NC Alcohol Bureau has to ditch their unreliable weapons.
This is an interesting article and needs to be read. To see what these guns are, take a look here. As you guys know, I am a huge fan of the 1911. It is a romance kind of thing. I can’t help myself. However I am also a huge fan of the Glock, because, well, Glocks take away doubt. Doubt about reliability. Doubt about reliabilty can really put a sour taste in my mouth about any gun.
As much as I love the 1911, one company has caused more than one raised eyebrow for me. And that company is Kimber. About two years ago I started seeing some Quality Control issues with Kimber. Some of them minor details, others glaringly obvious factory fumbles. I had to send two guns back to the factory that had just arrived. In my Defensive Pistol training classes, I had a couple Kimbers come through that didn’t want to run… one in particular, a full sized SIS, just about refused to function altogether. That thing jammed like a jazz band.
When I first read this article, before I even got to the company name I thought “Kimber”. Sure enough. This was disappointing to be as I had just become somewhat of a fan of Kimber. I had purchased 3 of them, and they had all proven themselves to be outstanding firearms that gave me no trouble whatsoever. And then their QC tanks.
I’m not surprised that this happened to NCAB. Especially when you combine spotty QC with one of their Ultra series guns. These sub compact 1911’s are finicky to say the least. They are more sensitive than a 14 year old Emo Girl with a weight complex.
I have two brands of Production 1911’s that I personally go for… Springfield Armory and SIG SAUER. These guys are making some solid 1911’s and are my first choices.
Dan Wesson makes an awesome 1911 as well, their V-Bob is amazing and is on My List.
You know who else is making some suprisingly good 1911’s? ATI. American Tactical Imports. As the name implies, they dont make them themselves, but import them. You can pick them up all day for 449 and you are getting a solid 1911.
Back to the NCAB guns. These Kimbers look good, I like the stainless and the nice wood with the mag well funnel. But I would never have selected this pimped out gun for an Agency Buy. Thats spending a lot of money that they didn’t have to. In fact, that’s spending about double. The good old Glock would have been a top choice. Or the new M&P series. The M&P Compact .45s would have fit the bill nicely and would have saved the NC Taxpayers a huge wad of cash. And it might have saved S&W from dropping the Compact .45. This is disappointed to me as that one was a personal favorite of mine. Oh well.