12 Best Kimber 1911 Pistols – May 2023

What are the best Kimber 1911 handguns for sale in 2022.

There is only one company that can truly take the fight to Colt in the 1911 sector. That’s Kimber America.

While others laid down at the feet of the Colt 1911 and tried to compete on cost, rather than prestige, Kimber came at Colt like a spider monkey.

The two are still going hammer and tong to this day in pretty much every category. Colt is the volume seller, but some of the Custom Shop guns are, in our opinion, the absolute benchmark for quality and engineering.

So what are the best Kimber pistols for sale in 2023, and where can you buy them?

Actually buying Kimber handguns isn’t as easy as you think. They’re often special editions and limited number guns, so they aren’t always in stock. And you know how much time you can waste looking at guns you then can’t buy. We do it too…

So we have the solution. All our guns have direct links to take you through to the buy it now page, but these live links show you what’s in stock right now. You might even beat our price…

Kimber Custom Gold Combat RL II For Sale. The best Kimber 1911 in 2022? Buy yours today.

1. Kimber Gold Combat RL II

  • Price: $2,143.99
  • Caliber: 45 ACP Auto
  • Barrel: 5 inch
  • Weight: 2.37lb
  • Capacity: 8+1

The Kimber Custom Gold Combat RL II is a legend and one of the best 1911 pistols on sale anywhere. Only a true connoisseur will spot the Gold Combat G10 grips that mark this thoroughbred apart from the common-or-garden TLE. But you won’t care.

Because you’ll have arguably the finest battle pistol that Kimber makes. This is a full Custom gun, which we all know is a different league to the production stuff.

This was always designed as a durable, go-anywhere handgun, too. It’s essentially the very finest M1911 tactical pistol that Kimber could produce. Without going overboard on the suppressor ready barrels and camo colors we will get to shortly.

Classic, Understated Style

Kimber’s understated approach with a 45 pistol of this magnitude is refreshing and all the touches from the special police partners have helped mold this gun into an institution.

Now competition shooters use them, movie stars carry them and Bad Boys style cops with trust funds too. Maybe.

This price is a bargain, by the way. Normally this gun retails well beyond $2,000. We just found it this cheap…

The obvious competition, inevitably, comes from the Colt Combat Unit Rail Gun, and Springfield TRP Operator.

Normally this is a much more expensive gun and you have to justify the extra money. But now it isn’t, and you don’t.

With the price drop, perhaps even without it, the Kimber wins this one easily and will find its way into more gun safes.

Kimber For Sharp Shooters

It’s fairly self-explanatory that the Kimber Gold Match II is the competition shooting version of the Gold Combat, and yet here we are, explaining it…

Kimber can do a better job of introducing the gun and giving you some more moist juicy gun porn too. But both guns are match grade stainless steel slide and beyond, naturally.

Kimber Rapide 45 ACP for sale. A great race gun with faster cycling and follow up shots. Mag dump like the professionals.

2. Kimber Rapide 1911

  • Price: $1,567.99
  • Caliber: 45 ACP
  • Barrel: 5 inch
  • Total Length: 8.5 inch
  • Weight: 2.2lb
  • Capacity: 8+1

The factory custom Kimber Rapide 1911 is possibly the company’s best 1911 pistols of recent times

It’s a full size race gun, designed for competition and chambered in 45 ACP, arguably the best 9mm or 10mm Auto. It also looks wicked bad and I think a lot of these guns are selling on looks alone. There aren’t this many 3 Gunners and target shooters out there.

We also have no problem with that. Gun porn is healthy. Gun porn is good. I mean this thing has the best trigger, lightening cuts, G10 grips and slide serrations…

Rapide Scorpius and Black Ice Special Editions

There’s a collectible Rapide Black Ice, too, which arguably looks even better with a dark chrome finish to the Kimber stainless and black accent touches that you just have to see. And the high capacity Rapide Scorpius chambered in 9mm or 45 ACP is a work of art at a truly decent price point.

Wipe Clean Match Grade Barrel With TiN Coating

Even with the base gun you get the TiN coated barrel peering through the custom porting on the side and top of the slide. It doesn’t just look good, deposits wipe straight off that TiN finished match barrel.

