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I have a series 1 SS Kimber compact/alloy frame. is this a rare gun with an alloy frame? collector? I can't seem to find information on this model except they don't make the compact with the alloy frame anymore. At least not under the compact name. Any help out there>

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Since it is a series 1 and is no longer made I was thinking it might become/is a rarer gun.

I think Kimber still makes a compact with the alloy frame but it is a CDP or has nicer sights or more checkering. I'm not sure which model compares so I really don't know what is different.

I would probably buy the newer one for a shooter and keep the other one as a back up.

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Kimber Compact Aluminum Stainless Series 1 is one of the best little secret out there. Very comfortable to carry, mine was reliable, very accurate and surprisingly low recoil for a light gun. They're harder to find because the series 1 is no longer made, I think Kimber made a terrible decision to please the lawyers and kalipornia buyers.
 

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What is interesting is that Kimber only makes that size gun in all SS now as far as I can tell... It weighs 34 oz's compared to the 28 oz's of the aluminum frame gun.

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I read through the Kimber spec sheet. What a hard chart to read. It was twice as wide as my screen so I had to arrow back and forth to see what model specs I was looking at the time.

The only one that matches ours is the compact CDP 11. It sounds like the same pistol except the CDP upgrades and of course the new safety system. I think they are around $900. plus so I'm very happy with my pistol.

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I went back to the Kimber site and you are right. The pro carry's have the full size grip (5.25") with the 4" barrel. The compact has the officers grip (4.75") with the 4 inch barrel.

I doubt there is much difference in feel or weight. If you carry concealed the grip would be better on the compact.

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I have been able to find both a new and a used Compact Aluminum Stainless Series 1 at gun shops in my area. I have been seriously considering getting one, primarily for carry. I love the balance and feel of the Compact, however, I have been nervous about getting a 1911 with an alloy frame. The thread about damage to a CDP due to McCormick mags and the obvious frame rail wear visible in the related photo hasn't helped my confidence. Will this pistol hold up if I keep it properly lubed or is frame wear inevitable with an alloy frame 1911? All of my previous 1911's have had a steel frame, but I don't like carrying them due to the weight. The only other option for me is a Glock 30 which is very durable but has a terrible trigger and is wide through the slide and grip. Your comments and experiences are welcome. Thanks.
 

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I think if you use a Wilson magazine and treat it as you would treat your steel guns it should hold up fine. Any gun is going to show some wear after 20 thousand rounds. I have a Wilson SDS which is the same size as the compact Kimber and it is all steel. It is just too heavy for me to carry comortably. The Kimber Compact Aluminum is much more comfortable and I can buy four of them for the price of one Wilson SDS. So if I wear it out, which I doubt will happen, I will just replace it and I'm still ahead of the game....

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plunker said:
I read through the Kimber spec sheet. What a hard chart to read. It was twice as wide as my screen so I had to arrow back and forth to see what model specs I was looking at the time.
...I hate that too.:hrm:
 

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Kimbear,

My experience is that "frame rail wear" is not the problem with alloy frames. Rather, the problem is cracking from work hardening. I have cracked three alloy framed Commanders, but then I shot them a lot.

I now have a Kimber Compact Stainless Aluminum as a back-up carry gun to what I think is the ideal light weight, yet durable 1911. That is the Wilson KZ-45 Compact.

I don't intend to put as many rounds through the Kimber as I did those old Colt Commanders. When I want to shoot a lot I use the KZ-45s, both full size and Comapct.
 
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