I keep itching to buy one and for the right price I may have to cave. Might also be willing to buy used.



Thanks.
 

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I have a 1911SC and have to say it is one FINE pistol!!! I would highly recommend getting one if you have a chance.




I know some foks have had bad experiences with Kimbers, but I have to say I love my Stainless TLE!!!! Scary accurate and dead reliable! [/img]
 

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I have 2 of them. They are my favorite 1911 carry guns. Both have been trouble free....except for a few ejected brass hitting me on the top of the head.













 

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I have a 1911PD commander length and a standard S&W1911 stainless government. I bought the Pd to be my ccw pistol and it is my favorite shooter right now. I like it better then my $2300 Nighthawk Custom Talon II for some reason.



The PD models are not all Scandium alloy frames, but all of the Scandium frames produced now are PDs. PDs all have fixed sights too I believe. Very light .45 and accruate as well. The PD was so impressive I purchased the stailess government later to build for Single Stack USPSA use.



tstrenuous10, Kimber will get a lot of heated debate about their quility. I owned a Tactical Pro and Tactical II which shot well after break in. Kimber claims to require 500 rounds or so before they will function correctly. Given my feeling about the S&W 1911s, the Kimbers were sold. Anyone seeking info about 1911 style pistols should check the follwing site: http://forum.m1911.org/index.php?



The best place for 1911 info I have found. Forums for all significant manufacurers, general smithing, parts, etc you get the idea. Check them out and let me know what you think and decide about getting a PD.
 
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