It’s a lot of porting, which results in a serious lightweight gun that cycles a lot faster. You might need replacement parts that little bit sooner, but that’s the trade-off and you know it going in.

You get a 2.2lb, full size 1911 as a payoff. That’s good. Great in fact. And this 1911 really does cycle like a polymer pistol.

Get a Grip

There is textured strap checkering, but not the full 25Lpi type, a flat mainspring housing and the G10 grips are aggressive without getting into sharp. This really is a custom 1911 for off the peg money, which is the look and feel Kimber was going for.

Now enjoy this slightly cringe video, which does do a good job of pointing out the features. Credit where it’s due and all…

Tritium Night Viz Provided by Upgraded TruGlo Sights

Upgraded sights were inevitable and Kimber has gone for TruGlo Day/Night Sights with a Hi Viz orange fiber optic front sight. If you can’t get a clear sight of the target, no iron sights can help you and it’s time for a red dot…

Somebody will inevitably prove me wrong, but this is not your normal EDC. It’s just not. All that porting and detail work is a snag waiting to happen it just doesn’t really make sense.

But as a nightstand pistol? As a home defense tool? Well then you could certainly make a case for the fast cycling 1911 with the monster sights.

It’s all the justification we need to buy a Kimber Rapide. And yes, we know that rhymes, and now we’re scared we won’t be able to stop…

Kimber Super Match II, the ultimate 45 1911

3. Kimber Super Match II

  • Price: $2,690.99
  • Caliber: 45 ACP
  • Barrel Length: 5 inch
  • Total Length: 8.5 inch
  • Weight: 2.3lb
  • Capacity: 8+1

Kimber’s own sources say this might just be the finest ever full size 45 ACP to leave the custom shop. The Kimber Super Match II is just that good.

You’ll get a 5 shot 1 inch group guarantee at 25 yards. That’s nice, but really it’s just the end result of engineering perfection at each and every stage.

A match grade barrel bushing and trigger set join forces with fancy walnut grips and KimPro II coating on the slide. 30 LPI checkering on the front strap and trigger guard is just another show of intent, too. Everything on this gun is the best that Kimber’s best engineers can give you.

And the end result is a gun you could keep by your side for life. A trusty 45 1911 and arguably the finest gun that Kimber has ever produced.

Kimber TLE  II - Is this the ultimate Kimber 1911? We think it just might be. Read our review and buy your gun online here.

4. Kimber Custom TLE II

  • Price: $1,001.99
  • Caliber: 45 ACP Auto
  • Barrel: 5 inch
  • Weight: 2.37lb
  • Capacity: 8+1

The Kimber Custom TLE II could be the complete battle pistol. If you’re sure you’re starting with a 45 ACP 1911 then really this is the gun you want as your official sidearm on the daily in the real world.

This Kimber Government Model 1911 is the gun that the LAPD SWAT team have on their hip when they go into action. They have an SBR, too, though, so bear that in mind…

Understated Brilliance From Kimber TLE II

For such an important pistol, there really isn’t much pomp and ceremony going on here. The Kimber TLE II leaves that for the flashier members of the family that we’ll get to in a moment.

There is a stainless version, but the KimPro II coated matte black version is the most desirable among gun enthusiasts and collectors.

Technical highlights include a full-length guide rod, beveled magazine well for the single stack mag, lowered and flared ejection port. The usual for a pistol in this price range.

Dependable, Durable, Battle Proven 1911

Kimber’s TLE is the consumer grade battle pistol, while the Kimber Gold Combat II is the custom version.

This is a gun with an accessory rail and beefy components that could probably carry this 1911 through the next World War.

It’s a tactical pistol, rather than a sport shooter. But truthfully it’s awesome at everything.

The more eye-catching guns often give up a little of the durability and reliability that makes us love these old-school 1911s in the first place.

So if you want to embrace the core values and get the best Kimber 1911 service pistol money can buy, start with this gun and then add to your collection.

Kimber Custom TLE/RL II Stainless Steel For Sale - A great looking semi-automatic 1911 pistol chambered in 45 AUto ACP or 9mm Luger.
You Want a Kimber 1911 Stainless TLE SS Instead?

