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I have been wanting a blued steel 1911. Took a look at a couple of Colt xse's at local gun stores but found the fit and finish wanting. Maybe these where bad examples but I didn't have a lot to look at. Was wonder if anyone here owns or has seen the Kimber Royal II. I know Kimbers fit and finish is generally very good but was wondering if the blueing was nice with good polish on the flats? I haven't been able to find one locally to look at. What other options are out there that are on the DOJ list without going to semi custom guns?
 

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I have been wanting a blued steel 1911. Took a look at a couple of Colt xse's at local gun stores but found the fit and finish wanting. Maybe these where bad examples but I didn't have a lot to look at. Was wonder if anyone here owns or has seen the Kimber Royal II. I know Kimbers fit and finish is generally very good but was wondering if the blueing was nice with good polish on the flats? I haven't been able to find one locally to look at. What other options are out there that are on the DOJ list without going to semi custom guns?
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Do you mean the California DOJ list??? If so, there are few that I can think of. The Kimber Royal II, Kimber Gold Match II (in blue), a Smith & Wesson (forgot the model designation:() and the Colt NRM 1991, of which I have one left. I have an old model Springfield " Standard " model in brushed blue circa late 80's build I think.

I was fondling some Kimbers at the gun store yesterday after I consigned one of my blue Colt 1991. The bluing of the Colt is more " black " while the Kimbers are " shinier " and therefore more polished, if that is something you like as I do. Its really pretty to look at. The rounded top of the slide is matte to minimize glare.

I also crave a nice blued gun much more than stainless, but they are not so common anymore.
 

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I haven't handled one but if they are finished like the other Kimbers the quality should be good. I too purchased an XSE and the fit and finish were not the most cosmetically pleasing -- same with the SA loaded and mil-spec models (good user guns though). This is why I sold my SS loaded to buy a Kimber because the fit was so much better on the Kimber.

On the other hand, I bought a S70 repro and you can certainly tell it is of higher quality fit and finish than the XSE or other standard models.
 

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I just received one. Was on order for 9-months. Beautiful gun. It's unfired and now wearing stag grips. Bluing is very good.
 

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Thanks for the replies. I just got back from doing a PPT on a Kimber Gold Match II. Gun was barely used and finish was a very nice blue with high polish on the flats. Living in California I now have to suffer through a 10 day wait before I can pick it up.
 
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