The Kimber TLE ii isn’t overly pretty in black. But the Kimber 1911 Stainless TLE is a different animal.

Well it’s not a different animal. That’s just stupid. It’s exactly the same gun with a Picatinny rail and a shiny finish, but there’s no denying this is prettier than the stock black KimPro coated version.

So consider the Kimber 1911 TLE Stainless before you pull the trigger on the black gun.

Is the Kimber TLE II a Series 70 or Series 80 1911?

Well didn’t we just open a can of worms with that question? Honestly we’re going to back away from it right now. It causes arguments on the internet…

Just so you sound smart, though, it’s not really one or the other. Series 70 and Series 80 are internal Colt designations and the Kimber TLE II doesn’t quite fit either.

Most your Kimber TLE replacement parts will be Series 80, with a Series 70-style barrel bushing. But the Swarz firing pin safety means it’s not technically a Series 80 at all. It’s just a full length 1911.

Man we’re fun at parties…

Kimber Ultra Carry II. A great concealed carry 1911 and one of America's favorite personal defene tools.

5. Kimber Ultra Carry II

  • Price: $999.99
  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Barrel: 3”
  • Weight: 1.56lb
  • Capacity: 7+1 rounds

The Kimber Ultra Carry II is a custom pistol that comes with a price premium, but we all know by now that’s worth it. This is one of the best 1911 pistols for CCW and definitely one of the best 9mm 1911s you’ll see.

For this money you get to rock the Kimber two-tone finish on your Commander size 1911 carry pistol. There are rosewood grips, rather than the high-tech shiz, but that’s homely and stylish too. Wood is custom. Wood is life and all.

Grip Works

You get proper checkering on the back strap, and a smooth, rounded mainspring housing that you can easily get used to. It can make your gun easier to live with on the daily. As can the limited slide serrations.

The Kimber Ultra Compact is a great carry gun for close range, an exceptional 1911 and one of the best-selling Kimber pistols for a reason. It’s a high price point, but this is the last line of defense. Soooooo, yeah…

Of course, you can get a model with a 5 inch barrel or Pro carry compact carry pistol too. Find them and more here with the full range of Kimber handguns at Euro Optic.

The Kimber with the 3″ barrel is another insanely popular gun and we totally get it. Again, it’s a semi-auto carry pistol with a proper single action trigger that looks way more expensive than the price tag. That is a real talent

Kimber vs Colt

Others may butt in occasionally as you can see here, but the Officer-size 1911 war has pretty much come down to this gun vs the Colt Defender in the gun reviews for about 20 years. They are the established masters of the concealed carry 1911 market.

An aluminium frame and stainless slide keep weight down without sacrificing durability or, crucially with a subcompact 1911, reliability.

Premium Features at a Reasonable Price

The dramatic beavertail and enlarged grip safety keep the Commander-style hammer away from your sensitive skin. The flat top slide comes with simple sights and the front strap checkering and trigger guard get 30 LPI treatment that feels different in the hand.

The Custom Defense Package isn’t just limited to this Officer size carry gun There are five different options that cover basically every size and configuration of 1911 Kimber pistols.

Custom Work is Important With Kimber

Mass manufacturing of parts keeps the final cost bearable, but this gun goes through the Custom shop. So it’s a league above the production line guns and the whole firearm is matched and fettled by a master gunsmith.

The two-tone finish is awesome, the Kimber Ultra Compact has established a fierce reputation and it’s one of the few subcompact 1911 pistols that gets universal respect thanks to its high quality and reliability.

Get one, and see just how good the little 45 ACP carry gun is for yourself.

Kimber Desert Warrior 45 ACP for sale. Get your desert spec Kimber Warrior today and get one of the best 45 ACP pistols on the market.

6. Kimber Desert Warrior

  • Price: $1,424.99
  • Caliber: 45 ACP Auto
  • Barrel: 5 inch barrel
  • Total Length: 8.7 inch
  • Weight: 2.5lb
  • Capacity: 7+1

The Kimber Desert Warrior is basically an evolution of the TLE with some minor checkering and coating differences.

But we love the single action, trigger, single stack Kimber Warrior, partially because of its starring role in John Wick 2. That remains one of the finest press checks in cinema history. Yes, it’s gratuitous, but you know what? Let’s do it, the whole museum fight scene…

The Kimber Desert Warrior gets a Flat Dark Earth version, or Desert Tan to be specific, of the spray-on KimPro II coating that is every bit as good as Colt’s Decobond. It is one of the finest 1911 pistols at this price, offering reliable, accurate target shooting, as well as dependability and reliability.

And what is the capacity? Yeah you knew this was coming…

A checkered front strap and mainspring housing provide more grip and this desert tan 2.5lb 1911 gets Novak-style Tactical Wedge Tritium night sights.

A 16lb recoil spring and full length guide rod helps damp down the muzzle rise. So much so that this is a favorite 1911 for law enforcement officers that aren’t quite ready to ‘go Glock and like 1911 combat handguns.

Now here’s an actual video about the gun. Sorry about the John Wick stuff. We get carried away…

Kimber Super Jagare 10mm for sale. One of the sexiest handguns alive

7. Kimber Super Jagare

  • Price: $2,506.99
  • Caliber: 10mm Auto
  • Barrel: 6 inch
  • Total: 9.7 inch
  • Weight: 2.63lb

The Kimber Super Jagare 10mm is pure gun porn, as well as an absolutely sensational hunting pistol. It knows what it is, and even with all the extravagance, there’s a single-minded purpose to this 10mm predator.

This Kimber Custom long slide is the stuff of legend in the pistol hunting community. It is also functional art and easily one of the best 1911 pistols you will ever buy. It’s a match barrel, match pistol, match everything that you would ask for in this price range with immaculate fit and finish. That includes front strap checkering.

Lightening cuts in the slide help control the recoil on this snappy little 10mm round. Porting in the barrel actually lines up with the slide ports and this is the first of 1000 little tales of OCD that turned this into one of the most desirable 1911s on the market.

It might be the best long range handgun here, especially with high quality red dots/optics installed. John Moses Browning would approve…

Reflex Sights From Leupold

A Leupold Deltapoint comes with the package and it’s ready to go as a complete hunting semi-auto handgun and critter canon. Obviously the trigger pull is adjustable and this might just be the best trigger here.

Tiger King Joe Exotic owns one, too, although he calls it a Super Jaguar. I’m not even kidding…

Check out how the Super Jagare fares against the best 10mm pistols here. They include the Colt Delta Elite, Springfield TRP and Glock. So there’s some intense competition there for the 10mm slot in hidden gun safes around the land and the Colt Delta Elite is a true legend in that caliber.

But these Kimber 1911 pistols might be the sweetest shooting of them all. Read the gun reviews, you’ll see.

Kimber Pro Carry Stainless. You can get a two tone or matte blued version. Whatever color you choose, this is one of the best pistols on sale.

8. Kimber Pro Carry Stainless

  • Price: $779.99
  • Caliber: 9mm Luger
  • Barrel Length: 4 inch
  • Total Length: 6.8 inch
  • Weight: 1.75lb
  • Capacity: 9+1

If you’re looking for a carry 1911 and you’re sure you want a Kimber, then the Kimber Pro Carry kind of has to be on your list

You have to decide between the 45 ACP and 9mm pistols that are tailored to the most popular personal defense round. Here we decided to go with the smaller hollow points. Just for variety really.

In either caliber, it’s the ultimate example of a Kimber compact 1911 and one of the most respected carry guns in the world. Low profile rear sight and a contoured hammer are the obvious points, but Kimber also polishes every single edge on its custom carry guns to reduce snags. It’s that kind of attention to detail you’re paying for.

You can go for a more modern finish, but we like this combination of steel and rosewood grips for the nod to tradition.

KImber Aegis Elite Custom. What a fantastic gun, and you can buy one here.

9. Kimber Aegis Elite

  • Price: $948.99
  • Caliber: 45 ACP
  • Barrel Length: 5 inch
  • Total Length: 8 inch
  • Weight: 2.38lb
  • Capacity: 7+1

The Kimber Aegis line was designed around 9mm ammo, although you can buy a 45 now too. Either one is like the Bentley of the concealed carry pistol world…

It’s a big, heavy, luxury gun with perfect fit and finish. But it feels a bit sporty thanks to the carry touches like the rounded heel that we think favors the compact model over the longer gun. It makes more sense and is a more cohesive package.

This looks much expensive than it is thanks to 24 LPI checkering on the front strap, a two-tone finish and fiber optic night sights. Every edge gets the patented Kimber Carry Melt treatment, to round them to perfection for a snag free draw.

With a rounded heel, the Aegis Elite looks set for the carry crowd. But then it’s built on a heavyweight frame for durability, rather than aluminum for extra savings.

It’s a curious combination that somehow works out. It even comes with optic cuts for a Trijicon RMR or other red dot sight up there. And somehow we’re fine with that too.

Kimber Stainless Raptor II - One of the best Kimber 1911 pistols for sale in 2020. Buy guns online at the USA's favorite gunbroker.

10. Kimber Stainless Raptor II

  • Price: $1,468.99
  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Barrel Length: 5 inch
  • Total Length: 8.6 inch
  • Weight: 2.38lb
  • Capacity: 8+1

The Kimber Raptor Stainless II is one of those big, shiny Government sized 1911s that look just about perfect from every angle. It’s a great gun.

It’s actually pretty hard to make a 1911 that is so instantly recognizable that it becomes an icon and a niche in its own right. There’s not so much you can do that’s different with the basic John Moses Browning design.

With the Raptor, Kimber has achieved the near impossible and created a 1911 pistol that truly stands out from any crowd without fancy tricks like color or porting. Well, one kinda fancy trick…

Feather Serrations Mark Raptor Apart

Of course, those feather-style serrations are what truly mark out this big, solid hunk of handgun. The steel slide and grip work looks amazing, as does the extended safety and magazine release. But it’s all just so functional, you can forgive the slight flashy feel.

The Raptor II is just different enough, while absolutely staying true to the 1911 traditions. It’s kinda brilliant, when you think about it. If you think about it…

We like the smaller Ultra Raptor II as well, of course we do. The Kimber Ultra Compact looks good in black or brushed stainless, or Kimber Amethyst Blue. Again, we’d take the shiny metal version with the 3 inch barrel.

Kimber Target Long Slide. An awesome match pistol that is also fun to shoot. Get yours today.

11. Kimber Target Long Slide

  • Price: $1,119.99
  • Caliber: 45 ACP
  • Barrel: 6 inch
  • Weight:2.63lb

Never underestimate the impact of an additional inch. On the barrel of a gun or, well, yeah…

The Kimber Target is a great gun. Both the match grade barrel and slide are CNC machined steel and the trigger pull and rear sight are adjustable. Natch. This is high quality, reliable, accurate and optics ready.

You can buy the best 10mm version that is making quite a splash as a hunting handgun and can take on the Colt Delta Elite 10mm American classic. But the 45 is much cheaper to run if you’re just shooting targets for fun at long range for handguns.

Either one is much more cost effective than the Super Jagare, obviously.

Kimber Micro 9 ESV. A new kind of Kimber 1911 9mm carry pistol. Get this subcompact 9mm 1911 handgun today, buy guns online.

12. Kimber Micro 9 ESV

  • Price: $874.99
  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Barrel: 3.15 inch
  • Weight: 0.96lb

This is about as lightweight as the Kimber Micro 9 gets. This is the competition tuned, match grade 1911 9mm that is also one of the sexiest carry guns we have seen in a while.

Is the Kimber Micro 9 a 1911 at all? Now you could probably argue not thanks to the lack of a beavertail grip safety and some other purist issues.

But the truth is that it functions kind of like a 1911, looks like one and the Kimber Micro 9 pretty much handles like one. There’s no beavertail grip safety, but that isn’t an absolute requirement in 2023.

A Duck, or a 1911

If it walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it’s pretty much a duck…

So we say yes, the Kimber Micro 9 Desert Tan et al is a real 1911. Kind of. These new products are definitely a breakout success and one of the best Kimber pistols, in terms of sales at least, in recent times.

And the Kimber Micro 9 is a great concealed carry pistol and a deep concealment 1911. If you’re looking for that very specific thing.

But not everybody loves these everyday carry 9mm handguns and they’re not generally considered to be as reliable as the ‘proper’ Kimbers. These new products certainly don’t make that many lists for the best 1911 pistols, but we do have the Kimber Evo SP Micro on several.

Just not this one, because it isn’t a 1911…

Kimber Micro 9 is a Massive Family of Guns

Common sense says you should go for the alloy frame Kimber Ultra Custom Defense Package concealed carry guns for close range work.

The custom guns tend to have a perfect reputation for reliability thanks to traditional skills like hand matching the frame and slide.

But the Kimber Micro 9 is a different animal. It’s a fashion statement as much as personal defense and the amount of guns out there is just mindblowing.

Great price deals start much cheaper and you can opt for any number of Cerakote finish guns or something like a Kimber Micro 9 Raptor or the Kimber Amethyst Ultra.

All of Kimber’s design experience comes into play with two-tone guns, limited editions and semi-auto pistols with attitude in the Kimbr Micro 9 line-up.

The Kimber Micro 9 ESV is our favorite, or the Kimber Micro 9 Rapide special edition. But you might want something a little different in your concealed carry holster like a classic Kimber Micro 9 two tone CDP finish or Micro 9 Desert Tan.

You can get one with laser grips.

Look at the Complete Line

For a full range of Kimber Micro 9 Stainless Steel and cerakote finishes for sale, try these live links to what’s in stock at our favorite dealers:

What About Parts & Accessories For Your 1911?

You might be looking for the best pistol red dot sights for your everyday carry if the white dot set-up on your Kimber pistols aren’t working for you quite like they should. Or a Crimson Trace laser.

Or you might just want some grip screws, or better gun cleaning cloths in your range bags. Gun cleaning is important, you know, for a reliable concealed carry…

For everything from the best pistol red dot sights to a new recoil spring and a Crimson Trace laser, try these dealers.

Natural Rivals for the Kimber 1911

Colt and Kimber have been at each other for decades. Even law enforcement is split between them, let alone for home defense.

But there is another solid contender with the stainless steel frame and slide Springfield Armory TRP, allloy frame Range Officer, the Springfield Loaded Operator and the Mil Spec.

Sig could also lay some form of claim and you could include everything, even the Metro Arms American Classic.

You can throw all of these into the mix honestly.

Wilson Combat EDC X9 for sale
Wilson Combat is an Obvious Kimber Rival

Of course we haven’t even mentioned Dan Wesson and Wilson Combat CQB. Both of these premium manufacturers feature heavily on these lists:

No post on 1911 is complete without a little part on the Wilson Combat CQB, which is one of our favorite handguns ever. We’ll let the video do the talking and when you’re done there then you might want to just go here.

The Wilson Combat CQB is a great gun, although our favorite is the Wilson Combat EDC9 XL.

Yes you’ll find the Wilson Combat on other lists, and you’ll find a Wilson Combat rifle on most of our high end AR-15 and AR-10 lists too. But mainly we like the single action Wilson Combat CQB and its off the charts accuracy, and the grip panels.

Dan Wesson Valor, one of the best new breed of 1911 pistols
Dan Wesson is on there too

You will find plenty of Dan Wesson pistols on our best handguns lists. It’s a love affair that started with the Dan Wesson Bruin LS hunting handgun and the Dan Wesson Eco subcompact 1911.

Now we have the likes of the Dan Wesson Valor, the Dan Wesson Kodiak LA hunter and the almighty Dan Wesson Specialist to take on the likes of the Gold Combat. Look out for the Dan Wesson V-Bob carry guns with the elegant bobtail.

The new Dan Wesson DWX is an amazing tool, as well. that double stack 1911 9mm.Dan Wesson took the CZ75 and turned it into a proper competition spec 1911. And the resulting Dan Wesson pistol is as good as it sounds.

The Dan Wesson ECP and TCP concealed carry pistols have taken over from the ECO, too, and those are solid pistols for the real world and a great price range. For the full line, and to buy a pistol online now. Go here.

Ruger SR1911 with Keonig Custom parts.
Ruger SR1911 is Seriously Competitive, too.

Various forms of the Ruger SR1911 can be found on our pages. You’ll find the Ruger 1911 Officer competing with the likes of the Colt Commander and Kimber carry handguns. A triple recoil spring is a real USP in that sector and has won the small gun an army of fans.

Then you get the compact version of the Ruger SR1911 and the Ruger SR1911 Government. But why stop there? This is the best range…

Custom Parts Give Ruger a New Life

You can find heavily modified Ruger SR1911 with Koenig Custom parts that is every bit a rival for the Kimber match guns.

They come with a new barrel, full length guide rod upgrade and new parts from Koenig and are a match for anything when it comes to accuracy. A hand matched slide and frame are all part of the package at that price point.

The Ruger SR1911 starts from around $700 and goes right through to more $1750 and beyond, depending on your requirements. In our eyes that makes the Ruger SR1911 one of the most versatile 1911s on the market.

Smith & Wesson Performance Center 1911
Smith & Wesson is Still a Market Leader

You can choose from a wide range of Smith & Wesson 1911 pistols, including the new Scandium alloy lightweight 1911 E Series that shaves serious weight off the final gun.

Also, the Smith & Wesson Performance Center offers top tier handguns that have been fettled by the best.

Les Baer Custom 1911 pistols
Les Baer is a Niche Choice

Some people will only shoot a Les Baer 1911. For them the Les Baer 1911 Custom Carry and Les Baer 1911 Boss 45 are the pinnacle of firearms technology and the best pistol in any price range. The Les Baer 1911 Premier 2 model, meanwhile is considered the all round duty and tactical pistol line.

The compact carry Les Baer Black Baer is probably our favorite Les Baer pistol. Check the full line of used Les Baer 1911 pistols you can buy.

Springfield Armory Range Officer 9mm guns for sale
Springfield Armory Has Big Options

Springfield Armory has a 1911 for every occasion, too, and the Springfield Loaded Operator is currently one of our favorites. The cheaper Springfield Armory mil Spec was our best $500 1911, until a series of small price hikes. But it’s still one of the best pistols for sane money.

The aluminum frame Springfield Armory Range Officer is the lightweight gun and arguably the company’s most famous 1911. The Springfield Loaded Operator sells way more, as does the Springfield Armory Mil Spec with its white dot sights.

We love the Springfield Loaded, but the Springfield Armory Range Officer is a classic as well.

Sig Sauer Emperor Scorpion 1911. A sexy gun that focuses more on fashion than ultimate tactical performance. But it looks amazing.
Sig Sauer Emperor Scorpion Brings the Glamor

The Sig Sauer Emperor Scorpion is a dramatic looking pistol with a Flat Dark Earth cerakote finish and contrasting ambidextrous thumb safety, magazine release etc.

Honestly we love the Sig Sauer Emperor Scorpion, and the smaller, compact Sig Sauer carry fastback with a rounded heel. That version of the Sig Sauer Emperor Scorpion is sexy as hell. Buy yours here.

Sig Sauer Emperor Scorpion Carry Fastback.,

The Sig Sauer STX, Sig P227 and compact 1911s are good as well. We do love the Sig Sauer Emperor Scorpion honestly, if you don’t mind a fashion gun then this or several special editions of the Sig Sauer STX crop up from time to time.

Get a metallic flat dark Earth 1911 with contrasting accent colors.

The most expensive custom 1911 handgun in the world? Nighthawk Custom Agent2, Agency Arms
Forget the Best Kimber, Nighthawk Custom is in a New Price Range

We have a few Nighthawk Custom semi-automatic pistol offers on the site, and a couple of Korth revolvers. We even have a post on the best ones here.

The prices are insane, but then so is the engineering and the feel in the hand is something else, even in the break in period. Even the magazine release feels special.

Customer service, too, probably…

Have a look at Nighthawk Custom pistols you can buy today here for United States Special Operations.

Also have a look at our favorite Dan Wesson 1911 handguns.

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